Young children enjoy pretend play and acting out scenarios with miniature versions of their world or fantasies. Regardless of gender, dollhouses seem to draw out a gentle and quiet reaction or play-style. Dollhouse play is actually one of the few activities that my constantly moving toddler boy is continuously drawn to every time we spot one at a friend's house or public indoor play spot. He will sit for long periods of time talking out loud and moving the people or furniture to one room to the next. So much so that I am looking forward to adding one to our household this holiday season.
Here are a collection of houses to inspire your own DIY creations or guide a purchase. The best part about a DIY dollhouse creation; you can customize your colors and scenes in anyway you or your child desire. I love the idea of adding colorful backdrops and wallpapers to the back of a bookcase and could even coordinate to my son's bedroom decor. With the delightful suitcase and interchangeable dollhouse, I imagine creating a boy doll for my son and adding in scenes that interest him specifically, such as a kitchen, garage with tools, and a library.
1. Modern Dollhouse ($148, Manzanita Kids on Etsy)
2. DIY Bookcase Dollhouse (DIY, idea by Honest to Nod)
3. Modular Wooden Dollhouse ($155, MOD playhouse via Etsy)
4. DIY Suitcase Dollhouse Tutorial (DIY, tutorial by Hart & Sew)
5. Lille City Collection ($50, Lille Huset)
6. Urban Dollhouse ($249, Urban Girl Dollhouse on Etsy)
7. Little Wooden House with Tree Stand ($165, Poppy's Dollhouses)
8. Siege Tower ($280, Toideloi Stackhouse)
9. Bauhaus Mini-Modernist House (special project on If It's Hip, It's Here blog)
10. Modern Dollhouse ($450, New8th on Etsy)
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