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The Best Dollhouses to Spark Your Kids’ Imagination
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January 4, 2024

The Best Dollhouses to Spark Your Kids’ Imagination

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The Best Dollhouses to Spark Your Kids’ Imagination.
The Best Dollhouses to Spark Your Kids’ Imagination

Dollhouses are a classic toy that can instantly take you back to childhood. They also make the perfect holiday gift that can be passed from sibling to sibling, or even generation to generation. And they come in all shapes and sizes—simple, elaborate, specific to certain characters or open to all sorts of toys and dolls.

Pretend play not only encourages the development of valuable social skills like sharing, cooperation and language development but also builds imagination and creativity. Acting out various scenarios while engaging in imaginary play helps toddlers and young children process emotions, navigate big feelings and explore the world. And perhaps less obvious, dollhouses also offer an opportunity to practice fine motor skills when manipulating the dolls and accessories and also gross motor skills like balance and coordination (especially with the larger houses where they have to stand up to play).

When selecting a dollhouse, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your child:

  • Your little one’s age. All of those adorable pieces of furniture, decor and doll accessories can potentially pose a choking hazard, so make sure you’re always supervising your toddler. Most dollhouses have an age recommendation of three years and up (but we found a few suitable for younger toddlers too!).
  • The size of the dolls and furniture. Dollhouses typically come in two scales—a 1:6 ratio or a 1:12 ratio. (Barbies are a 1:6 scale and the popular Maileg Mice are 1:12). Since most dollhouses don’t come with dolls or furniture, or if your toddler already has a few favorite dolls, you’ll want to make sure you’re picking a house they’ll fit in.
  • The amount of assembly required and space needed to store the dollhouse.

There are a lot of different options out there, no matter what your little one is into. Are you a crafty parent? You’ll love delving into the world of custom dollhouses. Or maybe you want to pass on your childhood love for Barbie (hello dream house!).

Here are our favorite dollhouses to last into early childhood and beyond.

Best Unfurnished Dollhouses

The perfect blank canvases to create the dollhouse of your (little one’s) dreams.

Best Modern Dollhouses

We can’t guarantee you won’t want to move into these modern houses.

Best Portable Dollhouses

Compact houses that pack up for play on the go.

Best Dollhouses for Larger Dolls

The perfect homes for dolls 12” and up.

Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

Rosie Colosi

Rosie Colosi writes books for curious kids and articles for parents who are counting the minutes until bedtime. Once upon a lifetime ago, she played Mrs. Claus in The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes, but now she mostly focuses on singing songs from Annie to her two little girls.

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