A child’s life pretty much revolves around toys and playthings. And if those toys have a special meaning and message, wouldn’t it be just wonderful? Well, our My Pal collection of boy and girl dolls is just that. Here, you’ll find a doll for every reason, every season. Not just that you can also add to your child’s delight and gift him doll clothing and accessories to make playtime more fun.
Here’s a look at the different My Pal® dolls in our store right now. We will be adding new dolls as we go along, so stay tuned!
The My Pal Dolls Collection
My Pal for Going Green is a doll for children who have a strong interest in caring for their environment and living an eco-friendly life. In the booklet that comes with the doll, kids can write about the activities they have participated in for Going Green! The booklet is printed using gray scale (less ink) on 100% recycled paper. My Pal for Going Green dolls are dressed in outfits made from second hand clothing that is collected (recycling activity) by students who participate in the My Sibling/My Pal Work Experience Program™.
My Pal the Patriot is a meaningful plaything for kids who know someone who is serving or has served our country, especially in the armed services. With its authentic-looking camouflage pants, jacket and hat along with a t-shirt, sock and high top shoes, the doll is a great gift idea for children in military families. Hopefully, the doll can be a comfort to a child who may be missing a loved one who is away on active duty. In the booklet that comes with the doll, children can write their own story about their favorite patriot, which can be helpful in giving them the opportunity to put their feelings down in words. There are two pages with the lyrics to patriotic songs, such as “The Star Spangled Banner.”
My Pal for My School is a fantastic gift idea for a child starting at a new school or for back-to-school season. It is a buddy for children who have a strong interest in their school community. In the booklet that comes with the doll, they can write their own story about special school activities they have participated in with their friends and teachers, as well as the everyday experiences. The text of the booklet can be customized for each school, such as: school name on the cover with school or district logo; school history; prompt for writing a story about their school; book titles and website addresses for further study by students that relates to the school’s curriculum. Some suggestions about what children can do to have the “best ever” school experience are explained.
My Pal for Tennis comes with navy blue or white tennis shorts and t-shirt, high top sneakers, and a small tennis racquet. This doll was originally designed at the request of the owner of our local tennis store, What a Racquet in Caldwell, NJ. The sports-loving doll can be a great gift for a child learning to play tennis and comes with a booklet in which kids can write about their love for tennis, their experiences with playing tennis, or watching their favorite player. The tennis racquet is an accessory which is for display only, it is not to be played with.
My Pal for Baseballis a great doll for a baseball-loving kid. And really, which child doesn’t love this sport?! The doll comes complete with baseball pants, baseball print shirt, sneakers and a felt mitt! In the booklet that comes with the doll, they can write about their experiences playing or watching baseball, and their love for the sport.
My Pal for Autism Awareness is a companion to children who want to advocate for individuals who have autism. In the booklet that comes with both the boy and girl dolls, children can read about how the autism awareness advocacy movement began, and the personal story of how Loretta Boronat, the creator of My Pal and My Sibling dolls, got involved in reaching out to the public in this way. A brief factual description of autism is provided, as well as references for further reading (children’s books) and research. Suggestions for autism awareness activities for children to initiate or participate in are provided. The booklet also has three lined pages on which children can put their thoughts and feelings about their experiences with autism awareness activities, or about someone they know who has autism, into words by writing their own story.
My Pal for First Eucharist was the first My Pal doll! The dolls come complete with an option of white or navy blue suit, white shirt and tie and white socks and a high top shoes. In the booklet that comes with each My Pal for First Eucharist doll, children can write a story about their sacrament and all the experiences they had which made the day so special. This is one doll that you or your child will want as a keepsake for many years to come. Looking back when they are grown, children will treasure the story they wrote, because it will help them to remember all the blessings of the occasion. The booklet also provides two pages of prayers that children usually learn when they are of age to make their First Eucharist.
My Pal for Peace is a lovely doll for a child wanting to learn more about peaceful living, cope with bullying or develop coping skills. Children can be exposed to bullying in many aspects of their lives, so we are trying to get the conversation started and help children develop coping skills to find a peaceful solution to problems. My Pal for Peace is a great companion. The doll comes with a booklet in which children can write about their thoughts on becoming a peace maker. They can read the lyrics to the song “Let Peace Begin With Me” as an inspiration and prompt for thoughtful consideration of how one person can make a difference.
My Pal® Dolls and Clothing are:
- Dressed and accessorized by teens and adults with developmental disabilities who participate in the My Sibling/My Pal Work Experience Program™.
- Come with booklets discussing the theme for the doll and with space for children to write down their own experiences, like a mini-journal.
- Are made in the USA.
Which one is your favorite doll from the My Pal® collection?