In addition, children learn important social skills when playing with dolls. When children play "house" (mother-father-child) - or other family constellations - they imitate the experiences they have from day to day. When role-playing, children take on the role of the parents while the dolls become the new "me". The young ones learn to put themselves in the shoes of the caregiving person, exercise empathy, social togetherness, and how to process feelings and experiences. At the same time, children learn to take on responsibility and deal with things in a loving manner. That's particularly helpful if a young sibling is on the way or has already arrived. Last but not least, playing with dolls trains motor skills when dressing and undressing them, changing their diapers, feeding them, or moving them around and carrying them - that's all perfect for the development of their fine and gross motor skills! And the boys? Young men tend to play with teddy bears and plush animals instead - and they're equally important soulmates!