Meet Maplelea Girl - TarynThursday, August 06, 2015
You can blame the teacher in me but when it comes to buying gifts for children, there are certain criteria that I look for and at the top of my list? The educational factor. I admit that it has come second to the "absolutely cute I can't resist" factor. Or even the "isn't this the coolest thing ever" factor. But it's always near the top. When it comes to dolls, though, can they really teach kids all that much? I never used to think so. Until I was sent a Maplelea Girl. Meet Taryn. This all-Canadian doll is a premium quality 18'' doll with a soft, huggable body, long brown hair, and brown eyes that open and close. Like all Maplelea Girls, she not only encourages imaginative play but also teaches about our nation’s culture, heritage and geography.
Taryn is just one of six Maplelea Girl characters, all of whom are very different - they like different hobbies, sports, school sujects, foods and colours. But what they all have in common is that they are all Canadian, living in different parts of the country, who have a sense of adventure and great pride in their country. Taryn hails from Banff, Alberta where she grew up in the mountains. She has an appreciation of the great outdoors and is an environmentalist who loves clean fresh mountain air, butterflies, wilderness camping, and hiking. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating and has a passion for painting. She also loves hanging out with her Bernese Mountain dog Boulder.
Tayrn comes with her own outfit which includes a cozy cotton striped turtleneck, khaki skirt with buckle closure (which actually works!), funky striped tights, blue hiking boots, and a green leaf hair clip. Also included is a bilingual journal (in English AND French). The six‐ring expandable story journal has 32 pages 'written and illustrated' by Taryn and 32 pages with questions, prompts, and blanks for the real girl to fill in. I love how it includes colourful illustrations and real-life photos featuring some of Canada's popular landmarks and beautiful landscapes. The set comes in a large sturdy keepsake storage box that can be used for play or to hold all of Taryn's accessories.
Other Maplelea Girls include Brianne from Sandy Lake, Manitoba, Alexi from Cabbagetown, Toronto, Ontario, Jenna from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Léonie from Québec City, Québec, and Saila from Iqaluit, Nunavut. This month with also see the new arrival of Charlsea, as well. If your child would like a doll that looks more like themselves, there is a set of 12 Maplelea Friends to choose from that have varying physical characteristics. Each doll costs $99.99 and additional accessories are sold separately. All Maplelea dolls and accessories are designed in Canada and are available at maplelea.com. Recommended for age 6-12. And they're not just for girls. My son loves Taryn, too!
Stay tuned for my review of the super cool Maplelea School Set. Seriously, it rocks!
Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.