Playing With Realistic Dolls
Social-Emotional Skills. Children use play to comprehend their world. Doll play helps kids: clinic caring and nurturing (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal). Regardless of a child's sex, these skills are valuable life lessons. They may be mimicking how they remember 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 by practicing these events to comprehend and begin to make the world their own. Play is also. Doing so allows them to increase their comprehension of the events. They can also take on the opposite function, which enables them to view things from another's perspective (SUCH an important skill to get!) . Many times children will enjoy taking on the role in order for them to feel a sense of power and control. This makes complete sense because kids have very little control over their world (for some necessary and very good reasons). Giving a child the chance to have some control and power in play allows them to give it a go in a way that is secure.
Playing with black reborn dolls is also a excellent way for young children to get ready for the birth of a sibling. Parents can model ways to care and touch for a baby which can give the sib-to-be a flavor of what they can expect. When the baby arrives, the can care for their own baby doll directly alongside mother and dad. This can be particularly helpful since it's fairly normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to not get as much attention once the baby arrives. Being able to have their own action -- but still feel on the parent(s) and family -- can help a child ease into having an additional member in the family. Some kids will prefer to play out these same scenarios with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better attached to them or they need the play to be removed (less real to the actual situation) than playing with baby dolls. I am mentioning this because I don't want parents/caregivers to believe that because a child does not play with baby dolls that they can not understand and practice these skills. But I do believe that baby dolls offer kids something unique that other toys just can't do.
Bathing: Kids can practice giving their doll a bath (with pretend water if the doll is not permitted to get wet)! This is wonderful for practicing sequencing skills (first fill up the bathtub, then put on shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.). I have also used dolls in therapy to help children move beyond their fear of bathing by having 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 experience). We talk about the supplies needed and the steps taken during bath time, and then they could narrate the measures and comfort the doll during"bath time" while playing out a simple or elaborate pretend narrative. (A plastic Potato Head also works great for this experience.) Parents have been so pleased when their kid finally agrees to get in the bath after practicing with the doll for weeks 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 like indicating discomfort over soiled pants and sitting on a potty chair with help are skills a child must develop in him or herself, they can be played out on the doll either from the caregiver or the child him/herself. For example:"Uh oh! Baby has a wet diaper!
Dolls are some of the earliest toys that children have played . Their use was documented around 100 AD 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 to acquire a greater comprehension of these as well as those around them. While gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy mainly for girls, playing with dolls may provide growth that is significant for children, irrespective of gender. Playing with dolls solidifies social abilities that are gained in a child's early years. Collaborate and they learn to communicate with one another kindly when children play house. By taking care of a doll, they learn how to take care of one another.Responsibility. Children are learning responsibility, by learning important social skills at an early age. They learn how to look after a doll. Learning learn to care for their pets, or siblings more readily 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 like 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 caring people. Imagination.Dramatic play, the kind of play that happens when children play with dolls, helps develop a child's imagination as they experience creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other kids. Language. Playing with their friends as well as dolls, children run for their own games into situations that are new and special. Communication between one another can strengthen their language by filling it with sensible language. Children gain insight, by communicating in this manner with their friends. This way they discover the world around them.
The baby doll is a toy that can really help open up and expand a child's pretend play. Children learn plenty of language through their play and play provides them opportunities to use and practice their speech and language abilities. Let's look at only some of the language concepts 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, stomach, feet, toes, knees, elbows, etc.. Yes, you can teach these with no baby doll but providing another opportunity to practice tagging this vocabulary can help to generalize the vocabulary to other people. It helps to teach kids that"nose" not only refers to the thing in their face but to all faces. Basic Concepts: Use infant with other baby toys (mattress, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (infant in the bed, infant under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls). Verbs/Feelings: Use the baby with another baby toys (bed, bottle, clothes) to educate verbs/feelings/etc. For example:"Is the baby hungry? We should give him something to eat!" Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your kid an array of questions to work on his understanding of those words while he plays. "Where's baby?" "What does the infant want to eat?" "Why is the baby crying?" Social/pragmatic skills: Baby dolls can be a terrific tool to use to help teach proper social/pragmatic skills. Children can take turns playing with different dolls, and they can practice using language to ask questions about the dolls and what they're doing.
Why Kids Should Play with Baby Doll. The baby doll is a toy that is amazing that we expect ALL kids .will have the chance. This is because baby dolls are packed with potential. Let us take a look! Baby dolls offer kids a lot of opportunities for developing their cognitive, fine motor, and skills. Kids often find it easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else until they can apply them to themselves. And because boys develop some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills later than girls, it's important for them to be exposed to more opportunities for practice. For instance: Dramatizing using a doll: About two to three years old, children typically start to behave like 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 .
Removing clothes: Though some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never remain on their small feet!) , kids gain from trying out it on a doll prior to doing so for themselves. Taking clothing off is usually mastered prior to placing it on and includes removing items like hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the toes), shoes, shirt, using a pincer grip to sew, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning huge buttons. Some frequent clothing items children can practice on themselves and dolls include placing a hat on their head, zipping with some help, putting shoes on, pulling pants up, putting on a shirt, and buttoning large buttons. Using both hands in midline: This ability is expected to emerge around a year and a half and will coincide with the development of skills like holding or zipping/unzipping the ring while pretending to feed it. Feeding: As children play skills grow, so do their skills! Playing with a baby doll gives them the chance to practice appropriately holding and using feeding things like spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..