Do you have a dollhouse in your preschool classroom? When setting up learning centers in your classroom, you may want to consider adding a dollhouse. A dollhouse can easily be added to your dramatic play or block center.
Adding a dollhouse to your classroom can help support the development of important oral language skills. As your little learners play with the people and act out familiar scenarios, they’ll be playing while they’re learning – it’s a win-win!
The dollhouse pictured above is from Melissa and Doug. I like this dollhouse because it folds up and takes up very little space when not in use. You can place the dollhouse on a shelf in your dramatic play or block center for easy access.
What do kids learn?
There are so many educational benefits of playing with a dollhouse! Here’s a brief list of just some of the benefits young children experience from playing with a dollhouse.
- Oral Language Skills
- Taking Turns
- Fine Motor Skills
Another benefit of this center is that it is open-ended so your little learners can feel free to talk and explore without the fear of being right or wrong.
By manipulating dolls and using different voices to represent various family members, your students are imitating real world experiences and practicing oral language in fun, and meaningful ways.
It’s also important to provide your students with dolls that reflect different ethnicities and ages.
Above, I used a small No, David! plastic character (purchased from Scholastic) and a small football eraser. Kids love to retell the story of No, David! using the character and inexpensive erasers as props.
Young children love retelling familiar stories! Shown above is the part of the story No, David! where the main character, David chews with his mouth open. The meal in front of David and all the kitchen accessories are rubber erasers.
Cars can also help provide meaningful experiences that motivate children to talk and interact with their peers.