Choosing (or Making) a Doll House

Eliza Clark
October 23, 2008

Parents of young children are confronted with many important and difficult decisions. Choosing a preschool, say. (Luckily, our Savvy eBook is here to help.) Or even worse, for some of us, choosing a kindergarten!

But most difficult of all? Choosing a doll house, for sure.

Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. But still. Doll houses are, for most families, a one-time purchase (at a fairly large price tag for a toy), and we want to get it right. They are also such important vehicles for pretend play for many children -- a doll house represents a mini-universe in which kids get to be in complete control of all the aspects of life (routines, rules, relationships) that they experience around them every day. One parent we know said that eavesdropping on her children playing with their doll house was "humbling" because it made her realize that they missed absolutely none of the family dynamics going on in their home.

Luckily, your preschoolers (and their older selves) will be able to carry on this kind of all-important pretend play in pretty much any kind of doll house you provide. And even if they don't have a doll house, your kids will likely improvise one out of blocks or legos or a couple of shoe boxes. And indeed, a doll house is an easy thing to make out of a small book case -- just add a few dividers for the rooms, paint or wall-paper and add furniture -- and there you have it!

So that difficult decision should not feel so difficult after all. And to make it even easier, here are a few ideas that can't go wrong.

-Melissa and Doug's Classic Heirloom Victorian Doll House or their Deluxe Wooden Furnished Doll House

-The Plan Terrace Doll House or the Plan Toy Chalet Doll House

Our Savvy City Editors have more helpful ideas to add as well.

Such as letting us know where to go in Denver to find the perfect doll house.

Or our Boston and Berkeley & Oakland City Editors' posts both raving about an interactive doll house their kids love.

And San Diego's Jenny Ciampa gives us brilliant post (and photo!) about how she and her five-year-old daughter decorated her doll house for Halloween.  Adorable and such a fun activity!

Enjoy, and let us know what doll house you choose for your child!

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