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Extra Large Stuffed Animals and Toys During the Nursery Years

While it might seem a little silly to give a young child extra large stuffed animals, the fact of the matter is, they will eventually grow into them, much like they will the clothes that were bought for them that were too big. No matter the age of a child, they are able to appreciate what plush toys have to offer and that includes the ones that are above average in size.
Both the toys and the play of babies, toddlers, and older children are marked by a distinct boundary. Newborn babies, for example, follow a specific individual pattern in that as they age they learn all the multi-skills toddlers and children previously developed: sucking, chewing, seeing, smiling, babbling, listening, talking, understanding, grabbing, stroking, sitting, rolling, standing up, and walking. All of these baby developments last for a period of about two years at which time toddlers gain a much better understanding of themselves and are able to interact with the environment and people that surround them.
As Sigmund Freud discovered, babies play begins very simply. It’s not manufactured toys that babies first play with, but rather, it’s with their mothers when they begin to stretch out and explore. Following that, it’s usually the rattle and/or small soft toys that are the first to be introduced. As far as history goes, rattles are among the oldest toys and are the first toys babies use. Despite the change in the rattle’s design and material over the years, its function has remained the same. Even before they acquire the skills needed for holding on to them themselves, as rattles are shaken in front of them, babies will listen and watch them.
By the time a baby is six months old, they have started to develop hand-eye coordination. While it’s often taken for granted, it’s really a complex accomplishment – one that helps the child move on to other developmental stages. At this young age, a child is also quite taken with the element of surprise. ‘Peek-a-Boo,’ for example, or ‘This Little Piggy Went to Market,” are all popular games which include the elements of anticipation and surprise. Toys that offers some of the same, are wooden jumping jacks which includes such imagery as animals and hunters. These toys have been made for some 300 years in the Grodner valley near Nuremberg; when the figures are hung up, and the cord which is attached to all the limbs, is pulled, the arms and legs move up and down.
Glove puppets are yet another type of toy which furthers imaginative play in a child; they can develop their very own character right alongside their owner. In the 1950s and 1960s, Sooty the bear and Sweep the dog were quite popular glove puppets in Britain – they were spin-offs from Harry Corbett’s Sooty television series. Life-like puppets of monkeys were also made by Schuco – the German firm. In addition to that, the industry went on to develop the glove and finger puppet in which the part of the glove that covers the palm of the hand, becomes a container for the animal family – one on each finger.
Soft toys, such as extra large stuffed animals, are both touchable and stimulating to babies; from the first soft balls which were made from leather to fabric to the modifications such as the wobbly clown, and then first manufacturing of soft toys by Margarete Steiff in 1902, in a child’ life, these have all been firm favorites. Extra large stuffed animals have gone on to become a child’s long term comfort toy- a fitting role no the matter the child’s age.
Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.…

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The Incredible History of Stuffed Animals

Just about every one out there can think of a favorite stuffed animal that they have or that they had at one time. These soft toys are often very special to use and can help us to get through the rough times that come our way in life. Since we see stuffed animals all over the place, it is easy to assume they have always been available. Learning about the history of stuffed animals though can help you to appreciate them more.
It is believed they actually originated centuries ago in the Egyptian culture. While the remains of the actual stuffed animals haven’t been found, paintings of them around the tombs of the Egyptians have given researchers the impression that they did have them. In other cultures it is believed they were used for ceremonies to take the place of real animals.
The first stuffed animals were introduced in the 1830’s. There weren’t well made like today though in factories with various types of stuffing. Instead these were homemade. The materials used were cloth and straw. As time progressed new materials were used. How many of you remember sock puppets as toys? Most children today don’t but older generations loved to play with them.
It may surprise you to learn that stuffed animals actually came from the idea of stuffing real animals that had been killed. That is still a process that hunters engage in today as a way to preserve the beauty of those animals. It is also a way to display them as a trophy. However, that process can be both time consuming and expensive.
The idea of stuffed animals as we know them today took place in 1880. These were the first commercialized types. They were manufactured in Germany. There are now brand names out there made all over the world.
As materials including cotton and various types of synthetic fibers were introduced, they became the main types of items used to stuff these delightful toys. They could be produced quickly and very inexpensively. The idea of using beans to stuff them also added appeal down the road in this market.
In the United States the attention for stuffed animals occurred when President Roosevelt was shown with a picture of a cuddly icon. A manufacturer approached the President to ask to use his name with the production of them in 1902. Today there are thousands of different types including the teddy bear out there for you to choose from.
Even though kids today seem to be more interested in electronic gadgets than using their imaginations to play, stuffed animals are still hot selling items. You will find many classics out there including Raggedy Anne and Andy, teddy bears, and Disney characters. Some of the older stuffed animals are considered collector’s items and are worth a great deal of money if they are in good shape. You may have some of them around your home or packed away that are more valuable than you ever imagined.…

