Featured Sections
All Imagination & Play

Sibling Activities with Dolls

2015-04-10 by Kim Vij
Shop the Story

This sibling activities post is brought to us by guest blogger Kim of The Educators’ Spin On It.

Happy National Siblings Day! Do you have a special sibling to honor today? Encourage your child to do something special for their sibling day to celebrate. One super fun thing to do is to create a sibling book.

Sibling Activities with Dolls

One important way that siblings connect and form strong healthy relationships is through play. There is one particular toy that can help especially; can you guess what it is? Dolls! Do your children play with dolls together? Here are some reasons why doll play can help develop strong sibling relationships and help form life lessons . . . plus a few ideas to get you started with your siblings.

Sibling Activities with Dolls

How Siblings Connect with Doll Play

  • Help to build vocabulary skills between siblings
  • Develop kind ways to interact and express emotions
  • Practice life skills together in a safe environment
  • Address ways for healthy conflict resolutions
  • Develop creativity together
  • Role play various roles of responsibility
  • Help to develop empathy and compassion for siblings

Sibling Activities with Dolls

Having dolls for your children to play with can provide a variety of opportunities for them to develop life skills together and connect with their sibling at the same time. A sibling is with us for a lifetime and when you start role playing healthy relationships at a young age, it can make such a difference.

Doll Activities with Siblings

Consider providing two dolls for your special siblings to play with together. Think about all the options that become available for play when each child is able to connect an imagination with their own doll. Melissa & Doug have a Mine to Love Line of Dolls and Accessories that make doll play so much fun. The 14” Mine to Love Dolls are perfect for older siblings to help them connect. The images here feature the Ballerina and Princess which have movable arms and legs, perfect for imaginary play with siblings.

Sibling Activities with Dolls

Playing with dolls opens a window of ideas for children to role play life in front of them. Encourage your children to find playful ways to imagine what their dolls are doing. Tea parties, birthday parties, camping, hiking, hospital visit, reading and more! One of our favorites is the Wooden Doll Bed from Melissa & Doug. Siblings can pretend to have sleepovers or a sick patient, also helping them work out some bedtime anxieties too. Keep a box of everyday items close by so that your children can easily role play. Don’t be afraid to go on adventures with your dolls too!

Sibling Activities with Dolls

Finding ways for siblings to connect and form healthy relationships is a priority for parents. Here are some additional resources for sibling activities.

We’ll be sharing even more Sibling Activities with you, on the Melissa & Doug Blog! Keep watching!

~This post contains products supplied by Melissa & Doug.

*   *   *

Like this post? Pin It!

Sibling Activities with Dolls


Kim Vij

Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

You may also like these stories

How to Safely Make Outdoor Play a Priority for Kids This Summer
Our Get Well Activity Center Honored With Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award
Celebrating the Late Bloomers
Play For All: 20 Ways to Engage With Your Child When You Don't Always Have The Time, Money, or Space

Latest Stories

How to Safely Make Outdoor Play a Priority for Kids This Summer
Are Playdates Safe?
The 10 Best Outdoor Toys for Kids
5 Free Printables: Animals & Coloring