With Christmas upon us, we have been doing lots of crafty activities from creating our own Christmas tree decorations to making some crafty lanterns. Making the lanterns involves a lot of using scissors and now Bear is in preschool I have been encouraging him to use (child safe) scissors himself. I’ve never considered how difficult it must be to learn the technique of using scissors before, but seeing Bear struggling with how to hold them made me start looking for a toy that would help him with it.
I then had a wonderful PR email pop into my inbox about the new La La Loopsy Glitter Hair Dough doll which did exactly what I was looking for. The La La Loopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll allows children to be creative, by cutting and styling their doll’s hair in a safe way.
The Glitter Hair Dough doll has an opening in her head where you can put some glitter dough. You then fasten the desired hair styling cap and twist her pigtails to make her dough hair grow. Bear thought the whole thing was brilliant and was fascinated by the hair ‘growing’. It is then up to the child to cut and style the hair. The La La Loopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll even has her own seat, so it is like being a real salon.
Each doll comes with three different coloured hair doughs, three hair styling caps, a pair of child safe scissors and two hair clips, which give the child a lot of creative control. Bear loved picking out the colours for the hair and we had a great time together while learning how to use scissors in a fun way.
Bear is developing such a great imagination and tends to process his day to day life through play. We recently visited the barbers to get Bear’s hair cut and he used this experience in his play. He welcomed the doll into his shop and asked how she would like her hair cut, before cutting all her hair off and sending her on her way. Bear loved that he could change the hair colour of the doll and that the different styling caps made the hair look different when it ‘grew’.
From a parent’s perspective, the La La Loopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll is incredibly easy to tidy away afterwards. There is an opening in the back of the doll’s head that makes it easy to clear out any left over glitter dough before it dries up. I was a bit apprehensive about the glitter getting everywhere, but it stayed in the dough and didn’t fall out at all. It is a relatively easy toy to clean away after use, which is always a bonus.
The mechanism does feel a little under pressure while pushing the dough through the top of the dolls head, which does make it click a bit. That said, it works fine and it didn’t deter Bear from his play.
It would be great to see this line of toys become a bit more ‘gender neutral’ with less focus on bright pink in the future, as I think this would be an amazing step in tackling gender specific marketing within the toy industry. That said to have little boys involved in the marketing at all is an amazing step in the right direction and one that I support.
*I was sent a La La Loopsy Glitter Hair Dough Doll in return for an honest review.