Title:
Combination stuffed toy with characteristics of multiple kinds of entities
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A combination stuffed toy contains features of both a plant and an animal or another combination of entities. Preferably, the toy is a stuffed plant-animal combination comprising a cover with a plant component and an animal component which stores a stuffing material. Plant-animal combination toys are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also intellectually stimulating. Plant-animal combination toys require users to think to determine what the plant-animal combination is, as well as encourage users to utilize their imaginations. Plant-animal combination toys are also able to be used as a support, either emotionally or physically.



Inventors:
Jaqua, Steve (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Perry, Matthew Allen (San Francisco, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/006971
Publication Date:
07/09/2009
Filing Date:
01/07/2008
Assignee:
Poplin Press, a Michigan Corporation
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
446/369
International Classes:
A63H33/00; A63H3/02
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Other References:
New Dole Fresh Fruit characters teach children about health and nutrition, 11/14/2007, www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=5803#SlideFrame_1, 1-3
Primary Examiner:
STANCZAK, MATTHEW BRIAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HAVERSTOCK & OWENS LLP (SUNNYVALE, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A stuffed combination apparatus comprising: a. stuffing material; and b. a cover for containing the stuffing material wherein the cover includes one or more components representing a plurality of entities.

2. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1 wherein the plurality of entities are selected from the group consisting of plants, animals, musical instruments and food.

3. The apparatus as claimed in claim 1 wherein the stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

4. A stuffed combination apparatus comprising: a. a plant component; and b. an animal component coupled to the plant component forming a plant-animal combination.

5. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein the plant component and the animal component are comprised of a material.

6. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5 wherein the material of the plant component is different from the material of the animal component.

7. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5 wherein the material is plush.

8. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5 wherein the material contains a texture.

9. The apparatus as claimed in claim 8 wherein the texture is selected from the group consisting of sticky, rough, soft and hard.

10. The apparatus as claimed in claim 5 wherein the material of the plant component contains a first texture and the material of the animal component contains a second texture different from the first texture.

11. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 further comprising a first stuffing material contained within the plant component and the animal component, wherein the first stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

12. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 further comprising at least one of an additional plant component and an additional animal component.

13. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect.

14. The apparatus as claimed in claim 4 wherein a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly spelled aspect.

15. The apparatus as claimed in claim 11 wherein at least one of the plant component and the animal component contains a plurality of additional parts which include a second stuffing wherein the second stuffing is different from the first stuffing.

16. A stuffed combination apparatus comprising: a. stuffing material; and b. a cover for containing the stuffing material, the cover including an animal component and a plant component, further wherein a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect and at least one similarly spelled aspect.

17. A stuffed combination apparatus comprising: a. a musical instrument component; and b. an animal component coupled to the musical instrument component forming a musical instrument-animal combination.

18. The apparatus as claimed in claim 17 further comprising a stuffing material contained within the musical instrument component and the animal component.

19. The apparatus as claimed in claim 18 wherein the stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

20. The apparatus as claimed in claim 17 wherein a musical instrument name corresponding to the musical instrument component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect.

21. The apparatus as claimed in claim 17 wherein a musical instrument name corresponding to the musical instrument component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly spelled aspect.

22. A method of producing a combination stuffed apparatus comprising: a. generating a cover wherein the cover includes a plurality of components representing a plurality of entities; and b. inserting stuffing material into the cover.

23. The method as claimed in claim 22 wherein the plurality of entities are selected from the group consisting of plants, animals, musical instruments and food.

24. The method as claimed in claim 22 wherein the stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

25. The method as claimed in claim 22 wherein inserting the stuffing into the cover is selected from the group consisting of stuffing the stuffing and pouring the stuffing.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to the field of toys. More specifically, the present invention relates to the field of toy stuffed animals.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Stuffed animals have existed for a long time. Traditionally, a stuffed teddy bear has been a very common sleeping aid or toy for children with which to play. However, stuffed animals provide little educational or imaginative value as they are designed to simply look like a representative animal.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A combination stuffed toy contains features of both a plant and an animal or another combination of entities. Preferably, the toy is a stuffed plant-animal combination comprising a cover with a plant component and an animal component which stores a stuffing material. Plant-animal combination toys are not only aesthetically pleasing but are also intellectually stimulating. Plant-animal combination toys require users to think to determine what the plant-animal combination is, as well as encourage users to utilize their imaginations. Plant-animal combination toys are also able to be used as a support, either emotionally or physically.

