Not only can stuffed animals benefit our children at home, but they can also work wonders in the classroom. They can make excellent educational tools, teaching our children important skills that will help them for years to come.
If you’re a teacher or tutor, here are some ways you can use stuffed animals in your own classroom:
A cuddly and unique stuffed animal can make the perfect class mascot. Mascots create a sense of belonging, uniting everyone in the class and representing diverse classrooms as a solidified unit. Class mascots make kids excited to go to school every day, giving them something fun to look forward to. These special class heroes can increase classroom morale with minimal effort.
Stuffed animals serve as the perfect audience for reading practice. Letting students read books out loud to stuffed animals allows them to practice reading comprehension and fluency while minimizing nerves. Reading with a non-judgmental stuffed animal causes an increase in confidence (and fun!) for young students.
Offer recognition and reward
Kids love positive recognition and rewards for appropriate behaviors and actions. Use stuffed animals in the classroom as a tool for rewarding students for following your classroom rules. For example, let a student that demonstrates good manners sit with a stuffed animal on their desk during class. If a student does a particularly good job with reading something out loud or mastering other course content, let them pick out a stuffed animal to carry around for the day.
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