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20. Doll's House

Playing with a doll's house isn’t something only girls can benefit from and enjoy. Boys miss out on many hours of essential social development and emotional learning when they’re excluded from doll's house play.

20. Doll's House

Playing with a doll's house isn’t something only girls can benefit from and enjoy. Boys miss out on many hours of essential social development and emotional learning when they’re excluded from doll's house play.

Through time spent with this miniature home, children gain understanding about their own reality, recognising themselves and their families in the toy. They make up stories and play games which help them work through and understand what happens in the world outside. Playing with a doll’s house can also help them with organisation and focus, as they re-arrange furniture and rooms to suit their game and get lost in hours of imaginative play.

By giving them a gender-neutral doll’s house, especially one that is pared back and without elaborate features - you also let them create different types of homes and environments. It could be a wizard’s lair one day or treehouse in the jungle or a simple suburban family home. The opportunities for open-ended play are far greater once the idea of a house set in a certain era with heavily biassed gender signals are removed. And an added bonus is that it’s a great place to store and tidy away all those dolls.

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

20. Doll's House

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