In one aspect, a stuffed combination apparatus comprises stuffing material and a cover for containing the stuffing material wherein the cover includes one or more components representing a plurality of entities. The plurality of entities are selected from the group consisting of plants, animals, musical instruments and food. The stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

In another aspect, a stuffed combination apparatus comprises stuffing material and a cover for containing the stuffing material wherein the cover includes a plurality of components further wherein at least one component represents a plurality of entities. The plurality of entities are selected from the group consisting of plants, animals, musical instruments and food. The stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets.

In another aspect, a stuffed combination apparatus comprises a plant component and an animal component coupled to the plant component forming a plant-animal combination. The plant component and the animal component are comprised of a material. The material of the plant component is the same as the material of the animal component. Alternatively, the material of the plant component is different from the material of the animal component. The material is selected from the group consisting of a fabric and leather. Preferably, the material is plush. The material contains a texture. The texture is selected from the group consisting of sticky, rough, soft and hard. The material of the plant component contains a first texture and the material of the animal component contains a second texture different from the first texture. The apparatus further comprises a stuffing material contained within the plant component and the animal component. The stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets. Each of the plant component and the animal component contain a plurality of parts which are filled with the stuffing material separately. The plant component is coupled to the animal component by a mechanism selected from the group consisting of stitches, glue, a zipper, string, buttons and hook and loop material. The apparatus further comprises at least one of an additional plant component and an additional animal component. Preferably, a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect. Preferably, a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly spelled aspect. At least one of the plant component and the animal component contains a plurality of additional parts which include a second stuffing wherein the second stuffing is different from the stuffing.

In another aspect, a stuffed combination apparatus comprises stuffing material and a cover for containing the stuffing material, the cover including an animal component and a plant component, further wherein a plant name corresponding to the plant component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect and at least one similarly spelled aspect.

In another aspect, a stuffed combination apparatus comprises a musical instrument component and an animal component coupled to the musical instrument component forming a musical instrument-animal combination toy. The apparatus further comprises a stuffing material contained within the musical component and the animal component. The stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets. Preferably, a musical instrument name corresponding to the musical instrument component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly sounding aspect. Preferably, a musical instrument name corresponding to the musical instrument component and an animal name corresponding to the animal component each have at least one similarly spelled aspect.

In another aspect, a method of producing a combination stuffed apparatus comprises generating a cover wherein the cover includes a plurality of components representing a plurality of entities and inserting stuffing material into the cover. The stuffing material is selected from the group consisting of polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets. Inserting the stuffing into the cover is selected from the group consisting of stuffing the stuffing and pouring the stuffing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a side isometric view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy.

FIG. 2 illustrates a side cross-sectional view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy.

FIG. 3 illustrates a side isometric view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy.

FIG. 4 illustrates a flowchart of a process of manufacturing a combination toy.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

To overcome the issues with prior children's toys which are not educational nor imaginatively stimulating, a combination stuffed toy which has characteristics of multiple kinds of entities has been developed. In some embodiments, the combination stuffed toy has characteristics of both an animal and a plant. In other embodiments, the combination stuffed toy has characteristics of both a musical instrument and an animal such as an eleflute (elephant plus flute). In yet other embodiments, additional combinations of entities are possible such as foods and animals, for example, a gnoodle (gnu plus noodle). In yet other embodiments, an object-animal toy includes a star-bengalled banner (star-spangled banner plus bengal). Although plant-animal combination toys are described further herein, the following applies to any combination of entities within a combination stuffed toy.

