9 Best Dollhouses of 2019

Best Dollhouses

September 24, 2019

Best Dollhouses

Best Dollhouses

There’s so much more to a dollhouse than adorable pretend people and charming decor (yep, even the toilet is cute). These humble abodes of all shapes and sizes inspire imagination, storytelling and hands-on role playing.

When playing with a dollhouse, kids will learn to navigate sharing and cooperation (without even realizing they’re learning valuable life skills!). Creating new scenarios also helps with language development—soon enough your four-year-old will be asking for a veranda and porch swing. You’ll probably see them imitating their own lives as they put the kids to bed, have a family dinner or throw a birthday party. Aside from all this brain building, there are lots of physical benefits too, like the development of fine motor skills, coordination and balance. Whether in solo or group play, there’s always something new to dream up and bring to life in a dollhouse.

Keep in mind: most dollhouses are recommended for kids ages three and up due to some small accessories being choking hazards.

These are our favorite picks:

Sturdy + Modern

Did your childhood dollhouse have solar rooftop panels? Didn’t think so. The All Seasons dollhouse from Hape is a modern kid’s dream dwelling. The open, six-room design makes it simple for little ones to play and arrange scenes from various sides. Movable stairs and reversible seasonal roof inspire plenty of whimsical storylines. Made with wood and eco-friendly paint, you don’t have to worry about mystery materials getting in the way of a good time. Parents rave about its perfect size, sturdy build and straightforward assembly.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 23.6” x 11.8” x 28.9”
Includes 36 pieces, including furniture for the kitchen, living room, bathroom and 1 bedroom

DIY

Consider this four-room wooden abode a canvas for your kiddo’s imagination. Aside from being the perfect backdrop to a doll family’s world, it can be hung on the wall as a shelf for books and knick-knacks. As with any IKEA product, there are a ton of creative DIY projects to really make this dollhouse your own. (We have a hunch you may even be more excited about decorating than your child.) Paint it, add wallpaper and artwork, a cute area rug, mount a tiny towel rack…this little world is your oyster. Keep in mind: you’ll have to buy all the accessories separately.

Additional Specs
Child Guildelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 22.8” x 8.8” x 23.3”

For Interactive Learning

Great for toddlers, this Fisher-Price dollhouse has chunky dolls and pieces that are easier for little hands to hold. It opens wide for 360 degrees of interactive play, with two floors and multiple rooms. Move the two included characters around the house, and interactive discovery buttons encourage children to do dollhouse chores through cheerful songs and sounds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months–5 years
Dimensions 6” x 28” x 16”
Includes Two people figures, 1 dog figure, bed, dog bowl & 2 bar stools

The Beginner House

Not sure you’re ready to go big? Start your child’s dollhouse adventures in this cute little cottage full of charming details. The Cozy Cottage is completely assembled and ready to be played with right out of the box. The reversible floor can be used for all sorts of clever setups: a front yard, driveway, expanded first floor or two-story home. Although it’s small, the cottage comes with lots of accessories. Expand the fun by connecting the cottage to the Luxury Townhome or Brick Oven Bakery (sold separately).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 11.4” x 8.5” x 11.6”
Includes 24 pieces: main house, second story floor, stairs, Bell Hopscotch Rabbit, large fence, small fence, 2 windows, 4 shutters, kitchen, frying pan, omelet, fork, plate, dining table, 2 chairs, bench, bed, mattress, quilt

For the Kid on the Go

Have dollhouse, will travel. For a twist on the traditional, go for this wooden, foldable castle complete with all the essentials for a royal good time. Kids especially love the working drawbridge and dungeon for adventurous pretend play. The built-in handle makes this compact castle easy to tote around from room to room, or anywhere you go. (FYI: There’s also a Princess Castle version, if a pink color scheme is a must-have.) No assembly required, which mean there’s a “happily ever after” for you too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 10.5” x 13.5” x 7.125”
Includes Castle: 6 play figures, 2 thrones, bed, treasure chest; Princess Castle: 2 play figures, 2 thrones, 2 royal horses, bed, chest

The Ultimate Dream House

Who hasn’t asked for the Barbie DreamHouse at some point? It’s no surprise why Barbie’s pad has remained a favorite for decades: equipped with all the modern must-haves (an elevator and a slide into the second-story pool, because of course), this house has your kiddo’s entire doll collection livin’ the dream. Some of the included furniture even does double duty—like the couch that becomes a bunk bed—so Barbie can save space (and you can save a few bucks). Interactive elements with realistic sounds top it all off to make this dollhouse the ultimate wish list item.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 40” x 15.5” x 46”
Includes 70 pieces, including 2-in-1 furniture, a puppy, and decor items

For the Budding Architect

Build, play, repeat. This 142-piece set gives kids the chance to build (and rebuild) a house any way they like. The fully customizable design fuels creativity and helps little ones work on their coordination skills. Made of 100% beechwood, the pieces are sturdy (but heavy) and create a stable structure using interior magnets, so your little architect can create buildings that last.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 142 pieces: 32 long magnetic blocks, 8 long magnetic blocks for the doors, 8 short magnetic blocks, 30 magnetic cubes, 64 other pieces for walls, doors, roofing, stairs, etc.

For Nature Enthusiasts

If your kiddo has a preference for the great outdoors, here’s a dollhouse they’re sure to enjoy. Rather than a typical suburban look, this house is built around a sturdy tree and features natural elements like tree stump stools, a jute swing and an entirely open bottom floor. And since this treehouse is made of recycled pine and is handpainted with water-based paints, it’s safe for dolls, animals and young children alike.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 23” x 17.5” x 25.5”

A Taste of Luxury

Ah, les belles maisons de Paris! Created by a renowned fashion designer and mother, this Parisian-inspired townhome will have your little one’s dolls living in luxury. There are no exterior walls, so each floor can be accessed from 360°. Although it’s a bit of an extravagance, there are plenty of adorable furnishings available (sold separately), and at over four feet tall with two square feet per floor, there’s sure to be no shortage of space.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 23.25” x 23.25” x 49.5”
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