Lottie dolls and pretend play

Meet Lottie Dolls- Promoting better body image

Easter is just around the corner. Why not make Lottie part of your daughter’s Easter basket? Lottie is a fairly new range of dolls, providing girls age 3 to 9 with an alternative to the popular Barbie doll line. Launched in the Stargazer Lottiesummer of 2012, Arklu, creators of Lottie dolls have used research and the backing of Professor David McCarthy and Dr Margaret Ashwell, to create a doll body that is realistic and based on the actual proportions of a nine year old child. Lottie dolls promote positive body image, creativity and encourage healthy imaginative pretend play.

Since their launch in 2012, Lottie dolls have received 29 international awards including 6 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards and have been the beneficiary of international press coverage.

Each month Lottie Dolls host a competition for members of the Lottie Club to design their own theme doll with an outfit and accessories. Stargazer Lottie, for example, design was the inspiration of 6 year old, Abigail from Canada.

Lottie Dolls- An Alternatives to Barbie

Branksea Festival Lottie Lucie Follett was inspired to create Lottie when she read a newspaper article about the Developmental Psychology study on girls’ body dissatisfaction after playing with Barbie.

Lottie doesn’t wear makeup, high heels or jewellery. And she can stand on her own two feet. This is a life-skill that is important for girls both big and small. Lottie’s motto is ‘Be bold, be brave, be you’.

Lottie dolls feature age-appropriate hobbies, back stories, clothing and accessories. They are ethnically diverse and come in a range of eye, hair and skin colors.  For fashion dolls representing girls of color, check out the beautiful dark-skinned Branksea Festival Lottie Lottieand Kawaii Karate Lottie, as well as Butterfly Protector Lottie, who’s has medium skin, dark hair, and dark eyes.

Since Lottie encourages children to be active and outdoorsy, she has bendable knees and moveable hips, arms and head. so  Lottie dolls can do all the activities that real children do.

Lottie’s hair has a silky texture, so it doesn’t tangle or knot and the clothing offers great attention to detail with Velcro fastenings that are easy for young girls to dress and undress. At 7.5 inches tall, Lottie is portable and easy for little hands to carry around.

Lottie dolls allow your child to create their own little world and they give children a way to act out the scenes they see in everyday life. For younger children, these are a great starting point for your preschooler to use dolls in pretend play.

Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie Doll

LottieLottie’s interests to reinforce the message that being a girl shouldn’t limit your aspirations. Of course, my little dancer chose ballet Lottie. The Ballet Lottie doll arrived at the perfect time as my daughter just started ballet lessons.  Ballet Lottie has olive skin and long brown hair. She is wearing a special ballet costume comprising a 3-layer tutu, sequin leotard, ballet shoes and she arrives equipped with a a bag for Lollie to carry her shoes in. My daughter definitely associates Ballet Lottie with her own experience of dancing and has Lottie dong all kinds of twirls and jumps.


This is the second Lottie doll my daughter owns, and she already has her eyes set on Sirius the Welsh Mountain Pony and Pony club Lottie.

The Doll: (Pandora’s Box Lottie)

Lottie dollsPandora’s Box Lottie is the other doll my daughter owns.  She has has olive skin and long black hair.  She wears a duffel coat with pink polka dot lining, a pink corduroy dress with removable Persian cat patch and edged with blue stripes, as well as striped tights teamed with brown and pink edged boots. A cat hat and cat’s eyes glasses complete her look. The clothes are colourful, realistic and well made.

Each Lottie doll comes with a reusable box, which has a role play theme/story on the back. Pandora’s Box Lottie is a volunteer at Branksea Animal Shelter, helping to look after the homeless cats and dogs. One day a cardboard box is mysteriously left outside the front door with a hungry and frightened Persian cat inside. They decide to name her Pandora. Lottie must nurse Pandora back to health and make sure that her furry coat is kept clean and fluffy.

Pandora can teach children nurturing and empathy and the importance of adopting a shelter pet as a family member.  With Pandora Box Lottie little girls can act out the shelter role themselves and become a part of the  play drama. The Lottie Pandora the Persian accessory cat set adds to the role of pretend play.

With Pandora Box Lottie my daughter incorporates other toys such as her Kitty Club figurines from (whatnottoys.com) into her play.

As a mom, I love the Lottie dolls. They encourage girls to enjoy their childhood and not to be in a hurry to grow up.

Other Lottie dolls in the range:

  • Stargazer
  • Fossil Hunter
  • Pony Club
  • Muddy Puddles
  • Snow Queen Lottie
  • Butterfly Protector Lottie
  • School Days Lottie
  • Rockabilly Lottie
  • Kite Flyer Finn Boy
  • Autumn Leaves Lottie
  • Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie
  • Pony Flag Lottie
  • Pirate Queen Lottie
  • Branksea festival Lottie
  • English County Garden Lottie
  • Kawaii Karate Lottie
  • Lighthouse Keeper Lottie

Lottie Dolls lead to great imaginative play, and show that girls can be whoever they want to be. To each role of Lottie dolls comes a wide array of accessory sets.

Fun Activities and Printables

There are fun activities, and games  available on the Lottie website. Arklu have also put together a fantastic resource of great women biographies to share with your kids.

Lottie dollsAny of the Lottie Dolls and accessories would make great gifts this holiday season. Lottie Dolls are available in Canada via Amazon.ca and at Chapters.

About Arklu

Innovative toy company Arklu, Ltd  manufactures Lottie.  The company came to prominence in 2011 with the launch of its first product, the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll. The success was swiftly followed by the Royal Wedding Dolls; the Princess Catherine Wedding Doll and Prince William Wedding Doll. From this strong start they spent 18 months of development on the Lottie brand, which included extensive research with kids, parents, retailers, industry experts and academics, with the goal to create a realistic doll that is great fun for both boys and girls to play with. Since the launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have received 21 international awards including 5 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards.  They are currently available in more than 30 countries worldwide.  Today the company creates a range of products including dolls, books, toys and games for children.

Website: http://www.lottie.com/

Rose DesRochers is a Blogger, Writer, product reviewer and Founder of Today's Woman. Please feel free to contact me if you are a company with a product for me to review.


  1. These are really nice! I will see about getting one for my granddaughter!


  2. Lottie Dolls are awesome, and a whole lot cheaper than some!!



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