It is hard not to be concerned about the plethora of “diva” type dolls on the market that emphasize body image, dating, glamour and sophistication. Childhood is short enough and our daughters shouldn’t wish it away, longing for the day they are older. Maplelea Girls were created to be positive role models for our daughters. Each Maplelea Girl is a unique individual with her own preferences, interests and strengths, but all are bright, energetic, caring girls who are happy with just who they are at this time of their lives.
When Maplelea approached me to offer a giveaway for the holidays, my answer was an immediate “YES”! Do you know about Maplelea? If you are a Canadian with a daughter, niece, or other special little girl in your life – you must get to know them. Today, I will introduce you!
Maplelea is a Canadian company with a line of high quality, Canadian-themed, 18” vinyl play dolls, with eyes that open and close, and that are “an inspiration to and a reflection of, Canadian girls from coast to coast.” Originally, Maplelea had 5 girls with distinct backgrounds, personalities, hobbies, interests, and passions. Last year, they added their sixth character doll, to complete their original line:
More recently, they have added an entire new line of 12 Maplelea Friends:
These friends are distinct looking dolls in need of a name, background story and wardrobe that real girls get to invent. Girls may choose a doll that resembles themselves (long blonde hair to short curly black) or their best friend or may select a playmate that’s entirely new to them. Each of the Maplelea Friends comes with a 64-page journal to fill in, adorable head-to-toe outfit and decorative storage box that can be used to store all the Maplelea treasures!
I was really excited to see this addition of the friends. Our eldest girl has the Leonie doll, and our middle girl has the Alexi doll. Our ‘wee’ girl is now 3 1/2, and we wanted to get her a Maplelea doll for Christmas. But, none of the character dolls were ‘fitting’ her personality the way Leonie and Alexi seemed to suit our older girls. But, then I saw THIS doll in the friends line – excitement!
This doll will be the big surprise for our wee girl on Christmas morning. I know she will be thrilled, because she is always scuttling off with either Leonie or Alexi. She wants her own doll now! And this friends doll is just right!
Our daughters truly love their dolls. They have little beds set up for them, and when our girls got bunk beds, they found a way to “bunk” their Maplelea girls:
Leonie and Alexi have joined us for berry picking, piano recitals, grocery shopping…
and we even made Halloween costumes for them to trick or treat with us!
These dolls are special. Beyond being extremely well-made and beautifully crafted. Yes, they are a little expensive, but you are paying for quality. A doll like this lasts for years and years. And, these dolls represent REAL girls, with REAL lives, caring about things that young girls should care about, rather than trying to speed them through childhood into being a woman. From Maplelea’s website:
Maplelea has generously offered to GIVE a Maplelea doll ($100 CDN value!) to one of my readers! You may choose one of the original character dolls, or one of the new dolls in the Friends line! This contest is ONLY open to Canadian residents. To enter, follow the options through rafflecopter below – you can gain multiple entries by “liking” our facebook pages and tweeting this giveaway… your choice!