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Careers With Animals That Will Last A Lifetime

Many people like having pets around the house, such as dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs. There are others, however, who have an earnest love for animals and are especially concerned for their welfare. Animal lovers can find many rewarding careers with animals that will allow them to make money doing what they love to do.
Animals are special creatures that need and deserve the love, care and attention that humans can offer. People who want to work with animals must demonstrate a great deal of love and patience as they learn how to treat sick and injured pets. People in careers with animals can play an active role in giving animals what they need to have a good quality of life.
Veterinarian medicine is a multi-faceted field of study, as the skills can be used in many areas involving animal care. Becoming a doctor for animals involves the same rigorous coursework that is required for treating humans. The typical four years of college and additional six years of medical school and residency apply, except a veterinarian in training goes to veterinarian school instead of medical school.
There are many areas of veterinarian medicine to choose from when embarking on rewarding careers with animals. A veterinarian treats sick or injured animals just as a doctor treats humans for injury and medical conditions. People can pursue a less rigorous and perhaps less expensive educational training by becoming a Veterinarian Technician. This kind of animal care worker functions like a nurse and works anywhere a veterinarian typically works, including animal hospitals and shelters.
Sometimes, wild animals need care and attention when they get hurt or develop illnesses in their natural habitat. A wildlife rehabilitator must become certified in the appropriate coursework needed to learn how to treat wild animals as well as get the proper permits needed to deal with wildlife. These animal workers play a special role in caring for our natural environment by nursing the animal back to health so it can go back into the wild when it recovers.
People who enjoy working with animals can find a job at a zoo or aquarium as animal attendants if they have an animal science or biology degree. There are other important jobs to choose from, such as animal behaviorists, which usually require a doctorate in some field of animal science. Careers with animals can lead to a fulfilling role in helping to give animals dignified care and attention when they need it.…

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Omega 3’s Found to Reduce Joint Pain in Animals

Arthritis is a common ailment that affects dogs as they age. The inflammation of the joints can cause serious damage, but the worst part of the disease is seeing your furry family member in pain. Overweight dogs have a higher occurrence of arthritis because the extra weight causes stress on the joints.
Unlike their owners, dogs don’t have the ability to open up the refrigerator and make a sandwich any time of the day. It is up to you to feed your dog the right amount of food and keep his weight under control.
Another remedy for that has been proven to reduce the symptoms of arthritis is adding omega 3’s to your pooch’s diet. A double-blind study featured in Veterinary Therapeutics: Research in Applied Veterinary Medicine, researched 31 mixed-breed dogs with varying degrees of arthritis. The efficacy of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel was evaluated for alleviating clinical signs of arthritis by adding it to their diet.  
By the end of 6 weeks, the dogs showed significant improvements in pain and swelling were observed in comparison to the control group. The strong evidence indicates that an extract of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel can help alleviate arthritic symptoms in dogs []. The high quality omega 3’s found in this extract can be found in a number of omega 3 supplements made for dogs, which can be easily added to your dog’s dry food. A healthy diet to manage weight paired with the New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract can equal a recipe for your dog’s long, happy and pain-free life.…