At this time and age, kids has become so engrossed with the latest gadgets that high technology has to offer. Honestly, I don't even know the latest trend with these toys. I tried to keep my mini ME from them for as long as I can. I found a nice toys from one of the bookstore in Dubai, the Magnetic Pretend Play by Melissa and Doug. These toys helps teach hand-eye coordination, as well as matching and fine motor skills, encourages imaginative play and independent play.
I bought her 2 sets: Magnetic Pretend Play Joey and Magnetic Dress-up Princess Elise. Includes wooden doll, stand and 24 magnetic pieces of clothing for the latter and 1 wooden fugure, 6 outfits and 26 magnetic pieces for the former.
Although Princess Elise only have outfits to dress like a barbie doll, Play Joey has an extension of activities.
Ask your child to dress Joey in an outfit and tell a story about the character he is dressed as - where he lives, where he works, what he does each day, etc.
Ask your child to separate and count the number of pieces in each outfit
Trace the pieces on paper and let your child color then. Assist in cutting out the new outfits that can be temporarily affixed to the existing pieces
Place four or more pieces in front of your child. Let him study the pieces before asking him to close his eyes while you remove one piece. Ask your child to identify which piece was removed.
All Melissa & Doug products are carefully crafted using non-toxic coatings and meet or exceed all U.S. toy testing standards.
My mini ME enjoys playing her dolls so much and in my opinion this is better than Barbie Dolls and online dressing games
Enjoy yours. All the best.