Have you started your holiday shopping? Already done? In either case I have something to share with you for your daughters that really warrants a spot under your Christmas tree this year.
I was excited to be given the opportunity to review Lottie Dolls with my girls (so excited in fact I ended up purchasing some extra Lottie accessories to go along with it.) Lottie Dolls are the kind of dolls young girls should be playing with– that is, if your daughter is so inclined to play with dolls to begin with. I’m not trying to stir up the gender wars or inflame the gender-neutral fanatics. I’m not telling you your son can’t play with these dolls. I don’t care who you purchase them for- just purchase them!
- Lottie is a wholesome doll alternative for girls aged 3-9; she is 7.5 inches (18cm) tall, so she’s very portable and easy for little hands to carry around.
- The key point of difference is that Lottie has a ‘childlike’ body – she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small).
- She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image.
- Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabric with lots of attention to detail, easy to dress and undress, with Velcro fastenings.
- Her hair is lovely and soft; it doesn’t tangle and knot like other doll hair.
- Lottie has bendable knees with ball socket hips and arms.
I can probably do the most service to Lottie Dolls though, by telling you what they are NOT.
Lottie Dolls are NOT going to give your daughters an unhealthy and completely unrealistic perception of what the female body looks like.
Lottie Dolls are NOT small, cheaply made, nor will they break easily. And Lottie Dolls won’t have parents silently swearing the makers of stupid, easily-ripped, rubber clothes.
Lottie Dolls are NOT going to be confused with streetwalkers.
And lastly, Lottie Dolls are NOT this- whatever the heck this is…. I still can’t figure it out. Over-sexualization branching out into the monster realm???
With crap like that on store shelves is it any wonder why I did a little jig when our Lottie Dolls arrived?
Lottie Dolls come in fun and thought-provoking, if not empowering, characters like Robot Girl Lottie (for the science and STEM minded), Karate Lottie, Lighthouse Keeper Lottie, Pirate Lottie, and many more.
As a homeschooling mom one of the biggest perks for me was the educational opportunity these dolls provided. I chose toys for my girls based on their current interests and passions and then based the dolls on famous historical women.
Along with the doll and accessory pack, my girls each received a book based on their relevant historical character. For Lyra (given her fascination with pirates this past Halloween) I renamed her doll Anne Bonny and grabbed this book by Jane Yolen.
Mira got the Robot Girl since she’s addicted to coding (shout-out to the free site Code.org!) and science-related topics in general. I renamed her doll Ada Lovelace and picked up this book for her reading pleasure.
Stella recently started ballet and tap classes so she received Spring Ballet Lottie. After a little research I decided to rename her doll Anna Pavlova and paired her with this book illustrated by French Impressionist Edgar Degas.
My girls now take Anne, Ada, and Anna EVERYWHERE. Since the day they received them, the dolls are never far from their hands.
The folks behind Lottie Dolls, Arklu, have numerous resources and extras available on their official website. From coloring pages, printable certificates and awards, to crafts and games- you’re guaranteed to find numerous ways to capitalize on your doll purchase.
The excitement doesn’t end there though! The folks at Arklu have generously offered to gift one of my lucky readers with their very own Robot Girl Lottie along with the Busy Lizzie Accessory Pack! Enter the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win! (Please refresh your page if the widget isn’t showing.)
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