September 21, 2009,
D.P. asks from Marietta, GA on September 14, 2009
What Is the Best Kind of Dollhouse for a Soon-to-be 4 Year Old?
I'm hoping to get recommendations for dollhouses for my soon-to-be 4 year old daughter. In general, there seems to be 2 different types, those made for Barbie doll size dolls and those made for smaller size dolls. Also, they seem to be made out of either wood or plastic. I'd like to get something that she can play with now and for the next several years. She is not into Barbie dolls yet. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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J.S. answers from Atlanta on September 15, 2009
My daughter overrode my taste in this area :). I got her the little people (which i think is awesome), but my daughter had some older girls in the neighborhood and she fell for the bratz girls dollhouse. I will say it has some very cute things like complete table settings and cosmetics, etc. No babies to take care of or crude play things, all very fine tuned, but she loved them. So, for what it is worth ......
S.J. answers from Atlanta on September 14, 2009
So far we are really happy with the Fisher Price "Loving Family" dollhouse we bought for our daughter last year. She is 5 soon to be 6. It comes with the family and you can buy extra rooms of furniture, etc. We knew she also likes playing with cars, so we also bought the mini van that goes with it and about 4 rooms for the house. I noticed last week they have different categories of rooms (basic, deluxe & premiere)
M.W. answers from Athens on September 21, 2009
We bought my daughter one made by KidCraft. It is about 2 feet wide and 4 feet tall and made of thin wood. I looked at the Barbie doll houses, since that is what she plays with and they all seemed so flimsy and poorly made, not at all like the one I had as a child. The ones by KidCraft are made for the 12 inch dolls like Barbie. Ours came with several pieces of furniture and her little brother hasn't been able to tear it up! We looked on eBay and Amazon, originally, but we found the one we wanted at Learning Expressions.
S.L. answers from Spartanburg on September 15, 2009
my 4 yer old loves the calico critters line. check that one out. wooden dollhouses are usually, IMO, more for collectors/adults. we have one and it has just not held up.
B.W. answers from Myrtle Beach on September 15, 2009
My daughter turns 4 this week and I am thinking dollhouse for christmas and have been looking at them too. I'm probably going with the Fisher Price one as well. I like the idea of plastic as I can toss things in the sink and wash them. I looked at it on toys'r'us online and they have the "grand" set or something like that for $160. It includes a lot of rooms and the family.
I would also note that I wasn't going to get her a dollhouse cause with too many kids it just sits in a corner and they never play with it. However, my girl is a pretender. She will line up her other animals and dolls and have whole conversations with them and have little parties and such, so I think she will actually use it. I'm not looking forward to all the little pieces that will end up scattered, but will deal with it!
T.H. answers from Atlanta on September 15, 2009
My daughter loves the Little People playhouse and the Loving Family playhouse.
M.V. answers from Augusta on September 19, 2009
We bought my daughter the "loving family" doll house one year (she was 5), but by the next year she thought it was too babyish and wanted one for barbies, so then we had to buy one to fit barbies. The plastic barbie houses seemed very flimsy compared to what they used to make when we were younger. Ours is wooden and we got it from abc distributing(my husband had to add a few nails to make it a little more sturdy, but it was a good bit cheaper than others we saw in name brand childrens catalogs so it was worth adding a few nails), but since I have seen big doll houses like that at target and ToysRUs. She has used it for her barbies, polly pockets, littlest pet shop, and dolls- it is very versatile!
D.H. answers from Atlanta on September 15, 2009
The fisher Price Loving Dollhouse has been a huge success at my home, and my daughter is 7yrs old and still plays with it, along with my 3yr old son.
L.Q. answers from Savannah on September 15, 2009
Melissa&Doug.com have several great wooden dollhouses (some furnished as well), that are great for kids 3 years of age and up. And what's so great about all of their toys, is that they are CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) compliant.