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Traditional dollhouses can be an amazing gift for the child in your life. The designs are classic, but with many models today, they can also be super modern and come with features like balconies and even movable floors. But there are also the educational dollhouses that encourage STEM skills.
Here are the best dollhouses for kids.
There are several awesome KidKraft dollhouses to choose from. This option has many levels—three to be exact—and even windows that open and close. Also, the dollhouse comes with 17 pieces of furniture that will provide hours of fun and redecorating.
"The layout of the KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage is designed well for group play. Measuring 25 x 13 x 28 inches, the house is big, but not overwhelmingly so; and it has an open front for easy access to each room."—Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, Product Tester
The Hearth & Hand Toy Doll Farmhouse (from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia brand) is sure to please both parents and kids. With its cream and black coloring, adorable outdoor seating area, and pillared front porch, parents likely won’t mind keeping this house out on display, as opposed to tucking it away in a closet. Well-suited for children ages three and older, this lovely-looking dollhouse is over 23-inches high and includes 12 pieces of intricately detailed wooden furniture, like rocking chairs and a table with benches.
"The Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Toy Doll Farmhouse is basically what I’d imagine my home would look like if I lived in the countryside—and it makes sense, considering its creator. It’s homey, rustic, and timeless. It’s also very well made. Constructed completely of wood, it feels and looks sturdy. It would make for a great heirloom piece."—Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, Product Tester
The Hape wooden dollhouse has six rooms, moveable stairs, and even a solar paneled roof! The dollhouse can be bought with or without the furnishings for each room. What's really great is the openings on all sides of the house, which accommodate many children playing together.
"The Hape All Season Dollhouse is playful, modern, sleek, and gender-neutral—I wouldn’t mind flaunting it in my living room. Made of a natural wood frame, the house features three floors, six rooms, and a balcony. Each room is assigned an accent wall, which is a nice pop of color and a clever way to draw kids’ attention."—Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, Product Tester
Comprised of over 85 “surprises,” the L.O.L. Surprise! House is chock-full of interactive features. Kids will love using the working elevator, turning the lamp on and off in the living room, and placing their dolls in the pool and hot tub on the outside patio. Crafted from quality wood and measuring three feet tall and three feet wide, this multi-story dollhouse is painted in bright, cheerful colors, and even includes a moving truck with furniture. This also includes a family of dolls to use inside the house.
The fold and go wooden dollhouse is a great portable option. The set includes wooden play figures and 11 pieces of furniture (chair, bed, bathroom, toilet, table, tv, chair, etc.). This dollhouse opens and closes so it can store all the pieces. This comes in handy if you're traveling or just want a way to keep a play area clutter-free.
Over the years there have been many collectible Playmobil dollhouses. This large, six room, three level dollhouse has a working doorbell and two staircases. It includes two people, opening windows, and lots of detailed accessories. Playmobil sets do need to be assembled by snapping pieces together to build the structure. Additional accessories and playsets can be purchased to enhance the pretend play experience.
There many types of Barbie Dreamhouses to choose from. This particular model has modular pieces making it easy to put together in less than an hour. Kids can use their Barbies and other dolls in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. There's even a working doorbell, crackling fireplace, and flat screen tv!
Disney princess fans now have the dollhouse of their dreams for Belle. Of course the castle includes Belle and the Beast/Prince, but also features favorites like Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Lumiere. The dollhouse includes an impressive 374 pieces as well as a revolving dance floor and balcony.
This Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers dollhouse is another great option for toddlers as it encourages teamwork and kindness. Sounds and phrases play throughout the house that teach children to share, and the large pieces are great for small hands. The dollhouse has evolved over time to include many different accessories and features.
Calico Critters are pose-able animals that have a very soft, smooth, velvety texture. The dollhouse, or luxury townhome as it's called, includes a movable staircase, floors which are also movable, and a patio. There are even two working ceiling lights. This set can easily be connected to other Calico Critter houses. It's important to note, the Critters, furniture and accessories are sold separately.
With Roominate, kids build their own dollhouse with modular pieces. And the design options are only limited to their imagination. Then, using motor circuits, they can operate the windmills, blenders, and elevators in the house. Roominate is a STEM toy that's not only entertaining, but educational.