Posted on: 27 May 2021
Are you on the hunt for the just-right kids' birthday gift? Is the child an avid animal enthusiast? If you answered yes to both questions, take a look at the top reasons to choose a themed reading present, such as a giraffe plushie and children's book set.
A Book Set Is Educational
Children don't need to wait until they start formal schooling to start reading. Early literacy activities can help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to build crucial skills they'll need as they grow and develop. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), early literacy activities can help children to learn the conventions of print, increase vocabulary, and understand the use of print and pictures of symbols.
A Plushie Adds Entertainment Value
Books aren't just educational. Even though a children's picture book provides plenty of early literacy-related benefits, it's also a form of entertainment. Add on a stuffed animal (such as a giraffe plushie) and you can make learning even more fun for the young birthday child.
Not only can the child read along with the animal-themed story, but they can also spend the day playing with the plush toy. The child may want to start with the book and create their own dramatic narrative that features the plushie. Instead of a puppet, they can act out the story with the giraffe toy. This gives preschoolers and older toddlers the chance to explore dramatic play and develop creative thinking skills.
A Plushie and A Book Are Gender Neutral Gift Ideas
You don't have to stick to gendered gifts for the birthday child. An animal-themed plush toy and book set is a gender-neutral present that every toddler or preschooler could enjoy equally.
A Plushie and A Book Are Gifts that Grow with the Child
A giraffe plushie and children's picture book set is a gift that a young child can use right now and for years to come. An older baby or younger toddler can watch as you read the book, point to the pictures, and cuddle with the soft toy.
Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and older children can start to read the words in the animal-themed book themselves. Like other favorite plush friends, the older child will still enjoy the giraffe toy. But instead of a simple hug and cuddle, the child may use the toy as part of a complex play scene. Again, this could start with the book. The giraffe-inspired pretend play could also take on a life of its own — allowing the child to create their own stories and scenarios.Share