If you ask any adult woman what one of her favorite toys was when she was a little girl, more than likely she is going to mention some type of doll. Depending on the age of the person, she may tell you that it was Chatty Cathy, while for others it was Giggles or Chrissy with the ponytail that grew when you pressed her tummy. Barbie, who has been around since 1959, is a doll that crosses generational lines since she has been around for decades.
No matter what doll was her favorite, they bring back many wonderful memories. What little girls did not know at the time is that there was quite a bit of learning going on while we were pretending to be mommies.
The Benefits of Playing With Dolls
To the untrained eye, playing with dolls is simply something children do for fun. Early childhood educators and researchers know that this kind of role play is a pathway to learning so many different skills.
First, there are fine motor skills, which is the building of the small muscles in little hands. Tasks that adults take for granted have to be learned somewhere, and many basic ones are learned during the toddler and preschool years. When a child dresses and undresses a doll, small finger muscles are being built as snaps are closed and buttons are placed throughout tiny holes.
Self-help skills are also acquired. As children “feed” their dolls or give them baths, they are not only developing skills they will eventually use on themselves, they are also working on their hand-eye coordination.
Brushing a doll’s hair and giving it all kinds of hairstyles is another self-help skill and one that builds fine motor skills.
Verbal skills are also a part of early childhood development that is practiced when playing with dolls. Children talk to their babies the way they are spoken to by the adults in their world. They have “conversations” with their babies and in their minds, they respond back to them.
Figuring out social interactions is also a part learning as children interact with this toy. In my own preschool classroom, I often see a lot of group play with dolls. Each child has one of her own and the group interacts as a family, as a group of mommies, or as a group of teenage babysitters. It is so interesting to hear them interact and get a sneak peek at what is going on in their lives.
Finally, there are emotional skills that are taught as children learn to be loving caregivers.
Even as children get older and play with the fashion kind of dolls, many of these skills are still involved. As children interact with these dolls, especially ones from television programs or movies, they recreate the adventures they have been on and make new ones. They become expert script writers!
This year, Disney Live Action Beauty and the Beast dolls are going to be something your children will be asking for.
Baby Belle Doll is Available on Amazon.
This adorable doll is for ages 3 and up and perfect for those who love to play “Mommy” with their dolls. It is just the right size for those who are into pretend play and want to take her “baby” around.
Why a New Beauty and the Beast Film?
Beauty and the Beast is not Disney Studio’s first foray into taking a beloved, classic animated film from their lineup and turning it into a modern day. live action masterpiece that will hopefully make even more money for the studio. Technology has come a very long way, and today’s audience is comprised of both parents and their children who want to be entertained. Favorite stories get a new twist and are tweaked for today’s more savvy audience.
Tim Burton recreated a live action Alice in Wonderland in 2010 for Disney, and the studio had a smash hit with Angelina Jolie when she turned in an iconic performance in 2014’s Maleficent. Audiences were enchanted with 2015’s remake of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Due to the popularity of these live action remakes, Disney has a several other remakes in the works that will debut over the next few years.
This doll is dressed in her signature ball gown, which is a beautiful golden color with intricate designs on the skirt. Belle is also wearing a pretty necklace. She is recommended for children ages 3 and up and stands 13.5 inches tall.
The Cast of Beauty and the Beast
When creating a live action version of a beloved animated film that people remember fondly from their childhoods, it is very important to cast the right people in the role Emma Watson, who starred in the Harry Potter franchise as Hermoine Granger, will portray the book loving Belle, who lives in a village with people who do not understand her love of literature. Dan Steven has been cast as Beast. His background story will be given more depth in this version…was he simply just a bratty prince who made a mistake with the wrong person?
Luke Evans is Gaston, the burly villager who wants Belle as his wife. He does not take “no” for an answer, and it is due to him that the Beast comes under attack. Josh Gad, who is best known as the voice of the loveable Olaf the Snowman from the Disney hit Frozen, voices LeFou, Gaston’s lackey. Rounding out the cast is Kevin Kline as Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ray Fearo as Père Robert, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Nathan Mack as Chip and Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza.
Beauty and the Beast Live Action Dolls
Disney has launched an entirely brand new line of Beauty and the Beast Live Action dolls and toys. These are already selling out and receiving rave reviews.
Doll sets are a popular item from this film. Belle is paired with Beast for the Ballroom scene as well as the wedding finale. There is also a set that has Belle with her nemesis, Gaston. Each doll is approximately 14 inches tall and has detailed outfits that are exact replicas from the film.
Beauty and the Beast Live Action Play Sets
Play figure sets are another great toy and a different version of a doll. These mini figures are made of plastic, so they can go anywhere-as a cake topper for a Beauty and the Beast birthday cake or in the bathtub for water adventures.
This play set includes Chip, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Plumette
These Beauty and the Beast live action dolls can help children have hours of imaginative fun.
Featured image from Pixabay and altered by the author in Picmonkey