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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Pretend Play
Subcategories: Miniature Settings: Dollhouses


2015 Awards
Hape Geometrics House
(HaPe $59.99 Score:)

A totally modular wooden doll house with geometric units that can be rearranged in endless ways. Rooms include a triangle, polygon, and divided rectangle. Build it side ways, stack it high like a condo, whatever way the imagination takes you. Comes with furniture and play figures. Ideal for beginning dramatic play that lends it self to language development and story telling. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on

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2012 Award
Diggin Boxset Dollhouse
(Diggin $50 Score:)

A very compact dollhouse that is really a mini house with two floors, a staircase that flips down so two play figures can climb up and down. There's a sink, a table, a little piano, a swing, a bed, and a tub. A pink wooden box with furnishings inside and a handle on top to tote it about. Perfect take along to Gram's house or fun to find there for pretend play. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012.

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2009 Awards
Little People Happy Sounds Home
(Fisher-Price $45 Score:)

Small settings are ideal for early imaginative play and a dollhouse has always been a hit for beginning pretend. This is an update of a classic with some really neat features. There's a doorbell at the working front door, a laundry with a 'swish-bzzz' sound, a 'whoosh' when the toilet is flushed, a 'brrring!' from the phone, and a  'Splish, splash' when baby is in bathtub. It comes with 3 chunky figures, and plenty of furniture for moving about.  There is a lot of cause and effect here as will as fine motor tuning needed for opening and closing doors. Best of all this is a safe and sturdy setting for early pretend play that develops language and the satisfaction of being in charge. They say 1-4, we'd say 2-4 is more like the right number.

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SNAP IDEAS: Along with the pretend play and fine motor skills needed, this is a great toy for developing language. Knowing and naming the pieces of furniture and the rooms they go into is just part of the built-in vocabulary. Add the concept words that talk about position as in upstairs, down stairs, inside and outside. You can also play an I Spy game, encouraging children to find something you are thinking of with some hints that you offer. Keep the clues simple to build a sense of success. "I spy with my little eye something you sleep on." In time your little player may give you some riddles to solve.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on

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2005 Award
Groovy Girls Minis
(Manhattan Toy $4.99 Score:) Best props for dollhouse play this season are long-term multi-ethnic favorites, Groovy Girls, now launched as “minis” in molded plastic with various hairdos, groovy clothes, pets, and funky home furnishings. These little 4" dolls can stand on their own two feet and are pose-able for active pretend. New for 2007, Reese, Gwen, Lourdes and Leticia. These little 4" dolls can stand on their own two feet and are pose-able for active pretend. (800) 541-1345.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2004 Award
Doll Houses Comparison Shopper
(Brio $50 Score:) Dollhouses should be kept simple for little hands. In wooden dollhouses, there are three great collections. You can’t go wrong with any of them. From Plan Toys: Choose either of their modern-looking A-frames ($90–$125 ) with open roofs for easy access, or their Classic Dollhouse (Brio $70/$50 for add-on basement ). PLATINUM AWARD ’01. New for , a grand two-story Victorian Dollhouse ($200 1?2) with two staircases (which fall down too easily) and removable partitions for small-scale remodeling. From Small World Toys: Ryan’s Room Deluxe Home Is Where the Heart Is Dollhouse, three stories high (Small World Toys $100 ) PLATINUM AWARD ’03. An add-on balcony and garage with ramp are available ($50) or consider their smaller Home Again, Home Again A-Frame ($130) that can be enlarged with an add-on basement and stairs ($70). Multicultural families and furnishings for both companies are sold separately and run between $15–$20 per room. We thought the Ryan’s Room Making Muscles exercise equipment set was a sign of the times. From Alex: My Dollhouse, Platinum Award ’01 ($169 ), has three floors done in bright colors/patterns and comes with 22 pieces of furniture. Brio (888) 274-6869/Small World Toys (800) 421-4153/Alex (800) 666-2539. Fisher-Price’s plastic Special Edition Townhouse ($99.99 ) is fully furnished and has sound effects that our testers loved; crackling fireplace, ringing phone, running water, chiming doorbell, and lights! 4 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Twin Time Dollhouse
(Fisher-Price $69.95 Score:) This big eight-room house has a patio, garage, a mom and dad and twins, plus 10 pieces of furniture and accessories. It opens to a spacious setting that folds up after playtime is done. The color scheme screams plastic, but a good value for the price. 3 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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