Hearts4Hearts Girls is a charitable doll line and fashion collection from Playmates Toys. They sell eight authentically dressed, and very life-like, dolls that represent eight different countries. Each doll has her own “story” which highlights some of the challenges of girls in her own culture and how she is working to overcome them. These dolls are absolutely beautiful, well-made and the girls in our house have fallen in love with them! When other little girls are here to play and the dolls are pulled out, the oooohs and aaaaahs begin, even before their outstretched hands have touched them. I am so impressed with the attention to detail in the outfits. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a more well-done line of dolls and we’ll be adding to our personal collection for Christmas.
Besides just being beautiful and high-quality, the dolls serve a purpose, above and beyond just playing. For each of these reasonably priced dolls that is sold, Playmates Toys makes a donation to their partner, World Vision, to help children’s causes around the world. They’re priced at only around $27 or $28 dollars, depending on where you shop, and that’s an unbelievable deal when compared to the popular (over $100 each) book series brand of dolls. I also have a $5 off coupon code for you, that is good for the rest of October! Enter CODE H4HAUG12 in the promo code box, when you place your order. (I placed my own order with it and received $5 off each doll I ordered!)
World Vision is a 60-year-old humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision assists roughly 100 million people in nearly 100 countries throughout all of the regions represented by Hearts for Hearts Girls — Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas. The organization provides emergency relief, humanitarian aid, food, clean water, HIV and AIDS prevention education, child sponsorship, and assists in the development of new businesses and communities through their microfinance program. I’m incredibly excited to be able to give a gift that can help in these worthwhile causes! Your birthday or Christmas gifts can do the same! How cool is that?!!!
I’m also enthusiastic about the educational potential of these strikingly beautiful dolls. Each comes with her own story about the country she represents, and as a homeschooling mom, the potential for use in geography studies is apparent. How much more motivating to learn about the customs, climate, occupations, schools and recipes of the country your doll is from, than to memorize dull, rote facts from a textbook. It would be easy to build a unit study around the dolls and really make the country “come alive” through hands-on experiences your child will always remember. Hearts4Hearts Dolls are a great “jumping off point” and visual aid for these studies and having all eight would be a positive investment for any educator.
I knew my granddaughters, ages 4 and 6, would love these dolls; but I did not anticipate the reaction of my nearly eleven-year-old and her friends. These older girls, who have really moved past the playing with dolls stage, have been enthralled with the Hearts4Hearts girls. I think the realistic, life-like look of the dolls, the age of girl they portray and their deeply personal stories have been the impetus to thrust them back into the world of dolls. And as I mentioned, this is a great bonus for me, as a homeschooling mom, because it’s opened the door to some fun geographical studies.
I am so excited to be sponsoring a Hearts4Hearts Girls Doll giveaway to celebrate Busy-at-Home’s 3rd birthday! Go check out the website, read about the “girls” and in a comment below, tell me which doll you would choose if you win. Use the Rafflecopter form to register your entries.
I received Hearts4Hearts dolls to test in my own home and to gather data for this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.