Book Review: Play & Learn PaperDoll Families by Cath Hakanson are anatomically correct paperdolls that can help parents to talk to kids about where babies come from
A short overview of this book
Play & Learn PaperDoll Families by Cath Hakanson are anatomically correct paperdolls that are perfect for starting shame-free conversations with kids about where babies come from (and how they are made).
These paperdolls were created to help parents with starting conversations with their kids whilst their hands are busy with cutting, colouring and playing. Feedback from parents has been that busy hands help to make conversations feel more natural and easier to start.
Most kids go through an age-appropriate stage of being curious about where babies come from. They may pretend they are pregnant, and stuff a doll under their shirt or pester you for a new baby. So these paperdolls will allow you to take advantage of this ‘baby stage’ by providing you with an activity that will allow them to play whilst you start natural conversations about where babies come from and how they are made.
You’ll find 6 babies of different ages, genders and ethnicities. Each baby has both gendered and gender neutral clothing that your child can dress them in.
There are 4 adult dolls, which means your doll can recreate their own family. They come with a range of different clothing that allows each adult (regardless of gender and sex) to be pregnant and feed the baby. You’ll also find clothing that includes a wheelchair, as well as crutches and Which means that kids with a transgender or non-binary parent can feel included and create a family that represents theirs.
All costumes fit each doll, so your child can dress a boy doll (or a doll with a penis) in a dress (perfect for chatting about gender stereotypes). Which means you can then chat about the correct anatomical names of their private parts, the difference between male and female bodies, intersex, being transgender, gender diversity, body safety and more. You’ll also find costumes that include a wheelchair and a white cane (for visually impaired adults).
And in case you feel stuck and are unsure about what to talk about or how to start the conversation, you’ll find a guide at the back with ideas and tips.
You’ll also find an illustrated Question and Answer section, with child-friendly answers and images for questions that kids commonly ask during this discussion.
You can learn more on this page, about how to talk to kids about sex education.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Play & Learn PaperDoll Families by Cath Hakanson is ideal for children over the age of 3.
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