Benefits of Doll Play
Doll play for Babies
- Dolls quickly become a favourite comfort objects for infants.
- Dolls allow infants to practice grasping objects with their hands.
- Dolls with differing textures and colours, rattles or music inside, provide sensory stimulation and allow infants to experience cause and effect.
The roots of make believe begin between 12 and 18 months of age. Pretend play, of which dolls are a part, benefits all areas of development.
Doll play for Toddlers
- By dressing and feeding dolls, toddlers enhance fine motor skills.
- Pushing their dolls in small sized strollers and putting them in and out of bed helps develop coordination and large motor skills.
- By assuming roles and interacting with people around them, toddlers begin to develop language and social skills such as sharing and helping.
Doll play for Preschoolers and Early-school age children
- The miniature world of downsized objects and people – dolls, beds, high chairs, strollers and more – provides an opportunity for children to begin to see their own place in the world and to learn the different roles people play.
- By assuming roles and interacting with other children, preschoolers develop language and social skills including sharing, cooperation, helping, and problem solving. By writing the scenarios themselves and putting the dolls into the now miniaturized situations, doll play allows children to resolve situations that may be new, mysterious or troubling to them.