Product Type: ELC Doll
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ELC Rosebud Village Doll Family
Member Name: KLockwood75
ELC Rosebud Village Doll Family
Advantages: Well made, cute clothes, full of character, complement the Rosebud House and furniture
Disadvantages: Posing them is a bit tricky for little ones
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.
Summary: A lovely little family for the Rosebud House
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