It is a high possibility that your child’s first toy is a stuffed animal because of its soft texture and body which makes it cute and cuddly. On top of that it makes a good early companionship for your child and getting just the right size stuffed animal for your child can almost give an instantaneous feeling of comfort. What many have yet to realize is the benefits that stuffed toy can provide that no other toys can come close to.
The feeling of a soft, stuffed animal changes its role when toddlers are between the ages of two and three. This is the stage when your child learns to pick up the characteristics of empathy and kindness which can be transferred to real animals.
As your child begins to name his or her stuffed animals, language begins to develop in relation to what your child is feeling and seeing. Parenting skills can also be learned, such as pretend feeding and nap times, allowing your child to engage in nurturing skills. In addition, your child learns life’s challenges, expectations, and the ability to express what is being observed.
No matter what your child’s favorite stuffed toy is, he or she is able to see him or herself in other roles, such as a teacher, prince, princess, and any other favorite movie or television characters. And this skill of imagination is very important to encourage from a very young age.
Able to confide in stuffed toy animals for release of negative feelings or sadness, your child will continue to have something to take comfort in. Your child will learn to express themselves to their stuffed animal. And, if they speak aloud to their animal, they will even develop their skills of speech and vocabulary.
School Age Benefits
At the age of five, children enjoy participating in the fun game of reenacting situations to resemble their environment and what they are experiencing. Children then engage in role-playing to understand and deal with different situations.
Your child may use his or her stuffed animals in different roles, such as students in a classroom where your child plays the role of the teacher. As your child gets older, he or she will begin to take a closer look into learning to classify stuffed animals.
There is one thing your child may never lose for a long time, and that is the comfort that only a stuffed animal can bring after a rough day.