Plant-animal combination toys combine plant features and animal features to form a plant-animal combination. Plant features include plants, trees, fruits, vegetables and any other plant life. Animal features include any living animal or extinct animal such as dinosaurs. One of the main benefits of plant-animal combination toys is that they enable children to learn about plants and animals. Preferably, plant-animal combination toys utilize a literary art referred to as portmanteau. Portmanteau refers to forming a word by combining the sounds and meanings of two different words. Each of the plant-animal combination toys are portmanteau words since they combine a plant and an animal into a single object whose appearance is representative of both the plant and the animal. Furthermore, plant-animal combination toys are formed where part of the plant and part of the animal sound similar/same or are spelled similarly/same. For example, a pumpkitten plant-animal combination toy combines a pumpkin and a kitten because the last syllable of pumpkin, “kin” has a similar sound to the first syllable of kitten, “kit.” In some embodiments, having a similar sound includes at least one syllable sounding similar. In some embodiments, having a similar sound includes the pronunciation of two letters the same such as “ki” in pumpkin and “ki” in kitten. In some embodiments, the similar sounds are at the end of the first word and the beginning of the second word, such as pumpkitten. In some embodiments, the similar sounds are able to be anywhere in either of the words. Porcupineapple is an example where a porcupine and a pineapple are combined where they share the “pine” syllable as well as sharing a component spelled similarly or the same. In some embodiments, having similar spelling includes a sequence of at least two letters being the same such as “pine” in porcupine and pineapple for porcupineapple or “mon” in persimmon and monkey for persimmonkey. In some embodiments, having similar spelling includes a sequence of at least three letters being the same. Porcupineapple and persimmonkey are again examples of such.

For children and adults, plant-animal combination toys are able to bring imaginative enjoyment by combining a plant and an animal into one object. The overall appearance of the plant-animal combination toys are highly decorative and creative. Initially, when a person sees a plant-animal combination toy, he/she typically needs to think to determine what plant and what animal are combined to form the plant-animal combination toy. For the most part, simple stuffed animals look like the animal they are meant to represent which requires very little thought even for a child. By the age of two, many toddlers are able to recognize a “bear” stuffed animal when pointed to by a parent, thereby providing little intellectual stimulation for anyone older than two. However, when first discovering a plant-animal combination toy, even adults do not immediately know what the object is, therefore requiring thought processes. For example, when looking at the exemplary plant-animal combination toy in FIG. 1, most likely it is not immediately clear that the object is a pineapple combined with a porcupine, referred to as a porcupineapple. Thus, the plant-animal combination toy provides intellectual stimulation for a much larger group than simple stuffed animals.

Furthermore, plant-animal combination toys also provide intellectual stimulation in that once a child or adult sees a plant-animal combination toy and understands the concept of combining a plant with an animal, typically he/she will try to mimic the concept and come up with his/her own plant-animal combination toys. For example, if a parent shows a plant-animal combination toy to a child and the child understands the concept, the parent and child are able to play a game of one saying a plant and the other coming up with an animal that is able to fit with the plant to form a plant-animal combination toy according to the specifications described above. Another game is for people, preferably of similar ages, to see who is able to come up with the most plant-animal combination toys not already in existence.

As described above, each of the plant-animal combination toys itself is a kind of literary art referred to as portmanteau. Therefore, plant-animal combination toys are a creative way to teach children and adults about an important aspect of the English language. Lewis Carroll's famous poem, Jabberwocky, utilizes portmanteau throughout; however, some people do not understand or do not enjoy the complexity of the poem. Plant-animal combination toys are a much simpler way of illustrating and explaining portmanteau. Furthermore, plant-animal combination toys enable parents to generate an interest in the English language in their children at a young age.

In addition to the intellectual uses of plant-animal combination toys, they are able to bring personal enjoyment through other means as well. Plant-animal combination toys are able to be used as toys. Plant-animal combination toys are able to be used as decorations. A room filled with plant-animal combination toys not only adds plant life to the room but wildlife as well. Plant-animal combination toys are able to be used as pillows for resting or for a sense of security when one needs to hold onto something. Plant-animal combination toys are also able to be collected.

