What is a Doll House?
Adults and children alike sometimes freeze in awe before dollhouses. Every kid dreams about one. We doubt it's a secret to any parent that all kids just love to play adults. And what is a better way to do that than to have a real house, with lots of rooms, beautiful furniture, and accessories? These toys add to your kids' social skills, widen their knowledge and understanding of communication.
At first glance, buying a dollhouse seems the easiest task. But when you actually start to Google them, you see a bizarre variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and themes. The choice nowadays can make one dizzy. Sometimes, dollhouses kits look like real masterpieces, with their own peculiarities and neat individual features. We would like to offer you a review of 5 best dollhouses on the market in our opinion. After reading it, we are sure you will be able to choose the dollhouse that will become your child's favourite toy for years to come.
Most dollhouses are designed for kids who are over the age when they put every tiny item in their mouth so that parents can rest assured their treasures are safe alone. If your children are at the toddler stage, it might be wiser to buy them a baby gym. And to add healthcare to entertainment, you might want to consider inflatable pools, either small ones for your little ones or bigger ones to spend some fun time together as a family.
What Features to Compare
So, your kid has asked for a dollhouse? Or it was your idea from the beginning? Well, either way, dollhouses miniatures are undeniably useful and (this is important!) fun toys. It's common to buy dollhouses for long-term use, and even to pass them on to grandchildren. When you start selecting dollhouses for your kids, think about their Size and Design. We believe you know it already, but you should make your choice carefully. An overly small dollhouse will possibly bore your child soon, but a too big one may become a hindrance in a room, making it hard to move around. So, think twice about what part of the room can be sacrificed for a dollhouse.
Talking about design, this is best left for a child to choose. Try asking your kid how many floors and rooms he or she would like to have, would he or she like stairs or an elevator to move their dolls between floors? Or maybe you wish to make a surprise present? Well, you are the one who knows your child better, so maybe your decision will be different from our wild guess, but we suggest you go for the number of rooms you use frequently in your everyday life. Children often try to imitate in a game what they see in real life, so your kids might like it to place their dolls in a dining room "like at home", or hang their Barbie® doll's dresses in a closet "like mommy's". Does your child prefer playing alone or are there any friends that frequently come over? Think about it when you decide on a size, too. What else? The children should have easy access to every corner of big dollhouses. You can manage it by buying a dollhouse with several removable walls, for example, or by choosing the one that is wide enough and at the same time is not very deep (but pay attention so that the depth is sufficient to place furniture and accessories). There are toys dollhouses that can be closed to look like suitcases and are opened 180° when played with.
The next thing to consider is the Materials the dollhouse is made of. The more durable the dollhouse is, the longer it will serve as your child's playground. It is commonly believed that dollhouses are to be made of wood, but we believe a high-quality plastic is a way to go, it can endure everything you wish it to endure. Also, consider the child's Age. If you are buying a dollhouse for kids aged from 1.5 to 3 years old, the parts should be big enough as small children tend to swallow tiny objects. The durability and smoothness are important too. If a dollhouse is made of wood, the wood must be properly polished to not harm your child.
And, finally, the Gaming Options. This is where the dolls' sizes (how big the dolls can be to fit into the house), furniture, and accessories go. Some dollhouses for kids cater for special dolls that differ from the usual ones. Although in these cases it is not unusual for dolls to be included in the package. Is your child an aspiring future designer who likes to draw and makes clothes for dolls out of every piece of cloth? If yes, then maybe they will be happy to decorate the house by themselves and you may skip on buying a fully furnished dollhouse. Another good addition (or even a necessary one) to a dollhouse is what some people call "street" elements, such as cars, pools etc. Various details that make sounds or light up when a kid interacts with them will also add to the gaming fun and engagement.
We've listed what we could think of as important. Now is your turn to choose. Below are 5 absolutely different dollhouses kits. They look different, cost different, and offer different kinds of entertainment. We are sure you will be able to find the very best dollhouse.
KidKraft Cinderella Royal Dream Dollhouse
Before the Clock Struck Midnight
Cinderella story is one of the most popular fairy tales of all times, as well as one of the most inspiring. It was told and retold and retold again for thousands of times; books, movies, and cartoons take roots in this story, turn it this way and that. We can't even count the number of times we stumble upon Cinderella. And the Cinderella Castle becomes a dream of many children after they see it in either the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort or Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort. KidKraft, always the first to intercept the children's wishes, makes this dream come true with their Cinderella Royal Dream Dollhouse. This magical dollhouse has everything the fairy tale shows: your kid's Cinderella fashion doll will complete her stepmother's chores in the kitchen, make her own dress on a sewing machine in the attic, and when the clock strike midnight she will lose her glass slipper, the one that her Prince Charming will use to find his future wife; she will even sit on the throne! A whole story, starting with "Once upon a time" and all the way to "happily ever after", can be replayed by a happy child.
