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Wellie Wishers, American Girl, raising girls

American Girl Wellie Wishers Teach Little Girls Empathy

by Deborah Cruz

Have you heard of the Wellie Wishers? This summer has been full of hectic crazy fun; packed with sunshine and the great outdoors. We’ve traveled, seen the beach and watched movies outside under the stars. But what do you do when it rains, right in the middle of summer? We made lemonade out of those lemons. The girls invited a few of their friends over for a movie play date. I work with American Girl so they sent us the newest American Girl Movie Lea to the Rescue. The girls were more than happy to watch it at our house together.

I popped some popcorn, made some actual lemonade and ordered pizzas. Meanwhile, the girls and their favorite American Girl dolls “watched” Lea to the Rescue. I’m not going to lie, it was the perfect rainy day activity for a group of girls in the 5 to 13-year-old age range. To be honest, I am more than a little past a teenager and I thoroughly enjoyed it too.

Speaking of rainy days and little girls, have you heard of American Girl’s latest line of dolls? They are called Wellie Wishers and they spread the message to today’s little girls everywhere that we should all consider what it means to “stand in another person’s wellies.”

The Wellie Wishers, a line of five fun-loving characters, Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Emerson, and Camille are out to make the world a kinder and friendlier place.

It’s the golden rule in full effect. Treat others how you would like to be treated (or for you more modern day moms) to have a good friend you’ve got to be a good friend. Either way you slice it, the message is don’t judge others. Always consider what it might be like to stand in their wellies.

American Girl created Wellie Wishers to help younger girls, ages 5-7, discover the social and emotional skills they need to become empathetic, compassionate, and thoughtfully motivated individuals. Timeless life lessons on sharing, cooperation, respecting feelings, and making things right are passed along to girls through each Wellie Wishers character, who navigates the ins and outs of friendship through play, songs, and imagination.

The Wellie Wishers celebrate an amazing time in a little girl’s life when she’s learning about herself through the world around her. Through their stories, the Wellie Wishers help our daughters make good choices today defining the person she’ll become tomorrow.

The beautiful, whimsically illustrated early chapter books about the Wellie Wishers’ fun and fanciful outdoor adventures are written with humor and heart by American Girl author Valerie Tripp. The stories will delight girls and their mothers as they celebrate the promise and potential of young readers and gently model the life skills that help build strength of character and confidence.

The Wellie Wishers’ adventures and lessons further unfold in American Girl’s first-ever animated series, airing in fall 2016. Each 11-minute episode follows the fun-filled exploits of the five smart and lively six-year-olds, who have limitless imaginations and the same big wish: to be a good friend. When the Wellie Wishers step into their colorful rain boots, they are ready for anything in their aunt’s whimsical backyard garden. Young viewers are entertained through stories, humor, and catchy songs as the Wellie Wishers work, dream, and play together—feeding birds, making mud pies, creating art, and putting on shows—all while imparting valuable lessons in friendship.

To further engage girls and bring the characters to life, American Girl is debuting a free Wellie Wishers app, where players can explore the interactive garden world through three mini games—Carrot Care, Mud Pie Maker, and Garden Harmony. Little girls will delight in the sweet, silly, and unexpected surprises that get unlocked the more they play. The free app is available through play.americangirl.com.

Rounding out the play experience is a line of adorable 14½-inch dolls (retail $60) and garden-themed accessories, including a magical theater stage and a premium wooden playhouse with over 30 pieces. Young girls can even dress like their favorite character with a selection of dress-like-your-doll clothing, like enchanted garden PJs or a pair of peek-a-boo wellies.

Wellie Wishers, American Girl, raising girls

My girls love their Wellie Wishers and thanks to the generosity of American Girl, we would like to give away a doll to one lucky reader. Enter below! Mandatory entries include subscribing to The TRUTH newsletter, following The TRUTH about Motherhood on Facebook and leaving a comment below!

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LaTanya 2016/08/09 - 10:56 am

Kendall because she is cute and I like her style

Sara 2016/08/09 - 10:57 am

My daughter loves Emerson!

Jennifer 2016/08/09 - 11:09 am

Willa because she looks like my daughter.

Mami2jcn 2016/08/09 - 11:23 am

My daughter loves Willa because of her pigtails.

Rosanna 2016/08/09 - 1:22 pm

My 7 yr old loves her Ashlyn. Her freckles and tiara caught her eye but they’re all so adorable.

Kelly D 2016/08/09 - 5:24 pm

I like Willa because of her fun outfit and the curls in her hair.

Lydia 2016/08/09 - 7:09 pm

Ugh,this is super tough! My youngest likes Willa because of her outfit,my oldest thinks Kendall is the prettiest so likes her the best. They both love Emerson though so Emerson is my answer I think,lol.

Kristin McClain 2016/08/10 - 3:22 am

I love Willa because of her hair and her love for animals 🙂

Jess E. 2016/08/11 - 11:43 pm

What? How did I not know about this great new line. I love it! I love that Ashlyn has some color going on like Ava. There aren’t enough dolls that aren’t just blond hair, blue eyed. Awesome! Makes her feel less conscious of her “different” (beautiful!) skin coloring.

Tara O. 2016/08/12 - 2:00 am

They are all so adorable!! I think Willa is my favorite and would probably be my daughter’s favorite also because we are also animal lovers!

Aamiyah Linder 2016/08/12 - 8:13 pm

Wow wellie wishers are so cute and I would love to win kendall

Tracie Cooper 2016/08/14 - 3:21 pm

My niece would love Kendall because she looks like her and is wearing poke a dots!

Jeanna 2016/08/15 - 11:22 am

I like Camille the best because she is a mini version of my daughter!

Christy Dougherty 2016/08/15 - 11:46 am

What an absolutely wonderful idea by AG!! THe more positives we flood the world with the better!!
Camille looks like she belongs in my family, but they are all super cute and would be honored to have them in my home.

Dana F. 2016/08/15 - 11:53 am

I think that Willa is my favorite, cause she looks like I did as a 5 year old I really would like to get Ashlyn for my daughter tho, cause she loves her!!

Dawn Monroe 2016/08/15 - 3:33 pm

I think my granddaughter would like Willa or Kendall because of the hair color and outfits.

Tabathia B 2016/08/15 - 11:21 pm

My daughter likes kendell because she looks like her with the curls

Amy Stonger 2016/08/15 - 11:40 pm

I love kendall because of those cute pig tails she has!


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