Kids write down what’s bugging them and zip it in the Worry Eaters’ mouth. It’s a simple but effective task that encourages kids to express themselves. The act of passing problems on to their stuffed sidekick can give children some peace of mind. Also, the practice can help spark a discussion with grown-ups.
Gerhard Hahn dreamt up Worry Eaters when he was wishing (and hoping) for a monster to come gobble up his adult stresses. He began sketching a friendlier version of his vision as a way for kids to cope with their own fears. On top of the emotional good they can do, Worry Eaters are incredibly soft and cuddly—something most any kid can appreciate.