For toddlers who're venturing into more complex play, here's an easy activity you can create within minutes with existing toys and items you have at home.
Grooming & Dressing Soft Toys!
It's not just fun but teaches many problem-solving and real-life skills. By grooming and dressing soft toys, toddlers learn about self-care and caring for others.
I personally believe both boys and girls should have access to dolls and soft toys in their play. Little boys can learn to care and nurture too, which'll set a foundation for being helpful big brothers, and eventually in life hands-on and involved fathers.
How to Set Up This Activity
- Choose a soft toy that your child is more attached to, preferably one that's roughly the size of a newborn baby
- For pretend "bath", gather a small pail to serve as a bathtub, newborn outfits that can be put on the soft toy, a swaddle blanket for a towel, a smaller sized diaper
- For pretend "grooming", put together spare grooming items like a bulb syringe, hair brush and comb
- For pretend "feeding", gather utensils like unbreakable plates, spoons and an old milk bottle
Gwen's Experience With This Activity
Currently I place the chosen soft toy, Gwen's favourite stuffed dog named Rolly, with a tub of play accessories in a corner of her play area.
Gwen gravitates towards it everyday and does different activities with Rolly the way I've shown her - dressing, undressing and feeding, often on her own initiative. I can't be prouder when I see her play the role of a caregiver!
Through this activity, Gwen has learnt to undo diapers (her own too!), unzip a cardigan, use a hair brush and bring food to Rolly's mouth. She is also more affectionate, patting, hugging and kissing Rolly instead of throwing him all around like she used to.
I hope this is a fun yet enriching activity for your little one. Tell me your experience at miraculove_sg via Instagram Direct Message or Facebook Group.
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