People of all ages are drawn to the adorable faces of their favorite stuffies. From trendy Squishmallows to familiar Disney characters, children specifically choose toys based on a number of factors: popularity, cuteness, size, collectability, feel, and especially color.
There’s even evidence that the bright colors of your child’s favorite stuffed toy have significant relevance to their development. Color matters — and here’s why:
Bright colors capture the attention of children. Beginning just a few weeks after birth, babies begin to distinguish between basic colors. Brightly-colored stuffed animals are more attractive to babies for a reason — they can be seen early on. Here are some ways you can use brightly colored stuffed animals to encourage brain development in babies and young children:
A young child is more likely to play with a toy they can see and distinguish from others.
It’s essential to help your growing baby develop their fine and gross motor skills beginning from a young age. This means providing them with both the opportunity and incentive to use those hand muscles as much as possible. Your child is more likely to reach for unique handmade stuffed animals or brightly colored objects:
Games are more engaging with plushies that are brightly-colored and eye-catching. For more ideas to engage in play with your child, look for toys and games designed to enhance motor skills naturally.
Simple, brightly-colored stuffed animals can give parents a lot of insight into a world that is uniquely their child’s. Simple games of hide and seek using eye-catching objects are the first steps toward development of problem-solving skills.
As your child figures out how to locate hidden objects, they will develop the skills they need to problem-solve in the future.
Children begin to develop more imaginative play skills around the age of three. Your child will begin to interact with their stuffed animals and see them as an extension of their own world. They are more likely to be drawn to brightly colored plushies as they grow their imaginative abilities. Here are some other ways you can encourage imaginative play:
As your child creates a world of their own, you will begin to see them speak to their stuffed animal and gain an insight into the workings of their mind.
As your child grows past the toddler stage they will begin to play with other children and develop stronger bonds. Don’t be surprised to see them learn how to share their favorite toys or begin collections. Children are intrigued by what their friends are playing with — here are some ways you can encourage more social interaction:
Your child is more likely to engage with their friends through play so having them choose their favorite stuffed animal friends to bring on a trip, to a sleepover or to show-and-tell at school will help them develop important social skills.
Now that there’s even more reason to reach for that favorite rainbow plushie, it’s time to engage in life’s most essential work — learning through play!
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