The idea behind Worry Eaters is simple – all children have to do is write down or draw their fears or concerns, and feed them to the Worry Eater. It is an easy way for children to get their emotions out, especially if they have trouble communicating. In a way, there is someone they can “talk” to and make them feel better. Parents can then look at the paper later to get a better idea of what their children are feeling.
“Hi! Afraid of the dark? Homework problems? Trouble with friends? Whatever is bothering you – I’m here to help! Just write or draw your worries on a piece of paper, feed them to me, and zip me up. I’ll hold onto them so you don’t have to. Together we’ll get through it!”
- Parents Magazine Best Toys 2015 List
- Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Seal
- Toy Insider’s Hot Holiday Toys
- Creative Child Awards Plush of the Year
- The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
- Mom’s Choice Award – Gold
- Mr. Dad’s Seal of Approval
- NAPPA Gold Award (National Parenting Publications Awards)
- National Association of Gifted Children’s Recommended Toy Seal
- PAL Award (Play on Words recognizes products that advance language)
Worry Eaters are made by German toymaker Gerd Hahn and distributed in the U.S. by The Haywire Group. They are available for purchase from The Haywire Group or in toy stores throughout the U.S. The large Worry Eaters sell for $22.99 and small Worry Eaters sell for $15.99. They would make a great gift this holiday season – a soft plush friend for children and a helpful tool for parents in handling their children’s feelings.