Children love playing with a beautiful wooden dollhouse, creating different families and living everyday life through their miniature friends. With these wonderful, traditional wooden toys, you will see your kids create miniature mother and father figures. The smaller, child dolls will play different games together, and go to school, letting children explore different roles and relationships on a tiny scale. Through this role play and pretend play, children gain better social and emotional understanding, whilst developing key communication skills. The creative play aspect comes from designing each of the dolls' rooms using the various pieces of gorgeous miniature furniture sets and accessories which also improves fine motor skills.
Many of the wooden dolls have flexible, poseable, arms and legs and so can be put into different positions, sat on chairs or lay into beds. Allowing your children to play with many different types of doll gives them a better understanding of the world, and allows for a much wider and diverse form of pretend play.
Our gorgeous wooden dolls houses are made from sustainable wood sources such as beech wood, and rubberwood. The finish on the wood is wonderfully smooth and the houses are multi-storey. Built-in stairs and working doors, and a roof that opens for attic rooms make it easy for your child to move their dolls around from room to room. This also gives easy access to rooms for children to place their different wooden furniture sets.
The painted pieces have been decorated with delicate, foliage, windows bricks, doors and roof tiles. The colourful details have been applied using vibrant, lead-free, paints. They are available in different sizes and styles to suit different budgets. Kids will adore the bright colours and they will help to inspire them as they furnish them. As some of them have flowers and plants painted on, dolls will need to be green fingered!
Take a look at the beautiful Victorian one from the plan toys brand which remains unpainted and in its natural wood state, this gives it an antique feel and will look beautiful in any room of your house. This house is fantastically versatile and will suit all of our different wooden furniture sets which will enhance your child's creative play experience as they create different layouts and interior design each time they play.
The incorporation of chalkboards on the Tidlo brand furnished open one means children can design their own frontage and gardens. In contrast to our other ones this is a complete set and comes with pieces that handily stores away in a drawer underneath the house, this then pulls out to become a garden. As this is a more versatile home you will find children are able to use their imaginations more to incorporate their other wooden toys.
We have a fantastic choice of miniature furniture accessories for your children to use to furnish their homes. Our gorgeous sets are of a fantastic quality and are so timeless they are similar to antique dollhouse miniatures. With multiple room sets available including kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms to choose between, your budding interior designer can use the miniature furniture to create any room they like in different colour schemes and layouts. We have a miniature table, armchairs, tiny wooden beds and toilets and even a set of miniature kitchen accessories amongst other dollhouse furniture. Children can then decide how their dolls want to live in each room, don't be surprised if you see one miniature doll sleeping in a bed in the "living room" or find a toilet in the "dining room" this is all part of the imaginative play and the possibilities are endless.
Your child's doll house dolls can also have hobbies and lives outside of the house. We have accessories to create gardens, a tree house, a playground and market and construction kits for them to work on, play in and visit. Dolls can also look after pets with the rabbit hutch and horse stable miniatures giving children another element to add to their play.
As your children grow older, ask them to write stories about their dolls and then to act them out. This still encourages your childâ€™s creative side and continues to task their imagination. You could help them by giving them topics or a starting sentence. To further this story writing task encourage children to write five verbs to describe each dollsâ€™ character and personality. To follow on from this ask children to place their dolls into the house and then to draw and paint a picture of them.
Dollhouses are also useful in therapy for a child to describe a traumatic event if they donâ€™t want to talk about it. Therapists can use one to show a child that theyâ€™re safe and can help them to overcome tough life events. They can also watch how children play with them if they are hoping to diagnose an issue or find the cause of one.
Though these aren't baby toys, they would make a wonderful addition to nursery furniture sets. A traditional wooden dolls house with dollhouse dolls and decorated with our gorgeous dolls house miniatures will create a timeless toy for your child to grow into providing hours of fun. As these are all of a high quality they will be able to be passed on to their children whilst maintaining a great condition. Whilst not being played with, each house makes a wonderful ornament and talking point. Weâ€™re willing to bet you won't be able to resist moving the furniture and dolls around yourselves. Our versatile houses will also easily accommodate small porcelain dolls, antique furniture, or vintage dolls house furniture if you are lucky enough to have some. These also make the perfect gift for a Christening, baby shower or birthdays.
Dolls houses or dollhouses can trace their history back to 17th Century Europe. Here rather than a childâ€™s toy they were markers of social class and good standing. To own and display a large wooden dolls house was a message to peers about how wealthy you were. The miniature houses or dockenhaus were often called cabinet houses. They were used to house the familyâ€™s expensive miniature items, like a china cabinet the front was lockable.
Around this time also popular were Nuremberg Houses. These were replicas of well to do townhouses and were fully equipped with a miniature straw broom, hearth, cooking pots, even a nutmeg grater amongst other household items. They were used as a teaching aid for young girls to learn how to become the lady of the house and how to take charge of her servants. It was also used to instruct the servants as they were often illiterate. A miniature house with its different pieces of furniture and implements served as a visual aid to show them how to do their chores.
Later, in the eighteenth-century baby houses emerged and soon became more popular than house cabinets. A baby house was an exact replica of the familyâ€™s own house and was used to display a room set up with wooden furniture, and different textile designs. These were still mainly on display as a conversation piece rather than for children to play with.
It wasnâ€™t until the early 19th century, after the war, that doll houses became more popular to use as childrenâ€™s toys. Now children were encouraged to play with the miniature furniture and dolls and they started being mass produced and affordable. Now it was recognised that children should play and various play theories were coming into the forefront of developmental research. Children were actively encouraged to explore their emotions and imaginations through role play, and dolls houses became must-have toys.
Dolls houses are now available in many different designs in all price brackets from wonderful traditional Victorian examples to ultra-modern designer versions. Designers such as Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eamesâ€™ or George Nelson have all produced tiny versions of their furniture. There is a wide variety of different styles of doll house furniture including tiny claw foot baths and miniature refrigerators. A simple search on the internet brings up a massive choice of different miniature pieces from European and American design amongst others. If you prefer antique dolls furniture, there is a wide variety to be found in very good condition.