If you have stumbled upon the NFL TeenyMates in the stores, you know that your elementary and middle school kids might be a little crazy about collecting them. You also know that they are expensive and take some time to collect "all" the teams. Another thing I have found out is that dogs like to chew on them and they hurt when you step on one.
If you need a reason to console yourself after buying 4 packs of TeenyMates for your child, instead of having 4 Starbucks, then here is a reason to feel better: for the young child they can be a fun sorting activity and lining them up is a nice motor coordination activity. You and your child might even learn all the NFL teams along the way, and their colors (I'm reaching here).
My son has an obvious addiction problem with these Teenymates and will spend every bit of his allowance to get that last few teams he is missing. But, since he is so "motivated" to get them, I can easily use a pack of them to reward him for doing something awesome. If you really want to prove to yourself that these can be put to some educational and therapeutic use---- put them all on the table, all mixed up. Tell your child, "I bet you can't sort these all by NFL teams in 3 minutes. Ready, set, go!" . Don't worry. Once you have collected them all, they have a new collection series each year. yippee.
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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