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Learning through Play: The Powerful Impact of Dolls

Hello, Kong Academy family!

With the recent release of the new Barbie movie stirring up childhood memories for many of us, it’s the perfect time to delve into the fascinating world of play and its importance in child development. This insightful piece explores the essential skills and emotional understanding children can gain from a seemingly simple activity like playing with dolls.

In today’s conversation, we’re featuring Mary Drew, Director of Education at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, who discusses the crucial lessons learned from these timeless toys. We hope her experiences and expert knowledge provide some helpful insights and practical advice for our community of parents!

Children’s understanding of the world comes from numerous sources: parents, teachers, friends, and even storybooks. One often-overlooked yet crucial source of learning is play, more specifically, playing with dolls. Whether it’s Barbie, an American Girl doll, a rag doll, or even an object fashioned into a doll-like toy, children often use these figures as proxies to make sense of the world around them.

Dolls, like Barbie, can stand in for us, experiencing anything and everything the child imagines. This imaginative play can help children process feelings, develop cognitive skills, and rehearse various scenarios they encounter in their daily lives. It’s a testament to the flexibility of a child’s mind that a doll can be anyone, from a fellow classmate to an astronaut in space.

Hello, Kong Academy family!

With the recent release of the new Barbie movie stirring up childhood memories for many of us, it’s the perfect time to delve into the fascinating world of play and its importance in child development. This insightful piece explores the essential skills and emotional understanding children can gain from a seemingly simple activity like playing with dolls.

In today’s conversation, we’re featuring Mary Drew, Director of Education at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, who discusses the crucial lessons learned from these timeless toys. We hope her experiences and expert knowledge provide some helpful insights and practical advice for our community of parents!

Children’s understanding of the world comes from numerous sources: parents, teachers, friends, and even storybooks. One often-overlooked yet crucial source of learning is play, more specifically, playing with dolls. Whether it’s Barbie, an American Girl doll, a rag doll, or even an object fashioned into a doll-like toy, children often use these figures as proxies to make sense of the world around them.

Dolls, like Barbie, can stand in for us, experiencing anything and everything the child imagines. This imaginative play can help children process feelings, develop cognitive skills, and rehearse various scenarios they encounter in their daily lives. It’s a testament to the flexibility of a child’s mind that a doll can be anyone, from a fellow classmate to an astronaut in space.

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