Local 6-year-old invents 'Bear on the Chair'; Toy will be featured ABC's Blackish

Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 15:36:28-05

It's called Bear on the Chair and it was created by a North Royalton six-year-old and now it's really taking off.

"It was one Christmas evening and I wanted a year-round behavioral buddy," said ten-year-old North Royalton fourth grader Symonne Harrison.

Here's how Bear on the Chair works:

When children do something good parents can "magically" turn the velcro attachment to a smile and if they're not so good, the smile can be switched to a frown.

"It's not just for good or bad behavior, it could be used for anything, it could be used for potty training, it could be used to brush their teeth, go to bed on time. anything really," Harrison said.

The goal is to create a behavioral buddy or positive reinforcement for children three and up.

Her parents loved the idea so much, they had it manufactured.

Bear on the Chair is becoming a hit, being sold in stores like Learning Express Toys.

The bear is also available on Amazon for $29.

But then came the call the family never expected.

ABC producers will feature Bear on the Chair in their Christmas episode Dec. 14 on News 5.

"I was so surprised because I would never think my bear would be on something this big, so when they called, I was freaking out, because Blackish is one of my favorite TV shows,"

Harrison came up with the idea when she was in kindergarten, so what does she want to be when she grows up?

"When I grow up, I want to be an inventor and I want to invent more products," Harrison said.

Harrison will do a meet and greet at the Learning Express store at South Park Mall Sunday, Dec. 18 from noon to 2 p.m.

Click here for more information on Bear on the Chair.