(Just Play $79.99)
Doc McStuffins fans are likely to want the centerpiece of the McStuffins collection this season, an all in one nursery that has all sorts of accessories for checking their dolls’ health. It has a light and sound stethoscope to listen to baby’s heart. A scale to check weight, an otoscope to look into baby’s ears, a thermometer, a bandage for cuts, and a sticker dispenser when the check-up is done. Doc can record her findings on the portable computer that has a light-up screen, sounds and music (lullabies, of course.)This large piece of plastic will take up a fair amount of room, but it has a dual function as cradle that rocks with a mobile, designed for dolly’s naps. Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included nor are the Doc and her friends, Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly, although they are pictured on the box. Unlike mini settings where kids play out their stories by moving figures and vehicles around, this is one of those settings in which the child steps into the scene and becomes part of the action, taking charge in her own dramatic play. Such play is an important way for kids to try out new roles, use language and imagination. We prefer a less licensed setting for this kind of nurturing setting, however, we know there are many McStuffins’ fans who love playing pretend as their favorite Doc. Marked 3 & up.
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