If you work in a Children’s Hospital, or any organization that deals with children in crisis, you’ve just met your new best friend.
Our new Octopus CuddleBuddy will work miracles in helping children under stress feel more calm, brave, loved and confident.
OctoBuddy is a reversible happy/sad octopus that comes with a hidden pouch filled with calming affirmations printed on wooden comfort coins. Children are encouraged to rub the coins and say the affirmations while holding the super-soft octopus (also known as a “cuddlefish”) against their cheek. Though the concept seems simple, CuddleBuddies use three scientifically proven calming techniques to help children (and adults) regulate their emotions. These are: repetitive motion, positive affirmations and soft tactile comfort. And it does all of this, not as a “technique” but in the guise of playing with a loveable squishy plush toy.
The four affirmations on the coins will help children:
1) calm themselves down when they are angry or upset
2) gather their courage when they are afraid
3) feel loved when they are lonely, and
4) feel wonderful when they are embarrassed or ashamed.
It comes with an instruction sheet for the kids (see picture). To explain the science behind the power of our Cuddlebuddies, we also include an insert for parent. To read what it says, click the “Parent’s Insert” tab to the left. This makes it an educational gift for parents as well as their children. You will want to read the instructions and the different affirmations to preschool children. They will be able to tell them apart by their color.
Our “OctoBuddy” promises to be our most popular CuddelBuddy yet for several reasons.
First, it is the biggest, softest and squishiest of the bunch. At a full eight inches across and four inches high, its eight arms feel wonderful “hugging” your cheek or hand, and it is truly squeezable for a satisfying sensation. Encourage your children to give their OctoBuddy a name – or even two (one for each side) – and it may become a life-long friend.
Second, and most exciting, is that it is reversible. It starts out as a bright yellow octopus with a big smile, but if the child is feeling sad or upset, they can turn the octopus inside-out. Inside they will find a velour pouch with four comfort coins and a blue sad/worried octopus to tell their troubles to. When they’ve told their story, rubbed the coins, said their affirmations, hugged their soft friend and are feeling better, then they turn it happy-side out again. and tuck the pouch and coins back into the pocket made by the blue face.
Finally, octopuses are really popular right now. The phenomenal success of the documentary “My Octopus Teacher” has made octopuses almost as popular as dinosaurs. Here is another great documentary on octopuses that is free to watch.
NOTE: These are NOT the Happy/ ANGRY octopuses you can get elsewhere. These were custom made for us to reflect the emotions calmed by our comfort coins.
A pack of five can ship first class in a padded envelope.
NOTE: The pouch with the coins comes hidden inside the octopus except in the 20-pack, where they come separately (in the same box) for easier shipping.
Designed for kids four and up. The coins might be considered a choking hazard for very young children.