Two years ago a doll from Maplelea Girls made its way into our home for Evie. More recently her doll has been hanging out with her more and more here, and it’s been joining us on adventures. Her Maplelea Girl, Jenna, is becoming her little sidekick. We’ve recently had lots of people take note about her doll and ask us question about it. I’m thrilled to be getting to share with you all about Maplelea Girls.
Maplelea Girls are known for being Canadian Dolls for Canadian Girls. There are 7 Maplelea Girls that are from different places all over Canada, from the West Coast to the East Coast. Each doll is 18″ with a soft body and moulded arms, legs, and head with eyes that open and close. The dolls also come with a 64-page story journal that contains their dolls story with facts about information all about Canada’s heritage, culture, and geography.
As a parent, I was very excited for my daughter to have a Maplelea Girl because of the quality and the education side of it. Each doll is also very unique for how they look, and what they like. Each doll has different hobbies, plays different sports or does different activities, enjoys different subjects in school and so much more. You are sure to find a doll that your child will connect with.
While Maplelea Girls are safe for children over 3, they are intended more so for those who are in the age range of 6-12 years old. You know your child and whether they will truly appreciate the value of a Maplelea doll. They are an invest with the price point of the dolls being at a $99.99. Many do wait to get their child something like this until they are older.
When we picked out Jenna for Evie we selected her solely for the fact that she looked so much like Evie. Red hair, subtle freckles, and green eyes. Evie has just recently really connected with her doll. This is a doll we know our daughter will continue to grow into and love. As she grows up she will discover so much more about her doll Jenna. We have yet to touch the journal that came with her, we’re saving that for when Evie is older and I cannot wait for her to be able to write in it on her own.
One thing I also really love is that there are all sorts of outfits and accessories that are also available for the Maplelea dolls and are sold separately. Each doll comes with a dedicated outfit unique to them, but then there are also lots of other options available. Most recently we added the Wooden Toboggan, Walkin’ in Moccasins, and the Northern Spirit outfit set to what we have for the Jenna doll thanks to Maplelea.
The quality of all of the items is incredible. Evie’s been asking for a matching outfit since the pieces arrived, thankfully we already have a wooden toboggan or we likely would have heard a request for that too. No detail is missed. The toboggan is made from Canadian hardwood that is harvest and milled and assembled in Waterloo, Ontario. There are even hand loops to put the dolls hands through to hold the doll in place. The outfit was easy to change and do up. With some practice, Evie was able to do it on her own.
Each item came with a journal page that we added into her journal to be used at a later time. The journal page for the moccasins talks about the history and the design of the shoes. I love that the journal page for the Northern Spirit outfit talked about logger sports. It provided an opportunity for Evie to learn something new and to ask questions about it.
Evie’s brought her doll on several adventures outside recently. You do need to be careful that dirt and water do not get into the eyes of the doll because this can affect how they work for blinking. Many of us who have had a doll that opens and shuts its eyes know all too well about having a doll that has a permanently closed eye or a suddenly droopy eyelid. Being careful helps to prevent this, thankfully Evie is very cautious when it comes to her doll.
We receive Maplelea catalogues at our house and Evie loves going through them. I’m waiting for the day she fully realises that there are also matching dress alike outfits for doll and doll owner. She loves matching her sister, I can only imagine how excited she will be to match her doll.
I’m also expecting that once our youngest daughter is a bit older she is going to be wanting her own Maplelea Girl. She already claims Jenna as her own whenever she has the chance. It’s the cutest thing to watch her try to walk with the doll because it’s practically as tall as she is. I look forward to the day I get to sit down with her and she can pick out her favourite doll she wants to have. For now, she will just keep borrowing her big sisters.
If you are still pondering something to get the kiddo on your list but are also looking for something that is educational, well made, and a encourages imaginative and creative play I cannot recommend Maplelea Dolls enough.
Maplelea provided us with products in exchange for this blog post feature. We had so many ask us about Evie’s doll recently we knew it was something we wanted to share about with all of you.
This post is 100% my and my daughter’s opinion. We love Maplelea Girls and I cannot wait for it to be a forever keepsake item.