A doll is a toy that looks like a small person or baby.
The first dolls were made in Ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago.
Back then, they were made from simple materials like clay, wood, or cloth.
Today, they’re made from lots of different things like plastic, porcelain, and sometimes still cloth or wood.
Dolls are used for playing and pretending—like pretending to be a parent to a baby doll, or having adventures with a doll who is your friend.
Sometimes, dolls are used to teach kids something. For example, dress up dolls can help kids learn how to button a shirt or tie a shoelace.
There are dolls from all different cultures. They can show what people from other countries wear, or what they look like.
But not everyone just plays with dolls—some people collect them. They might have a special place where they keep really fancy dolls from all around the world.
Whether you play with them, collect them, or just think they’re cool to look at, dolls are neat because they can be anyone or anything you want them to be!