Stuffed Animals as a Teaching Tool

Melissa & Doug Giant Rhinoceros - Lifelike Stuffed Animal (nearly 3 feet long)
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Stuffed animals as a teaching tool is a great idea. Especially since many of the featured animals on this site have a realistic look and some are the actual size. Many have the exact colors and the plush fabric even looks like real fur.

Stuffed Animals as a Teaching Tool in Elementary schools

One teacher stated that she bought an owl, squirrel and bear for an elementary class with woodland theme and they worked perfectly! They make a perfect prop when describing these animals, much better than a picture.

Another educator purchased a lion plush which is huge and noted that the students paid more attention to the lesson.

Stuffed Animals as a Teaching Tool at home

Many kids have a favorite animal they might have seen at the zoo, in a book, or on television. Once they get a realistic stuffed animal if spikes their curiosity and the children want to get to know more about how these animals live in the wild.

Webkinz Endangered Signature - Red Wolf
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Teaching about Endangered animals.

Webkinz has quality plush endangered animal species. Your child can get to know Rhinoceros, Brown bears, Red Panda, Cougars, and other animals that are in danger. Educating people including your children can go a long way in saving them.

I recently had a reader contact me about obtaining some realistic stuffed dogs to be used for first-aid training for real dogs. I understand that these life-sized dogs provide a great prop for the students learning this task.

There are plenty of realistic stuffed animals available including dogs, woodland, sea animals, jungle species, and many others.

Yes, stuffed animals can be cuddly and fun to play with but they make an excellent teaching tool as well.

We all know that children love their stuffed animals. But did you know that these furry friends can also be a great teaching tool?

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Here are some other ways you can use stuffed animals to help your child learn

1. Use them as story characters. Make up a story with your child and use the stuffed animals as the main characters. This will help your child understand the concept of fiction and how stories are created.

2. Use them to act out scenes from books. If you’re reading a story together, use the stuffed animals to act out different scenes. This will help bring the story to life for your child and help them better understand what’s happening.

3. Use them to teach new words. If your child is learning a new language, use the stuffed animals to help them practice. This will make the process more fun and interactive.

4. Use them to teach math concepts. Count the stuffed animals together or have your child add them up. This will help them understand basic math concepts in a fun and engaging way.

5. Use them to teach about different cultures. If you have a stuffed animal from another country, use it to teach your child about that culture. This is a great way to introduce them to new things and help them understand the world around them.

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