The Advantages of Playing With real life baby dolls
The baby doll is a toy that can really help open up and expand a child's pretend play. Children learn a lot of language through their play and play offers them opportunities to use and practice their speech and language abilities. Let's look at just some of the language concepts that a baby doll can help teach and encourage: Body Parts: Dolls are FANTASTIC for teaching different body parts: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, fingers, stomach, feet, feet, knees, elbows, etc.. Yes, you can teach these without a baby doll but providing another chance to practice tagging this vocabulary helps to generalize the language to other men and women. It helps to teach kids that"nose" not only refers to the item in their face but to all faces. Basic Concepts: Use baby with other infant toys (mattress, blankets) to teach some basic concepts like: prepositions (baby in the bed, baby under the blanket), colors, and size concepts (using different sized dolls). Verbs/Feelings: Use the baby with some other baby toys (bed, bottle, clothes) to educate verbs/feelings/etc. We ought to give him something to eat!" Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your child various questions to work on his comprehension of these words while he performs. "Where's baby?" "Where is baby's nose/fingers/belly button?" "What does the baby want to eat?" Social/pragmatic abilities: Baby dolls can be a great 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.
Dolls are some of the toys that kids have ever played with. Their use was documented around 100 AD in Greece. There's very good reason for these toys to be this long lasting through history. They are a representation of the child and allow for a child to gain a greater comprehension of themselves as well as those around them. Playing with dolls can provide important growth for children, regardless of gender while traditional gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy mainly for women. Here's how playing with dolls can help you child's development: Social Skills. Playing with dolls solidifies abilities which are gained in a child's early years. When kids play house, they learn to communicate with one another kindly and cooperate. By taking care of a doll, they know how to take care of one another.Responsibility. Children are learning responsibility as well by learning important social skills from an early age. They learn how to look after a doll by playing with it. Learning this skill can help kids learn how to care for their pets, or siblings understand how to care of their younger siblings. Empathy Compassion.Another important social skill that children learn when playing with dolls is how to process emotions such as empathy and compassion. Just like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it allows them to grow up into people that are caring and teaches them to empathize with people around them. Imagination.Dramatic play, the kind of play that happens when children play with dolls, helps develop a child's creativity as they experience creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other children. Language. Playing with dolls in addition to their friends, children run for their own games into unique and new situations. By filling it with language that is practical, Communication between one another can strengthen their vocabulary. Children gain insight into house routines that could differ from their own by communicating in this way with their friends. This way they discover the world around them.
Social-Emotional Skills. Children use play to comprehend their world. Reborn Twins play helps children: clinic caring and nurturing (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family members, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal). Regardless of a child's sex, these skills are all valuable life lessons. They may be mimicking how they remember being cared for as a kid, or how they see adults in their world caring for kids. Just as children replicate parents talking on the phone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is just the same. It is children's way by practicing these events begin to create the world and to comprehend their own. Doll play is also a way for children to re-enact things that have happened in their lives. Doing this enables them to increase their comprehension of the events. They can also take on the opposite role, which allows 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 children have very little control over their world (for some essential and good reasons). Giving a child the chance to have some control and power in play allows them to give it a go in a safe way.
Eliminating clothes: Although some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never remain on their little feet!) , before doing so for themselves, kids benefit from trying out it on a doll. Taking clothing off is usually mastered before placing it on and involves removing things such as hat, socks (pulling from the top rather than pulling on the toes), shoes, shirt, using a pincer grasp to unzip, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning large 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 skill is expected to emerge around a half and a year and will coincide with the development of skills such as zipping/unzipping or holding . Feeding: As children play skills develop, so do their self-feeding skills! Playing with a baby doll gives them the chance to practice suitably holding and using feeding things like spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..
Playing with baby dolls is also a wonderful way for young children to get ready for the birth of a sibling. Parents can model ways to appropriately touch and care for a baby which can give the sib-to-be a flavor of what they can expect. Once the baby arrives, the new big-sib can care for their own baby doll right alongside dad and mother. This may be particularly helpful since it's fairly normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to never get as much attention when the baby arrives. Being able to have their own activity -- but still feel on the parent(s) and family -- can help a child ease into having an additional member in the family. Some children will prefer to play out these very same situations with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better connected to them or they require the play to be more removed (less real to the real situation) than playing with baby dolls. I'm mentioning this because I do not want parents/caregivers to believe that just because a child doesn't play with baby dolls that they can not understand and practice these skills. However, I do believe that infant dolls offer children something unique that toys can not do.
Bathing: Children can practice giving their doll a bath (with feign water if the doll is not permitted to get wet)! This is great for practicing sequencing skills (first fill up the bathtub, then place on shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.). I have also used dolls in therapy to help kids move past their fear of bathing by having them help me give the doll a pretend bath using all the needed supplies (so that they get used to the sensory experience from the water, shampoo, etc. and may have more control over the encounter ). We discuss the supplies needed and the actions taken during bath time, and then they can narrate the measures and relaxation 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 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 do not 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 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!
The baby doll is a amazing toy that we hope ALL kids .will have the chance to have and play with during the toddler years. This is for educating kids about themselves and the world around them because baby dolls are packed. Let's take a look! Baby dolls provide children a lot of opportunities for developing skills, fine motor, and their cognitive. Kids often find it easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else before they could apply them to themselves. And because girls frequently develop not some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills later than boys, it's essential for them to be exposed to more opportunities for training. For instance: Dramatizing with a doll: Around two to three years old, children typically begin to behave like their doll can see and interact with them. They may link several actions with the doll in sequence such as feeding the doll, bathing the doll, and then placing the doll .