Those of you who follow my You Tube Channel may have heard me talking about Lottie Dolls before, but for those of you not in the know Lottie Dolls are THE award-winning dolls of the 21st century being totally age appropriate and highly relatable because they are inspired by children themselves – yup no princesses or Barbies here….hurrah!
The vision behind Lottie Dolls is one which speaks to me hugely as a parent. They share my dream of an uncomplicated place where kids can be kids, the great outdoors is there for the exploring, where curiosity-led discoveries are a daily occurrence, where the imagination can run wild and where the only limit is bedtime and where overall, childhood is to be savoured not rushed along to the next stage.
Originally developed to empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative and adventurous and to have fun, Lottie Dolls really are about letting children explore every day life, dreams and aspirations through role models they can entirely relate to whether it be through their main line range of Lottie and Finn Dolls, or their STEAM and Brownie ranges.
As Lottie Dolls pride themselves in being so relatable – which truly they are – today I’m going to be reviewing a doll plus a set which is highly relatable to my own daughter who is four – the first being School Days Lottie because argh! she is starting school in September and the second which speaks to her dream of horse riding…Pony Club Lottie.
Because starting school is a hot topic around the house right now I have to say I am LOVING School Days Lottie which is the perfect role model for my daughter in life right about now.
Her backstory is that she is literally essentially chomping at the bit to go to school and can’t wait to see her friends, learn new topics and meet her new teacher, Miss Fiona. The doll comes complete with all the school uniform essentials plus a pair of glasses – double thumbs up for being a role model who wears glasses (super relatable to my daughter who also wears them).
What it really fab about this Lottie Doll is the 10 special collector cards featuring leadership tips for girls put together in collaboration with the Girls Leadership Institute which are a fab pep talk for little ones about how to get the best out of their school days including top tips like “Speak up in class”, “Practice” and “Challenge Yourself” which are a great talking point with your little and are the perfect prompt to explore some of these issues through imaginative/role play. The verdict? School Days Lottie is one super duper positive role model for young girls!
And now from class room to horseback! Let’s take a trot over to Pony Club Lottie…
Like many a young girl, my daughter dreams of riding ponies and what better way to get close to that dream than having your very own horse riding Lottie Doll! Complete with full riding attire and accessories, this Lottie Doll makes for a lovely bit of imaginative play coupled with Seren the Welsh Mountain Pony who comes fully kitted out too.
What’s lovely about this set is the message it comes along with (one which parents of pony hankering children will be pleased to hear!): that Pony Club is about much more than just riding – and that Lottie needs to learn about caring for a horse too as she studies for achievement badges covering subjects like feeding, equipment, pony behaviour and grooming as well as trying to improve her riding.
The verdict? Not only a lovely way for children to get lost in pretend pony riding adventures but an important way of teaching that horse riding and looking after a pony takes a lot of hard work and dedication!
Pony Club Lottie retails at £32.99 and School Days Lottie retails at £18.99. Check out the full range of Lottie Dolls on their website here.
***And now for the most exciting part! I’m giving a Pony Club Lottie set over on my Giveaway Page here!***
*I was sent the above items for honest review. All opinions are my own.