Maplelea is a wonderful brand of dolls and accessories for 18″ dolls based in Canada. In addition to being focused on Canadian history and culture, they really pride themselves in the details! Everything we have from Maplelea is just beautiful and so very detailed. Doll Diaries community member, Cordelia, recently purchased the Maplelea School Set and was kind enough to send in her insights and photos for us to enjoy.
After much deliberation, I purchased the Maplelea School Set for a special little girl. At $120, (Canadian) it costs more than I would normally spend on a doll accessory, but I was intrigued by this set and thought it would have good play value.
This photo shows the exterior of the Maplelea School with Marisa approaching the door to give you a sense of the size. The school is made of very heavy and sturdy cardboard which, personally, I prefer to plastic. The sign in front of the school is a really fun feature because the set comes with a wide assortment of words and numbers to create messages for the students. Everything is in both English and French so Marisa and I have decided to use the French sides of the various pieces in order to try to improve our French language skills.
Here is an overview of the classroom showing it set up for a geography lesson. I didn’t purchase the Maplelea school desk and locker, adorable as they appear to be, but the Maplelea table and chair set which I already had makes a good desk area for two dolls. The clock has movable hands, the window allows for the insertion of 4 included seasonal photos, or one of your own as I have done here, the 6 subject banners and 6 lesson posters are interchangeable and easy to insert, and the magnetic board with 4 seasonable borders and magnets is a great feature for play. The horizontal shelf can be turned around to become a teacher’s desk. In this photo I’ve put other items from my collection ( the AG science set and the OG lunch kit) on the shelves which are certainly sturdy enough to hold a lot.
In this closeup of the magnetic board, we can see the ‘”Symbols of Canada” sheet that came with a Maplelea outfit. I have put all of the sheets written in French that relate to the school’s subjects with the school in order to use as even more lessons. On the shelf we can also catch a glimpse of the bug jar with adorable lady bugs that Natalie made!
In this photos, we see Marisa putting together a map of Canada. The pieces actually fit in her hands! Once she has worked out where everything goes, she can then put the map on the magnetic board for everyone to see. I just love the interactive nature of this and the other activities. The map pieces all fit in the Geography bin for storage as do the pieces of the other activities in their respective bins.
Now we see Marisa working on a science lesson. She is putting her completed activity sheet and notebook back into her folder. Each of the 6 subjects has 6 copies of 6 different activity sheets and accompanying subject notebooks and folders all colour coordinated by subject.
Marisa is having great fun with another activity. Here she is putting together the pieces of the life cycle of the butterfly in the correct order. I’ve put some monarch butterfly material from my ‘stash” up on the magnetic board with the some of the set’s magnets.
Now the entire set is all packed up into a very attractive and sturdy fabric bag that comes with the set. In fact, I would be delighted to be able to purchase more of these bags separately for doll accessory storage! The Maplelea website has a really good video showing all the pieces and how everything fits into the backdrop for storage. I really like this set because of the thought and care that went into its creation. The activities are interactive and open-ended encouraging imaginative play and creativity in making new lessons and materials inspired by what is provided. I do wish that a few little pieces such as a pencil case with pencils, an eraser, and pencil crayons had been included and maybe a little school lunch set as well. However, for a child, or adult, who likes to play school with dolls this set has tremendous play value. I do need to mention that it does reference Canadian history, geography and culture extensively so may not have the same appeal for everyone. It is an amazing way to learn about Canada, though!
What a beautiful set! Thank you Cordelia for the fantastic review and for giving us a closer look at this set. You can get more information on Maplelea and order directly from their website at Maplelea.com.