The Wonder of Play & Empathy
Play is how young children learn about the world around them.
Kids develop an understanding of how to interact with others, navigate family & social situations and think creatively through play. Imaginative play with dolls builds social/ emotional skills, such as empathy, in a fun & engaging way. Diversifying toy boxes is an important part of expanding a child’s circle of care beyond themselves and their immediate community.
>WONDER: Where Play & Empathy Meet
“Empathy is the one human capacity that allows us to link minds and hearts across cultures and generations to transform our lives.” -Michele Borba, E.d.D
Can you imagine...
Can you imagine what the future might look like if we could build this capacity in young children through play at the earliest of ages? We can!
"Children “learn, interact, grow, and construct their understanding of their world through play...They learn about social and family relationships through play, including how to relate to and interact with others.”
-Ann-Louise Lockhart, Psy.D., Pediatric Psychologist and Parent Coach
“A team of researchers from Cardiff University has used neuroscience for the first time to explore the positive impact doll play has on children, bringing to light new evidence that doll play activates brain regions that allow children to develop empathy and social information processing skills, even when playing by themselves...These benefits of solo doll play were shown to be equal for both boys and girls.”
-Amarilis Whitty, Frontiers Science News
The WONDER-ful Combination of Play, Empathy & Diversity in Children’s Toys & Books
UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by Michele Borba, E.d.D.
See No Stranger, A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur