Saturday, March 26, 2016

Learning to Button, Zip & Tie? One Step Ahead has a #Solutions!

12" Soft Dress Up Dolls from One Step Ahead
When you're teaching the little ones practical things like tying, buttoning, buckling, Veclro fastening and/or zipping, wouldn't it be nice if you had a fun way for them to practice, any time they wanted? One Step Ahead has a solution! These 12" Dress Up Dolls enhance practical learning, and teach by allowing kids to be very hands-on in an adorable way.

I can see every little child in our family loving these, and their parents/grandparents too. They're plush, which makes them an instant favorite for the kids. What child doesn't love a doll to talk to, love on and put to work in the world of make believe? I know I'm 45-years-old, and I still remember my doll time as a child very fondly. :)


We received the boy doll for my nephew who is about to be 2-years-old. This doll will be great for him because it's going to help him learn how to slide buckle and/or tie with the help of these little shoes. In the photo above you can see each shoe has a different type of fastener for that practical, hands-on learning I mentioned above. You can easily move this doll too, so you can get right in there on the angle you need to practice. I can see my nephew holding it on his lap, working on that shoestring or buckle. Makes me smile to envision it, I already know he's going to love doing it over and over until he's got the skillsets mastered.


And those socks!! They're so cute. You can roll them up or down, just like the real deal. It's a cute added touch that makes the whole process of learning a little more authentic.


This cute little jacket has a working button, snap and zipper. They're all easy to fasten and help with building dexterity. Little fingers like to be busy, and this is a great way for them to do so. Once they master one type of opening, they're eager to move on and learn the next kind!


I like that the zipper pull is smooth... no catches and it's easy to get up and down. Anything else would not be acceptable on a product like this, and of course, One Step Ahead got it right. We have been a fan of their product line for awhile now, and it's definitely with good reason. I recommend OSA highly and if you're shopping for anything at all that has to do with a child/ren (you'll be amazed at some of the unique things you will find there too!).


The plush watch on the dolls unfastens...


You can see the Velcro on the back of it in the picture above. That's a fun touch because for some reason, kids always like watches!


The boy doll wears a hat that is permanently attached, but he also has a hoodie on the back that can be put up or down. Fun fact: For a nominal fee, One Step Ahead will personalize the back of this jacket with your child's name Cool, right?! That gives this doll potential to be a keeper...you know one of those items you 'keep' for your child long after they've outgrown them because they were so loved or so special. :)


You can see from the picure above that the hair on these dolls moves, and I thought that was a nice touch. The sweet smile, bright and cheerful primary colors, and easy ways to help children learn to master important life skills area all bound to make this Dres Up Doll an absolute household favorite. Plus he's cute (and the girl is too)! I rate these 5 out of 5 stars. Another big winner from One Step Ahead!

You can learn more about this doll, or the girl version of it, by visiting One Step Ahead. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

60 comments:

Sandee said...

This is brilliant. I remember struggling with these issues when I was little. Tying my shoelaces was the hardest for me to learn. This is brilliant.

Have a fabulous day and a very happy Easter. ☺

Cascia Talbert said...

I remember having a doll very similar to these when I was a kid. I think her name was Dressy Betsy, or something like that.

Sandy Cain said...

This is super! My daughter has developmental delays, and this would have helped her so much when she was younger. There are so many great things out now for babies, and new moms!

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like the perfect way to help teach them indeed

The Zafra Group said...

Cute looking dolls. My female cousins would go crazy if they saw this. It's great that it teaches children to master important skills as well. Thanks for sharing this!

Leke Awonuga said...

Very thoughtful post! I recall having serious issues with ties. It's all good now. Kids these days can learn with a visual way of teaching basic important tips.

Chatty Crone said...

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter.

RainbowDiaries Website said...

This is so good! Kids would learn very quickly when they try doing it with actual hands on. Fun way to teach them!

Elizabeth O. said...

I really agree with the concept. It helps kids practice on the basic skills like dressing up. Awesome idea, most definitely.

Sunshine Kelly said...

Happy Easter! This will make the kids be able to learn faster and practice it more regular.

Marcie W. said...

These stuffed dolls look like a great way to learn basic, yet important, skills. They seem super cuddly too!

mail4rosey said...

Wishing you the same! Happy Easter, Sandie!

Colette S said...

It is helpful for the children.Maybe it will be easier on the parents too eh :)

Samantha said...

Those are so cute. My kids would have loved them!

Kristi said...

Love those... I think I might add that to my babyshower gift idea list. I like to give things that can be used at different stages and these would be great.

Pooja Kawatra said...

Quite a good way for little kids to learn while pretend and play.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

These dolls are such a great idea! It can be difficult for kids to learn how to do the basics, and this is a fun way to make it easier for them.

Franc said...

The doll looks really cute and colorful. Kids would really love it. The jacket with zipper looks like a nice addition.

MJ. L said...

This doll is so cute! I definitely want this for my 4 year old!

Anonymous said...

