31 days of unplugged play: take the baby dolls for a walk

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today”s unplugged play idea is to take the baby dolls (or teddy bears or dinosaurs) on a walk.

Let your child get a chance to practice some of their nurturing skills, explore your neighborhood, and have some family time while take the baby dolls for a walk.

Supplies and materials

  • favorite dolly, bear, or other lovie
  • time together to linger and be present and enjoy the October air
  • optional:  dolly stroller, sling, or basket

Get outside, once again, and take a nice, slow walk around the neighborhood, bringing your child”s favorite doll along.

My little ones love to play mommies and daddies and one of my four year old”s current favorite stories is Baby Dear from the Eloise Wilkin Little Golden Book collection, especially the part where the little girl takes her baby dolls for a walk “just like mommy.”

One of Lucy”s favorite things to do is to take care of her babies while I am taking care of baby Amelia.  She especially loves when I go along with her play and pretend that we are both mommies, talking about our babies, comparing notes on what they ate, how they slept, changing their diapers.

We didn”t leave the sidewalk in front of our house on the walk pictured above, in part because of my little one”s desire to be barefoot “just one more day outside, mama” (and I couldn”t resist, considering I don”t know how many more barefoot days are left in 2012) but sometimes we take longer walks around the block or down to the little park behind our neighborhood.

Often on these walks I get a peek at some of my own parenting skills as my little ones parrot my behavior when caring for their “babies” – sometimes in some eye-opening ways and sometimes in some precious ones.

I treasure these sweet little moments, the walks are good for all of us, and this is such a lovely time of year to be outside.

Quick question for you, dear Simple Kids readers:  do you know a good work-at-home mama or papa shop for a handmade doll stroller?  We have a pretty nice kid-sized baby sling, but we”d love to add a stroller that is well made, preferably wooden, to our baby doll nursery, too. I”d love to have one under the tree from Santa this year, and even better if we could support a handmade business in the process.  Thanks!

Bonus unplugged play idea: jump in the leaves!

While you are outside, rake up a pile of leaves just for the sake of jumping in them!

No leaf pile?  Gather us some small blankets, clean kitchen towels, washcloths, and other small pieces of cloth (the mis-matched sock pile anyone?) and have a pretend play “leaf” jumping party in your living room.

Looking ahead

Put apples and craft paint on your shopping list for the weekend and find some grubby clothes that you and your kids can get messy in.  Keep saving those toilet paper and paper towel tubes and cardboard, too.  We”ve got some messy, but fun unplugged play ideas for the weekend.

Just joining us?  Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

Here”s to unplugging and reconnecting with our kids. How has your week been? Have you enjoyed our unplugged play ideas so far?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Robin from Frugal Family Times says:

    Last night we had our dolly with us at the dinner table. She was very well cared for – to the extent that my son neglected to eat his own meal. Sounds like a real parent, eh?
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  2. I am loving your 31 Days of Unplugged Play Series!! My son adores his shopping cart and we often take it to Grandma’s house when we walk over. We’ve also been known to put a leash on Pluto and take him for a walk, too! We’ll have to try creating our own restaurant – we’ve not tried that with my 2 year old, yet! Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas! :)

  3. I love this idea! My daughter would love it as well as she is always grabbing her baby to participate in family dance times, cuddle times etc.

    Loving this series, great idea!
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