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What your child can learn from a dolls house

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Young children enjoy pretend play and acting out scenarios with miniature versions of their world or fantasies. Doll houses are a great toy (my fave as a young child) that seems to draw out a gentle and quiet reaction or play-style. What’s also great about a dolls house is that you can make it your own, you could either build one yourself if you’re creative and have some fantastic DIY skills or even if you buy one you can usually customise it how you like, with colours, scenes and Dolls House Accessories in any way you or your child desire.

Playtime is one of the most important things of childhood. With imaginary play, your children can create a whole other world by being able to play imaginary things together, however with a doll house, it doesn’t always need to be imaginary, but a little imagination certainly helps. By adding a doll house to your home, it’s amazing to see the number of things children will discuss, learn, and imagine together. There’s so much potential for vocabulary and life skills to be learned from this addition to your playtime. Plus, it’s a place to help kids work through life’s issues in a safe place. So what can your child learn from having a doll’s house?

 

Value

Taking the time to build a toy together as a family can make buying or making a dollhouse so much more valuable to your child and will help with them taking care of it.

 

Imagination & Creativity

When playing with dolls, this sparks your children’s imagination and creativity. If you watch them as they play, you’ll be surprised how simply playing a repeat of your morning routine can inspire new ideas. They will, of course, use what they know and their daily lives to inspire their play, but then that will lead them on to new things too.

 

Vocabulary Development

If they’re playing the part of ‘Mummy’ or ‘Teacher,’ then they’re going to have to speak like Mummy or Teacher. They’ll probably come out with words or sayings you didn’t know they knew, so be careful what you’re saying around them (this advice is for me too).

 

Life Skills

Playing a game that involves knowing about real-life means, they will start thinking about life and skills. They won’t even know they’re doing it, but they’ll start to think about running a house and what they need to do to do it successfully. 

 

Fine Motor Skills

Dolls’ houses are small and fiddly, so they’ll have to be good with their motor skills to do everything they want to do. They might even have to fix little broken things in the house, and most of the time, as they are responsible for their dolls, they’ll try and fix it first before coming to you. 

 

Problem Solving

As above, they’ll try and fix things first before running to you with a problem. Perhaps a younger doll will have a problem in the game which the older doll will have to fix; it’ll make them think on a much higher level than they have done before. 

 

Organizational Skills

If your kids want to run a household, they’ll have to be organised. The dolls’ house will be something that’s theirs and something they’re proud of so they’ll soon learn organisational skills

 

Deciding to add a dollhouse to your home can be a big decision for your family, but knowing how much your child can learn from playing with it can make it worth your investment. 

 

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