Creative Play Learning:
Building a dollhouse can be fun and educational for your children giving you family time and teaching new techniques all in one. When working on their dollhouse the girls will learn to be creative, use scissors, sew, draw, glue and use a staple gun all with your assistance.
By using a large box they can draw on the door and windows, use the scissors to cut them out and making their own decisions on the window and door shapes. When they cut the doors only cut top, bottom and one side so it can be opened and shut. Suggest to them that they can add some shutters on the windows and color them in with markers. Drawing flowers and a bush or two on the corners to dress the outside up will make an impressive creation for your child.
Once the outside is done put some carpet down on the bottom using whatever you want. Use four pieces for the floor cut into different sizes if they want using different colors to divide the box into rooms. For the curtains on the inside glue along the top of each window and stick a piece of cloth there to hang them up and maybe cut up the center and tie them back to open the curtain gluing the tie back to each side. The house is finished inside now they have to put some furniture in it.
Involving in Decision Making:
Letting your child decide what furniture, they want and let, them glue Popsicle sticks to cardboard to make table and chairs; you can also use egg cartons to the chairs and maybe a table. Giving them assistance is great but let them be in on it. This will help build their self-esteem and confidence especially when it is finished and they have their dream house. Make sure the furniture is large enough for their dolls to sit or lay on. You can even use a small butter bowl for a table by turning it upside down and letting the make a tablecloth to put over it using the needle and thread to sew the hem around the bottom.
Letting the girls make their own decisions and designing it will teach them hard work is worth the effort when it is finished. If you do this as a family project, you can give them ideas and assistance teaching them to be creative.
How to unleash imagination:
Once the house is done, they can learn personal skills. Like setting, the dinner table with doll dishes that they have in their toy box stuck in the closet. They will be learning to play together giving them skills to get along and enjoy being with each other. Let them ask the little girl next door to come over and they can have a pretend tea party for the dolls, another skill learning to get along with people outside the home.
Building a dollhouse has given your girls a lot of new knowledge; they have learned to be creative, drawing, coloring with markers, and using scissors. Learning to share the same house, and the skill of getting along with other people outside the home can help your child develop social skills. They have learned to use sticky glue, using the egg cartons show them another item they can be creative with and self-esteem with confidence by having something they helped to make. Showing your child that if they want something, working for it is all in learning and having fun and getting what they want.