Getting your first dollhouse is sort of like a rite of passage. C’mon, tell us you didn’t beg for Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse (pretty please with sprinkles on top) at some point during your childhood. Beyond the materialistic nature of such extravagances (really Barbie, you need a garage and jacuzzi?!), dollhouses help develop fine motor skills and encourage role play. By playing house, children are able to use their imagination to brainstorm creative scenarios with their dolls that can be applied to real life. (And it beats the kids staring at an iPad screen all day!)
With that being said, they sure as hell don’t make dollhouses like they used to. And by that, we mean that they’re bigger, better, and more “extra” than ever. If your child isn’t into overly pink and girly things, then fear not. You’ll find everything from a contemporary chalet to a humble farmhouse to pique their interest. And don’t for a second think that you have to spend a fortune to snag prime real estate for your kiddo’s bedroom. Ultimately, it comes down to their wants and needs. If they’re a toddler, an interactive playset will do. Vice versa, wooden dollhouses—although a bit of a splurge—are a great investment for kids who love their dolls.
Keep scrolling for a list of the best dollhouses for kids that will inspire hours of play. Sure, the assembly aspect can be a b*tch, but that’s where the vino (or hubby) comes in for moral support.
Little people make the world go round, amirite? You know toddlers—they’ll touch anything and everything within reach. This fun interactive playset from Fisher-Price is chock-full of silly sounds, songs, and phrases to help develop basic motor skills. Plus, it folds up nicely for easy storage or on-the-go adventures.
Anyone else getting major Brady Bunch vibes from Hape’s All Seasons Wooden Dollhouse? Between the retro aesthetic and vibrant color palette, this house is equipped with it all—including a reversible solar-paneled roof that switches between summer and winter. Chrissy from Amazon raves: “My toddler loves this dollhouse. It sees about an hour of play a day. I like that it has bright colors, is gender-neutral, and was a breeze to put together.”
Is bribing your children cruel?! See exhibit A: If mommy buys you the Barbie Dreamhouse then you must do XYZ chores for a lifetime. C’mon, there’s even an effing garage (cute roadster sold separately). Additional perks include a ~working~ elevator, smart accessories like an aquarium with swimming fish, and even a toilet that makes flushing sounds.
Three words: Home sweet home. Leave it to Chip & Joanna Gaines to design the rustic-chic farmhouse of your dreams. Rocking chairs in the front… we can’t even. Take a peek from the back and you’ll notice the bare-bones aesthetic—just 12 pieces in all. A mix of natural and white painted wood elements, combined with high-quality craftsmanship, make this wooden dollhouse a keepsake for years to come.
If we’re being completely honest here (mom to mom), you shouldn’t have to fork over $100+ on a giant doll house. It’s less about all the fancy add-ons, more about sparking an imagination. That’s where Melissa & Doug come in. Each of their toys—fold and go dollhouse, included—is designed with the intent of limiting screen time. Beyond working doors, this portable dollhouse comes with two dolls and 11 pieces of wooden furniture for limitless play.
For the aspiring architect, may we recommend Plan Toy’s contemporary chalet dollhouse featuring two I-shaped staircases, cool skylights, and a bright orange roof? Not only is it made from organic recycled rubberwood but it promotes functional living. Amazon customers love that the house can be accessed from all sides making it easy for children to play up the feng shui of the space.
When you’re so not feeling a Malibu Barbie, all-pink-err’thang aesthetic, dial it down with Calico Critters’ red-tiled country home. We particularly like the layout which leaves room for expansion (it opens up at 90-degrees and 180-degrees). Last but not least, we’re geeking out over the real working lights that can be toggled on and off.
What five-year-old doesn’t want a BIG GIRL wooden dollhouse with a sweet working elevator and three floors of imitation furniture? S/O to Top Bright for designing an educational tool that inspires creativity from within. Kids will have a blast playing decorator (truth be told: the cute kitchenette and clawfoot bathtub has us feeling some sort of way).
Less is more… especially if you want your child’s imagination to soar. Though a wee bit more modest (furnishings and dolls sold separately), HABA’s modular wooden villa is actually a great starter dollhouse. It includes an upstairs, downstairs, and rooftop deck.
A play date with Peppa Pig? Your wish is our command. Keep your little one occupied for hours with this compact set featuring Peppa and the gang (Hi, Suzy! Hi, George!). It opens up to reveal four rooms—all neatly sectioned off and furnished with play pieces. Our favorite part: the miniature bunk beds!
We know what you’re thinking: WTF is a winter disco chalet? And why on earth does my child need one? Our generation had Polly Pocket—today’s kiddos have L.O.L. Surprise!, the latest phenomenon to hit the toy market. This winter wonderland, complete with a working ski lift, a light-up ice rink, a snowing chimney, and apparently 95 bajillion other surprises is where the B.B.s reside.
BRB, checking into Foxtail Villas. Consider us charmed: From the super cute pink door to the charming bay window and fresh blooms, this quaint li’l wood dollhouse even has us drooling. Assembly required (sorry, moms), but you’ll be happy to learn that it comes fully furnished.
Didn’t make it to Cinderella’s Castle IRL? Save yourself the airfare (and skip the crowds) by letting your girls create their own magic. Fit for a princess, KidKraft’s Royal Dreams Dollhouse includes two majestic staircases and a hidden clock tower loft, plus a glass slipper for a fairytale ending. PSA: Bring the wine—1.5 to 2 hours of assembly can be expected.
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