Pretend to be a paleontologist with our fossil hunting sensory bin. I get commissions for purchases made through the affiliate links in this post. When Lottie Dolls offered to send me some of their products for review, I jumped at the chance. The Lottie Dolls are going on a fossil hunting expedition. You can come, too! You also have a chance to win a Lottie Doll of your own.
Our Introduction to Lottie Dolls
I first saw Lottie Dolls featured on Science Sparks. Emma and her kids have shared a lot of fun was to play with them. I was struck by the adorable outfits and how they look like real kids. Their bodies are proportionate to a 9 year old. Lottie Dolls have flexible joints and bendable knees. The dolls can even stand on their own two feet. My kids thought that was pretty cool.
I knew my daughter, Lily (age 3.5), would love Lottie Dolls. She loves dolls and figurines and anything she can use to play pretend. I wasn’t so sure about my oldest son, Aiden (almost 8). He hasn’t ever been one to play with dolls. He likes some action figures and enjoys stuffed animals and small figurines. I showed him the Lottie Dolls website and asked him what he thought. He said they were cool and he wanted one.
Aiden was immediately drawn to the Fossil Hunter Lottie Doll. We had a lot of fun this summer looking for fossils at Badlands National Park and even found a few. (You leave them where you find them, take pictures, and fill out a report. They give you a cool patch.) Aiden found one of the fossils in location pictured below.
Aiden also chose Kite Flyer Finn and the Astro Adventures Outfit Set. These are just 3 of the many STEM themed Lottie Dolls that are available. They also have more STEM themed Lottie dolls planned for the future. In addition to the STEM themed dolls, you’ll find Lottie dolls to fuel your child’s other interests. Always Artsy Lottie and Junior Report Sammi are two more examples of their unique dolls.
Fossil Hunting Sensory Bin
The Fossil Hunter Lottie Doll comes with some pretty cool accessories – a hat, backpack, tools, and fossils. I used these fossils as well as some of our own real fossils and rocks for our fossil hunting sensory bin. To the bin, I added colored green sand (the same sand I used when making our kinetic sand). After burying the fossils, I placed paint brushes next to Lottie and Finn.
Aiden and Lily had fun searching for the fossils and helping Lottie and Finn look for them.
Below you can see the pile of fossils Aiden and Finn found.
When the kids found all of the fossils, they buried them and started all over. There’s something calming about a bin full of sand. Everyone wants to play in the fossil hunting sensory bin for a long time.
Pretend play gives children the power to imagine anything. Adding in the right toys and materials helps create the perfect venue for promoting STEM careers and activities. Let children play with toys that help them imagine themselves as different people.
Lottie Dolls Giveaway – Closed
You have a chance to win a Fossil Hunter Lottie Doll! Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form for entry. When you enter, your e-mail address will be shared with the Lottie Dolls company but will not be shared with third parties.
Entry Rules: No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sweepstakes starts on 9/29/17 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 10/06/17. Open worldwide. Rafflecopter will randomly select the winners. When the giveaway ends, I will contact the winner by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I randomly select a new winner. Lottie Dolls is responsible for prize fulfillment (not Inspiration Laboratories).
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