Hi Elizabeth, I think it is a great way to get the kids to ACTUALLY rest during their break with a Buddy. This should be highly improving the quality of your Rest Break.

To your question on the age, I think that 6 yrs is the tail end of the spectrum where these buddies tend to make a difference. For a lot of kids at this age, they are already over the hump in using a transitional object.

What we are doing at Kennis, is using our Kennis Buddy (KB) as a special friend, who participates and in special activities. We want to restrict the usage of KB for special occasions, this creates exclusivity and makes the learning with KB long-lasting and deeply felt. We are developing a complete program around KB to address Life Skills and SEL training needs.