Stuff We Like: Dollhouses for Open-Ended Play
Awesome Family Holiday Activities in Your Inbox!
The Best Holiday Activities Sent to Your Inbox!
Delivered right to your inbox
Once Upon a Treehouse
Founded by a pair of sisters who once “fought over trivial things, as sisters often do” but who bonded over creative play with toys lovingly hand-crafted by their grandfather, Once Upon a Treehouse offers an array of whimsical dollhouses that encourage pretend play the way they fondly remember it. This Custom Cottage—open on all four sides so more children can engage—can be customized with many different color schemes, like all the company’s products. Dolls are sold individually (some are pictured at left) so you can make selections that reflect your own family’s makeup, and all the handmade clothes feature Velcro closures. The website offers stories, step-by-step craft ideas, printable accessories, and more to further stimulate kids’ imaginations. ($325 for dollhouse; $16.50 per doll; onceuponatreehouse.com)
Change and Rearrange
With this multi-level, six-room, Educo Furnished All Season Dollhousefrom Creative Kidstuff, kids can do more than rearrange the furniture. They also can move the stairways and even flip over the roof to match the seasons. Like the Custom Cottage above, this is an open-concept dollhouse that makes it easy for multiple kids to play at the same time. The wood used to build the dollhouse comes from sustainable forests, and it’s finished Furniture included; dolls sold separately. (Ages 3 and older; $199; creativekidstuff.com)
Room with a View
From PlanToys, a toy company with a mission to cultivate creative minds and bring children closer to nature, we love this Parent’s Choice Award-winning Terrace Dollhouse(pictured left; $169.99; recommended for ages 3 and older). It features three levels, moveable windows and door, and a second-floor terrace. Pair it with PlanToys’ wooden Playground, where the dolls can play on the tiny swing and slide and in the sandbox (pictured right; $25.99; for ages 3 and older). Both are available on Amazon.