I previously posted the measurements of the average woman compared to Barbie’s. This spurred comments regarding Barbie as a poor choice of dolls for young girls.
That got me to thinking… Which dolls present positive images to girls – that are not all about ginormous ta-tas and itty bitty waists? What would I want to give to my little nieces? To my daughters?
So off I went to ‘research’ this conundrum, and I made the following list of dolls I thought give a more positive image than Barbie. I noticed that, overall, these dolls are more expensive, which is unfortunate. However, I believe they are also of greater quality. If you know any other great dolls for girls (and boys too), please let me know!
Girls Explore dolls personify actual women in history, complete with period clothing and biography. Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and Dot Richardson are among the historical lineup.
Now, these are not glamorous dolls. There are no ball gowns, sparkles, and makeup. They’re also $55.00 a piece. However, they ofter a unique peak into history and the importance women have had in shaping it.
Only Hearts Club
Thanks to Lynnae from beingfrugal.net for mentioning these great dolls. Only Hearts Clubfeatures dolls that are girls from different ethnic backgrounds with a wide array of interests, from horseback riding, music, cooking, and math. They are appropriately dressed and come with their own pet. They are approx $16.00 each.
I remember when these dolls from when I was a preteen, and I thought they were beautiful. Only three different dolls were offered at that time, but the American Girlcompany have since grown to include not only dolls from different periods in history, but baby dolls, dolls that resemble their young owner, clothing, books, and accessories. An American Girl Place, a museum/store/restaurant, is located in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. And now there’s a movie coming out featuring Kit, a girl living during the Great Depression.
What I like about the American Girl dolls is how beautiful they are, yet how suited they are for playing. I really like the opportunity for learning about history that is involved with each doll. Each girl has their own story books, clothing, and accessories. My favorite has always been Samantha, from 1904.
The latest addition is Julie from 1974. This “historical” doll is hitting a little too close to home. If they make a doll from 1984, I’m going to start feeling really old!
The dolls cost roughly $90 or more.
P31 Dolls are based on the teachings from Proverbs 31 (hence the name P31) and feature three Biblical women, Leah, Abigail, and Elisabeth. However, they are featured as girls and are dressed in modern outfits. The dolls come with a cookie recipe, cookie cutters, and a lesson based on Proverbs 31:20. They cost about $40.00.
Language Littles Speaking Dolls
Just as the name says, Language Littles Speaking Dolls”speak” various words and phrases in their native tongue if you press their hands. Languages represented by these dolls include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. They cost approx $48.00.
Manhattan Toy Cuddle Dolls
Cuddle Dolls are your basic, cute dolls without the images that seem to encourage girls to grow up too quickly. They are soft and meant to be hugged and played with by little ones. Price is approx. $22.00.
The purpose behind Karito Kids is teaching lessons about “social responsibility and charitable giving.” Each doll is from a different culture – Australia, China, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and New York. You also have the opportunity of contributing to Plan, an organization that focuses on involving children, their families and communities to help other children in need. Each doll costs about $100.00.
My Twinn dolls are created to look like their little owner. Send in a photo of your little girl, and in about a month, you will receive a doll in her likeness. They cost about $139.00.