Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse Review

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

Sturdy and well-built dollhouse made of high-quality plastic

Easy to assemble

Great size dollhouse and right size accessories for toddlers

The set comes with figures of three-member family

We don’t like

Few pieces of furniture

You have to purchase additionally sets for the other rooms in the house

How it works

Kids love toys and especially ones that arise their imagination and develop their creative side. In the period of toddlerhood much is happening so that is why when we are looking for toys for a child in this period we should look for a toy that is safe for the child but at the same time durable and one that can grow with the child.

The toys besides giving an opportunity for the development of creativity, skills, and imagination should keep the child’s interest and provide hours of independent play. Kids in this period also love to imitate everyday life as well as family life. This is why dollhouses are great playset for a toddler as well as a much older child. The dollhouses with their sets of furniture and different figures and accessories provide a simulation of family and real-life as well as many opportunities for teaching toddlers about the world around them.

Fisher Price’s motto and inspiration behind creating and manufacturing their toys is to develop kids’ skills through simple play. My First Dollhouse is a playset created by Fisher-Price that incorporates almost all the elements that make a great toy for a toddler.  This dollhouse features three floors equipped with some furniture pieces and three figures of a family-just enough for hours of enjoyment, role-play and creativity. In continuation, we are looking at some of the features of this dollhouse.

Assembly

Assembly

The dollhouse comes in Frustration-Free Packaging and the assembly is pretty simple because the dollhouse comes almost complete. In the frustration-free packaging, there is a sheet of instructions but even if you do not read them, the assembly will be completed in just a sec. There is a single large piece that makes the base of the house with two floors and in addition you have to snap the roof, so the dollhouse becomes a three-story house and one piece that is snapped on the first floor that serves for expanding the floor space so kids can have more space to play with the figures.

On the front of the house, you just have to clip a cute front doorstep in green color with nice little flowers on it and a balcony fence on the second floor. All the parts of the house come in great size and they are easily installed on the main piece. After the assembly of the dollhouse you are ready to start playing. In addition, this toy also includes three figures that represent a family -Mother, Father, and a baby, who live in this dollhouse and other accessories such as a kitchen set, a table with two chairs and a toilet.
Design

Design

The dollhouse has three floors and 5 rooms. The rooms are spacious and with a great size for the little hands to put the furniture and the figures in them. You can enter the house by opening the front door that can be easily opened and closed and again it is with great dimensions so the figures can easily go through it. There is also a doorbell ring but it does not make any sound. Although there is a space for two rooms on the first floor they are not physically divided and you can move the furniture from one place to another.

Just next to the front door there is an adorable desk with a computer on it and it shows a web page, which is great incorporated detail in the house together with the tiny keyboard, a drawer and a clock on the wall. These accessories are not movable but attached to the base. Also, there is an interesting phone on the wall right next to the window on the first floor. Kids can put the kitchen set together with the table and chairs on this floor or if they decide to change the furniture positions it could be easily done so because these accessories are movable.

Part of the kitchen set is a small fridge that can be opened, as well as a stove whose door can be opened too. The flooring on the first floor is in a nice violet color. There is a yellow staircase that takes the family members from the first floor to the second floor, which also features two rooms out of which one is definitely a bathroom because there is a yellow sink that is attached to the wall together with a pink bathtub that matches the floor and a nice small mirror just above the sink. Kids can put the toilet in here and they really love that the seat of the toilet can be lifted up.

The room next door can be a bedroom or even a living room with a nice balcony and the family can go out and enjoy the view. Kids can put the table and the chairs in this room near the balcony and the wide windows. The room is decorated with some nice window frames featuring flowers. On the top, there is an attic room that can be used as a playroom for the baby since there are some inbuilt toys and a rug. All the details that are inbuilt in the house seem to be carefully chosen and although they cannot be moved still add a nice designer touch. The flooring on the second floor and the attic is bright pink. All the colors are really vibrant and bright and designed with toddlers, their interests and capacities in mind.
Accessories

Accessories

Apart from the attached accessories that are in-built in the dollhouse, the movable accessories are really nice. Although few in number yet they are very cute and the right size for little toddlers. In the past, there was an opportunity to additionally purchase different sets of furniture, but at present Fisher-Price has stopped to offer this type for additional sets of accessories that can be used to furnish other rooms. Some users claim that these sets can sometimes be found at some retailers but in case you find them expect the price for the set to be high. Fisher-Price has these kinds of accessories and sets for furnishing the rooms from the line of Loving Family Dollhouse and although the company says that these do not correspond to this particular dollhouse most of the users claim that most of the furniture can actually fit in the house so this is also one option in case you want to furnish the house with some more furniture.

