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Like Hippie Barbie got married: The Sunshine Family wholesome dolls from the ’70s

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The Sunshine Family A wholesome family of back-to-nature dolls from the '70s

The Sunshine Family idea

Things to do and things to make, Sunshine Family style

This unique idea starts with our wholesome family of back-to-nature dolls. Mommy and daddy and their little baby. Neighborly folks. With homey family activities for your child to share.

But there’s a lot more to The Sunshine Family idea! Because each family of dolls and each Sunshine Family accessory comes with its own things-to-make Idea Book. Special little craft playbooks that show your child how to make a world of realistic things for her Sunshine Family dolls, just by using everyday odds and ends she’ll find around the house.

There are a lot of different Idea Books. And each one will spark hours of creative play for your child. She’ll discover the fun of making things for The Sunshine Family grandparents. And for their pets. And all kinds of handmade craft items to fill up the family Craft Store, too.

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Then, day by day, she’ll be creating a world of her own, Sunshine Family-style. And that’s the whole, big, beautiful idea!

From Mattel

The Sunshine Family idea


Introducing a whole new world of sunshine!

Say hello to The Sunshine Family. A unique new family of dolls whose world your children can share and create.

1. Mother, Dad and Baby have their own special house and furniture. But that’s only the beginning.

2. The dolls come with this book of “do it yourself” play suggestions. It shows your children how to make The Sunshine Family playthings and furniture with paste, string, scraps of fabric, crayons — and imagination.

3. They can, for instance, turn a milk carton into a table.

4. A berry basket becomes a crib, and a spool can become a planter.

5. Bit by bit, your children can create the Sunshine Family world. And as they do, they share the fun and excitement of their own family adventures.

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The fun shines on and on.

The Sunshine Family from Mattel (1974-1978)


The Sunshine Family dolls & vintage playsets (1974-1978)


This wholesome family loves their potato chips

This Christmas, Lay’s can make The Sunshine Family part of your Family

Get a $1.00 refund coupon for the dolls when you buy Lay’s Potato Chips.

This Christmas, Lay's can make The Sunshine Family part of your Family


Mattel Sunshine Family Pets & Their World set

TV commercial from 1975


The Sunshine Family fashions – Party time and at the beach

The Sunshine Family fashions - Party time and at the beach


The Sunshine Family in Germany

These dolls speak German, but live in exactly the same kind of American house!

The Sunshine Family in Germany

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