• Iris Windsor

Today's the Day the Teddy Bears have their Picnic

The children at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, had a teddy Bear's Picnic last week. So much fun and so many beautiful precious cuddly toys.

It's human nature for kids to yearn for feelings of peacefulness and safety.

Oftentimes, they're able to find those feelings in the arms of a teddy bear. Studies have shown that kids who spend a lot of time holding a stuffed animal tend to feel calmer and more secure than those who don't.

The teddy bear is a very traditional and timeless toy and is often given as a keepsake to a young child. People still see them as an important part of growing up, because they provide comfort and companionship, and a friend to talk to. The bear helps to stimulate and develop their imagination.

Imaginative play has so many benefits for children and they find it great fun!

A favourite is to set up a "Teddy Bear's Picnic."

It is the easiest imaginative play to set up...... just get a blanket, teddies and some bowls, cups and plates and watch the kids become absorbed in the world of teddies and tea! Playing at a Teddy Bear’s Picnic can provide opportunities for children to develop a number of skills

What can children learn from this activity? Communication and language skills are just the beginning. This activity gets children talking and communicating-offering food to each teddy, acting out the teddy's reactions to the food and getting the teddies to 'chat' to each other.

We’ve all been there, frantically searching the house as our little ones panic at the loss of their beloved comfort object. There are many names for it; a blankie, miffy, lovey, security blanket...but why is it they can’t be without it?

These unique objects can empower kids to try new things without fear, give them more confidence in social situations, and even help with separation anxiety, giving them a soothing sense of security to clutch onto. Often small children will benefit from taking along their special item when experiencing new situations, such as starting kindy or visiting the doctor. This will help them to feel secure and maintain that link to a parent.

So next time your little one panics at the loss of their blanket or toy, remember that this is an important developmental period for them.

As your little one grows, they’ll reach for their own comforts, and while the mad dash to find their object of comfort might not be something you’ll miss, with any luck you can approach the frenzy with a level head safe in the knowledge that it’s a natural part of their development...and won’t last forever.

Just to add a little bit of trivia;

John Walter Bratton composed the song, “The Teddy Bear Two-step,” later known as “The Teddy Bear's Picnic,” in 1907. It took almost thirty years before lyrics were added to “The Teddy Bear Two-Step.” Written by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932, this is the version that we know and love today

To learn more about us, at Dragonfly's Early Learning at Coolum Beach, go to https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us

Or give us a call on 07 5471 6500. We would love to hear from you

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