Superhero Play Therapy Bear
The Ready Set Go Superhero Play Therapy Bears are plush friends who help children overcome feelings and emotions. Bright in color and soft to the touch, each bear is complete with clothing and accessories to enhance the learning experience. The bears use the “Ready Set Go” system, which represents the following: get ready to overcome your fears, set your goals high, and go out there and be the best you can be. The bears come in two models: Brian and Brianna, as well as superhero versions of the bears.
- Ready Set Go Bears appeal to a wide age range, allowing children of varying ages and cognitive levels to play and learn from Brian and Brianna.
- The bears can be used to introduce complex relationships. For example, the fact that the bear is simultaneously a pretend play plush bear as well as a humanlike friend to the child.
- Ready Set Go Bears encourage open-ended play—there is no right or wrong way to play which heightens prolonged play and fosters imagination.
- The Ready Set Go pendant is a physical reminder for kids to overcome fears, set goals high and be the best they can be.
- Use the bear to teach locational concepts such as “under the blanket” or “next to the pillow.”
- Create new clothes for the bear out of old fabric or felt for a fun arts and crafts project.
- With the bears’ similar body shape to a human, Brian and Brianna can be used to teach children basic anatomy. Children can pretend play as a doctor to give the bear a shot in the arm or thigh.
- The accompanying booklet provides a variety of new vocabulary words and samples for children to practice reading.
- Role playing with Brian and Brianna provides children with an outlet to express themselves freely while practicing expressive language.
- Ready Set Go Bears support conversations with caregivers about charitable giving. A portion of the proceeds from every bear is donated to the Children’s Specialized Hospital.
- How does the bear talk? Does the bear have an accent? Let the child decide!
- Create a script or direct a play to act out with the bear.
- Read a book along with the bear to give the child a partner to practice reading with.
- The focus on social/emotional empowerment promotes the skills needed to comprehend and overcome emotions.
- Independent play with Brian and Brianna can boost confidence and self-esteem through the act of self-directed play.
- Children can role play with the Ready Set Go Bear to help with relationship management, as they use the bear to understand empathy.
- The Ready Set Go Bear can be used to help a child transition from one activity to the next. Brian or Brianna can be the constant in novel situations and may help ease anxiety.
- Use the Ready Set Go Bear with other animals to act out different play scenarios like a Superhero lunch.
- Use the accompanying cape and mask to signify the different moods of the child. Instead of verbally communicating what they are feeling, if they are happy they can leave the mask off, and if they are sad they can put the mask on the bear. This will also help build nonverbal communication.
- Caregiver can create scenarios for the child to share how Brian or Brianna (or themselves!) might feel in that situation. For example, how would Brian feel if he fell down on the playground? What would an appropriate reaction be?