Developmental Skills While Playing With Dolls

Playing is a child’s primary job, and a beneficial one at that.  Through play, children develop fine and gross motor skills, practice language and develop new vocabulary, and begin to understand new learning concepts. 

Below is a sample of all that is involved and developing when your child plays with dolls.


  •      Develops imaginative play skills as your child cares for her doll.
  •     Teaches different emotions and relationships as child role plays.

 Fine Motor Skills

  •     Practices using feeding utensils while pretending to feed her doll with a spoon.
  •     Practices self-care skills by dressing and grooming dolls.

 Gross Motor Skills

  •    Practices dynamic balance skills by placing a baby in a crib and rocking a baby in a chair or while standing.
  •    Develops coordination skills needed for walking when pushing a doll stroller while also providing them with support balance.

 Speech and Language

  •    Builds vocabulary words, including:

  1. Baby
  2. Crib
  3. Rocking Chair
  4. Bottle
  5. Diaper
  6. Hungry
  7. Feed/Eat
  8. Wash
  9. Sleep
  •   Emphasizes early learning concepts, including:

  1. Big/Little
  2. In/Out     
  3. Warm/Cold   
  4. Young/Old
  5. Happy/Sad
  6. Gentle

Enjoy playing and learning with your child!


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