American Girl dolls have been around since 1986. And if you’re like most American parents, you’ve either adored one of your own dolls, loved one from afar, or desperately wanted to buy one for your own child. However, starting prices of $100 can keep that dream from becoming a reality. Add in the extras that each unique doll offer; 5 day outfits, a special dress, nightwear, swimwear, a matching real girl outfit, furniture, her own pet, and so much more; and you can blow thousands on a single doll.
Some households are able to handle that expense, and there’s no doubt the children who own their special doll adore her. But in this economy, that’s just not something most people can consider. But you love the brand. Got it. Such a shame you can’t splurge on the brand name without blowing a hole through your bank account. Oh, wait! Now you can. Consider one or more of the following 5 American Girl Activity Kits for your favorite 8+ year old girl.
Fabric Bag Kit
Finally she can have a real bag just like the one her favorite doll uses. This full-sized girl purse kit comes with enough supplies to keep her busy as she designs her own special creation. Some of the flowers may be hard for younger girls to secure, but you can help her with those. She’ll have a ball redesigning her new purse day after day.
What little girl doesn’t like jewelry? Well now, she and all of her friends can make their own with this adorable bracelet kit. Each set comes with 324 and an instruction manual with design ideas. But the final creation is all her doing. Some concerns from buyers include paint-logged beads (simple fix with a safety pin) and string that won’t tie (simple fix again – use different string). So make sure those work (or at least be prepared) before setting it loose on a room full of giggling girls.
If your favorite girl has loads of friends, or even just a few BFF’s, she probably has tons of photos stashed away in a box, drawer, photo album, or on an SD card. But now, she can display those proudly with her personally designed bulletin board. This board comes with 175 pieces and a design suggestion manual to get her started. Some buyers found it to be smaller than they thought it would be, but it’s an easy, fast, and fun project she’ll adore.
This fun wall organizer comes with markers, sparkly jewels, cloth stickers and ribbon. It’s a simple craft, but one she’ll love seeing every time she walks into her room. Four pockets give her plenty of stowaway space for her ear buds, artwork supplies, and American Doll magazines, of course. Plus there’s a display section for a few of her favorite photos. And for the price, you’ll love the great rainy day project that turns a ho hum gift need into a major hit!
Felt Box Kit
This adorable kit provides enough materials for your favorite girl to make three sturdy different sized felt boxes herself. Or if she’s a bit younger, it’s a fun-filled creative opportunity to enjoy together. The contents include a small, medium and large box; felt material, cut outs and ribbon; and sparkles, of course. Craft glue is included as well. But like all crafts, make sure you have extra on hand.
The above American Girl Activity Kits are intended for younger girls, but they’d be loved by any American Doll fan. And for the price, they’re all a steal. Load up for special celebrations while the prices are low and enjoy the reactions and memories for years to come.