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Toy Animals for Kids to Love

From an early age, children gain comfort from cuddling and playing with soft toys. Whether an old teddy bear with an eye missing or a homemade rag doll, a soft cuddly toy can become part of a child's world - a close companion.

Soft toys encourage a child to show affection and to bond. They provide a sense of security and help alleviate anxiety. They are always around when a child needs comfort.

We've selected our favorite toy animals that kids will love. Some have interactive features that add personality to the toy.

FurReal Mama Josie The Kangaroo

furReal Mama Josie The Kangaroo Interactive Pet Toy, 70+ Sounds & Reactions, Ages 4 & Up

Josie is a cute mama roo with three little cuties of her own - a boy, a girl, and the third is a surprise you have to unbox to discover for yourself. She likes to look after her joeys (baby kangaroos), dancing and having fun.

Kids will love to cuddle her with the three babies in her pouch and to feed her. She makes all manner of noises when she's eating and will burp and hiccup as well.

Mama Josie is an interactive pet toy who responds to touch and sound. She can move her head and arms, hold her babies one at a time, and kiss them. She will entertain kids with her more than seventy sound and movement responses.

Recommended age range: 4 years and up.


Qrooper Kids Talking Hamster

Qrooper Talking Hamster Toy Repeats What You Say Plush Interactive Toys Repeats Your Said Voice Perfect Toy Gift for Girls Boys or Pet

Qrooper is a fluffy and soft, adorable speaking hamster who likes to copy what you say and who can recognize male and female voices in any language.

As a plush toy, Qrooper is very cuddly and will shake and shimmy whenever repeating something said.

Recommended for ages 3 years and up.


Happy Penguin Plush

Wild Republic 23640 Happy Penguin Plush Toy, Animated Stuffed Animal That Claps & Sings, Baby Toys & Kids Gifts For All Ages, 10 Inches, Gray/Black

Nice to play with and lovely to cuddle - the Happy Penguin from Wild Republic is an interactive clapping penguin. This little feller claps and sings to the kids' song 'If you're happy and you know it.'

Happy Penguin has two play modes - an interactive clapping game and a sing and clap-along with the kids' session.

The high-quality plush is surface washable and comes with three trial AA batteries, so you'll need to buy a set of full strength batteries as well.

Recommended ages: 1.5 to 5 years.


Little Live Scruff-a-Luvs Rescue Pet

Little Live Scruff-a-Luvs Plush Mystery Electronic Rescue Pet - Real Rescue

Scruff-a-Luvs are waiting to be rescued and adopted. Kids will need to transform the scruffy ball of fur in the box into a fluffy adorable rescue pet to play with and love.

Kids can rescue a Little Live Pets puppy, kitten, or pony, adopt a Scruff-a-luvs family consisting of a mom and three kids or rescue a lion, monkey, or parrot jungle animal. These are three different toys.

Kids will need to wash and groom the Scruff-a-Luvs toy they choose, with the heart comb and hair clip, so they become fluffy adorable friends.

Recommended age range: 2 to 15 years.


Boppi The Booty Shaking Llama

Pets Alive Boppi The Booty Shakin Llama Battery-Powered Dancing Robotic Toy by Zuru

Boppi the Booty Shaking Llama was tipped as one of last Christmas's  most-wanted toys.

Boppi dances to three songs, twerks and spins, and rotates a full 360 degrees.

Available in white or purple, she'll get everyone dancing and laughing.

Batteries are included, but don't forget to get spare spares.

Age range 3 years and up.


Juno My Baby Elephant

Wildluvs Juno My Baby Elephant with Interactive Moving Trunk & Over 150 Sounds & Movements

Juno My Baby Elephant is a cute lilac-colored robotic pet elephant with a pink tuft of hair. This baby elephant has a lifelike animated trunk that can pick up and throw things, floppy movable ears, a wagging tail, and alluring eyes.

Juno's personality develops through being touched, held, and played with as your child encourages Juno to master the use of its trunk, to move around, and to make sounds.

With more than 150 lifelike sounds and movements, Juno is smart and full of personality.

This interactive toy is a hit with children, following on the heels of the new Dumbo movie.

Includes:

  • My Juno baby elephant
  • Mouse accessory
  • Peanut accessory
  • Progress report card
  • Care guide
  • Wildluvs zoo postcard
  • Instruction booklet

Requires 4 AA batteries which are not included.

Recommended age: Five years and up.


FurReal Cubby Bear

FurReal Cubby, The Curious Bear Interactive Plush Toy, Ages 4 and Up

Cubby is a curious bear with an adorable face who will respond to over a hundred combinations of sound and movement.

Kids will like to hold Cubby bear - he'll hug them back. When they feed him, he'll make eating sounds. He has many facial expressions as he moves his head, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.

Cubby's arms can move, and he makes a lot of fun sounds. He loves to be fed, given a treat, or having his fur combed using a neat 3-in-1 toy.

Cubby has a friend called Plum. She's a curious Panda cub and has similar characteristics.

Cubby and Plum are very cuddly interactive bears that kids will love.

Recommended ages 4 years and up.


Aurora Fat Cats Collection

Aurora World Fat Cats Plush Toy Animal, Butterball Tabby

This is Butterball Tabby Plush Fat Cat

Made in super soft plush, these 9.5 inches plump cats by Aurora have sparkly eyes and are perfect cuddle partners.

Kids can choose between Butterball Tabby (shown here), Muffins Tuxedo (black & white), Dumpling Tabby (gray & white), and Munchy Calico (tan/black & white).

For ages 3 years and up.