FIG. 1 illustrates a side isometric view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy 100. The exemplary plant-animal combination toy 100 in FIG. 1 is a porcupineapple which combines a porcupine and a pineapple. The plant-animal combination toy 100 includes a plant component 102 and an animal component 104. While there are two components, the plant component 102 and the animal component 104, the plant-animal combination toy 100 still preferably closely resembles both the plant and the animal, such that a person is able to determine the plant and the animal from which the plant-animal combination toy is derived. Furthermore, although the plant component 102 and the animal component 104 are able to be separately distinguished, one plant-animal combination toy is also able to be recognized. For example, plant-animal combination toys are not simply an animal holding a plant or eating a plant; rather, the plant and animal are joined together to form a plant-animal combination toy. For this exemplary plant-animal combination toy 100, the head and feet are standard porcupine parts, and the body and tail are a pineapple. The plant component 102 and the animal component 104 form a cover which contains stuffing material. In some embodiments, the plant component 102 and the animal component 104 are made from the same material, and in some embodiments, they are made from different materials. In some embodiments, the materials used for each component are representative of the plant and/or animal. Preferably, the materials used are plush. In some embodiments, other materials besides plush are used such as other fabrics or leather. In some embodiments, the materials contain a texture such as a sticky texture, a rough texture, a soft or hard texture to represent an object with that feature. In some embodiments, the texture of the plant component 102 is different from the texture of the animal component 104. Additionally, in some embodiments, the color of each component is able to contribute to identifying the representative identity. For example, a mint green color is useful in identifying the mint leaves as ears of an otherwise green-colored elemint.

FIG. 2 illustrates a side cross-sectional view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy 100. As described above, the plant-animal combination toy 100 includes a plant component 102 and an animal component 104. The plant component 102 and the animal component 104 form a cover which contains stuffing material 106. The stuffing material 106 is able to be any kind of stuffing such as polyfiber filling, feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets. The stuffing material 106 is inserted into any desired locations.

FIG. 3 illustrates a side isometric view of an exemplary plant-animal combination toy 300. The exemplary plant-animal combination toy 300 in FIG. 3 is an elemint which combines an elephant and mint. The plant-animal combination toy 300 includes a plant component 302 and an animal component 304. For this exemplary plant-animal combination toy 300, the ears, tip of tail and near the tusks are mint leaves and the body, legs, tusks, head and trunk are standard elephant parts.

FIG. 4 illustrates a flowchart of a process of manufacturing a combination toy. In the step 400, a cover is generated. The cover is generated by coupling together multiple components representing multiple entities such as a plant component and an animal component, or whatever entities the components are. In some embodiments, each of the plant component and the animal component comprise more than one piece of material, and in some embodiments, they each comprise a single piece of material. Preferably, the cover is generated of fabric, and the plant and animal components are coupled by stitching. However, in alternative embodiments, the cover is of other materials such as leather for a cow in a cowlrabi (cow plus kohlrabi). As described above, the material of the plant and animal components are able to be the same or different. Furthermore, the mechanism for coupling the plant and animal components is also able to be something other than stitching including but not limited to glue, staples, a zipper, string, buttons and hook and loop material such as Velcro®. In the step 402, stuffing material is inserted into the cover. Preferably, the stuffing material is polyfiber filling. Preferably, the polyfiber filling is stuffed into the cover until the combination toy is of an appropriate density. The polyfiber filling is able to be inserted using other methods as well. Furthermore, other types of stuffing material are able to be used as well including, but not limited to feathers, cotton, sand, beans and pellets. These stuffing materials are inserted appropriately, such as by pouring the sand into the cover. In some embodiments, multiple parts of the combination toy are filled separately such as a head, feet, arms or other parts. Additionally, different stuffing materials are able to be used for different parts of each combination toy. For instance, feet of a combination toy are able to contain sand while the body of the combination toy contains polyfiber filling, so that the feet dangle yet the body remains soft. Internal wiring is also able to be included if desired and/or appropriate. For example, for a gingeraffe (ginger plus giraffe) which is able to have long legs and a long neck, it may be desirable to utilize internal wiring to support the legs and neck. In some embodiments, additional steps are utilized to manufacture the combination toy. For example, a head, feet, legs, arms and/or other body parts are generated separately and are then coupled to the body. Objects are able to represent plant and animal features, such as buttons to represent eyes.

