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Dolls for kids

A doll is a realistic depiction of a human being. It was loved by children and adults all over the worlds for many centuries. Dolls were not only a source of amusement for kids, but also performed the role of a symbol, a decoration, and even a subject of magic and religious rituals. This great variety of a doll`s function surrounded it with a lot of mystery and legends. Since the times of the Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the dolls were crafted from various materials like clay, stone, wood, bone, leather and wax. Archeologists collected evidence that dolls were the oldest toys known to humans.

First doll found

The first doll ever found by archeologists was a 4000-year-old doll, which was made of stone and was buried on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. It had a 3-centimeter head with distinguished eyes, nose, mouth and wavy hair, and obviously had no connection to religious motifs.

The second doll ever found was a wooden paddle doll, which was discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb in that dates to 2000 BC, and was supposed to be used as part of the religious ritual. Paddle dolls had real human hair attached to their head. It is interesting, that a small glass bead hair ornament was attached to the head of the toy, indicating that toy was performing a role of female.

In ancient Greece dolls that appeared approximately 200 BC were divided into two categories: ritual purposes and for the children’s entertainment. Both were made mostly from clay. In ancient Rome there even existed a fashion for dolls, which were usually crafted from clay, wood, ivory and rags. Young Roman women upon their maturity sacrificed their childhood dolls to the Goddess at the day of their wedding. The ritual was explaining the process of becoming an adult and giving up on everything that connected you to the reckless childhood times. Dolls were not intended to serve for a long time and thus they were created from perishable materials.

In Africa dolls were thought to be the god messengers, and in Japan there were famous traditional dolls, named Hina, Daruma and Kokeshi, which were used for the protection from evil spirits and as charms.

Dolls as a matter of practice

Since the Medieval times, dolls served to play more practical roles. Young girls, future women, had to learn how to knit and sew. They created textile dolls themselves and numerous clothing for them, as well. In Germany, in 1558, the first doll house was created, and was made for the richest nobility, heirs with royal roots to Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria. However, the dollhouses were never part of a game at that time. They served only for display purposes.

Russian Dolls for kids

At the industrialization times of the 19th century, dolls still remained girls` best friends. They were crafted from various materials: wood, wax, papier-mâché and ceramic. In 1823 Johann Maelzel created the first talking doll, though, it was only able to speak two simple words: „mama“ and „papa“.

In 1963 the first plastic (celluloid) doll was produced.

Another popular material for doll manufacturing after World War II was vinyl. There was also another type of dolls — porcelain, though, they were made to complete the sets of collections for adults. These kinds of dolls were very gentle, wore elaborate and rich dresses, and were too luxurious and expensive for kids` games that could harm the appearance of porcelain. China dolls created a real aesthetic brand. This type of doll typically had a white glazed porcelain head with painted molded hair and a body, which was made of cloth and leather. Theses toys became most popular in Germany, bestselling during the years between 1860 and 1900.

Baby dolls

There is one more trend in the world of the dolls — a doll that represents an absolute copy of a human being, also called a reborn doll. This kind of a doll has been transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible. The craft trend of creating the reborn doll began in the US in the 1990s. These dolls were often used as an emotional outlet in the case of severe women`s distress and in other therapeutic purposes. Soon the phenomena reached and affected Canada, Europe, Africa and Latin America.


Adora is a world-famous, bestselling American brand loved by millions of kids all over the world. The realistic, beautiful dolls it produces are handmade and their faces are hand painted. The dolls are created from the unique patented material that has a pleasant smell and feels like real skin. Each doll model has a unique face that doesn`t repeat the looks of the other dolls. Each doll is dressed in a gorgeous handcrafted costume, perfectly designed to match each doll`s face and its personal style. That`s why the Adora dolls are so special and charismatic and can easily become a great friend to your kid. Dolls` hair is of the highest quality and it is tightly sewn to the dolls` heads with unseen stitches.

Adora dolls are also known to be among the most eco-friendly dolls. Adora dolls are Safety Tested, Hypoallergenic, Non-Toxic and BPA Free. Some of them are 100% Machine Washable and each of them is light and convenient to carry in hands. Adora dolls also have washable clothes, which can be easily taken off and replaced by the ones of your own choice. As we can see, Adora dolls are as realistic as you can imagine. It is the reason why the Adora dolls are loved not only by kids, but by professional collectors as well.

Where to buy?

In St-Petersburg Global Trade House we buy only from the most reliable doll`s manufacturers, which manufacture their products from the finest textiles, plastic and china. Many of our dolls are musical, many of them will able to speak with your kids in Russian. We also provide a wide range of various accessories, dishware and cookware for making your child`s games especially exciting.