Sports are some of the greatest teaching moments you can provide for your child and personally, some of the most fun times for a parent - to watch your child learn, grow and progress. The great thing is that many of these moments come at a variety of ages and stages in their lives. Sharing, maintaining focus, putting forth effort, creating personal goals, good and bad sportsmanship, taking a loss and celebrating a win are ways athletes can obtain personal growth through their chosen sport(s).
Baby Jack has created a collection of fabric designs of different sports tag lovey toys that teach. Each of these have a stuffed plush ball / puck on to squeeze and soft fabrics surrounded by ribbon tags to stimulate senses. These comfort toys educate kids on basic concepts of each individual sport:
Baseball: often referred to as America's National Pastime, baseball has had a very active role in the shaping of this nation. From the Civil War to Civil Rights and all points in between and beyond, the game of baseball supports and reflects many aspects of American life, from culture to economics and technological advances. Baby Jack designed this fabric to be red, white and blue with touches of gray. Count the runs, balls, strikes and sing 1-2-3 strikes your out at the ballgame during the 7th inning stretch.
Basketball: the fundamentals of this game is all about the team. Nobody will win this game unless everyone contributes. Each individual player needs to learn how to dribble, pass, defend, rebound, and hustle if the team is to play well and experience success. Beyond that, there are other ways to improve the game and our lovey shares some of the key lingo that little ones can explore.
Football: this competitive game is one that is celebrated all over the United States and can begin, too, at a very young age. As you look at a football field, you will see numbers, lines, letters and shapes - which can be a fun learning experience for little ones. As you enjoy fantasy football or simply watching your favorite team in person or on TV, engage with the learning lovey to teach what it's called when the team kick through the yellow posts, or how many yards needed for each down.
Golf: Mommy or daddy's little caddy will immediately gravitate towards this hole in one lovey with the plush golf ball. Educate on or off the green and point to find / count the triangular flags used to mark the hole. Put, chip and drive for 9 holes or 18. Talk about the different types of holes and levels of each challenge - par 4, birdie, bogie, eagle are all relative to the game of golf.
Racing: Start your engines and get your baby ready to race with their checkered flag tag lovey. This teaches colors of different flags for car racing and has a plush tire to hold onto, accented with colorful ribbon tags for sensory play. Share with your child the different turns each car takes, the people involved in making car racing safe for drivers and wave that lovey checkered flag at the final lap!
Soccer:Kick, dribble, shoot for the goal. Kids at a young age understand the concept of throwing and kicking and soccer is a fun sport to introduce these basics. On this fabric kids can identify positions and activities that soccer players have to engage in. Squeeze or throw in the stuffed plush soccer ball, or play a game to kick it around the house!