The parts of each plant-animal combination toy that correspond to a plant and the parts that correspond to an animal depend on the specific plant-animal combination toy. The objective is for the plant-animal combination toy to maintain a realistic appearance. For some plant-animal combination toys, replacing the ears of the animal with the plant is preferable. For some plant-animal combination toys, replacing the body or another body part is better. Furthermore, some plant-animal combination toys are able to have different plant-animal configurations. For example, a lemonkey (lemon plus monkey) in one configuration has a lemon abdomen with the rest of the body looking like a regular monkey. In another configuration, the mouth of the monkey is two lemon halves and a lemon is attached at the end of the tail, while the rest of the monkey is standard.

In some embodiments, more than one plant and/or more than one animal is able to be included in the plant-animal combination toy such as an eelemint which is a combination of an eel, an elephant and mint. Furthermore, in some embodiments, the number of entities is not limited to two, for example, a combination toy is able to include a plant, an animal and a musical instrument.

Other examples of plant-animal combination toys include, but are not limited to, a bananaconda (banana+anaconda), a persimmonkey (persimmon+monkey), a pumpkitten (pumkin+kitten), a watermelion (watermelon+lion), a tigarlic (tiger+garlic), a puppeanut (puppy+peanut), a puppea (puppy+pea), a celereses monkey (celery+rhesus monkey), a lionion (lion+onion), a lamboo (lamb+bamboo), a carrat (carrot+rat), a gingerman shepherd (ginger+german shepherd), a potatomcat (potato+tomcat), a daizebra (daisy+zebra), a salmoney tree (salmon+money tree), a donkiwi (donkey+kiwi), an antaloupe (ant+cantaloupe), a cantalope (cantaloupe+antalope), a bassparilla (bass+sarsparilla), a bassberry (bass+raspberry), an oreganotan (oregano+orangutan), a kohlrabbit (kohlrabi+rabbit), a broccolion (broccoli+lion), a cilantrout (cilantro+trout), a mangorilla (mango+gorilla), a celeray (celery+sting ray), a polar pear (polar bear+pear), a croccoli (crocodile+broccoli), a nectarhino (nectarine+rhino), a kangaroogula (kangaroo+arugula), a froget-me-not (frog+forget-me-not), a tree otter (tree+sea otter), a mulchure (mulch+vulture), a parrottree (parrot+tree), a centiweed (centipede+weed), a dandelion (dandelion+lion), a camelon (camel+melon), an appleloosa (apple+appaloosa horse), a blackbeary (black berry+black bear), a grizzly pear (grizzly bear+pear), a herbit crab (herb+hermit crab), a hammerhead bark (hammerhead shark+bark), a moosecherry (moose+goose berry), a turkey vulchard (turkey vulture+chard), a lycheetah (lychee+chetah), a pandaikon (panda+daikon), a gingkobra (gingko+king cobra), a chimpansy (chimpanzee, pansy), a bromilipede (bromeliad+milipede), a zebrussel sprouts (zebra+brussel sprouts), a mistletoad (mistletoe+toad), an orangutangerine (orangutan+tangerine), a chimplumzee (chimpanzee+plum), a flamango (flamingo+mango), a squirrelemon (squirrel+lemon), an apricottontail (apricot+cottontail rabbit), a pelicantaloupe (pelican+cantaloupe), a howler monkiwi (howler monkey+kiwi), a pearakeet (pear+parakeet), an armadillo (armadillo+dill), a hippopotamustard (hippopotamus+mustard), a black peopard (black pepper+leopard), a meercatsup (meerkat+catsup), an oreganoceros (oregano+rhinoceros), a cinnamonkey (cinnamon+monkey), a papricock (paprika+peacock), a coffeebara (coffee+capybara), a jaguartichoke (jaguar+artichoke), a kangarutabaga (kangaroo+rutabaga), a kangarhubarb (kangaroo+rhubarb), a kangaradish (kangaroo+radish), a platypussywillow (platypus+pussy willow), a gingkoala (gingko+koala), a green wallabean (green bean+wallaby), a plantypus (plant+platypus), a tomatoad (tomato+toad), an ottumip (otter+turnip), a macawliflour (macaw+cauliflower), a wombeet (wombat+beet), a bumblebeet (bumblebee+beet), a sealweed (seal+sea weed), a broctopus (broccoli+octopus), a seahorseradish (sea horse+horseradish), a crab apple (crab+crab apple), a whalenut (whale+walnut), a cranatee (cranberry+manatee), a carrotfish (carrot+parrotfish), a chocodile (chocolate+crocodile), a coconewt (coconut+newt), a mint chocolate chimp (mint chocolate chip+chimp), a sugarilla (sugar+gorilla), a nectarantula (nectarine+tarantula), a panda berry (panda bear+berry), a mosselot (moss+ocelot), a mossquito (moss+mosquito), a mosstrich (moss+ostrich), a mossprey (moss+osprey), a hippopotamoss (hippopotamus+moss), a rhinocemoss (rhinoceros+moss), a collieflour (collie+cauliflower), a rutabadger (rutabaga+badger), a pomegranape (pomegranate+ape), a pineoceros (pine+rhinoceros), a deer rice (deer mice+rice), a mangopher (mango+gopher), a jaguava (jaguar+guava), a picklelephant (pickle+elephant), a llama bean (llama+lima bean), a manta raisin (manta ray+raisin), a toucantaloupe (toucan+cantaloupe) and a leecheanut (leech+peanut).

