I’m so glad I bought these plain wooden dolls for my kids. They are so simple and yet my kids are having so much fun making their own characters. Given how inexpensive they are and how much my kids like making them, quite a few family members are going to get personalized dolls in their Christmas stockings this year.
Product: Wooden Peg Dolls
Recommended Age Range: 4 and up
Price Range: ~$15
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Comments: These wooden peg dolls were suggested by Mama Smiles in her sibling gift guide. With 4 young kids, I’m always on the look out for toys that can be easily shared. My kids are big fans of action figures, but they always seem to fall in love with the generic characters. For example, my kids used to fight endlessly over the driver of this Playmobil school bus. (His name was Peter and my toddler lost him, so please don’t mention him. I’m NOT buying another $20 bus.)
When I initially bought these wooden dolls, I figured *I* would be the one to decorate them. That way, I could personalize them based on my kids’ preferences and if any of them got lost, I could just make another one. Tragedy averted.
What I didn’t expect is how much my kids would enjoy decorating their own dolls. I bought a bag of 40 and I’m probably going to end up buying another bag before too long. We have so many that we’re going to give some of them away at Christmas to grandparents and other relatives. (If I could figure out a way to attach a hook, they would make cute tree ornaments.)
To decorate them, my kids have just been using washable Crayola markers which works surprisingly well. Here’s one made by my almost 7 year old son.
This is a mermaid by my 4 and a half year old daughter. (I helped with the tail.)
In a world where so many toys have batteries, buttons, and fancy features, I love the simplicity of these wooden peg dolls. My kids definitely need more toys like these.
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