When kids encountered Abigail the Elephant they couldn’t pass by without touching, giving a little tap or picking her up and taking her from room to room.  She was irresistible to little ones about her size! A three-year-old boy grabbed her, looked up at me and said, “How to carry this?” He proceeded to grab her, talk to her and then played a little hide-and-seek,  “You don’t see me!” popping out from behind her. Little brother yelled out his best words, “Ba” and “Ga” as he launched at Abigail, rolling on her horizontal body and giggling as she popped up again. Abigail’s engaging face got kids moving and talking. Made from a durable plastic body with an organic cotton interchangeable cover, Abigail easily endured a child rolling on her and sitting down as well as taking a few punches.  Abigail and her friends in the Wildlife series–Logan the Penguin, Jackson the Bear, Emma the Owl, Noah the Whale and Lily the Gibbon each represent a personality trait from shy or energetic to tenacious and selective. Discussing those characteristics and how they manifest themselves is a language lesson in itself! Parents connected with this classic bop bag re-born with a fresh environmental awareness, “I used to play with one of those,” and watched their kids enjoy Abigail, ” I think he could do that all day!” I’m excited to see how Abigail and her friends will contribute to learning at home as well as the classroom. Her firm but soft body that moves can provide wonderful sensory input to kids with special needs, helping them become available for learning and talking.

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