Betti the Junior Worry Eater (Sorgenfresser)
This innovative toy is brilliant for 'eating' nightmares and acting as a ‘waste bin’ for worries of all shapes and sizes. Children simply write or draw their troubles on a piece on paper and feed them into the zip mouth of the Worry Eater. Perfect in a regular bedtime routine, to help a child clear their mind and relax ahead of night time. Parents can either empty out the worries when the child is asleep (no rest for the wicked, and you had trouble remembering to help the tooth fairy in her duties!), or the friendly little monster can be a safe holding place until the child is ready to work through some of their worries. See below for other ways families have used Worry Eaters ('Why they'll love it' section)
Why they'll love itSome worriers find the simple act of writing down what is bothering them helps, or sharing it with another person (or creature!). This toy can help children share what is on their mind, in a way they might not feel ready to with a concerned adult.
Worry Eaters can even make helpful suggestions, remind a child of their strengths or maybe even just leave them a joke (ready to be found in the morning in their mouth, in place of the worry).
Why you'll love itWinner of the silver medal for Best Soft Toy at the Independent Toy Awards 2015.
These colourful cuddly companions stick around in good times and bad, for children of all ages. Children who are not yet writing confidently can draw their worries or use colours to express them. Parents find the award-winning characters ideal for keeping channels of communication open with their youngsters whilst also being a fun, vibrant plaything.
Supported by teachers and psychologists as a useful aid for helping children deal with worries and anxieties. Can be a useful tool for helping extend emotional vocabulary and encourage children to talk more about their mood states.