The accessories that come with the set have been carefully designed and are really detailed. For example, at the bottom of the sink that is included in the kitchen set, there is a spoon that needs to be washed. On the door of the stove, there is a nice decorative sticker of a pie that is being baked in the oven and right on the top of the toilet, there is a roll of toilet paper. The designers have really paid close attention to details.

The family figures are a compatible size for the little hands to take, hold and carry them. All figures have rotating arms and legs so they can stand as well as sit. The head of each of the figures is not rotating and the arms of the baby move together while the ones at parents' figures can be moved separately.
Who is it for?

Who is it for?

This dollhouse is designed with an idea to be the first dollhouse for a toddler aged 2 years but also to grow with your little one so the recommended age limit is up to 6-year-old kids. Many users indeed confirm that this playset is used for play by toddlers but is equally loved by older kids too and it is definitely a toy that engages the kids and keeps them busy and involved into play longer time. Its height of 2 inches, its sturdy design and great quality together with the right size of accessories to play with this dollhouse can be a perfect gift for girls and boys, especially in the period of toddlerhood. This is so, because in this period kids love imitating adults and their manners and life and this playset together with the family figures are great tool for developing toddler's vocabulary, fine motor skills, imagination and practicing and recreating everyday life situations through play. The house can be used even for younger kids than 2 years because there are no small elements that can be seen as choking hazard.
Durability

Durability

This Fisher-Price dollhouse is made of high-quality plastic that can be maintained with just a clean damp cloth. The design of the house is extremely sturdy and this is very true for all the accessories and figures that come with this playset. The legs, arms and the heads of the figures do not come off or fall apart. The house itself is painted with dye and the colors do not peel off. The house is great because does not contain many stickers but it is simple and offers enough space for play. There are no complaints regarding the sturdiness of the house. This playset is primary build for toddlers in mind but actually it is great and high-quality product that will surely last more years. It is also a product that engages kids and draws their attention and they play with this dollhouse for years in a number of creative ways.
Pretend-play

Pretend-play

The dollhouse with its easy accessible rooms, the three family members and furniture accessories offer hours of imaginary play. Toddlers will enjoy putting the furniture in different rooms and role-playing with the mum, dad and the baby. The small accessories can be used for acting and imitating family life. For example the toilet can be used by parents to talk to their kids about potty training for the baby, they can bath the baby in the bathtub. You can use the figures to talk about what they do, such as the mother can go into the kitchen and open the fridge or cook something while the father is playing with the baby or reading something on the computer desk. Although few in number, the accessories really provide many options for pretend play. This toy can also be used for teaching kids the names of different rooms in the house or furniture which is part of the house.
Price

Price

This dollhouse together with its accessories and the family set is a great deal. This product is Amazon exclusive and can be purchased for less than 40 dollars, which considering the quality of the toy, its durability and the option for repeat play, is offered for a great price. Since dollhouses are always made to last longer, this is also true for this dollhouse, too. Although primarily designed for toddlers this dollhouse because of its style, design and looks is a true gender-neutral toy so because of its durability it can be a keepsake or it can be passed to other younger kids or in the family.

Bottom line

My First Dollhouse is a great dollhouse for the little toddlers. The house is spacious enough to provide five rooms distributed on three floors and it is also great for families who do not have a lot of space when needed to be stored. The product can be purchased for a great price. It is extremely sturdy and with great design and many details that are incorporated in the house. The family figures that come with the dollhouse is great for pretend play and role-plays and the house can be additionally furnished with the accessories part of this set – a kitchen, a toilet, a table and two chairs. These pieces are movable and kids enjoy placing them in different rooms. This dollhouse could be a perfect present for any toddler because although it is very simple it offers so many opportunities for imaginary play and creative independent play.
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