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Letting Boys and Girls Play With Dollhouses Can Help Develop Their Language Ability and Fine Motor Skills
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  • Dollhouses are popular toys among young kids, especially little girls. These gorgeous miniature homes, with their tiny dolls, furniture pieces, and decorative knickknacks, are wildly entertaining for kids, and maybe even for adults.

    But aside from being entertaining, playing with dollhouses also aids in the development of young children — both boys and girls. Here are just some of the ways that dollhouse play helps boost kids’ brainpower.

    1. It engages him in imaginative play

    A lot has been said about the benefits of letting children engage in imaginative or pretend play — it helps boost his cognitive, social, and emotional skills, allows him to exercise creativity and communication abilities, and provides an avenue for him to learn how to solve problems. How so?

    An article written by Susan Scheftel, Ph.D. for a column on Psychology Today shows us, for instance, how dollhouse play helps improve a child’s emotional skills. This type of play allows kids to create imaginary narratives that can be reminiscent of things that happen in real life.

    Scheftel also notes that through dollhouse play, the child can express his feelings and thoughts directly without worrying about being reprimanded or dismissed — thus giving him the opportunity to work out his emotional troubles by himself, because we know that children also deal with different kinds of feelings, good and bad, every day.

    2. It develops his social skills

    Dollhouse play entails role-play and dialogue between “characters” represented by the different “people” living in that dollhouse. All children need to develop their social skills since it provides a foundation for connecting with others, which will not only allow your little one to make friends but also to work harmoniously with other people, especially when he starts going to school or when he begins working.

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    3. It develops his vocabulary and verbal skills

    Aside from learning how to socialize, children also increase their vocabulary with the help of dollhouse play. They learn how to narrate situations that are going on in the dollhouse and even how to describe certain rooms and objects, such as how one area looks or how big this room is. Playing with dollhouses can be a way to also make a child more comfortable with speaking out loud, especially when he is playing with adults or with his peers.

    4. It improves his fine motor skills

    Dollhouses usually consist of small objects that need to be moved around or transferred to different areas, and playing with those tiny things can be good practice for toddlers who are just starting to develop their fine motor skills. Dollhouse play also helps develop kids’ perception of spatial relationships or the way things fit with one another in a certain space — a skill which will allow him to understand mathematical concepts when he starts school.

    5. It fosters his creativity

    When a child plays with dollhouses, he imagines various situations that the “people” living in that house might be in. For instance, maybe the family is having dinner together, or maybe the parent is changing the baby’s diaper, or maybe the kids are playing with each other. This type of play helps kids piece together elements of everyday life with a fantasy narrative they are creating and which they can control and customize.

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    6. It presents an opportunity for open-ended play

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    There are so many different kinds of open-ended toys that can benefit developing children, and a dollhouse is one of them. Through playing with dollhouses, kids learn that they don’t have to just stick to the components of the toy when they play; they can make use of random objects they find to upgrade their tiny “house.” For instance, they can use cotton balls as tiny pillows, sponges as trampolines, or bottle caps as mini chairs or obstacle races. As Lifehacker writes, “Within a toy house, there are an infinite number of configurations to be explored, and stories to be told.”

    7. It teaches him the importance of routines

    Playing with dollhouses usually involves activities commonly done at home, such as mealtimes, taking baths, and going to bed, which the toy people do every day. These tiny elements of dollhouse play can help children see first-hand how important daily routines are, and how they can help families.

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