Long ago I worked as a Nursery Practitioner in East London. The children often brought in things which were special to them. Dolls of course made a regular appearance delightfully decorated in biro and felt tip marks to create measles or eye shadow and lipstick.
Children explore feelings, experiences and ideas through play. Objects act as support in this process. As a grown up I play whenever I can. I find it a powerful antidote to emotional experiences at anytime of life. Just remember to play nicely!?