Playing with dolls - that's why it's important for children
"It's time for a snack now, shall we eat some roasted sandwiches?", says Emma and serves a toy sandwich to her doll. It is not uncommon for parents to hear their children talking loudly with their dolls.
Right from the first playtime, children learn different things by playing. Many children learn most effectively by imitating and communicating with others. Many parents think that the doll is a tool to calm the child and give comfort, but it can be much more than that. How do children think when they talk to their dolls and in what way does playing with dolls help in children's development?
At Micki, we collaborate with relationship and parent coach Anna Träff, who also runs Relagogen; an educational platform in relationships, to better understand the doll's role in children's development. Anna has worked as a preschool teacher for 26 years and has broad experience in working with children of different ages. Anna tells us that dolls are important toys and that playing with dolls is very important for children, both boys and girls.