International Winnie the Pooh Day: how soft toys help early development

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 International Winnie the Pooh Day: How soft toys help early development

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated annually on January 18, the birthday of the British writer A. A. Milne (1882-1956), who wrote the book. It is celebrated all over the world with picnics with lots of honey, reading books about Winnie the Pooh and watching movies.

Dr. Moran Cohen-Iloz, developmental psychologist at Clalit Health Services, spoke about about how Pooh and other soft toys affect the emotional development of children. She explained that by interacting with soft toys, “children are exposed to different materials and textures that expand their sensory skills and knowledge of the world.” it's not just a toy. Among other things, it can help to cope with situations such as stress and anxiety, and is a very important part of childhood”, – explains Dr. Moran Cohen-Iloz.

Stuffed toys stimulate various sensory systems, including vision. In this way, the child develops sensorimotor skills and learns about his ability to act and influence the world. In addition, the impact of soft toys also has an emotional aspect. According to the doctor, they are often used as a “transitional object”, which symbolizes the calming presence of a parent and helps the child to become independent and go out into the big world.

parent and allow the child to look at the world more independently”, – emphasizes Dr. Cohen-Iloz.

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