Barbie Dreamhouse Review
Interactive accessories with light, sounds and motion effects
Three-storey house with seven rooms
More than 70 accessories to fit and decorate the rooms
Great size of the house
Great for independent, creative and imaginary play
The garage and the lift get stuck sometimes
How it works
Kids adore dollhouses and you must admit that there are many reasons for this. Dollhouses come in various forms and designs to the delight of many kids of different ages, boys and girls everywhere around the world. What is more important for parents, is that they engage the kids into imaginary play and provide a great base for different skills development. Kids can spend hours of playing with the dolls and all accessories that are part of the dollhouse so the toy in this context can be a real lifesaver. Overall playing with dolls and dollhouses can be nothing but a fun experience which at the same time can be so beneficial for the kids because of the versatility of the play that it offers, which on its behalf provides development of educational, social and creative skills and capacities.
On the list of the most popular dolls and dollhouses, one name has been there for years. Of course, we are talking about Barbie and her Dreamhouse. This house with three floors and seven rooms with so many exciting accessories can be a dream comes true for many kids, especially the ones who love Barbie dolls. So, if you are still thinking about which dollhouse to choose we hope this review of the Barbie Dreamhouse helps you in making this decision.
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Barbie Dreamhouse Features
The ground floor features an elegant front door in the middle of the house with a very cute door knocker that actually functions and small lights on the left and on the right of the door. On one side there is a garage that is 16 inches long and about 10 inches wide and it has a built-in door that opens and closes so Barbie can park her car.
The car is sold separately and does not come as an accessory in the box. Maybe if you do not have a proper vehicle for the garage you can use this room as an extra room that you can decorate with some furniture. On the side of the garage, there is another extra feature- a small swimming pool that can actually contain real water. The pool is in the form of a window that you can flip down and create a nice size of a swimming pool where Barbie can have fun with her friends during summer times. When you do not need it you can just fold it down again on a hinge. On the other side of the front door, there is a kitchen that comes complete with the corresponding accessories such as a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, sink, and oven.
The second floor has a bathroom, a little hallway, and a dining area. The bathroom has really nice features – a luxury tub, extremely cute pink sink/vanity and toilet. Barbie can take a bath, brush the teeth or wash her face and all this can be accompanied by sounds effect. The little hallway is intended for animal lovers and Barbie’s pets because of the relevant accessories such as dog’s bed and a really nice aquarium. On the other side, there is a dining room with a wood-topped table with two turquoise chairs.
The third floor is the last floor for Barbie’s bedroom and living room. Between them is the closet with small hangers and some other accessories. In the middle of the bedroom, there is a huge bed for Barbie and a pink canopy above it. The living room also contains the necessary furniture such as a comfy sofa, nice and cozy fireplace, some pictures and a TV, which is another "smart" accessory.
There are cute little black railings on the second and third floor that add a nice touch to the complete design of the house. All the doors feature decorative details. In the bedroom, there are a nice chandelier and pink canopy which drapes over the bed and a great bright pink chandelier in the dining room. Smart accessories are contemporary features that reflect contemporary life. They are modular and they act differently depending on where they are plugged. The house is with a classic design but with incorporated modern upgraded features.
This Dreamhouse of Barbie comes with batteries for some of the accessories and the batteries are needed (AAA) for sound and light effects that are produced by these accessories. Kids will adore all the interactive features of this modern dream house. One example is the sink in the bathroom that lights up blue and you can hear sounds of water bubbling or tooth brushing. When Barbie uses the toilet, there is a sound like a flushing toilet. One thing that has to be mentioned here is that you cannot use all the interactive features at the same time because they use the same interchangeable base so you will have to connect and disconnect all the time and on this occasion you will have to be extremely careful not to break the connection pieces on the furniture.
The aquarium that is in the room right to the bathroom is also one of the nicest features because it lights up blue and there are also sounds like water bubbling in the aquarium and motion as well because kids can watch the small fish swim in it. Smart accessories do not end up here. A really nice feature is the "smart TV". The flat-screen can be opened and you can insert your own smartphone in it so the possibilities of what's on Barbie's TV are huge but kiddos do like to watch Barbie's videos in her own dream house. However, a word of warning is that not all sizes of the phone can fit in the slot especially the ones with bigger size, so approximately the slot is for 4 inch-phones. If you do not want to insert the phone or simply when the phone is not there, there is a simple sticker in the slot. Other accessories that can be interactive are for example the fan whose blades rotate and make noise when it is on and the grill that lights and sounds like it is igniting.