Dolls are a great way for kids to play and have fun at the same time. All children enjoy and learn from gentle, nurturing play that teaches empathy and fosters a sense of caring - be it themselves or towards others. Dolls are definitely a great way for kids to play and roll play at the same time. Science has brought 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. Some of the other benefits of playing with dolls are encourages imagination, develops gross motor skills, helps with social development and communication, and provides a sense of belonging.