Class bears may lead to competitive parenting

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The practice of young children taking home a classroom teddy bear and recording what they get up to, has reached new heights of competitiveness.

The online teachers network TES, says it is leading to one-upmanship among parents.

Many schools use cuddly toys to encourage parents to get active with their child and pupils to practise their writing and storytelling skills.

BBC News website readers have been sending in pictures of their children having fun with their classroom soft toys.

Maxie the Meerkat at AFC Bournemouth. Photo: Margie Warran

Maxie the Meerkat was treated to a day out at AFC Bournemouth, with Lily.

Barney and Pooh in the jaws of a T-Rex. Photo: Jason Sammut

Jason Sammut and three-year-old son Ethan took class bear Barney along with Pooh bear to the Oxford Natural History Museum. Jason says: "We definitely weren't going to take Barney just anywhere. I did sneak a peek at what the bear had on with other families and you could see there was a bit of competition, but it was all good-hearted."

Barnaby bear buying gingerbread. Photo: Rachel Bye

Rosie aged seven and her brothers Adam aged five and Harry aged three took Barnaby bear to the village bakers to buy gingerbread men.

Pooh bear working at the local newspaper. Photo: Claire Allen

Cara aged three, from Derry, had Winnie the Pooh working very hard at the local newspaper where her mum is a reporter.

Baking bears. Photo: Joanne Donoghue

Barnaby came home with Ava aged four from a school in Beverley in East Yorkshire for a week, where he joined her and a couple of other bear friends in making a batch of gingerbread bears.

Classroom bear kidnapped by a zombie. Photo: Vittty Robinson

While London Barnaby bear took getting kidnapped by a zombie in his stride, when he went home with Isobel.

Gerry the giraffe at soft play. Photo: Catharine Scholes

Catharine Scholes says: "My son was given Gerry the giraffe to take home for a week from nursery. I did feel slightly under pressure to take part in extra activities that I wouldn't have usually done."

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