Additional examples of dinosaur-animal combination toys include, but are not limited to, a broccolisaurus (broccoli+abelisaurus), a tricelerytops (triceratops+celery), a velociradish (velociraptor+radish) and a pterocactus (pterodactyl+cactus).

Additional examples of food-animal combination toys include, but are not limited to, a lemon meringue piethon (lemon meringue pie+python), a chocolate moussekrat (chocolate mousse+muskrat), a maple syruppotamus (maple syrup+hippopotamus), a peanut butterfly (peanut butter+butterfly), a marzipanther (marzipan+panther), a marzipanda (marzipan+panda), a jelly bee (elly bean+bee), an almond koi (Almond Joy®+koi fish), a blueberry puffin (blueberry muffin+puffin), a puddingo (pudding+dingo), a chocolate chipmunk (chocolate chip+chipmunk) and a potato chipmunk (potato chip+chipmunk).

Additional examples of music-animal combination toys include, but are not limited to, a babassoon (baboon+bassoon), a violemur (violin+lemur), a slothsaphone (sloth+saxophone), a bearitone (bear+baritone), a monkeyboard (monkey+keyboard), a piggolo (pig+piccolo), a cellogator (cello+alligator) and a cellodile (cello+crocodile).

There are many ways to utilize plant-animal combination toys. As described above, plant-animal combination toys are intended to be used as an educational tool and an imagination inspiration tool. Children are able to learn to identify both plants and animals at the same time with plant-animal combination toys. Furthermore, users are able to learn a literary art referred to as portmanteau using the plant-animal combination toys. The plant-animal combination toys also inspire creativity and imagination by enticing users to think about the plant-animal combination toys and think about other possible plant-animal combination toys. With their aesthetically pleasing nature, plant-animal combination toys are also able to be used as decorations. Plant-animal combination toys are able to provide security to children as well as a place to lay one's head, feet or other body parts.

In use, plant-animal combination toys provide aesthetic enjoyment, intellectual benefits and imagination stimulation. As a plant-animal combination, the plant-animal combination toys are more than stuffed animals. The plant-animal combination toys are able to be decorations or toys. Furthermore, the plant-animal combination toys are able to be used as educational tools to teach about plants and animals, aspects of the English language and creativity. When used as pillows, the plant-animal combination toys are positioned appropriately to provide the needed support for a user's head, neck, back or feet.

Although plant-animal combination toys have been the exemplary embodiment discussed above, other combination toys are contemplated, including but not limited to, musical instrument-animal combination toys, food-animal combination toys and object-animal combination toys.

The present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiments incorporating details to facilitate the understanding of principles of construction and operation of the invention. Such reference herein to specific embodiments and details thereof is not intended to limit the scope of the claims appended hereto. It will be readily apparent to one skilled in the art that other various modifications may be made in the embodiment chosen for illustration without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the claims.





 
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