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My dd will be almost 2 yo when Christmas comes around. My neighbor wants to get rid of her big wooden dollhouse + furniture and asked if I wanted it. It would certainly save me a lot of money if I just gave that to my dd as her gift, but I have no idea if it's at all age appropriate. (I somehow doubt it!) She likes looking at this one dollhouse that's set up in a display case at our library, but...well, she's a toddler. :tongue_smilie: And I'm a clueless mother who has been immersed in all things boys for the past 2 years.

 

Just wanted to see if any of you who maybe have both older and younger girls in the family (so maybe the younger ones play with the older ones' toys) can tell me your experience. Obviously not a big deal whatsoever, but it's quite large, so I don't think I can just store it until she's 6. :001_smile:

 

TIA!

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My daughter got one at three. It is the toy that her and gma play with. It is something we bought her but my MIL got it out and was looking at it and it has become their thing. She will play with it one her own however it something that gma is expected to play for at least a little while when she comes over.

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The one set up at the library is probably an adult toy, like this:

 

http://www.miniatures.com/hbs/global/Index2.asp?T=interactive+community&S=&I=aa_ArticleDisplay.asp&ARTICLEID=1352

 

 

I made dc one like this, which is more age appropriate:

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43379086/waldorf-style-dollhouse

 

They could sit on it!

 

What does your neighbor's look like?

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The one set up at the library is probably an adult toy, like this:

 

http://www.miniatures.com/hbs/global/Index2.asp?T=interactive+community&S=&I=aa_ArticleDisplay.asp&ARTICLEID=1352

 

 

I made dc one like this, which is more age appropriate:

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43379086/waldorf-style-dollhouse

 

They could sit on it!

 

What does your neighbor's look like?

 

Wow, the etsy one is beautiful! Go you for making one yourself.

 

My neighbor got it from Costco a few years ago. I think it looks something like this: http://www.amazon.com/KidKraft-65022-Savannah-Dollhouse/dp/B000C5E25W.

 

I guess if she's too rough with it, I could always put away the furniture and let her stick her Little People in it. :001_smile:

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I have one that dd rarely played with. It's all wood and not finished or painted. It came with a famly of dolls with wooden bead heads, large wooden feet and real fabric clothing.

 

Now I take the furniture and the dolls to the 2yog I babysit for--she enjoys just playing with the beds and the table ( I made her some wee playdough apples and let them get hard, and put them in a tiny bowl on that table) and the family.

One day I'll give her the house, too.

 

You could probably take just a few pieces and put them in a basket with a green felt underlay (for the "yard") and just put it in your toy rotation--change what "room" you play with, or change around the people set.

 

If there's enough room in the dollhouse for little hands to play without knocking everything over, I think the doll house itself can be lots of fun. As imaginative play develops, toys like that can become favorites and really hold a lot of play value.

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