There’s nothing like a wooden doll houses for inspiring nostalgia in mom and hours of play for kids. My girls had an Ikea wooden doll house. It wasn’t classic--in the sense that it was a very modern-looking townhouse--but it was a good old-fashioned toy with tons of imaginative play potential. I'd say I liked it as much as the girls because it was easily portable, it was two pieces (which meant it could reside in two different rooms), and it was a flat-roof townhouse, just like our house. Of... all the toys, only the train sets got more playtime than that old doll house.
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Find the Right Doll House for Your Child
I don’t know if Ikea still makes that doll house, but I have put together a list of wooden doll houses--both classic and modern--that could encourage hours of fantasy role-playing in your kids. Maybe one of them looks like your house!
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02 of 08
Plan Toys Green Doll House
OK, I don’t think anyone’s house looks quite like this one, but this sure looks like fun. This mod, eco-friendly home features a wind turbine, solar cell panel, rain barrel, a green façade, shade canopy and recycle bins. All that good stuff makes it a great learning toy for older kids, but the openness of the design makes it easy for little hands to get in it and play with the included furniture for the living room, kitchen, bathroom, children’s room and master bedroom. At approximately... 21.5" x 17" x 24" (LxDxH),it’s also more portable than some of the other wooden doll houses on the list. Shop Amazon
Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
03 of 08
Kidkraft Designer Doll House
This may be as close as I can find to my girls’ townhouse doll house, but at nearly 4 feet in height it is not exactly portable. But for many parents (who don’t live in a 12-foot wide rowhouse) that’s not necessarily an issue. It’s large enough that multiple children can play together. And don’t let the colorful façade fool you, it is sturdy wood construction. It comes with 11 pieces of furniture, including a bed, couch, bathtub, sink, and table and chairs. Shop Amazon
Manufacturer recommended... age: 3 - 12 years
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Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse
If you want a wooden doll house that can move from your home office to the kids’ rooms and back again, this is the one. At a mere two pounds kids can tote it themselves, especially since it closes up with the furniture inside. It comes with two flexible wooden play figures and 11 pieces of wooden furniture. Shop Amazon
Manufacturer recommended age: 3 and upContinue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Doll House
This one looks like the classic wooden doll house of a little girl's fantasy. It has all the elegant trim and paint work of a Victorian mansion but at one twelfth the size. Shop Amazon
Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
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Plan Toys Chalet Doll House
This one features the same open design as the Green Doll House by Plan Toys (above), but it doesn’t have all the eco-friendly features. However, these doll houses are made from recycled rubberwood that is not chemically treated. What I like about this one--besides the fact that it not pink--is that is actually two pieces can be rearranged in various ways according to children's imagination or even kept in two different rooms. Comes with furniture for five rooms. Shop Amazon
Manufacturer... recommended age: 3 and up
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Ryan's Room “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Doll House
This one really leaves it up to your child’s imagination, but that’s what it’s all about, right? These three-story wooden doll houses feature a very open design and a handle on top for carrying. (It weighs 12 ½ pounds and measures a little over two feet tall.) It’s made of hardwood with rounded edges for safe play. Shop Amazon
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Kidkraft Doll Family of 7
Don’t forget the dolls! Arranging furniture only has so much appeal. This set of dolls, which comes in African-American and Caucasian, is meant for the Kidcraft wooden doll houses above but will work with any on the same scale as that one. Shop Amazon