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An 1883 German illustration of children playing house

House, also referred to as "playing house" or "play grown up", is a traditional children's game. It's a form of make believe where players take on the roles of a nuclear family. Common roles include parents, children, a newborn, and pets.

Mamy role game by an Iranain kid and a little girl toy
Iranian "Mamy" game with a little girl playing the mother and a little doll in the role of her daughter

The game often involves props, such as toy food. Additionally, dolls can play the role family members. Model houses and play kitchens are toys which are often specifically intended for playing house. The game is played both at home and in kindergarten or day care.

In other cultures

  • In Persian, the common term (خاله بازی or مامان بازی) means "mother play" or "auntie play", highlighting that the game is stereotypically played by girls.
  • Similarly in Russian, the game is called дочки-матери (daughters-and-mothers).
  • In German, the game is called "Mutter, Vater, Kind" (mother, father, child).
  • In Chinese, the game is called "扮家家酒" or "过家家" (playing/living a family).
  • In Dutch, the game is called "vadertje en moedertje" (little father and little mother)
  • In Japanese, the game is called "ままごと" (playing house)
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