7 of the Best Stuffed Animals for Lovable Learning

Stuffed animals are an enduring favorite with most kids. Many children still have their most treasured toys when they reach adulthood. They might not look as plush or as brightly colored, but they are still much loved – even with a few missing limbs! Plush stuffed animal toys are the perfect companion for babies, toddlers and older children. Parents usually find their child a stuffed animal to comfort them at night, but many toys also have some interesting learning opportunities.

There is a huge assortment of stuffed animals to choose from. However, when buying a stuffed toy, look for products from reputable manufacturers rather than cheap imports, as they are made from quality materials. The biggest problem with cheap stuffed animals is that they may have parts that come loose during play, which could represent a choking hazard to a baby or young child. Here are some fantastic toys with a few educational extras.

Stuffed Animals Who Love to Learn

1. LeapFrog My Pal Scout

LeapFrog My Pal Scout - Stuffed Animals

The LeapFrog My Pal Scout is one of the cutest stuffed animals for kids. Scout is soft and cuddly, but capable of teaching younger children all sorts of useful things, including first words, colors, numbers, feelings and emotions. Scout will learn your child’s name – in fact, you can personalize him while he is still in the box! Connect Scout to a smartphone, computer or tablet and personalize your child’s learning experience. Scout is pre-programmed with more than 40 different lullabies and songs, so your child can sing along during the day or be soothed into sleep at night.

2. Mother Goose Animated Soft Plush Toy

Mother Goose Animated Soft Plush Toy

The Mother Goose soft plush toy made by Baby Love is a beautifully animated stuffed toy goose straight from the magical world of fairytales. The Mother Goose animated toy reads aloud five classic nursery rhymes, including Jack & Jill, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, and Hickory Dickory Dock. Your child can learn to sing along to the rhymes and because the toy is animated, it will hold the attention of a small child for ages. It should even stop them crying!

3. Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo

Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo

Everyone loves Sesame Street, so a talking Elmo toy makes a great gift for kids. Talking ABC Elmo from Sesame Street is a firm favorite with children who love stuffed animals. Strictly speaking, Elmo is not an animal, but he is great fun to play with, so we will give him the benefit of the doubt. The Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo is made from high quality materials and is 100% safe for kids of all ages. He sings a cute alphabet song, so kids can learn their ABC when they play with him. Elmo also talks, which will help to encourage early speech. He is also very cuddly!

4. Sultan the Tiger

Cuddle Barn Sultan the Tiger - Stuffed Animals

Sultan the Tiger from Cuddle Barn is an animated, educational press-activated talking stuffed animal toy. One press of the button and your child will learn interesting facts about tigers, which are on the WWF’s endangered animals list. Sultan comes up with a new fact each time he is activated and he is pre-programmed with 10-12 different facts. His mouth moves when he speaks, so it looks very real. Children will soon fall in love with adorable Sultan the Tiger.

5. Giant Panda with Baby Stuffed Animal Toy

Giant Panda with Baby Stuffed Animal Toy from Exceptional Home Zoo

Stuffed animals do not come much cuter than the Giant Panda with Baby Panda. This is a high quality toy for younger children. It is incredibly detailed and the fur is super soft. Pop it in your baby’s cot or let your toddler take it to bed. The baby panda is detachable, so children can play with it separately. As well as a soft, cuddly giant panda and baby toy, your child will also receive an endangered species e-book, so he can learn more about the plight of some of the world’s most endangered species.

6. Stuffed Chihuahua Dog Toy

Stuffed Chihuahua Dog Toy from I-Best

Is your child desperate for a pet dog? If so, the stuffed Chihuahua dog from I-Best is a fantastic stepping stone to test the water. This is a perfectly formed pet Chihuahua toy so lifelike it looks just like the real thing, except it doesn’t need to be fed and you won’t need to take it for a walk! The I-Best Chihuahua is ideal for kids who want a pet dog, but are not old enough to take care of such a demanding pet. Emulation toys such as the I-Best pet Chihuahua teach children a sense of responsibility. Let your child take care of his pet Chihuahua. He can take it for a walk and cuddle up to it at night.

7. Boogaloo Andy Anteater

Boogaloo Andy Anteater Booga-Bud Stuffed Animal Toy

The Andy Anteater Booga-Bud stuffed toy from Boogaloo is great fun for kids. This is one of the few stuffed animals that helps to teach a baby emotional intelligence, as it has an inbuilt cause and effect style of developmental learning. Press the buttons on Andy’s stomach and he starts to giggle. Let his long nose touch the ant on his leg and he sniffs. Your child can use Andy the Anteater in a whole host of imaginative games, so the fun never stops!


Educational stuffed animals make ideal gifts for babies and children. They encourage cognitive development and soon become firm favorites. However, you do need to ensure you are buying a quality toy. Look for toys that are made locally, or buy from a reputable retailer, as quality really counts with toys designed for younger children.


Feature image courtesy of Flickr, JD Hancock.

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  1. Reinvent everything with kids and families in mind, especially luggage, and small ball bowling, all of which was created for men, by men! Why leave money on the table?

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