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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Finding ways for siblings to connect and form healthy relationships is a priority for parents. Here are some additional resources for sibling activities.
- Sibling Water Play, from The Educators’ Spin On It
- 5 Activities to Help Strengthen Sibling Relationships from Hands On As We Grow
- 5 Ways on Becoming a Big Sibling from Kids Activities Blog
- Make a Sibling Book from The Educators’ Spin On It
- 9 Ways to Support Sibling Rivalry at A Mom with a Lesson Plan
- Connecting Siblings with Larger Age Gap from Triple T Mom
- 17 Tips to Encourage Sibling Bonding from B-Inspired Mama
~This post contains products supplied by Melissa & Doug.
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