My daughter, who is four, loves to play any form of house. I spent about two hours playing house with her dollhouse and dolls that were “the mom, the dad, the baby, and the dog”.
She loves to be the mom or the child, and she loves to do things that would test the other characters while playing. For example, she likes to see what would make the dad react in the greatest way, whether this be happiness or frustration. She loves getting the reactions, and it’s always very interesting for me to see what is going on in her imagination. I think this is her way of learning about life and what is acceptable to do in a group of close people.
Due to that, I’ve learned that it is very important that I play that games with her. She has a ton of fun and can play endlessly if I would play with her all day long.
After we finished playing dolls and ate some food, she instantly wanted to draw people and cut them out to play paper dolls. Her grandmother showed her this style of playing dolls recently and she loves it because she can draw any clothing or items that she wants to use. She tends to make families and friends with her dolls and have them go through do things that she enjoys. I love watching her play like this because it also is teaching her some artistic skills. I would almost say that she has more fun playing paper dolls than she does with actual dolls. She becomes so engulfed in her imaginative world while playing and radiates pure happiness. It’s the cutest thing for me to watch and see her change with her interactions while playing based on past experiences. She spent quite a bit of time drawing out all of the things that she wanted to buy as the character she was playing today and we cut them all out. She was so happy to arrange them on the table in a way similar to a real life house.