Most kids enjoy playing with stuffed toys for a wide variety of reasons. Some like them because they are cuddly and adorable while other kids are fascinated by their bright and striking colors. Parents cannot help but feel happy when they see the delight in their child’s face when playing with stuffed toys such as large stuffed animals. However, there have been some questions about the beneficial effects of stuffed toys to children. Some parents are concerned if playing with stuffed toys is good for children. This article seeks not only to answer this issue but also to enlighten parents about stuffed toys.
Studies have shown that stuffed toys have positive effects on a child’s development. Stuffed animals that make squeaking noises can grab a baby’s attention and enhance his auditory skills. These toys, which come in brilliant and dazzling colors, can surely hone your child’s visual and color discrimination skills. As your baby grows up to become an active toddler, these toys can be used to engage him in peek-a-boo or other kinds of interactive games. Toddlers and older children also use stuffed toys for imaginative pretend plays, puppet theaters, role-play acting and other activities that cultivate the creative imagination and language skills. Of course, while stuffed animals make great toys, you should never use them as a substitute for parental participation.
While playing with these toys is natural for little girls, some parents find it questionable if it is all right for little boys to play with stuffed toys. The fact is there is nothing wrong with boys playing with stuffed creatures. Stuffed animals would teach them a great deal of information about animals, with your help of course. When it comes to other kinds of stuffed toys, a little boy can play with them and pretend that he is like his dad tending to his children. There is nothing effeminate about this because he is only imitating the role of his father.
It is also important to note that stuffed toys should not be given to babies until they are well able to sit up. If not, this may pose a hazard to your infant and should never be placed in your child’s crib. Moreover, you have to ensure the safety of the stuffed toy; otherwise, you cannot really say that playing with these toys would be good for your little one. Stuffed toys should not have small parts that can be plucked out or pulled off, and pose as a choking hazard. The fabric of the toy should be made of nontoxic and flame retardant materials. There should be no strings and cords attached that can accidentally strangle your kid.
Stuffed toys can play an important role in the development of your child’s emotional and mental skills. They hone the creative imagination, interaction, communication, social skills, and other aspects that are necessary for his progress. Just make sure that you choose safe, suitable, and age-appropriate toys that would be a nice addition to his toy collection.