Sunday, 23 June 2013

Where are the Dolls ?


Ok, so you want to purchase a doll for your daughter, niece or granddaughter which reflects their ethnicity. Or you live in a family where some of the members are from another race, or you just want your child to have a doll which reflects a racial background other than their own. You pop down to your local high street shops and what do you find? No Black, no Asian and no Mixed race dolls..... And I'm talking about cosmopolitan London here!!  If you hunt high and low, they can be found (see list below), but I am yet to find a Mixed Race Family dolls house family.

As a mum, grandma and aunt, I know how important it is for children to grow up in an environment which reflects their ethnic and cultural mix. It is also important that they develop an appreciation of other cultures, especially now that we have become such a diverse global society. Dolls and action figures support children's learning and development in many, many other ways too; including pretend and imagination play, caring and emotional development. They also improve fine motor skills when the child removes and puts back on clothing and does their hair.

Here is a link to an interesting article by Diedre Ware  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diedre-a-ware/black-dolls_b_2741845.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Take a look at what can be done with a Barbie Doll Natural Dolls Rock and http://beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.co.uk.  They should come ready made!

It is important that there are ranges of dolls and action figures which reflect all the children in our society. I'm on a mission to find them and list where they can be purchased here on this site. If you have any recommendations, please contact me.

Here are some of the companies I have found so far...........

Mixed Streets added 3/12/14
Website selling mixed race products

Rooti Dolls added 20/1/14
Dolls that speak African languages

Desi Dolls added 4/10/13
Dolls that speak the “Desi “ languages, ie. Languages spoken in the Indian sub continent 

Kids Like Me added 13/8/13
Black and mixed dolls
The Puppet Company added 24/6/13
Racially mixed puppets and dolls

Black Beauty Dolls added 20/3/13
A big range of black and mixed dolls

Icecreamtoysandbooks added 18/3/13
A good range of dolls and resources

Eduzone Multi-cultural resources
Puzzles, dolls and other educational resources added 18/3/13

Play Merrily Toys
They have a good range of multicultural dolls. added 26/3/13

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, I'm now thinking of getting my baby girl doll I'm considering what to get her, as it will also influence my son. He's at the stage where he's looking for images of us in things he sees around him (TV shows, books etc) He's always looking for the mummy daddy baby sister and himself in the world around him. It makes sense that he has access to toys that reflect our diversity.

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    1. Thank you for leaving this comment. I could not agree more. Please let me know if you find any useful resources which I can add to the blog.

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  2. One of our customers forwarded a link to this posting to us, including the fact that you were looking to add other resources; unfortunately, although we do offer 100's of ethnic dolls for Black, Asian, Biracial and mixed children, we are located in the US, and shipping charges to UK are expensive. However, we do ship dolls to England regularlY. we suggest that you buy combined for Xmas and birthdays, or pool together with your friends to reduce those shipping costs. Sincerely, Peter and Adrienne Laudin, The Pattycake Doll Company, www.PattycakeDoll.com

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    1. Hello, I really love the great range of dolls on your site at www.PattycakeDoll.com. I went to the London Toy Fair the year before last and was advised that there isn't sufficient demand in the UK to warrant the production costs.

      I like your idea about bulk purchasing to reduce shipping costs. I really do think that it is worth pursuing in time for Xmas.

      Regards

      Elizabeth

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  3. Hi Ladies,
    Have you seen the gorgeous Mixis line of mixed race dolls. google MIXIS or visit www.mixis.com and www.mixisliving.com or visit our facebook page MIXIS LIVING

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    1. I love the Mixis range of dolls too. I don't believe they are available in the UK, but I will check it out. Thank you for commenting.

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  4. http://www.desidollcompany.com/

    The Desi Doll Company make a boy and a girl muslim doll who both speak and translate abrabic phrases.

    My mother is a childminder in a village in Oxfordshire where there is definitely a caucasian majority, and she is having a lot of trouble finding dolls to have at her house for the children to play with which will allow her to demonstrate all the races and allow the topic to come up in conversation so that they can discuss it together, as it is definitely something which many of the children may not encounter in school until they are in secondary school!

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    1. Thank you for pointing this out. I will include Desi Dolls to the list. I am working on updating Where are the Dolls ? for Christmas and will be dedicating a page to this important issue.

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  6. Thank you so much for this list! I just recently had a mixed daughter and I've been looking for a good mixed baby doll. They are hard to find!

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  7. Indeed... Let me know if you find a new source that can be added to the list

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  8. I am actually launching an Indiegogo campaign on November 20th 2014 to launch a line of multicultural dolls based on astronomy and math called the Stellar Babies. You can get a preview by looking at my soft launch page http://bit.ly/stellarbabies_thunder. Hopefully you will be able to support my campaign by contributing and/or helping me spread the word. Thank you.

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  10. I collect dolls and action figures of all races and ethnicities. In addition to the Mixis dolls, you can find dolls and action figures made to represent mixed race celebrities. Some adult fashion dolls have mixed race backgrounds. I may write a post about mixed race dolls and action figures on my blog.

    P.S. I believe that YNU Group, Inc., ships their Mixis dolls overseas.

    Best wishes for your project!

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