Why Rag Dolls Win Over Plastic Dolls
Rag dolls have been a beloved toy for generations of children and continue to capture the hearts of kids and parents alike, they’re certainly our favourites here at CuriousMinds & in particular we’re very fond of the Bonikka range of rag dolls. But why choose a rag doll over a plastic doll?
Rag dolls and plastic dolls are two very different types of toy, and each has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks. However, there are several reasons why we think rag dolls win over moulded plastic dolls.
There Are Several Reasons Why We Think Ragdolls Win Over Moulded Plastic Dolls
Being so soft and cuddly makes rag dolls the perfect snuggly, drag along companion for a young child. Children often form strong attachments to soft toys, and rag dolls are no exception. They provide a sense of comfort and security, especially for younger children who may be feeling anxious or scared. The softness of the doll also makes it easy for children to carry it around with them, providing them with a constant source of comfort wherever they go.
Rag dolls are timeless
Rag dolls are timeless. They have been around for centuries and continue to be a popular toy for children of all ages. Unlike other toys that may quickly lose their appeal, rag dolls have a timeless quality that makes them a cherished part of childhood. They are often passed down from generation to generation, creating a sense of nostalgia and tradition that families treasure.
They are also often handmade, adding to their charm and appeal and in the past would have most certainly been hand made by granny or mum out of small scraps of left over dress making fabric. Handmade rag dolls have a unique personality and character that cannot be replicated by mass-produced toys. They are often made with love and care, and the attention to detail makes them truly special. Handmade rag dolls also have a sense of history and tradition, as they are often made using traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Eco-Friendly & Recyclable
These days rag dolls are considered more eco-friendly than plastic dolls. Plastic dolls are made from non-renewable materials and can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. In contrast, rag dolls are often made from natural or recycled fabrics and can be easily repaired or repurposed if they become damaged or worn.
Children love to create their own stories and scenarios, and a rag doll is the perfect companion for these adventures. Whether they are pretending to be a parent, teacher, or doctor, a rag doll can become any character they want it to be. The simplicity of the doll allows children to use their imagination and create their own world without being confined to a specific storyline.
Rag dolls come in all shapes and sizes, there is a rag doll for every child's personality and preferences. Some rag dolls are dressed in traditional clothing, while others are dressed in modern outfits. Some are brightly coloured, while others are more muted. Some Steiner & Montessori rag dolls have blank faces rather than the ubiquitously happy smiling doll face. This allows the child to decide which emotion they’re feeling. There are even rag dolls that come with accessories such as bags or hats, allowing children to customize their dolls and create their own unique style.
Playing with rag dolls can help children develop their creativity and imagination, as well as their empathy, nurturing for and understanding of others. They can use their rag dolls to role-play different scenarios and explore different emotions, helping them to develop their social and emotional skills.
If you are looking to gift a beautiful rag doll please check out our selection of dolls here: CuriousMinds Rag Doll Selection