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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Interplay ~ Japanese Best Friend Dolls

Japanese Best Friend Dolls

Japanese Best Friend Dolls from Interplay is aimed at young girls aged 8 plus and allows them to make and decorate their own Japanese ‘ Kokeshi ’ Dolls. Kokeshi is an enchanting Japanese tradition where by you hand paint dolls to give to friends. This product is great for creative girls who like to give gifts that their friends will love and treasure forever. You can even write a secret message to store in the base!

My eldest daughter Chloe, aged 9 years old received a Japanese Best Friend Dolls set a few weeks back to try out for herself. She's been nagging me for a while to do it but I must admit I had been putting it off as I'm a little afraid of "Messy" activities. Well, eventually I gave in and we sat down at the table ready to go. I opened the box to find these:

There was 3 wooden dolls and all the paints and accessories you needed to make them into your friends gifts. It didn't look hard or messy at all to my relief. Chloe got straight to work, I say work but she had lots of fun doing them.

The paint included was nice and thick so painting was really easy to do. We did get a little messy but we had so much fun, we didn't mind. Chloe made two of the dolls for her best friends at school whilst I made the third doll as a gift for her. Yes, I know - I'm a big kid but I wanted a go too seeing as she looked like she was having such a good time. Once I got into it, I actually quite enjoyed myself but Shhh, don't tell anyone else that. Here's our finished dolls, just look at how cool they are. Chloe can't wait to give them to her school friends on Monday.

The little scrolls of paper that you can see are Secret Messages that you write and then roll up to put inside the dolls. Such a lovely idea. On Chloe's I simply wrote "Mummy Always Loves You" which I thought would be nice for her to look at when I'm telling her off sometimes.

If your children like crafts and painting, these would be great. You can check out the Japanese Best Friend Dolls for yourself. Here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries we LOVED them. Great fun and very nice personal gift ideas. HUGE thumbs up from myself and Chloe.


  1. This kit looks really cute. I think I would enjoy it as much as you obviously did. I've not heard of this Japanese tradition before either, it's very sweet.

  2. It looks like this craft kit was a huge success. Well done on how good those little dolls look :)

  3. This is such a fun post! My daughter will LOVE seeing this!