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Funda the Ostrich

(3 customer reviews)


Meet Funda, the newest addition to the BabyGym family.

Funda means ‘learn’ in Zulu, and when we talk about learning, we refer to the type of learning that John Holt refers to when he says, “Children are born, passionately eager to make as much sense as they can of things around them”.

Why an ostrich you may ask? Well, the ostrich is the mascot of BabyGym, it is a reminder of the story Dr Melodie de Jager shares in the foreword of BabyGym.

“As a student, I visited an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. There I met a novice ostrich farmer who eagerly awaited his first hatch of ostriches. He heard them pecking away from inside the shells for days on end and feeling sorry for them, he decided to come to their rescue by merely lending a hand to make it easier for them. With a teaspoon he gently tapped in sync with the ostriches’ pecking to soften the eggshells and hasten the hatchlings’ entrance into the world. When they started breaking through the shells, he was astonished to see that they were all born with floppy necks! He waited patiently for days for their neck muscles to strengthen, but in vain. He consulted an experienced ostrich breeder, who told him that his help in minimising their struggle to get out, was what had caused their weak neck muscles. They needed the struggle to become independent, proud, strong-necked ostriches, because in the struggle lies the freedom.”

Just like these ostriches, our young babies need a lot of opportunity to discover-learn with all their senses and all their muscles. Before you reach for the electronics and fancy baby contraptions be reminded of Dr Melodie de Jager’s words, “The more physical the game, the greater the developmental gain”.

Funda is made from beautiful multicolored shweshwe material, and offers a gentle sensory experience with cellophane in the wings and a clear sounding bell in the head.

Measures approximately 50cm from top to toe.

*Kindly note, this item is made by hand. Variations in material patterns and colors might occur from time to time

COURIER NOTE: If you would like to place a bulk order, kindly contact our office for a courier quote as the standard calculations will not be an accurate estimation of courier fees. Funda’s shapely design does not fit the mold!

30 in stock

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Additional information
Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 19 × 28 × 12 cm
Reviews 3

3 reviews for Funda the Ostrich

  1. Rudine

    Funda is die oulikste volstruis! Kleurvol, goeie kwaliteit materiaal en netjies afgewerk. ‘n Gawe herhindering van die les wat hy wil kom leer: “in the struggle lies the freedom” Helder kleure trek dadelik baba se aandag.

  2. Monique Pieterse (verified owner)

    I am absolutely in love with Funda the Ostrich. Not only does it go so well with the BabyGym ostrich story, the colours are just as magnificent. Not to mention the fabulous detail and great fabric. Funda truly reminds me of what we teach the BabyGym mommies, “in the struggle lies the freedom”. Funda the Ostrich is a great product not only for babies, but for toddlers too.

  3. Elzaan Naude (verified owner)

    Funda perfectly fulfils her role as our BabyGym mascot. I love the ‘ostrich tail feathers’ that corresponds with the BabyGym glove. Excellent quality and material. We enjoy having Funda’s charm at the graduations as part of the photoshoot.

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