I had almost forgotten about these dolls it has been so long since I have needed one for our boys. They are such a cute way to teach our little ones how to get dressed themselves. Both of my boys have had these and loved them.

Barb Webb said...

This is such a wonderful doll! We had something similar when my sons were little and it was so helpful in teaching them the basics!

Ashley @Irishred02 said...

This would have been a great doll when my kiddos were still learning!

Scott said...

We had a little wooden board for the kids from Melissa & Doug that taught these skills. But I like this version MUCH better!

Raine Pal said...

Wow! I like the doll. I miss my Caroline, she looks like that too! My mom bought me that kind of a doll when I was...hmmm ,,,I think 6 years old. When I don't know how to tie my shoes going to school. #Throwback

Fred Hawson said...

This is a very interesting idea on how to teach very young students about what they need to do to tie their shoelaces. I don't think there were toys like this when I was growing up.

Jacqui Odell said...

What a cute doll!! My daughter and a little girl I babysit would love them!

Crystal said...

What a cute way for little ones to learn. I had the hardest time teaching my kids to tie their shoes. You Tube videos saved me.

Masshole Mommy said...

These are awesome! I should have gotten the tying one for my son who really struggled with that concept.

Liz Mays said...

This doll is adorable. The personalization is a nice touch and the adjustable clothes are really cute.

Lindsey Paris said...

I remember those types of dolls when I was a little kid. Mine was a cat with clothes and shoes.

Rebecca Bryant said...

Oh my I have seen one of these dolls in years. I use to play with one similar to this as a kid.

Pam said...

I love toys like this that make learning fun. The kids don't even realize they're learning when they're playing with fun toys like this.

Dina said...

I had that same type doll when i was growing up. Aww good times and memories.

Bhushavali N said...

This is a fantastic idea. Learning to knot shoe laces is every child's nightmare!!! This is really a cute way to solve the problem...

Amanda Love said...

That is great for little kids just getting the hang of it or even those who are just beginners. My daughter had one that was very similar that she loved. I might have to check this out for her now.

Marcie W. said...

It has been quite a few years for our family as well, however, I love that they offer dolls in both genders now. That was not the case when my kids were little.

Seattle Travel Blogger said...

This is a real interesting product line.
It is so helpful for the little ones to learn practical skills.

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

Wow! This is such a great idea. Would be perfect for my 4 year old. He recently learned how to do up his zipper but is still working on the tie! - Jeanine

Maryann said...

What a great idea! I would imagine kids would master the art of tying way earlier too.

Orihimekurosaki said...

What a great way to actively get the little one's in the mood to learn how to tie and zip up their clothing. I need 3 of these dolls.

Theresa Mahoney said...

My girls had these kinds of dolls when they were little. They were a great teaching tool to help with those fine motor skills!

Amber N said...

Those dolls would be perfect to teach these tasks to kids!

Lory Robinson said...

I love these! When i taught first grade, it was amazing how many kids did not work on learning to tie shoes at home.

The Mommy-Files said...

That's a really cute baby doll! I love toys that are fun for kids to play with and teaches them at the same time.

Lois Alter Mark said...

This is such a great idea. Learning those skills can definitely be a challenge.

Nicole Escat said...

The dolls is colorful and cute. I remember when i was a kid, i play with my dolls and dress them up. I was good at tying their ribbons but when it came to me, i can't tie my shoe tie of neck tie perfectly.

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

This doll is fabulous. What a great way to teach our children in a fun, non-pushy way. :)

Ann B said...

This would be a fantastic gift for my friends little one. She is just getting to the right age to learn this.

FidoseofReality said...

This toy is so educational and does my heart such good. I love seeing good ole fashioned toys like this.

GeekDad said...

I wish we'd had these when my kids were a bit younger. A very nice useful concept. I'm going to send a link to this to my sister for my niece and nephews.

Janeane Davis said...

Toys like this are interesting because they help children learn and practice important life skills and have fun while doing it.

Suzanne said...

What a great idea for the little kids to have a cuddly friend to help them learn these skills. I love how brightly coloured they are as well. Very appealing to young kids.

Erica Villas said...

This is indeed a brilliant way to teach kids. I think this is how I learned too, I remember I had a Mickey Mouse toy like this.

Laura Funk said...

We have the girl version of this doll and my daughter adores it

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg how cute are these dolls?!?! Perfect for my daughter! She needs to start learning this stuff!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

This is such a cute and practical way for kids to learn how to button, zip and tie. I remember teaching my boys when they were little.

Lisa Rios said...

I am just loving it. This is such a cute idea that would help kids learn those basics of dressing so easily. The dolls from One Step Ahead is really an amazing gift for small kids & they are going to love it.

John Paul Quiambao said...

Very thoughtful post! kids will learn from this.. hehe i beeter inform my sister about this so she can try it with her kids. P

Arisa Chow said...

Good workmanship for the doll indeed, looks very long lasting and safe for children!

~ Noelle said...

That does look like a great teaching tool and toy ... all in one ;)