Teddy Bear Day celebrates the time-tested appeal of a soft toy that brings comfort and cuddles to our kids... and sometimes to us too!
We still enjoy Pooh Bear and Paddington and there are few among us who don’t remember Rupert or the Care Bears with keen nostalgia!
Often our children's very first "friends" in life are soft toys such as these famous teddies who offer comfort and companionship to little ones the world over. Let us observe National Teddy Day this month by having a closer look at these little stuffed-with-fluff friends. After all, it was the good-natured honey-loving Winnie the Pooh who said, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”
There is something about that favourite bear, animal or movie character as a stuffed toy that is just so comforting to our kids (and maybe to us too), especially in times of stress or change. This might explain why people of all ages have an affinity for a plush companion.
Our children learn important life skills early on through role play with their stuffed animals and teddy bears. The mere act of “caring for them” and including them in daily activities like dressing, bathing, mealtimes and so on encourages the development of this important skill set.
When our little ones have a tea party with all their favourite stuffed animals or is the teacher in a school filled with fluffy rabbit, dog and teddy bear students, there are endless opportunities to learn good behaviour, table manners and communication skills. If your child is particularly shy, a teddy bear can help them make new friends!
As our children grow, we should introduce them to the animal kingdom through their stuffed companions. Wild and exotic animal friends will create a curiosity for, and a desire to learn more about lions and limas, hyenas and hedgehogs!
"There are no limits to how you can play with a teddy bear. It is a blank canvas for a child and the special relationship that develops with that bear can endure a life time." - Sarah Holmes