Stuffed animals and toys can and do help a lot with child development. Apart from basic skills, they can help foster other character developments, too.
For example, empathy. Of course, all children are different. Is perfectly normal for some of them to show more natural empathic behavior than others.
On the whole, fostering empathy is a good thing. It means raising a person who loves and appreciates the simple things. And it also means raising a person who will care about others.
Most empathic people are also quieter, thoughtful and gentle. They avoid loud and brash and prefer to act, not to talk. They are also much more caring for others and animals.
Usually empathic children can have some problems, though. Often they are labeled as withdrawn, overly shy, too sensitive and etc. So, they may feel pressured by the rest to be different. You should support them and show them is perfectly fine to be more gentle and quiet. And it doesn’t mean they can’t be as involved in activities with others, too.
This is where stuffed animals can help a lot. Especially if your child already shows interest towards them. With stuffed animals you can show kids via play how they can help others. You can also show them what’s like to take care of others.
They are also a way to help kids learn more about themselves and their feelings. And creative play with stuffed animals can also help them learn how to balance their empathy with other interactions. It’s important for kids to find out they can and they should care for others, but that they can also do so without feeling left out or too strange for others. Learning how to balance your feelings and emotions is an important part of child development and can have a great effect on their life.