Stuffed animals are a very popular gift around birthdays and holidays, but did you know that when you give the gift of a furry new friend, you’re actually helping a child’s developmental growth as well?
1) Even very young children learn through all of their senses. Stuffed animals have a soft texture that is easy to grab, hold, and hug – making learning enjoyable!
2) Children can work out challenges they’re experiencing in a safe way – for instance, potty-training their stuffed animal!
3) Stuffed animals are often comforting for children and can give them a sense of security when they are nervous or frightened, enabling them to engage in new experiences with courage. For a young child, stroking or holding a stuffed animal can bring much-needed comfort and confidence in a constantly changing world.
4) Stuffed animals can be chameleon-like “Friends” that change personalities, abilities, and roles according to your child’s imagination. Stuffed animals help fuel larger-than-life imagination,and inspire wonderful make-believe play.
5) Lifelike plush animals encourage children to learn about animals and take pride in their care. They make the perfect practice pet – with no mess or shedding!
~What was your favorite stuffed animal as a child? Join the conversation in the comments section below!