Why should all kids play with dolls?

The baby doll is such a wonderful toy that we hope that even boys will have the chance to own and play with it during the toddler years. It is because baby dolls can teach kids about themselves and the world around them. Let us peek!

Baby dolls give children plenty of possibilities to improve their cognitive, fine motor, and self-help skills. It is also better for children to practice these abilities on someone else (or something) until they can apply them to themselves. And because boys often learn some of their fine motor skills and self-dressing skills later than girls, they must be exposed to more practice opportunities. For example:

  • Kids usually start behaving as though their doll can see and communicate with them around two to three years of age. In sequence, they will equate multiple acts with the doll, such as feeding the doll and bathing the doll. A massively important part of their cognitive growth is this pretend play.
  • It can be difficult to get clothes on and is generally much easier when you first practise on a doll. Kids can practice doll dress with some popular clothing pieces, like placing a hat on their head, zipping with some assistance, putting shoes on, pulling pants up, putting on a shirt, and buttoning big buttons.
  • When children pretend to improve playing skills, so do their self-feeding skills! Playing with toy dolls gives them the chance to properly carry and use feeding items such as spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc.
  • While some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never stay on their little feet!), kids also benefit from trying it out on a doll before doing so for themselves. Clothing is generally perfected which involves removing doll clothes such as hats, socks (pulling from the top instead of pulling on the toes), shoes, tops, using a pincer grip to unzip, pulling down trousers unbuttoning large buttons.
  • Kids should practice bathing their doll. It is a fantastic opportunity to practice sequencing (first fill up the tub, then apply shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.).
  • Dolls offer the ideal opportunity to learn skills such as brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands to practice grooming and hygiene.
  • Dolls for girls are useful for teaching different body components: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, abdomen, feet, toes, knees, elbows, etc. Yeah, you can teach them without a baby doll, but it helps generalize the vocabulary to other people by offering another opportunity to practice naming this vocabulary. It helps to teach kids that not only does “nose” apply to the thing on their own face, but all faces.
  • You will teach the names of clothing items such as tops, trousers, shoes, socks, jammies, etc. by using the doll and its accessories. Putting clothes on and taking off also focuses on fine motor skills.

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