Friday, March 4, 2016
Let's Play Princess Dress-up
Almost two years, I wrote a post about the Disney Magiclip Dolls that had become a favorite of mine at home and at work. All this time later, they are still a huge hit amongst the kids I work with and my almost 6 year old daughter. I'm happy to report that they have been used hundreds and hundreds of times (literally) and have stood up to the beating they have gotten.
A few weeks ago, while trying to kill some time between clients, I stopped into a little toy store in the city and discovered a new line of Disney Princess dolls by Hasbro that grabbed my attention. They looked a lot like the Magiclip Dolls mentioned above, but as an OT, I noticed that there was a bit more to them that would help improve fine motor and manipulation skills. These Disney Princess Little Kingdom dolls and accessories have become a favorite of my almost 6 year old daughter. I'm sure I've mentioned it before here, while my daughter doesn't receive therapy, she does have some weakness in her hands and has a terrible pencil grip so I am always on the lookout for toys that will help her in that area. Since she adores all things princesses, I knew that these dolls would be perfect at hiding the fact that we were working on something that she doesn't like to work on with me. These princesses are easy to play with and all the outfits are interchangeable amongst the dolls. The skirts and the bottom of dresses kind of slip on and off and the tops get pushed into a little hole on their chests.
In addition to working on fine motor skills, the Disney Princess Little Kingdom work on improving bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, motor planning and executive functioning skills such as focus, attention and organizational skills. The best part is that they are reasonably priced, especially when you think about the fact that you can use all the outfits and accessories with any doll. I found a really good selection of them at State News on the Upper East Side of Manhattan but have also seen them at other local toy stores (I always like to support the mom and pop toy stores before going to Target or Amazon).
If you are on the lookout for an affordable, fun and portable toy (think restaurants, car/airplane rides, etc.), Disney Princess Little Kingdom dolls are the perfect thing. If you have any questions, be sure to email me...I am only a click away and love hearing from you all!