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October 12, 2020, 6:39 am

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Children use play to comprehend their world. Doll play helps children: clinic caring and nurturing (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal). Irrespective of a child's gender, these skills are all valuable life lessons. In carrying, holding, feeding, and rocking a baby doll, children are practicing being loving to others. They may be mimicking how they recall being taken care of as a kid, or how they see adults in their world caring for children. Just as children copy parents talking on the phone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is no different. It's children's way to comprehend and begin to create the world their own by practicing these events. Doll play is also. Doing so enables them to increase their comprehension of the events. They can also take on the opposite function, which allows them to see things from another's perspective (SUCH an important skill to acquire!) . Many times children will enjoy taking on the role in order for them to feel a feeling of control and power. This makes complete sense because children have very little control over their world (for some necessary and very good reasons). Giving a child the chance to have control and some power in play allows them to give it a go in a way that is safe.


Playing With Dolls

Posted: October 12, 2020, 6:39 am

Bathing: Children can practice giving their doll a bath (with feign water if the doll isn't allowed to get wet)!  This is great for practicing sequencing skills (first fill up the bathtub, then place on shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.).  I also have used dolls in treatment to help children move beyond their fear of bathing with them help me give the doll a pretend bath using all the necessary supplies (so they get used to the sensory experience from the water, shampoo, etc. and can have more control over the encounter ).  We discuss the supplies needed and the steps taken during bath time, and then they can narrate the steps and relaxation the doll during"bath time" while playing out a simple or elaborate feign story.  (A plastic Potato Head also works great for this experience.)  Parents have been so pleased when their child finally agrees to get in the tub after practicing with the doll for months on end!Grooming & Hygiene: Dolls provide the perfect opportunity for practicing grooming and hygiene skills like brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands.  Potty training: While I don't have a great deal of experience on this front (yet!) , a child with an active imagination can really benefit from using a doll to help with potty training.  While skills such as indicating discomfort over soiled pants and sitting on a potty chair with assistance are skills a child must grow in him or herself, they may be performed on the doll either from the caregiver or the child him/herself.  For instance:"Uh oh!  Baby has a wet diaper!  
Realistic Baby Dolls are a few of the toys that kids have played with.  Their use was recorded in Greece.  There's good reason for these toys to be long lasting through history.  They are a representation of the child , and allow for a child.  Playing with dolls can provide significant growth, while gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy for girls.  Here's how playing with dolls can help you child's development: Social Skills.  Playing with dolls solidifies social abilities that are gained in a child's early developmental years.  When children play house, they learn to communicate with one another and cooperate.  By taking care of a doll, they know how to take care of one another.Responsibility.  By learning important social skills from an early age, children are learning responsibility.  They learn by playing with it how to take care of a doll.  Learning learn to care for their pets, or siblings easily know how to care of the younger siblings.  Empathy & Compassion.Another significant social skill that kids learn when playing with dolls is the way to process emotions such as empathy and compassion.  Like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it teaches them to empathize with people around them and allows them to grow up into people.  Imagination.Dramatic play, the sort of play that happens when kids play with dolls, helps develop a child's imagination as they experience creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other children.  Language.  Playing with their friends in addition to dolls, children run for their own games into special and new situations.  By filling it with language that is sensible, Communication between one another can strengthen their language.  Children gain insight into house routines which may differ from their own, by communicating in this way with their friends.  This way they discover the world around them.

 Children learn a lot of language through their play and play offers them opportunities to utilize and practice their speech and language abilities.  Let's look at only some of the language notions that a baby doll can help teach and support: Body Parts: Dolls are FANTASTIC for teaching various body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, tummy, feet, feet, knees, elbows, etc..  Yes, you can teach these without a baby doll but providing another opportunity to practice tagging this vocabulary helps to generalize the language to other people.  It helps to teach children that"nose" not only refers to the item on their face but to all faces.    Basic Concepts: Use infant with other baby toys (bed, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (infant in the bed, baby under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls).  Verbs/Feelings: Use the infant with some other baby toys (bottle, bed, clothes) to teach verbs/feelings/etc.    We should give him something to eat!"  Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your kid an array of questions to work on his comprehension of those words while he performs.  "Where is baby?"   "What does the baby want to eat?"   Social/pragmatic skills: Baby dolls can be a terrific tool to use to help educate appropriate social/pragmatic skills.  Children can take turns playing with different dolls, and they are able to practice using language to ask questions about the dolls and what they're doing.Why Kids Should Play with Reborn Twins.  The baby doll is a toy that we hope ALL kids .will have the opportunity to have and play with during the toddler years.  This is because baby dolls are packed with potential for educating kids about themselves and the world around them.  Let us take a look!  Baby dolls provide kids a lot of opportunities for developing their cognitive, fine motor, and self-help abilities.  Kids often find it much easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else until they could apply them to themselves.  And because girls often develop not some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills than boys, it's essential for them to be exposed to more opportunities for practice.  For instance: Dramatizing with a doll: About two to three years old, children typically start to behave as if their doll can see and interact together.  They may link several activities with the doll in sequence such as feeding the doll, bathing the doll, and then putting the doll to bed.  This form of pretend play is a hugely important part of their cognitive development.

Eliminating clothes: Although some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never remain on their small feet!) , prior to doing for themselves kids often benefit from trying it out on a doll.  Taking clothes off is usually mastered before placing it on and includes removing items like hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the feet ), shoes, shirt, using a pincer grip to unzip, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning huge buttons.  Putting on clothes: Getting clothes on can be tough and is typically MUCH easier when first practiced on a doll.  Some common clothing items kids can practice on themselves and dolls comprise placing a hat on their head, zipping with some help, putting shoes on, pulling up pants, putting on a shirt, and buttoning large buttons.  Using both hands in midline: This skill is expected to emerge around a year and a half and will coincide with the development of skills such as zipping/unzipping or holding .  Feeding: As children's pretend play skills develop, so do their skills!  Playing with a baby doll gives them the opportunity to practice suitably holding and using feeding things like spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..


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