Our first dolls house – featuring The Wooden Toy Shack

wooden doll's house

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.pack-and-go-dolls-house

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. wooden-dolls-house-by-pintoyPack and Go Balcony Dolls House

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…

The verdict

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!

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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.

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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

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11 Comment

  1. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    October 16, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I am totally with you about getting all the plastic stuff out of the house. I much prefer wooden toys, they not only look better, but they last better as well. I love the look of this dolls house, how brilliant that you can transport it so easily. My girls would love a dolls house, one for the christmas list x #KCACOLS
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  2. Emma Island Living 365
    October 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I agree! I hate the plastic tat. Wooden toys all the way. This looks like a fab doll house #KCACOL
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  3. The Hippy Christian Mum
    October 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Ooh I like the way it packs up and goes! My daughter thought the dolies using the toilet was hilarious too! Looks a really good quality toy. #KCACOLS
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  4. five little doves
    October 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This is so sweet! My girls had a similar wooden dolls house for their first and I adore it! I’ve just got them a huge Barbie mansion for Christmas and while I know they’ll love it, I’ll really miss the little wooden one. Wooden toys are so lovely! #kcacols

  5. Holly Evans
    October 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

    We love wooden toys they just feel quality. I have an 18 month old son so he’s a little young yet for a Dolls house (I’m not against the idea… I’ve just bought him a pink pushchair for his doll!). They last so much longer and look classy. We have been collecting wooden animals for him, and I love the idea he can have something special he could potentially pass them on to his children, along with the chips and knocks out of them when he’s thrown them about the place.

    1. Natalie Mudd
      October 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Haha love that he has a pink pushchair – why not? My daughter’s into race cars and trains too, whatever gets their imaginations going. I do agree that wooden toys are such a nice keepsake – even if they still get slightly battered! 🙂

  6. OddHogg
    October 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I love wooden toys, I think they’re so durable. I think its really cool how this dolls house packs up neatly so you can take it with you. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      October 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      It is so handy – we’ve had a lot of use out of it so far 🙂

  7. Louise
    October 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I love wooden toys, they’re just so much more durable. This dolls house looks brilliant! #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      October 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      It is a good one! I’d definitely recommend 🙂

  8. Fiona jk42
    November 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    What a lovely doll’s house. I always wanted one as a child too, but never got one. My granddaughter’s a bit too small to really play with a doll’s house yet, but it’s something I might get her for her 2nd birthday next year.

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