Bathing & Dressing Dolls
Emotional: To foster ways in which your child expresses their emotions through pretend play.
This is an activity that will encourage children to practice nurturing skills as they pretend to bathe and dress dolls.
You will need:
- Plastic basins
- Warm water
- Gentle liquid soap
- Plastic dolls
- Bath toys (i.e. rubber duck, plastic bath books
- Wash cloths or sponges
- Doll clothes
- Prepare the basins by filling them part way with warm water and adding a small amount of soap.
- Place a doll in each basin, and provide wash clothes and sponges that children can use to wash the dolls.
- Join in the children’s play, demonstrating how to gently bathe the dolls. Speak and sing to the dolls, reciting familiar tickles and finger plays, or lullabies. Label the body parts as you wash them. Encourage children to do the same.
- When the dolls are washed, dry them thoroughly with towels and dress them, ready for pretending in the dramatic play area.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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It can be challenging for some children to understand and communicate emotions. These tips will help you show your child feelings and keep them playing longer.
Show your child that babies have feelings by describing the baby's behaviour, "my baby is crying, I think she may need a bath and a change of clothes"
Suggest a reason why a baby might be crying to help your child understand the meaning of emotions. For example, you might say "Babies cry when they are dirty"
Ask your child what they might need to bath a baby. Use the props (listed above) to guide your child, by pointing to each item and encouraging your child to repeat items used to give the baby a bath.
Talk to your child about how a baby feels after the bath by commenting, "The baby is smiling, the baby feels happy"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you ask your child " What does your baby need?'
- Your child will begin to understand how they can care for others
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you pretend to take care of a baby with your child
- Your child will want to play with the baby for a longer time
- Spend time with your child by engaging in the activity with them
- Develop their ability to care for another person and learn nurturing behaviours
- Pretend to bathe a doll with your child
- Feel encouraged to use their imaginations as they imitate their own experiences of being nurtured
- Teach your child ways to identify different body parts
- Learn many different concepts as they explore concepts like wet and dry as they role-play giving dolls a bath
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
• Give children opportunities to interact with babies and to observe adults engaged in care giving routines.
• Make picture books about infant care available so children can explore ideas and information independently.
• Provide dolls in the dramatic play area so children can role play other nurturing behaviours such as feeding, and preparing a baby for sleep.
• TUB TOYS by Terry Miller Shannon, THE TUB PEOPLE by Pam Conrad or Kyle’s Bath by Peter Eyvindson
Everyday Moments: Play Time