We bought a toy caterpillar for Celeste when she was much younger. Essentially it was to keep her amused.
And it did amused her as Celeste was gobsmacked by its longish and colourful body. She literally loved to chew on its nose and pulled its body at the same time. Recently when we told Celeste what she did to the caterpillar, she had a disbelief look written all over her face!
Now, she doesnt chew on its nose but made me talk to the caterpillar. I had decent conversation with the caterpillar, mind you. I dont mind at all, as long as Celeste is entertained by my antics.