Developmental Skills While Playing With Dolls

Playing is a child’s primary job, and a beneficial one at that.  Through play, children develop fine and gross motor skills, practice language and develop new vocabulary, and begin to understand new learning concepts. 

Below is a sample of all that is involved and developing when your child plays with dolls.


  •      Develops imaginative play skills as your child cares for her doll.
  •     Teaches different emotions and relationships as child role plays.

 Fine Motor Skills

  •     Practices using feeding utensils while pretending to feed her doll with a spoon.
  •     Practices self-care skills by dressing and grooming dolls.

 Gross Motor Skills

  •    Practices dynamic balance skills by placing a baby in a crib and rocking a baby in a chair or while standing.
  •    Develops coordination skills needed for walking when pushing a doll stroller while also providing them with support balance.

 Speech and Language

  •    Builds vocabulary words, including:

  1. Baby
  2. Crib
  3. Rocking Chair
  4. Bottle
  5. Diaper
  6. Hungry
  7. Feed/Eat
  8. Wash
  9. Sleep
  •   Emphasizes early learning concepts, including:

  1. Big/Little
  2. In/Out     
  3. Warm/Cold   
  4. Young/Old
  5. Happy/Sad
  6. Gentle

Enjoy playing and learning with your child!


Lauren Vanderlist

Lauren Vanderlist, M.S., OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She graduated from Alma College in Alma, MI with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science. She then completed her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. As part of her graduate work she completed fieldwork experiences in various settings. Two longer-term fieldwork experiences were completed with Easter Seals of Michigan and another with Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Both of these provided her with invaluable first-hand experience working with the pediatric population. Lauren loves developing creative, engaging and fun treatment activities in order to help children reach their fullest potential.

More Posts - Website

2 replies

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] A Pediatric Therapy supports this point, and adds that children’s motor skills and cognition can also benefit from playing with dolls. […]

  2. […] See the original post: Developmental Skills While Playing With Dolls […]

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *