If you’ve ever played with old-fashioned paper dolls with paper clothes, I know you will fall head over heels for the new and improved version of a pretend play classic – Best Friends Forever Magnetic Dress-Up Set from Melissa and Doug! I think that this fashion-forward dress-up set is great for youngsters who love colors and creativity especially because it takes the best aspects of paper doll sets and adds a magically magnetic array of clothing options for the ultimate doll dressing experience.
What’s to like?
Better than the old-fashioned paper dolls, the Best Friends Forever Magnetic Dress-Up Set features magnetized wooden dolls that young ones can use to create endless fashion possibilities with the included clothing accessories – shoes, slacks, tops, dresses and skirts – totaling 51 pieces in all! Each piece of magnetic clothing fits securely in one of the six storage compartments for quick and easy clean-up when play is done. My favorite aspect of this magnetic set is that each piece was easy for my granddaughter to pick up and the task of dressing and undressing each doll helped her to develop her motor skills.
Plus, each doll of this dress-up set measures 7.25 inches high and is held in place by its own slotted wooden stand making it easy for little hands to grasp as they dress each doll or to allow the dolls to stand independently. This dress-up set also introduces youngsters to the concept of cultures because each of the 4 magnetic dolls is a different nationality!
After young ones have dressed their fashionistas in every fashion possible, the fun isn’t over yet. Each of the dolls and clothing pieces can be traced to make traditional paper dolls and clothing with folded paper tabs, which allows kids to design their own cool clothes. So whether kids are preparing for the fall fashion show or a tea party with international flair, the Best Friends Magnetic Dress-Up Set provides endless possibilities.
Not to be picky…
While I think that the Best Friends Forever Magnetic Dress-Up Set is certain to get the creative fashion juices flowing in young ones, I found that the magnetic shoes were a little small. If children of the appropriate age are playing with this set, these show will pose no problem; but, if households have children younger than 3 years of age, they want to remove the shoe pieces until young ones are a little older and less likely to put the pieces in their mouth.
At the end of the day
A magnetic marvel for all fabulous fashionistas, the Best Friends Forever Magnetic Dress-Up Set is recommended for children 3 years and older and retails for $24.95!
This staff review was brought to you by Darla, a Warehouse Shipping Associate. Here’s a little more info (in her own words) about this dedicated Growing Tree Toys team member:
I have worked at the Growing Tree warehouse since November 2008 assembling, wrapping and shipping toys to our customers. When I’m not sending toys across the country, I enjoy busying myself with all my hobbies: counted cross-stitch, Sudoku, bird watching (Cornell winter bird counts), collecting Wade porcelain, 2 pet society finches, the Bible, and traveling to East Africa. I live outside of State College, PA with my husband, a retired fisheries biologist, and we have 4 children (and 4 precious grandchildren).