Just because something is fun doesn’t mean it is any less rewarding. Stuffed animals for instance may be seen as a mere play thing but what others don’t realize is that there is more to them than meets the surface.
As a matter of fact, stuffed animals can play an integral role in the growth and development of a child. Let’s start from the very beginning.
Even before a child is born, the nursery is often filled with stuffed toys from the excited parents, their family and friends. Since the baby is often exposed to it, they get better acquainted to vision through it. The colors and patterns allow them to familiarize the environment they see.
As the baby moves about more often, the toy now serves to help better acquaint them with the other senses. Stuffed animals are soft and often come in different textures which aid in touch. Some have musical features to it which aid in sound and hearing. And believe it or not, there’s smell and taste too. We know kids will always want to sniff and bite into anything they can get their hands on. Moreover, they help them in developing their motor skills as they eventually learn to crawl, walk and run.
Now a toddler, the stuffed animals are more than just a toy. They become friends which most kids tend to bring into their adulthood. A lot of us still have our favorite toys for safekeeping for memory’s sake and for others to pass onto people they love.
They can help in reducing, minimizing and eventually eliminating anxiety, anger, negativity and sadness among children or even fear such as when they’re always hesitant and scared to sleep on their own. They can also encourage happy thoughts because they imbibe positivity with the use of attractive, colorful and comfortable design aesthetics. In fact, a lot of therapists and psychologists make use of stuffed animals in treating kids who have emotional problems, anger and fear issues or even trauma.
You see, stuffed animals are more than just toys. They can be a friend too and one that teaches a child so many things from simple movement to a color to making them feel better on a gloomy day. How many of us remember hugging our toys when we scraped our knees as a kid or when we were feeling down because we missed someone?