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Apne Dolls explains why your child needs to play with dolls.

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Why your child needs to play with dolls

Playtime is a serious thing for children. This is the time when they learn life-skills that they will need to be able to interact with others as they develop and grow into adults.

Every species uses play as a developmental tool and it should be encouraged and valued as a psychological investment into a child’s future.

But why do they need to pay with dolls?  Here’s why…

You will notice that your child will name the doll. It will talk to the doll, It will dress the doll and assign it a personality. These practices are found to nurture kindness and sharing characteristics in your child. They learn to care for something and take responsibility for it.

Also, psychologists have carried out extensive research over many years and have found that children who play with dolls are far more likely to go on to have successful careers and relationships than those that don’t.

This phenomenon is true across all cultures and is probably the reason why dolls have endured as a favourite toy (companion) among children.

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“As a child selects a doll and embarks on an adventure, he or she is crafting a narrative or story line, involving literacy skills, flexible thinking, self-expression, taking initiative, and more,” says Jody DeVos, Director of Child Development and Learning in the strategic technologies department of Mattel.

In addition, children can learn how to handle real life situations by first practicing on their plastic friends. Resolving conflict, overcoming fears and just the simple act of talking to “someone” will help your child handle any number of issues that they might encounter at school, in family life or in other social situations.

Through playing with dolls, children learn to see the world from different perspectives. They have a safe environment from which to experiment and grow as an individual. By being able to create realistic scenarios they are able to take part in both sides of the conversation which will help with their communication, problem solving skills as well as helping them to develop empathy.

Dolls should reflect the world and culture that the child is growing up in and therefore should, if possible, resemble their looks and appearance so that the child can identify and empathise with it more. This is not to say that a collection of dolls would not be just as important.

A child does not need an instruction manual to learn how to play with a doll, it just comes naturally to them and this is great because…

“In a recent global survey, more than 350 CEOS stated that the most vital skills of employees and successful people in the next 50 years will be creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence,” says Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician and author of The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow, explains. “Creative play allows children start making up scenarios to build those skills without even realizing it.”

Sometimes we forget the importance of the softer skills. We know that reading, writing and mathematics are important skills to learn but consider this…

How important is it for your child to be able to read another person’s emotions? Is it not crucial for them to understand when someone is annoyed, happy, sad or confused? Being able to read people and respond in an appropriate manner is the key to excellent communication.

There is excellent news for parents too. There are only 2 steps involved in getting your child to play with a doll.

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‘Satty’ the Punjabi Indian Doll new from Apne Dolls
  • Step 1: Give them a doll.
  • Step 2: Leave them alone to play with it.

As mentioned before, unlike video games and online interaction there is no need for instructions. The child will intuitively know what to do with it. This is the whole point. You are encouraging them to think for themselves. They will learn critical thinking skills as well as communication skills an it will also help enormously with their creativity.

here is no need for instructions. The child will intuitively know what to do with it. This is the whole point. You are encouraging them to think for themselves. They will learn critical thinking skills as well as communication skills an it will also help enormously with their creativity.

It is worth noting also that parents should eves drop from time to time while their child is playing as this is a window into their child’s reality. This is a good way to find out what you child thinks about the world. It is also a great way to spot if there might be some issues in your child’s life that you are not aware of.

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Child development enhanced by imaginary play

Dolls provide an informal way of learning about and exploring the world and that provides a platform for them to display and demonstrate their uniqueness and individuality. This is sometimes more difficult to achieve in a more formal and structured situation such as in the classroom.

“For parents, it’s as important to recognize the inherent benefits of doll play as it is to use doll play as a teaching tool or opportunity for specific learning opportunities,” DeVos says. “We’re trying to help parents understand the values of doll play so that they begin to view this critical play as something that’s important for their child’s development.”

“Subtle marketing images chips away at a child’s perspective of self and others. If doll play is shaping our children’s ability to interpret and communicate with themselves and the world around them right down to the connectivity of neurons in their brains, then we have to take into account whether the toys and tools we give them represent the world,” says Jana. “Racially diverse options existing in the mainstream is so important.”

Our Satty doll is specifically created for Punjabi children so that they have a doll they can relate to and empathise with. This beautiful doll comes with a free story book that introduces Satty and her family so that your child can get involved with her many adventures.

She has been designed to inspire and educate your Punjabi child as well as to encourage the all-important play instinct that all children have, but some are sadly now denied due to the emergence of technological influences.

If you would like a Punjabi doll for your Punjabi children, please place your order by clicking the image below.

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