Children learn a lot of language through their play and play offers them opportunities to use and practice their language and speech abilities. Let's look at only some of the language notions 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, toes, 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 vocabulary to other people. It helps to teach children that"nose" not only refers to the thing in their own face but to all faces. Putting on and taking off the clothes also works on fine motor skills! Basic Concepts: Use baby with other baby toys (bed, 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 teach verbs/feelings/etc. Answering"wh" questions: You can ask your child an array of questions to work on his comprehension of those words while he plays. "Where is 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 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.
real life baby dolls are some of the oldest toys that kids have played with. Their use was recorded in Greece around 100 AD. There's very good reason for these toys to be so long lasting through human history. They allow for a child, and are a representation of the child themselves. Playing with dolls can provide growth while conventional gender roles dictate that dolls are a toy for women. Here 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. They learn to communicate with one another and collaborate when children play house. By taking good 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 by playing with it how to take care of a doll. Learning learn how to take care of their pets, or siblings understand how to care of their younger siblings. Empathy Compassion.Another significant social skill that kids learn when playing with dolls is how to process emotions like empathy and compassion. Just like caring for their doll teaches responsibility, it enables them to develop into people and teaches them to empathize with people around them. Imagination.Dramatic play, the kind of play that occurs when children play with dolls, helps develop a child's creativity as they encounter creative, imagined scenarios with their dolls and other children. Language. Playing with dolls as well as their friends, kids run into situations that are new and special for their own games. Communication between one another can strengthen their language by filling it with language that is sensible. Children gain insight into house routines which could be different from their own by communicating in this manner with their friends.
Children use play to comprehend their world. Reborn Toddlers 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). Irrespective of a child's gender, these skills are valuable life lessons. In carrying, holding, feeding, and rocking a baby doll, kids are practicing being loving to others. They may be modeling how they recall being taken care of as a baby, or how they see adults in their world caring for children. Just as children replicate parents talking on the phone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is just the same. It's children's way by practicing these events begin to make the world and to understand their own. Play is also. Doing so enables them to increase their comprehension of the events. They are also able to 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 essential 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.
Removing clothes: Though some clothing items are easier to remove than others (like those baby socks that never stay on their small feet!) , kids often gain from trying out it on a doll prior to doing for themselves. Taking clothing off is usually mastered before placing it on and includes removing items like hat, socks (pulling from the top instead of pulling on the toes), shoes, top, using a pincer grasp to unzip, pulling down pants, and unbuttoning huge buttons. Some frequent 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 This skill is expected to emerge around a half and a year and will coincide with the development of skills like holding or zipping/unzipping . Feeding: As children play skills develop, so do their skills! Playing with a baby doll gives them the opportunity to practice suitably holding and using feeding items such as spoons, bottles, cups, forks, bowls, etc..
Playing with baby dolls is also a wonderful way for young children to prepare for the birth of a sibling. Parents can model ways to touch and care for a baby which can give the sib-to-be a flavor of what they can expect. Also, once the baby arrives, the can care for their own baby doll directly alongside dad and mom. This may be particularly helpful since it is fairly normal (for obvious reasons) for the older sibling to not 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 extra member in the family. Some children will prefer to play out these very same scenarios with other stuffed toys or miniatures because they feel better connected to them or they need the play to be removed (less real to the actual situation) than playing with baby dolls. I'm mentioning this because I don't want parents/caregivers to believe that just because a child doesn't play with baby dolls they practice and can't understand these skills. But I do believe that infant dolls offer kids something unique that toys simply 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 tub, then place on shampoo, then rinse hair, etc.). I also have used dolls in therapy to help kids move beyond their fear of bathing by having them help me give the doll a pretend bath using all the needed 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 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 feign story. (A plastic Potato Head also works great for this experience.) Parents have been so proud when their child eventually agrees to get in the bath after practicing with the doll for weeks on end!Grooming Hygiene: Dolls supply the perfect opportunity for practicing grooming and hygiene skills such as brushing hair, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Potty training: While I don't have a lot 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 played out on the doll either by the caregiver or the child him/herself. For instance:"Uh oh! Baby has a wet diaper! He feels yucky", or "Okay, Baby, time to sit on the potty!"
The baby doll is a amazing toy that we hope ALL kids .will have the opportunity. This is because baby dolls are packed with potential. Let us take a look! Baby dolls provide children a lot of opportunities for developing fine motor their cognitive, and self-help skills. Kids often find it much easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else before they can apply them to themselves. And since girls often develop not some of their fine motor and self-dressing skills than boys, it's important for them to be exposed to more opportunities for practice. For instance: Dramatizing using a doll: About two children typically begin to act 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 .