Dollhouses spark your child's imagination and encourage role playing while exploring thoughts and ideas. Playing with a dollhouse is a wonderful way for kids to learn about problem solving — should the table go here, or here? — as well as manipulating and arranging small items. Today's dollhouses have something for every child — modern fare for a mod tot, check! Classic styling for traditional tots, check! Click though to find the perfect dollhouse for your tot.
Your child may adore their dollhouse, but packing it up when the family is hitting the road or heading out to dinner isn't an option. Let your tots continue their playtime by investing in a lightweight, portable alternative that kiddos can tote themselves. Check out five of my favorite toys!
Victorian dollhouses are a thing of the past now that modern designers are having their way with the traditional playthings. Today's miniature homes are made from recycled and earth-friendly wood, have open floor plans, and often incorporate eco-friendly touches (solar panels anyone?). Take a look at these mod homes and tell us what you think of the contemporary trend!
If mommy and daddy covet the designs in Dwell, baby may feel right at home in this Villa Sibi Modern Doll House ($855). The trouble is, the down payment on this mini modernist dwelling, which comes with a large deck and pool house and sliding doors that are made of plexiglass and wood, is rather steep. Do you like the idea of mimicking contemporary designs in your children's toys, or would you rather an old fashioned fixer-upper?
'Tis the year for last minute shoppers? Costco lists the wooden KidKraft So Chic Dollhouse for $220 online, but my husband bought one last weekend in store for $100 less. Hot toy Kota The Triceratops seemed like a steal a week ago for $159, but now Target has slashed the dinosaur's price to $99. With all these drastic price reductions, would you ever pay original price?
- The starter doll house — Alpha Mom
- Angelina takes kids for artful outing — Celebrity Baby Blog
- Debra Messing and son Roman at LAX — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- John McCain bails on meeting with Jenny McCarthy — Parent Dish
- A nanny-cure for neglected feet — The Poop
- Make a birthday card that's extra sweet — Cookie
- Ladies, set your timers, er, tickers! — The Bump
- The freedom that comes with a child turning two — Cool Mom
Even play families expand. As your child grows so does their doll collection. And, if your wee one is having trouble fitting their playthings in the Eco Victorian Home ($229), they can purchase a green addition ($93). Made of wood, this extra floor will increase living space. The environmentally friendly abode boasts street appeal with its carved architecture and has doors that open and close.