Doll washing was one of my daughter’s favorite activities when she was little. Not only is doll washing a popular activity with preschoolers, but it’s a practical life activity you can set up either indoors or outdoors.
Washing Baby Dolls from Pink and Green Mama shows a great way to set up the activity, although you can vary it according to what works best for your home and child. Even though my daughter loved doll washing and the photo is of MaryLea’s daughter (from Pink and Green Mama), the activity is great for girls or boys. (Note: the Pink and Green Mama blog is no longer available.)
Here are some other doll washing ideas from bloggers:
Doll Washing from The Wonder Years
One Rainy Day . . . from Joyful Mama’s Place
Doll Washing from Montessori Mom Newsletter
You could also add a lesson on body parts and hygiene with a doll washing activity. Here are two examples:
Bathtub Training Class from eHow Health
Bath Time Hygiene from First-School
Doll washing can help your child develop concentration, coordination, and independence while absorbed in a constructive activity. And if you have an orderly set-up and demonstrate a series of steps, your child can develop a sense of order from the activity as well.
Enjoy watching your child develop important skills while having fun! 🙂
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