The Origin of Teddy Bears for Children
Teddy bears trace their lineage to the United States where their creation was an inspiration of the compassion of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris Michtom was inspired by the actions of President Roosevelt. He then along with his wife, went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. From here, the teddy bears for children was born. They traveled all over the world to bring joy and comfort to children everywhere.
Why is it that teddy bears have such a special place in our hearts?
From our earliest memories as children, most of us would most likely have owned a soft toy of some sort. In most cases, it is a teddy bear. As children, our teddy bears were very real characters with their own personalities and traits. We brought them everywhere with us, holding tight to them as if they were our very own family members.
For those of us who grew up without any siblings to play with, the humble teddy bear was often our only playmate. He followed us on all of our new adventures, to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, to strange new places and even on road trips.
To an adult looking in on the world of a child, the teddy bear is just another toy. However in the mind of a child, the teddy bear has come to life, with a mind of his own and to a child, the teddy bear is a definite living, breathing character.
The Magic That Teddy Bears Bring to Children
The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes; follows the adventures of the main character Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes as they get into trouble and go on adventures together. In the eyes of adults and other children, Hobbes appears a stuffed tiger. However, the perspective shifts when its just Calvin and Hobbes by themselves. Hobbes suddenly takes on a much more different form. He exhibits lifelike characteristics and is able to do things on his own.
Children form a kind of bond with their stuffed toys. These toys seem to take on a life of their own in the eyes of the child. From here, we can see why teddy bears for children often hold a special place in the hearts of their owners all the way into adulthood.
Besides following the adventures of a 7-year old boy and his stuffed tiger, Calvin and Hobbes showcases the special relationships that form between a child and his stuffed toy. The comic strip above us was the final strip published by Bill Watterson before his retirement. It reminds readers not to lose the magic that childhood brings and to keep on exploring this magical world.