When I was young I can remember always wanting a wooden dolls house. For some reason or other I never had one, but at least now I have a daughter whose toys I get to choose – at least for the time being!
We were recently contacted by The Wooden Toy Shack – an online toy shop specialising in all things wooden (funnily enough!) They kindly offered us one of their toys to review, so obviously I jumped at the chance to choose from their great range of wooden dolls houses.
I opted for the Pack & Go Balcony Dolls House, which can be packed up and easily transported. Since we visit my mum quite a bit in Nottinghamshire and spend our holidays sailing, this is ideal for us.
A growing love for wooden toys
I’m in the process of gradually trying to phase out all of our bright neon plastic toys. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve served their purpose, but now that Taylor’s getting older and more interested in pretend play (and less interested in flashing lights and singing teddies), I’m keen to get my house back to looking a little more classy and a little less like the nursery playroom. Not only do wooden toys blend in better with our decor, but there’s just something so much more classic about them and they stand the test of time.
The Pack & Go Balcony Dolls House
Our Pack & Go Balcony Dolls House was ordered online and delivered within two working days. The dolls house comes with two dolls and all of the furniture included, so there’s no need to buy any additional items. There are items for a bedroom and bathroom upstairs and a living room and kitchen downstairs. It may be smaller than some dolls houses, but it’s perfectly formed!
I also love how colourful it is and it’s so well made; the wood is thick and the finishing touches, such as the pull-out balcony and the closing toggle mechanism, work really well. The items are all really sturdy and I can see that they won’t easily break, so hopefully it will be a keepsake for years to come.
Taylor’s a huge fan of pretend play (her favourite toy by far is her dolly and its buggy), so I was excited to see what she’d make of this wooden dolls house…
We got it out one afternoon after we’d just returned from walking max (hence the wellies that she currently refuses to take off in the house!) and it honestly kept her entertained for ages. She especially loved putting the dolls to bed (‘shhhh’ ‘shhhh’), and also sitting them on the toilet and getting them to wash their hands. She’s recently become obsessed with washing her hands and of course, ALWAYS follows me into the toilet – so she knows the process…I cracked up when she tried to pull down the doll’s trousers before sitting him on the toilet!
The Pack & Go Dolls House is aimed at children 3+ and I can see Taylor loving this even more once she’s a little older and fully understands it – at the moment the items just get put wherever, as you can see from the pictures! I’m looking forward to when she’ll be able to explore different social situations and role play with it a little more.
But my favourite part has to be how easy it is to pack up and transport – both inside and outside the house. All of the items can be contained inside and it even has a handy carry handle for little hands. As you can see, Taylor was pretty pleased with it too!
The Pack & Go Dolls House is available via The Wooden Toy Shack for £39.95.
Do you have a wooden dolls house? Do you prefer wooden toys? What’s your child’s favourite toy? I’d love to hear more in the comments section below.
Disclosure: We were sent the Pack & Go Balcony Dolls House by The Wooden Toy Shack in return for an honest review