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Why We Love Lottie Dolls for Pretend Play {Lottie Doll Review}

Lottie doll review. Have you heard of these little dolls that come with charming accessories? Learn why we love these dolls for pretend play.

Lottie dolls - the perfect dolls for pretend play.

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I discovered Lottie dolls this summer, and immediately fell in love. I was thrilled by the offer to review and run a giveaway for the company.

I LOVED dolls as a kid, and as a result I have very particular things I look for in dolls for my own children.

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What to Look for in a Doll for Pretend Play

These are the traits I look for in dolls for my kids:

  • Easy to play with.
  • Easy to hold and carry around.
  • Comes with accessories AND inspires kids to make accessories.
  • Inspires my child to create positive scenarios for the doll. This is pretty intangible, but I suspect most parents could easily identify which dolls on a shelf inspire positive stories and which ones inspire demanding or even cruel story lines.
  • Leaves plenty of room for children to create their own identity for the doll. I don’t mind if the doll has their own story, but it shouldn’t be such a HUGE piece of who they are that children feel “stuck” with that storyline.

Lottie dolls are fully jointed, complete with bendable knees. I love that they look like children! These dolls are modeled after a nine-year-old girl’s body.

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Creative play inspired by Lottie Dolls

All three of my girls – aged 11, 8, and 5 years old – fell in love with these dolls as soon as they saw them. I let them each choose which doll to review. Five-year-old Anna picked the Autumn Leaves Lottie doll. Eight-year-old Lily picked the Forest Friends Lottie Doll. Eleven-year-old Emma picked the Pandora’s Box Lottie doll.

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My girls were so excited to see these dolls when we got back from our summer road trip! They immediately started taking them on all sorts of adventures. I find these dolls somewhere new every day.

Lottie dolls are the perfect size for adventures.

Anna and Lily each built elaborate homes for Lottie dolls using aluminum foil and washi tape, both of which they discovered as crafting supplies this fall. Here is Anna’s house:

I love that Lottie dolls get kids thinking creatively!


This is Lily’s:

Lottie dolls inspire creativity

Lily has gotten the most into the Lottie doll crafting. See the tiny little bag she made using aluminum foil and washi tape? She made a larger matching bag for herself, and she plans to make some clothes soon.

Lottie doll review. Have you heard of these little dolls that come with charming accessories? Learn why we love these dolls for pretend play.

Lottie Dolls Giveaway – Open Worldwide!

I’m excited to share that one of my readers – living ANYWHERE in the world – can select one of these three dolls to win! Please note that, if you enter, your email addresses will be shared with the Lottie Dolls company. They will not be shared with any other organization, but please don’t enter if you are not okay with your email address being shared. Fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter.

US Readers: You Get a Discount!

US readers, Lottie Dolls has a a 20% off code for you for just this week, which you can also share with friends and family! It will be activated for USA customers for purchases over $20 and is MARYANNE20.

There are some really amazing Lottie Dolls that I would love to add to our collection! As a photographer, I was immediately drawn to Mia. Mia also has a cochlear implant, reflecting the Lottie Dolls brand desire to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. I was equally happy to see that they included a boy doll, Finn.

Which Lottie doll do you like best? Do your kids love dolls for pretend play? Share your doll inspired play on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

128 thoughts on “Why We Love Lottie Dolls for Pretend Play {Lottie Doll Review}”

  1. We love the Forest Friends doll. My daughter likes the “princess skirt” and I think she has the loveliest hair!

  2. This would be a really hard choice because we don’t have any of these, but I think I’d choose Pandora’s Box Lottie. We love cats, so the design is great. And it looks like my 5 year old might be getting glasses, so she’d make a nice gift to help with the adjustment.

  3. Soooo adorable!! I would choose the Forest Friend Lottie Doll! My little one would adore her! Thanks for the chance!

  4. We absolutely love the Pandora’s box Lottie doll. The polka dots, the cat eye glasses n the cat hat!! I am sure our lil one will carry it along everywhere and will have a lot of fun styling it!!

  5. All the dolls are too cute. I think my daughter would like the Pandora’s Box Lottie Doll the best because of the kitty hat. She has a kitty hat also and wears it every where. She will go nuts to see a doll with one too.

  6. I love the Forest Friend doll, she’s so cute. We’ve got the Ice Princess, and Wendy would play with hers all the time. I’ll have to get some of the animals to go with her doll.

  7. Such wunderfull and imaginative homes your girls have made for the Lottiedolls.
    If I win, I would like the Pandora box Lottie for my son. He only has a Finn doll, and his bigsister has several Lotties, so he wants a girl-doll to :)

  8. So cute. I haven’t heard about these dolls. My girls would love these and they would pick the Pandoras box lottie doll.

  9. I would choose the Autumn Leaves doll for my daughter. I will definitely be considering these for Christmas as my daughter has a bunch of barbie sized dolls but prefers to play with her smaller dolls.

  10. My daughter is a tutu-princess, so I’d choose the Forest Friends doll that’s wearing the cute little tutu! Thanks!

  11. I would choose the Autumn leaves doll , these dolls are super cute. Love what your girls have done with them and their crafts

  12. I’d let my daughter pick, but I’m almost certain she’d choose Pandora’s Box. She loves animals of all kinds, but cats especially.

  13. I think my niece would like the Pandora’s box doll the most. The cat hat is super cute and she has glasses like my niece so I think she’d like it. :)

  14. I would definitly choose the Pandora’s Box Lottie Doll. She is so adorable. My little one would love all of these but probably this one the most.

  15. My daughter has the exact same cat hat as the Pandora’s Box doll! AND she wears glasses :) These are all so cute but that one for sure would be her fave :)

  16. I would love to give the Forest Friend Lottie to my friend’s daughter for her upcoming fourth birthday! Her mom works for the Houston Ballet and she loves anything that looks like a tutu.

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