The Evolution of the Doll

Dolls have been in existence since prehistoric times. Back then, dolls were made of easily obtainable materials like clay and wood. Dolls were found to be treasured in the high cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Some dolls were also made to resemble gods and goddesses of ancient religions.

Since then, dolls have come a long way. Primitive components such as clay and wood gave way to other more conventional materials like wax, plastic and various types of fabric. Dolls became known worldwide as a popular choice for young girls. This kind of toy is also among the most sought-after items by dedicated collectors. Continue reading

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Letting Dolls Teach Kids How to Hold a Spoon

Dolls are a playtime staple for little boys and girls. These toys, however, can play a more active role for your kids besides sitting in tea parties or fighting imaginary bad guys. Here are three basic skills that children can learn through playing with dolls:

Feeding

Children can learn how to feed themselves by first trying out each step on their dolls. They can practice how to hold a spoon carefully to their doll’s mouth, how to use cups and mugs, and how to take food from bowls or plates, all without making a huge mess which can happen if they immediately try it on their own using real food. Continue reading

Building Relationships with Disabled Siblings

Having a brother or sister is the most valuable relationship a person could ever have. Siblings are considered the first social network that a child can access, which serves as a good foundation for personal growth.

Growing up with siblings that have disabilities, however, can be quite challenging for some. Fortunately, there are many effective techniques in dealing with the issue. Continue reading

Dolls Are For Boys, Too

Since time immemorial, we have been conditioned as kids that dolls are “girl toys”, and thus boys shouldn’t play with them. Maybe you have also been dissuading your son from playing with Barbie dolls, which, in turn, can condition them into thinking that dolls are only meant to be played by girls.

The time for this kind of conditioning has passed, however, and parents should instead encourage their kids, regardless of gender, to play with toys they want to play with. A study conducted by the University of Western Sydney actually discovered that baby boys prefer playing with dolls rather than toy cars, saying that the babies held a longer gaze at dolls than at a toy car. Continue reading