The Dollhouse: A Timeless Toy for Hours of Fun
Every little girl dreams of owning a Kidkraft Dollhouse. Here, her tiny “family” holds their many adventures—adventures her active, imaginative mind is free to invent and reinvent each day. She can rearrange the furniture, reenact familiar rituals and scenes, and invent her own rules. “In a dollhouse, there is are bedtimes.” “In a doll house, everyone gets to eat 100 pieces of chocolate cake…everyday!”
According to child experts, this kind of imaginative play is very healthy for a child. Starting from the age of four, children discover the world that lies outside their doors. They meet people who aren’t part of the immediate family; they go to school and are asked to follow rules and rituals that they don’t necessarily like. As they make new friends, they also learn new social skills, and struggle with concepts like sharing and taking turns. It can all be overwhelming.
Control over a world (and her emotions)
But having a Kidkraft dollhouse gives them a sense of control over a smaller world, and here they can “play-act” their fears while practicing the rituals and routines that are part of healthy social interaction. For example, when a child holds an imaginary party in her dollhouse, planning a guest list that includes stuffed rabbits and the Queen of Fairies, they are (subconsciously) working through their anxiety about large crowds and unfamiliar faces. They would probably hate any party that included people they didn’t know, but talking about what cakes to serve and which parts of the dollhouse their guests will stay in, makes her feel more confident about interacting with others.
A great tool for developing social skills
Kidkraft Dollhouses are also a favorite in any playgroup, since they’re one of the few toys where it’s more fun when it’s shared. For young pre-schoolers who still hate having to give up a toy to another friend, they can spend many happy hours playing with the dolls without a single fight about who gets which.
A toy that changes every day
Dollhouses transform each time a child sits down next to it. Each time she makes a story, each time she gives the dolls a name and then acts out their rituals and adventures, the dollhouse becomes “different”. One day it’s a castle under a spell. The next day it’s the scene of a grand ball. And maybe today it’s just an ordinary house, but the aliens (i.e., her brother’s Buzz Lightyear action figure) attack. You never know.
A toy that’s fun at any age
Dollhouses are also one of the few toys that don’t get boring after a few weeks. In fact, because the fun lies in the child’s imagination, they can be played with for years. As she grows older, she’ll start making clothes for the dolls, designing her own little furniture and curtains, decorating the doll house and possibly creating entire novellas about its miniature residents. When she grows up, and the dollhouse is put away, it can be retrieved years later and given to her own daughter.
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