Doll houses engage children in imaginary play which provides important educational benefits for intellectual and social development. When children are engaged in imaginary play they are able to freely investigate and learn about the world around them. During pretend play children use symbolic representations for the objects and actions they are exploring. When children role-play and explore dialogue it helps them develop social, emotional, and intellectual skills. According to child development experts, role-play helps children acquire confidence and a sense of self. Role play is also a key component to learning.
The following are activity suggestions for children to extend their learning when engaged in imaginary role-play with our doll tree houses and accessories.
- Ask children to sequence events in a day by acting out typical routines from morning to evening.
- Search for and use various items around the house to create doll house furniture and decorations. Cotton balls make great bed pillows.
- Give children a scenario that needs to be solved by members of the family. Encourage them to take different roles in the family and then act out a solution to the problem. For instance, everyone in the family wants to watch television but they all want to watch something different.
- Encourage children to retell a story by first thinking about possible topics and ideas. Children might retell a story about the family’s lost dog or a holiday gathering. Encourage them to sequence the story with a beginning, middle, and an end.
- Ask children to act out all the chores that need to be done on a daily basis for maintaining a home.