“ Brand: ELC / Type: Doll Family „
The Rosebud Doll Family is made to go inside the ELC Rosebud Dolls House and consists of 6 key family members - Mum, Dad, Daughter, Son, Grandma and Grandpa (pets sold separately).
All of the dolls are wooden but have rope-like joints (legs and arms) to make them bendable. You can't see the rope unless you take their clothes off or roll up their sleeves/ trouser legs/skirts. The arms and legs are very easy for little fingers to bend and put in to different positions.
They all have cute painted faces - eyes, tiny nose, blushing cheeks and a big smile (Grandma and Grandpa also have little glasses painted on). All of them have wooden shoes which are attached to the legs and cannot be removed. The adults dolls stand at around 5 inches tall and the children at around 4 inches.
All of the family members have lovely detail and certain features to tell them apart. I particularly like the mum's pink head scarf and floral dress, the son's blue hooded jacket, grandma's chequered dress with apron and grandpa's brown chequered waistcoat with matching flat cap. All of them have hair made from wool. The mum and daughter have long blond wool hair. The dad and son have short brown wool hair. Grandma and grandpa are my favourites with a grey wool bun for Grandma and fluffy white hair coming out from under Grandpa's cap!
Most of the dolls clothes can be removed but are quite awkward to get on and off. However some of the clothes, such as grandma's apron, are very easy to remove. My daughter tends to store some of the clothes in the wardrobe (provided with the Rosebud Bedroom Set) so they don't get lost.
The Rosebud White Doll family is a really cute set and is quite girly. However I think that young boys would be more than happy to play with the set. It is beautifully made and is very good quality. All of the dolls are sturdy and durable. We've had this particular set for years and it's still in very good condition.
I would say that the Rosebud Doll Family is a great addition to the Rosebud Dolls House but the family would also suit many other dolls houses. My daughter has had hours of fun playing with her set - putting everybody to bed, getting them dressed, putting them in the bath, making food in the kitchen and sitting them up at the dinner table! From a young age she knew who all of the family members were without being told and even gave them names. They really encourage imaginative play and can help to build social skills too.
The only minor disadvantage I can think of is that the dolls sometimes take my daughter a while to stand up. They all have flat feet but the legs and feet have to be positioned properly before they stand up by themselves.
The set cost us £10.00 from The Early Learning Centre (also available at Mothercare), which I think is good value for money. That works out to less than £2.00 per doll. Dolls aren't sold separately and must be brought as a set. As of 2013 the Rosebud Doll Family includes a baby (instead of an older son) and costs £12.00. I fully recommend.
My daughter received the Rosebud Village Doll Family as one of her Christmas presents. We had already planned to get her the Rosebud House for her birthday in February and, as a pre-cursor to this, we bought her the Rosebud Village Treehouse to see how she got on with playing with this type of toy. The Treehouse does actually come with two dolls, unlike most of the other Rosebud Village sets, but we felt that her experience of playing with it would be enhanced by having more dolls to join in the fun.
* The Doll Family *
The Rosebud Village doll family consists of four adults (Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandad), a little girl and a baby. The figures are made of a lightweight wood and dressed in fabric clothing. Their limbs are fully poseable and they have big sold feet to enable them to stand up. I love the character in the faces of these little dolls, they have very warm smiley faces, cheeks that look like they have got a bit too over-excited with the blusher brush and round eyes. My daughter has questioned, in the way that three year olds do, why they don't have noses but, to be honest, I don't think that really matters. The grandparents also have glasses painted on to their faces (stereotypically perhaps, but it adds a little bit more character). All the dolls have woollen hair. Their clothing is also really sweet. The 'Mummy' doll favours the floral dress over leggings with a little cardi look, the 'Daddy' is dressed in chinos and a blue cardi over a top, the 'Grandma' has a spotty top under a striped pinafore dress, and a floral apron tied round her waist and the 'Grandad' has a very 'Grandad' style sleeveless pullover and a flat-cap. The only one I am not as keen on is the little girl - she is quite sweet but her clothes aren't really a design that my daughter can relate to, she prefers the little girl from the treehouse who wears a pink spotted dress and it is that little girl that seems to live in the house (in fact, I'm not even sure where the one that came with the family is). The baby is just a baby, wrapped up in a blanket and is not poseable like the rest of the family.
* Playability *
These dolls can be played with either inside the dolls house (or other Rosebud Village sets) or as standalone toys. My daughter did play with them on their own before she got the house for her birthday, she often brought a couple of them out with her in one of her many handbags and would make them have little conversations with each other. However, they are more exciting to play with inside the house as there is so much more you can do with them. The poseable nature of the dolls means that they can be put into all kinds of different scenarios in the house, whether that is cooking the dinner, sitting down at the table for a family meal, sleeping in their beds or sitting on the toilet,. Obviously they have to shower and bath fully clothed but, to be honest, I spend enough time helping to dress and undress the Baby Born doll so I am very glad she can't actually take these dolls' clothes off. My daughter also likes the multi-generational aspect of this doll family - she was very excited to tell her Grandma that she had a 'Grandma' doll in her dolls house. Obviously children can make the dolls into whoever they want them to be, they don't need to be a traditional nuclear family - they can be whatever combination of people that the child playing with them is familiar with or wants them to be.
