Dolls, like teddy bears, are known as being childhood playthings for small children.
Traditionally, it is mainly little girls that love to play with dolls, often starting out with the realistic looking Baby Dolls.
If you look at baby dolls by brand you will see that there are many such as the Corolle baby dolls, Berenguer dolls, Baby Alive dolls, Madame Alexander dolls and the extremely popular Baby Annabell dolls.
It seems that girls have a natural maternal and nurturing instinct in-built which makes them gravitate towards wanting little baby dolls to play with.
Often, they will see their own mothers taking care of siblings and naturally will want to copy their mothers. Buying a baby doll is a great way to help your older children deal with the arrival of a new sibling. Of course, boys don’t take to playing with dolls as much.
Is this genetic or environmental?
In any case, boys will gravitate towards playing with action heroes and figurines from the more popular movies and TV Series and you will find boys toy boxes full of Tranformer figurines or Star Wars or Toy Story heroes such as Buzz Lightyear or Sheriff Woody.
They have also by this time found a great way of engaging in pretend play by using doll houses to feed their imagination.
Whilst playing with doll houses might be a pastime for children, putting together dolls houses has become something of a hobby for adults with many adults being proud owners of magnificent dollhouse collections.
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Once girls get to the age of about 5 or 6, and this often varies depending on each child, you’ll see that their interest drops when it comes to playing with baby dolls. They will be interested in many other types of toys by now, probably Disney Princesses or Dora The Explorer types of dolls.
At this stage and most likely going forward, you’ll find that young girls develop an interest for the fashion dolls such as Barbie, the Bratz dolls and the newly popular Monster High Dolls.
These highly popular fashion dolls have the figure and dress style of young women, so you will see these figurines with a fully developed adult figures as opposed to the resemblance to babies that dolls like baby Annabell have.
These grown-up dolls are stylishly dressed with fantastic makeup and beautifully done hair.
The popularity of the Monster High dolls shows that whilst these dolls are mainly bought by pre-teens and teenagers, because they are so beautifully created, they are also highly sought after by grown women who tend to think of these dolls as collectible items and many go on to buy the entire selection of Monster High dolls.