Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins "Time For Your Check-Up" Doll

Fall 2012 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Just Play
Price: $39.99

Doc McStuffins is the star of a popular show on Disney Jr. Children watch Doc as she figures out what is wrong with her "sick" toys and finds ways to fix them. This toy was an instant favorite for children who watch the show. They love playing with Doc and diagnosing what is wrong with their toys and coming up with ways to heal them. Doc comes with her pal Lambie, (a stuffed lamb who assists Doc in her practice) and a few tools in a doctors' bag with which she treats her patients. She also has her magic stethoscope which allows her to speak with and understand her toys.

Parents liked that this toy reinforces lessons from the show. It teaches that kids should not be afraid of the doctor, and that getting a checkup is no big deal. When you press on Doc and Lambie's bellies they say a few phrases and sing the title song from the Doc McStuffins television show. There's not a lot of variety, but children liked the feature. Beyond its basic play value, the toy encourages children to learn more about what doctors do and how they help their patients, and it also helps break down gender and racial stereotypes (Doc is an African American Female doctor.)

Testers felt that the packaging was attractive, and the price reasonable. If you have a child who watches the show, then it is a good buy.

Kelly Schaffer   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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