Back in the days, doll houses were seen as a luxury in the toy arsenal of children; they were big, made of high quality materials and expensive. And they didn’t serve as play toys, they served as decorations and little girls weren’t allowed to actually play with them, but only to look at them with admiration standing on the top shelf in their bedroom commode At least that’s how I had my houses for dolls: expensive and on the top shelf because of their high price.
It’s good to have an expensive toy like that, but I’d say that my mother was right: if I would’ve gotten my hands on that house I probably would’ve broken it and then would’ve cried for hours because she would’ve been pretty angry. Fortunately for little girls today, there are doll houses made from sturdy and durable materials which are actually made for playing. The good thing about the the ones of today, is that they are not just a play toy; besides a very fun time, a doll house offers a lot of educational benefits as well.
Playing with a house for dolls allows children to engage in imaginary games by giving their dolls names and profiles. That’s good for their intellectual and social development since they will be able to learn how to behave and how to observe the behavior of other children and characters through using symbolic representations for the objects and the actions they’re doing. Add to all that the dialogues they engage in while role-playing and you have a solid training for their social and emotional skills. And according to experts, role-play helps children build their confidence and self-awareness, which is a very important component in the entire learning process.
You can always let things take their natural course and allow your kids to choose their own games and create their own imaginary scenario – you’d be pleasantly surprised as a matter of fact. Another option would be to introduce your kids to some play activities that are were specially designed to extend their scope of learning. For instance: