What is it
The beautiful hand crafted dolls are available in seven different colouring combinations and come wonderfully packaged with their own bed and pillow inside the box, as well as being able to print out their very own birth certificate from online.
The doll itself is beautifully made. There is a huge range of clothes and accessories like pyjamas and underwear as well as each outfit having little extras like hats, shoes and a little dog for the Green Walking Outfit and of course you can buy a special brush for styling the gorgeous hair. The doll comes with the white shirts and flower skirt outfit to start with.
What our team of testers said
"I'm going to get her a blanket so she is nice and warm in bed" - Girl aged 5
"She is very special and at night the fairies sing to her" - Girl aged 6
“Her hair is really silky and shiny. I’m going to see if I can plait it" - Girl aged 8
- Encourages role play
- Promotes responsibility
- Children can be creative decorating the doll's bed
- Develops imaginative play
What our experts think
The children loved how realistic and pretty the Catherine doll was. They liked being able to identify her features, and compare this with their own lives; for example, noticing that their skin was a different colour to the doll’s, or that the doll’s hair was the same colour as their mum’s, so it might look like her when she was younger. Noticing the differences there may be between individuals can help with children’s social development and their understanding of people and communities.
Children tend to use role play to act out and make sense of real life situations, and they really enjoyed using the Catherine doll as part of this, pretending to go on holiday or to the park. The doll also allows children to engage in imaginative thinking, helping to develop creativity, and promotes nurturing. Children liked changing the doll’s clothes and carrying out routines like getting her prepared for bedtime (including reading a book to her!), which can help children practice self-care routines. Taking the doll on the walk to school or involving her in other daily activities can also make these more enjoyable and interesting for children.
- RRP: £79.99
- Brands: Bonnie & Pearl
- No batteries required
- Toy Types: Dolls, puppets & soft toys
- Types of skills developed: Creativity
Managing feelings & behaviour
Personal, social & emotional development
Responsibility & commitment
Social awareness & empathy
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing