LET’S PLAY: Fisher-Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home

LET’S PLAY: Fisher-Price Little People Surprise and Sounds Home

Recommended for ages 1-5, this is actually one of my daughter’s go-to toys right now. She loves pretend play and actually loves the kitchen area. She pretends she’s baking cookies because one of the phrases says something about the cookies being ready. This doll house says so many phrases and has so many sounds I don’t remember them all. It comes with the home that folds so you can carry it with the handle up top, 3 Little People (Mom, Dad, and Emma), a table and 3 chairs.

Here are a few things we’ve done with this doll house:

Imitation: For younger children, this is a GREAT toy to practice imitation. There are different cause and effect items all around. For example, if you press the alarm clock, the people fall off the bed. If you open the oven, the lights turn on and off. If you lift the toilet seat, you hear a flush. I would simply say “Do this” and show her what to do. She is able to see the cause/effect and do it herself.

 

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Label rooms: You can teach your child the names of the different rooms (living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom). I enjoyed doing this discretely by having the little people travel to the various rooms. For example, I would pretend Mom was walking into the kitchen and say “Mom’s going to the kitchen” … “Now she’s going to the bathroom”

Label Common Items: I was impressed by the number of common items in this doll house. There’s a bed, toilet, table, refrigerator, couch, etc. Labeling these common items really helped expand her vocabulary.

Listening Skills:  After she learned the various rooms, I would have her show me she learned them by practicing receptive communication. For example, I would say “put Dad in the kitchen” or “show me Mom going to the bathroom.” We also did this with common items. “Point to the bed” “Show me alarm clock”

Function of rooms: Along with naming the various rooms and locations of the house, this toy is a great way to teach the function of each room. Again, I would pretend Mom was going to the kitchen and say “Mom’s going to the kitchen, she’s going to cook and eat” “Now she’s going to the bedroom. She’s going to sleep” “Emma is in the living room watching TV and playing”

Label Common Items: I was impressed by the number of common items in this doll house. There’s a bed, toilet, table, refrigerator, couch, etc. Labeling these common items really helped expand her vocabulary.

Fill-in the blanks: Last year when she was just picking up communication, I would do a lot of fill-in the blanks. “Mom’s in the ______” “Dad’s in the _____” “The bed is for ______ (sleeping). “To keep your food cold, you put it in the ______” “This is a ____ (points to item)”

WH-Questions: The fill-in the blank’s always transition to WH questions. Taking the same concept, I would say “Where is Mom?” or “What room is Mom in?” Those are two of the same questions, but asked differently for generalization. I would also turn the labeling into WH questions and ask “What’s this called?” “What is the bed used for?” “What do you do on the bed?” Again, WH questions encourage the back and forth verbal exchanges which lead into skills for conversations.

Pretend Play: Her current favorite thing to do is is pretend play. She LOVES making up stories. A lot of times I join in with her and pretend, but I also like to observe her when she thinks I’m not watching. She just finished potty training and I’ve heard her say “When you have to go use the potty, you come here to the toilet and then flush it when you’re done. Don’t forget to wash your hands!” or she’ll pretend Dad is cooking in the kitchen and it’s time to eat so she sets them all at the table and they pretend eating. The pretend play options with this are endless!

We’ve had this dollhouse for a while and she still plays with it. Again, I’ve seen her progress from just pressing the buttons randomly to actually pretend playing and making up stories.

Hopefully this has given you ideas on how you can learn and have fun with this toy! How would you play with this dollhouse? If you have any creative ideas or just want to share, send me a message or comment below!

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