Best Dollhouses 2022

2022-11-21 22:35:12 By : Ms. Rensolin Service

The best dollhouses inspire endless possibilities for make believe play. These diminutive dwellings are big on fun, and they encourage kids to use their imaginations while learning valuable social skills. Our top pick, the Hape All Seasons Dollhouse, is effortlessly engaging and highly interactive, ideal for dollhouse play.

“Dollhouses are a must in the playroom,” says Carol Kim, licensed marriage, family and play therapist. “They help children explore fantasies, process their emotions and make sense of their situation... a dollhouse gives them a medium to tell their story.” Mansion Dollhouse

Best Dollhouses 2022

The Hape All Seasons Dollhouse is one of the best dollhouses to encourage imaginative play.

Dollhouse play affords children the rare opportunity to be in command of an environment that’s capable of teaching them invaluable lessons about life and relating to others. “Imaginative play is crucial for a child's development,” Kim continues. “It helps with creativity and allows children to practice looking at things from other people's perspectives. This type of play helps develop empathy, problem solving, emotional regulation, and increases language and social skills.”

It’s also a whole bunch of fun, as Robb and Jessica Coffee, who design miniatures and dollhouses full-time at Jessica Cloe Miniatures know. “So much of a kid’s day is spent navigating the frameworks and structures of grown-ups,” they point out. “The expectations can be pretty high at times and a kid can feel like they don’t wield much control. A dollhouse can give them complete autonomy over the choices. It can be as simple as choosing the layout of the furniture, or as involved as the choice of paint colors and wallpaper.”

We chose the best dollhouses below with all of these attributes named above in mind, focusing on clever design aspects, ease of use and those dollhouses which far exceeded the competition in each category, especially in the area of creativity. After perusing these picks, you may want to see our other holiday gift guides or best toys by age, listed below this article.

This vibrant villa has plenty of room for multiple kids to engage in parallel and cooperative play. The three stories include six rooms complete with furniture, and kids can navigate their dolls through the bedroom, bathroom, family room, kitchen, living room and attic with ease.

Carol Kim said the All Seasons Dollhouse would be her top choice for her office if she had the space for it. She said among its best attributes are that, “It's bigger and the layout is more open.”

The All Season House features moving parts like its roof, which switches from winter to spring with a simple flip. The wooden furniture is realistic and well-crafted with thoughtful touches like an oven and fridge door that open and close and a bathroom set complete with a rubber ducky on the tub and a fish-shaped bath mat. It can also be purchased unfurnished and is easy to upgrade with additional Hape dolls, furniture and accessories.

More reasons this dollhouse tops our list: It’s crafted from sustainable, solid wood and finished with child-safe paint.

This cheery, portable dollhouse includes 18 hand-painted wooden fairies and characters like flying unicorns just waiting to take flight into playtime. Kids will love the sweet and whimsical illustrations of the six rooms showcased once the dollhouse is open. They can wind a rollerblading llama through the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom and invite a hula dancing bear into the living room. The best part is, kids can take this dollhouse on the road to grandma’s house or on a playdate with a friend. An included cotton drawstring bag is available to house all the character accessories.

The Barrington Dollhouse boasts a show-stopping design that will add flair to any space. If you’re selecting a sizable dollhouse for a dedicated area, this might be a good pick. “Since they do take up a bit of space, it’s great when a dollhouse can work as part of the decor of a larger room,” Robb and Jessica Coffee advise.

The neutral white and gray tones of this solid, hardwood dollhouse will complement any décor scheme. The back of the house opens to two floors of 12 rooms where natural light shines through 15 windows. Elevated features include a balcony, staircase entrance and a front door that opens. Please note that family doll sets and dollhouse furniture are sold separately.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Barbie Dreamhouse, and this three-story dollhouse is cause for celebration. Barbie and her friends can move throughout 10 indoor and outdoor play areas, and kids can use the 75 included storytelling pieces to customize playtime. Realistic sound effects and lighting options make the home come to life, and multiple configurations of the furniture, accessories and design aspects enable kids to dream up unique interactions every time they play.

Your child’s favorite 12-inch dolls (roughly the height of a Barbie) will feel right at home in this customizable dollhouse that features one, two or three levels of play. As the name suggests, kids can stack and style the multi-level wooden structure in unique and various ways via its modular connection system. This ups the ante on playtime, as kids can build, design, reconfigure and remodel the 360-degree home they envision every time they play. The dollhouse comes with 14 accessories to furnish and decorate the six rooms. As a bonus, it includes the iconic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe to add to the dollhouse playroom

The Little People Play House is suitable for even the youngest dollhouse aficionados. Designed for kids ages 1- to 5-years-old, this interactive, electronic set plays over 80 songs, sounds and phrases to help little ones learn fundamentals like the alphabet and counting. The three included figures can play in the house or venture to the outdoor patio for a dip in the pool or to ride the tree swing. It’s an affordable and colorful first dollhouse.

Kids who are fascinated by police officers and firemen will get to create stories and scenarios for these everyday heroes with this engaging, wooden play set. The three-story backdrop invites kids ages 3 and up to utilize the 35 accessories in a variety of settings among 12 themed rooms. The helicopter can land on the helipad, and the fireman can make a daring rescue by way of the roof-to-floor fire pole. The firefighter and police officer have bendable arms and legs—all the better to perch on their motorcycle and drive their fire truck. It’s a great themed alternative to standard dollhouses

I selected these dollhouses after speaking with experts in their respective fields: therapist Carol Kim and dollhouse designers Robb and Jessica Coffee. I paired their input with my own expertise and instincts as a seasoned parenting writer and mother of two who spends countless hours researching toys personally and professionally.

Each dollhouse selection earned rave reviews from other buyers. They were standouts for their popularity and unique features that promote fun, imaginative play and learning for kids.

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