Pony Club Lottie Doll Review & Giveaway

During the Summer we were asked to be Lottie Doll Ambassadors and as part of this lovely invite, were given a Lottie Doll to call our own, to put her through the rigorous testing of a 6 year old, and of course let everyone know what we thought. We were also allocated one for a giveaway…….. below is our review and to enter the giveaway simply follow us and Lottie Dolls on Instagram. I will pick a winner on Nov 10th.
Firstly, for those who have not yet come across the brand, based in Donegal, Ireland, Lottie Dolls have been designed to encourage positive body image in little girls and boys alike. The age-appropriate design is modelled on the proportions of a 9-year-old, and the wide choice of costumes and occupations encourage gender equality. The first doll was created following 18 months of research which included discussions with retailers, industry experts, child psychologists, nutrition experts, parents and – most importantly – kids. Lottie dolls look like kids. They are dressed comfortably in clothes that are made from colourful and tactile fabrics. The play-sets encourage outdoor play.
The Pony Club Lottie not only goes riding, she also cares for her pony. She makes sure her pony is always well groomed, fed and ready for an adventure, and she never goes anywhere without her jodhpurs, helmet and riding boots too. This is what comes in the set:
  • Doll
  • Full ‘Pony Club’ costume
  • Pony with saddle and bridle

MT had just began Pony Club herself when the doll arrived and so the new language and skills learned everyday in club was reenacted afterwards with Lottie. She definitely sensed that Lottie was also a child, without me having to bring up the topic. I guess it was clear from the dolls body design. It was really nice to see MT dressing the doll with similar clothes that she would wear herself and not clothes that were out of her age range. MT made Lottie a dress herself for Pony Camp party day. MT loves anything crafty especially making clothes for dolls or her friends so this was great fun for her.

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I think the Lottie Dolls encourage children to play as children and use child like language and content . I do also think role-play is important, so like games where there is a mommy who is doing the shopping etc, but it was very refreshing to see a child playing as a child with a child like doll. There are plenty of dolls to choose from for everyones interests and hobbies.

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Lottie came on holidays with us and fit perfectly in our carry on. She entertained on the plane during the journey and while we were there. She was also good company while eating out.

From an educational point of view she’s a great doll for children needing practise in the area of fine motor control. Dressing Lottie and the horse require the use of the pincer grip which is used for writing and turning pages in a book.

We are officially fans and look forward to seeing more of Lottie and her friends in the future. We are also very fond of one of her new friends….. we’ll tell you more in another post.

Lottie Dolls are available online and in shops worldwide. There is something to suit everyones budget.

Until next time, have you got a Lottie Doll? Which one is your favourite?

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Disclaimer: We were given one Pony Camp Lottie Doll in exchange for this review and competition. All opinions are our own.

 

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