Playing with this type of doll really helps to inspire 'small world' play and stimulates children to use their imagination. It also enhances communication skills, whether that is with two children playing together and giving each doll as personality (my two will play with the boy and girl dolls and enforce their own personalities on them) or playing alone and making the dolls chat away to each other. They are also good for helping the development of fine motor skills too, as manipulating the little limbs into position takes a fair bit of manual dexterity. Despite the educational benefits, the main benefit of this doll family is the fun that my daughter has playing with them and the way in which they enhance her experience of playing with her dolls house.
* Price *
The price for the dolls family is £12.00 which I feel represents good value for money as you do get five posable figures and the baby for that price. Plus, there is no point having the house and the furniture without the dolls, and these dolls are the perfect fit for the house. Like all Early Learning Centre products, you should be able to get them slightly cheaper if you have time to wait for a discount voucher.
* Final Thoughts *
Overall, this is a product that I would definitely recommend. I do have a couple of minor reservations (hence the four star rating) - firstly the fact that the dolls hair is made of wool means that it gets tangled up fairly easily, secondly I think the little girl doll could wear an outfit which is more reflective of modern girls' clothing and, finally, the Grandma's apron comes off much too easily. The are also a little bit tricky to manipulate into position and, although I know that the feet have to be out of proportion to make them stand up, the giant feet do make them feel a little bit clumpy. I do feel like I am being a bit picky though as this is a beautifully made family and my daughter genuinely loves it. I also love the character and personality of these dolls, however stereotyped they are, and believe that the stereotyping makes it easier for children to identify the characters. OK, so I don't actually know many Grandads that wear a flat cap (apart from on the telly and in children's books), and my Mum doesn't wear a flowery pinny, but my daughter clearly identifed them as Grandma and Grandad which is surely the whole point. It is an ideal complement to the Rosebud House and its furniture sets and I envisage many more hours of happy play in the future with these dolls.
My mum was planning on buying my daughter the Rosebud dolls house for Christmas and after looking at the furniture sets that went with the house, I realised that none of them came with any dolls. You can't have a house full of furniture with no dolls to play with so I bought a figure pack so my daughter could play with the house properly.
The set of dolls that I bought was this Rosebud dolls family from Early Learning Centre. It can be bought either in store or online or from Mothercare and Amazon. The set costs £12 to buy but with all Early Learning Centre products, features in sales quite often so can be found cheaper if you wait around.
The packaging for the family set is the exactly the same as the packaging for the furniture sets too. The set comes in a cardboard box that is designed in a cute and girly way with a picture of the product on the front. Inside the box is a pull out cardboard base where the family members all sit inside. The set includes a nan and granddad, mum and dad, a little girl and a baby boy.
Early Learning Centre's Rosebud range of toys are based around a wooden dolls house, all of the sets that form part of this range are wooden based toys and this figure pack is exactly the same. Each family member is made from mainly wood with material clothes and ropes to make them moveable. The main body of the dolls is wooden along with the heads then the top of the arms and legs have approximately a centimetre long bit of rope that then attaches to more wood. The rope is strong and it does take a bit of manipulation to get it to move initially. This means that the dolls aren't stuck in whatever position they are made in so they have more playability. The size of the dolls is good with the older ones being around 10cm tall and the others going down in size with age.
Each family member represents who they are meant to be very well. Take the granddad for example, his face has been decorated with reading glasses and has grey hair which is almost hidden by a granddad cap. He wears old style clothes with cord trousers and a waistcoat. The clothes on all of the dolls cover up the rope that makes the dolls movable so it is disguised really well. Most of the clothes can't be removed, this isn't a bad thing in my books as my daughter has a tendency to undress all of her proper dolls at the moment and we often misplace items of clothing, these dolls clothes would be a nightmare to try and find so I'm glad they cannot be taken off.
The size of the dolls is excellent, especially when they are used in the Rosebud house with the Rosebud furniture as they are the perfect size for everything. They sit in the living chairs easily and can lie in the bed without their feet dangling off the end. We don't exactly have a conventional family with just me and my daughter but still, my daughter loves playing with the family in a way in which a family would work if a dad was present. I think this is fantastic as she is obviously, at three years old, becoming more aware that it's just me and her. She can move the dolls arms and legs without any problems despite the rope being quite hard to move, the more my daughter plays with them, the looser they are becoming.
I'd definitely recommend this Rosebud doll family if you are planning on buying the Rosebud dolls house, or any other dolls house for that matter. Each family member is well made from a strong wooden material and I love the fact that you can move the limbs around despite being made from wood. The price is cheaper than the furniture packs of the same range so I think it offers fantastic value for money.