STEM Skills targeted: Science, positive role play
Recommended age range: 3-10
There’s a big push to get girls interested in STEM subjects and providing STEM toys designed for girls is an easy way to do this. Of course most STEM toys are 100% unisex and equally appealing to girls and boys but there’s no denying the fact that most girls like playing with dolls.
The problem with many dolls such as Barbie or Bratz is they promote unhealthy body shapes and the idea that girls should only be interested in fashion and certain selected jobs.
Luckily some toy manufacturers are fighting back and there’s now a better selection of dolls available that can help girls be interested in STEM learning and careers such as the Goldieblox action dolls and the project MC2 dolls that come with their own science experiment.
Lottie is the new STEM doll on the block – she comes in various guises, many of them more like traditional dolls such as princess or school girl but there are also Lottie dolls promoting more traditionally male careers. She is also more age-appropriate than other fashion dolls with a childlike figure, makeup-free face and flat feet with normal shoes rather than high heels!
This Lottie doll comes with a backback full of tools to help her explore and discover fossils. The box includes:
Any little girl with a fledgling interest in astronomy will love this cute doll with stargazing accessories. The box includes:
All the Lottie dolls are really cute and make great positive role models for little girls. Other versions of the doll that would normally be a traditionally male dolls are lighthouse keeper, pirate, superhero, karate and there are plenty of others to collect. You can also buy additional outfits such as footballer and surfer.
There is also a male version of the doll called Finn, great for parents who prefer to buy dolls for their boys that don’t promote violence like action man and the like. Girls of course also like playing with boy dolls that don’t look like Ken! So this is a nice alternative to add to the mix.