The dollhouse size is not exactly small, what with all playing possibilities it offers, but it is also not too bulky and can be placed in your little one's bedroom near their colourful toddler bed. Or you can set this dollhouse in a playroom near their play kitchen where kids spend hours with their friends.
Hape HAP-E3401 All Season Doll's House
More often than not, we encounter toys dollhouses that can be considered old-fashioned: castles, victorian dollhouses, vintage ones, antique. They are without a doubt beautiful, and they have this feeling of romanticism to them. But the emotional and imaginative life is not limited to old times, we can be romantics today, in our modern homes. HAP-E3401 All Season Doll's House is all straight lines and modern furniture, and kids are still drawn to its offers. Turn over the roof, and in a moment severe winter is replaced by warm summer. Turn it back — and kids can celebrate Christmas with their dolls. Solar panels on the roof will pique the child's interest, and you will have the opportunity to explain the environment care and renewable energy sources use. The absence of blind walls makes this dollhouse the best choice for families with more than one child, and for sociable kids who have a lot of friends — everyone will have a place to play, no fights, no bumps with each other, peace and wonder. In six rooms with all the furniture, virtually any situation can be played out. Help your children grow fond of the modern world with one of these dollhouses kits, and later they may become interested in such toys as robots, for example. Who knows, maybe you are bringing up a future hi-tech engineer.
KidKraft 65054 Chelsea Doll Cottage
Tiny World in Your Child's Room
With free space in your house limited, the choice of toys you can get to make your kid happy also narrows a bit. The Kidkraft Chelsea Doll Cottage is a great option for almost any room size as its size and design are quite compact. You can place it back-to-wall without thinking you are stripping your kid of more fun — the back wall of this dollhouse is plain. With open front wall, your little one will have full access to all 5 rooms on 3 floors. Pink and sky blue colouring is easy on the eyes and pretty, and wooden furniture will serve faithfully and loyally to not only your kids but maybe even their kids too. Mini dolls will find everything necessary in this dollhouse kit: a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and a bedroom with a bunk bed. It is as realistic as a house can be. Moreover, the child can walk the dolls to a balcony to get some air and enjoy the scenery. And what if your little one has a secret passion about music which neither you nor themselves knew about before, and a little piano on the ground floor will help find it? TheKidkraft Chelsea Doll Cottage has so many hidden opportunities for a kid to experience new emotions, knowledge, and skills.
After playing at home, there is a time to have some fun outside. Visiting a nearby park with your children will be healthy and enjoyable if you have a tricycle.
Sylvanian Families Beechwood Hall Gift Set
The Sylvanian Families Beechwood Hall Gift Set is a pretty traditional dollhouse, albeit a bit vintage if you look at it from today's point of view. A soft sofa and armchair with floral-patterned covers, an old-looking TV, and a rotary dial telephone look like they travelled right from the previous century. The set even has a tiny magazine basket like those often seen in old movies near the family head's armchair. Sherlock Holmes loved to sit in his armchair and read newspapers.
The major convenience of this dollhouse is that it can be closed when the child is not playing. This way, the house takes up less space and yet serves as a nice decor element in a room. Open it, and there is enough space to play freely. The central panel can be reversed turning a part of the house into a walking garden for the dolls. When the night comes and you put your little one to sleep, you can close the house but leave the lights on inside. Your child will fall asleep to the soothing picture of a squirrels family waiting for morning to come and play another round with him/her.
One more thing kids of 3 years and older often find interesting in regards to imitating adults is playing cooking games. If your kid is like that, maybe a set of play dishes will come in handy.
Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage Starter Home Set
The Sister Rabbit's cosy cottage is a small dollhouse with enough interesting playing possibilities nevertheless. The furniture set includes a bed with a mattress and a floral bedding, a kitchen table, a frying pan with an omelette made on it, and more. Your kid can have a two-storey dollhouse or can remove the floors divider and use it to extend the territory, for example, make a yard. All things considered, we still feel obligated to remind potential buyers that the Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage is a starter set, meaning it is created with the thought of adding more to it if your child likes it. To not overpay and buy something your little one does not enjoy for some reasons (after all, every child is a unique human being!) start with this smaller set as their first dollhouse and expand it later when it grows on the kid. We are sure it definitely will. So, later you will be able to add more houses, and bigger ones at that, more furniture, accessories, and also add other Sylvanian families to play with Sister Rabbit. There are even cars to visit friends on the other side of the kid's room. The Cosy Cottage Starter Home Set is just the best dollhouses set to start with.
To add more diversity to your child's toy collection a car toy is a perfect choice. Kids find cars interesting, and there is a wide selection of the on the market, from racing vehicles to collection models and utility trucks. What about an ambulance car to care about dolls? Or a firefighter truck? Sounds interesting, huh?
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