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Play-Based Tips to Support Mask Wearing

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve partnered with female-founded brand Royal Jelly Harlem to create several exclusive mask sets for children (and their favorite dolls or plush friends). Whether your child is resistant to wearing a mask or your family’s mask collection could use a refresh, these special mask sets will add an element of fun to your daily routine. It’s empowering for young children to help their favorite pretend play friends “mask up” and prepare for the day ahead. Plus, it’s always fun to match! Our vibrant mask sets have been beautifully crafted in NYC by Royal Jelly Harlem and will inspire positive, playful experiences related to mask wearing. 

Read on for a few play-based tips to support children wearing masks!

Grab a small basket and gather a few masks in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes- some for your child and some for his or her favorite dolls or stuffed animals! Place this basket in an area of your home where your child often engages in pretend play. As your child reenacts familiar scenarios, such as school days or trips to the grocery store, he or she may use the masks to reflect our current reality. Incorporating masks into pretend play routines helps children become more physically comfortable wearing them and gives them a sense of control in the midst of major change.

Lean on favorite dolls or plush friends to help your child process major changes, such as broadening your COVID social circle or experiencing a very different school year. If your child is unwilling or unable to engage in complex conversations, remember that play is a powerful way to process big feelings. You may overhear your child chatting with his or her doll about the very topics you’ve been eager to discuss! If you want to get in on the fun, you can try saying something like, “I bet your Dinkum Doll also wears a mask when he visits his cousins. Let’s find a mask that’s just his size and you can teach him all about mask-wearing.”

Move and groove to “The Superhero Mask Song” by the Laurie Berkner Band. Invite your child to grab his or her favorite mask as Laurie sings, “It covers up my chin and nose and mouth, so the germs don’t go in and the germs don’t go out.” While singing along, your child can teach his or her favorite doll or stuffed animal how to properly wear a mask, too! 

Say “YES” when your child asks to bring a special toy outside of your home. Toys, such as dolls and plush friends, offer security to young children who crave familiarity in new places or uncomfortable situations. Sometimes, in an effort to keep our children’s favorite toys safe and sound, we deny them the comfort of bringing their “friends” along when they need them most. In the coming months, our children may find themselves in social settings that they haven’t encountered in over a year. Our matching mask sets allow children to prepare themselves (and their trusty companions) for everyday outings and adventures. 

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