Oh me, oh me oh my. We know what you’re thinking. “Why didn’t they have Harumika dolls when I was a child?”
Don’t despair. If you buy a set for your little one, you can always play along. These Japanese dolls for girls over the age of six resemble fashion mannequins. With assistance we suspect the under six crowd (think age four or five) could use the dolls as well. Swaths of cloth are secured behind the doll using a stylus that pushes the fabric into a slit.
A variety of accessories help the child to create an almost endless array of designs. As a result, this is a toy that challenges a child’s imagination and can promote individual play or interaction with others. The Harumika website also has a Look Book where children can upload photos of their favourite designs, share designs with friends or create a virtual runway fashion show.
For those rainy Vancouver Saturday afternoons when you’re so bogged in even the best raincoat won’t help, a Harumika doll session just might do the trick.