The dollhouse is like a childhood rite of passage—and even if you think your little ones are too young, it won't be long until pretend play consumes their imagination. Typically "the dollhouse" is a playtime staple before toddlerhood comes to an end, but it'll clock even more play hours throughout the years.
When I was a kid, there were two basic types of dollhouses: The big Victorian masterpiece, with real shingles and an "I'm too pretty to play with" aura, or the bland plastic houses that were inevitably spruced up with markers and Lisa Frank stickers.
But today? Man, today's dollhouses are cooler than ever:
For Modern Tots
All Season House
With six rooms, a movable staircase, and a reversible summer-to-winter exterior, this brightly colored playhouse is far more modern than the traditional Victorian dollhouses of yore. And, in Hape tradition, the All Season House is made with sustainable bamboo and water-based color.
Keep your little one's dollhouse in sync with your own personal aesthetic — crisp lines, minimalist styling, and modern design. This dollhouse — in unfinished birch plywood — features sliding "glass" floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious outdoor terrace, in a design that any modern-loving parent will envy.
Not only does The Green Dollhouse instill a normalcy about eco-conscious, energy-efficient practices (the dollhouse has a wind turbine, solar panels, rain-collecting barrels, biofacade, and recycling bins), but the entire house is made from natural, recycled materials, with vegetable and soy dyes.
A super-sweet cottage-like dollhouse with functioning windows and shutters, a glittery roof, and all of the furniture—including a dining room set, kitchen sink and stove, children's room furniture, and a baby nursery.