Lottie Doll Review
My girls have amassed quite a collection of dolls over the last few years. At least a couple are played with most days. The girls were excited to receive a Lottie doll each a couple of weeks ago. These award-winning dolls have been inspired by real kids. They have been made to encourage children to use their imaginations, have fun and to empower them to be themselves. Unlike their Barbies or Disney princesses, Lottie dolls have a childlike body, and no make-up on their faces.
Being a Science teacher, and a mother to girls, I am passionate about promoting STEM subjects to my daughters. I was excited to see that there are a range of STEM subject Lottie dolls. These include a fossil hunter, an astronomer and science-fair competitor. Last year Freyja was fascinated by Tim Peake’s time in space, and had recently shown an interest in a female astronomer in her Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls book. I knew the Stargazer Lottie would be the perfect choice for her. This award-winning doll was produced in collaboration with the European Space Agency. For most doll-owners, the clothes are just as important as the doll itself. Stargazer Lottie’s clothes are both beautiful and practical for being outside, looking at the stars. We particularly like her velvet bomber jacket, sturdy boots and hat. She comes with a telescope and tripod as well as some solar system collector cards and an information sheet about notable women in astronomy.
Stargazer Lottie is set to be a favourite toy. Freyja loves the fact that doll is like her. It is nice to see her playing with such an inspirational doll which promotes a positive body image and encourages her to aim to be whatever she wants to be. She also likes the fact that the doll stands up on its own two feet! I do have a feeling that she may be wanting her own telescope soon though – just like Lottie!
School Days Lottie
With Emily about to start school, I chose the School Days Lottie Doll for her. This doll has been produced in collaboration with the Girls Leadership Institute. Just like Stargazer Lottie, her clothes are also really well made and completely gorgeous. She looks just the part for school with her navy pinafore, socks and Mary Jane shoes. Emily likes the fact that she has proper “school shoes”. She also has a lovely backpack which is perfect for putting the 10 leadership tips for girls collector cards that come with the doll. She too stands on her own two feet!
Emily has been acting out little scenes with School Days Lottie, pretending she is going off to school. I think this has been a nice way to talk about what to expect at school and helping to prepare herself for her start. I am sure that even when Emily is a bit nervous about September, she will feel better by having her friend, Lottie, to chat to about her day.
There can be no doubt that the girls absolutely love their Lottie dolls, but I love them too. I love that they are age-appropriate and relatable for the girls. Why should 4 and 6 years have to play with dolls that have made-up faces, jewellery and unrealistic bodies? Surely my girls should be playing with dolls that look like girls. Real girls. Just like themselves. Lottie Dolls look like girls. They are dressed how I would dress the girls in quality, comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the activities that they do. I love the message that these dolls send to my girls, and in the future, Lottie will be my first choice for buying any new dolls for the girls and their friends.
Disclaimer: We were send these dolls for review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own