The best dollhouses allow young children and toddlers ample opportunity for free, child-centered, imaginative play. They give kids the chance to process and practice what they see and hear adults doing in their day-to-day lives.
Practicing real-life and social situations through play is crucial for their early skill development and can enhance their ability to learn when they start going to school.
Here are a few suggestions for dollhouses that can help your child get a jump-start on building those vital skills.
BEST DOLLHOUSES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS
Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home
- Open the sides for 360 degrees of interactive play!
- Press the Discovery Buttons in the playroom and bathroom for songs, sounds, and phrases
- Press the button in the kitchen to activate light, sounds & phrases
- Kids can practice helping around the house! "Feed" the dog, "make" the bed, "put away" the toys and more!
- Includes Emma, Jack, and Dog figures, bed, dog bowl & 2 bar stools
Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home Review
This home is so cute, and it comes with everything your little one needs to practice being a “big helper” at home. It comes with a boy and a girl . It also works with all the other Little People figures, including princesses and superheroes.
It also comes with a dog, who has a food/water dish/bed combo.
There are several “discovery” buttons your child can push to hear sounds, conversations, and songs. The toilet flushes, the kitchen light can be turned on, the fridge door can be opened, and several other features. It comes with furniture, as well.
It closes up well for storage with all the pieces inside - just be sure the stairs are placed in the right position. The only problem with carrying this little house is that it doesn’t lock well, so be sure you are careful when holding it by the handle when storing things inside.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
This dollhouse is great for helping children build their practical life skills at home! The interactive features include conversations between the characters (building conversation skills), songs, and lights. It’s portable, durable, and there is no assembly required.
Fisher-Price Little People Helpful Neighbors City Set
- Includes Mia figure, Firefighter Rob figure, and 2 animal figures - dog and cat
- Press Discovery Button to activate light and fun songs & phrases
- Press Discovery Button to send the fire truck into action!
- Turn the crank to spin the helicopter propellers & activate sounds, songs, phrases, and the light!
- Press down to give the animals a bath (Sorry, kitty!)
Fisher-Price Little People Helpful Neighbors City Set Review
This set will help your little one pretend to be a firefighter, a vet, or a pet rescue worker.
It’s got all the things young kids love - two vehicles (a helicopter and a firetruck), a fireman, a child, and animals (a dog and a cat). Although it comes with people and animals, all Little People are able to be used with this set.
As with most Fisher-Price toys, there are Discovery buttons with lights, sounds, and songs. There are lots of things to move and do with this set.
It folds for storage, but as with the set above, it does not lock. Also, the firetruck doesn’t fit in the set when closed unless you turn it sideways. Most reviewers found that a bit annoying, but not enough to dislike the set.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
There is so much to love about this set, from the fireman and his truck, the helicopter, the animals, the child figure, the lights, the sounds, the songs - lots of durable, safe fun! Your little one is likely to fall in love with this one!
BEST DOLLHOUSES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS
Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse
- PORTABLE MINI WOODEN DOLLHOUSE: The Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse is a portable wooden dollhouse that features working doors and includes 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two flexible wooden play figures.
- STURDY CARRYING HANDLES: Our Melissa & Doug Fold & Go dollhouse for kids has sturdy handles that allow kids and parents to bring the toy along for portable play.
- EASY TO PLAY: This portable wooden dollhouse is designed to open fully, giving kids easier access for a more enjoyable playing experience.
- GIFT FOR 3 TO 6: The Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse is a creative gift for kids ages 3 to 6. Add the Melissa & Doug Poseable 7-Piece Wooden Doll Set to round out the pretend play experience and give kids an engaging option for screen-free fun.
- "THE GOLD STANDARD IN CHILDHOOD PLAY": For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called "the gold standard in early childhood play."
- 100% HAPPINESS GUARANTEE: We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product!
This wooden portable dollhouse is designed to open fully and give kids easy access for a more enjoyable playing experience. It also comes fully assembled, so children can simply fold it open to begin their playtime. This two-story wooden dollhouse allows kids to arrange furniture and open and close doors, and it stimulates their creativity by allowing them to interact with the two wooden play figures. Kids will learn about shapes by locating rectangles, squares, and more, and develop fine motor skills while engaging in storytelling and imaginative play. The Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse is a creative and thoughtful gift for kids ages 3 to 6. Add the Melissa & Doug Poseable 7-Piece Wooden Doll Set to round out the pretend play experience and give kids an engaging option for screen-free fun.
For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.” We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product!
Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Mini Dollhouse Review
Three-year-olds will love this little wooden dollhouse! It comes with eleven pieces of furniture and two dolls. Most people who offered reviews for this house loved the furniture and said it was well-made. A few said it wasn’t as durable as they’d hoped, though.
This house is more plain and understated than a lot of other houses, which for some people may be a drawback. Many parents who reviewed this also say that it’s been helpful for their kids to have unrestrained imaginations. The “blank slate” is inspiration for kids to make their own little homes.
One other common issue, even among families who love it, is the lack of a latching closure. There are two sturdy handles, one on each side, so some people say they just teach their child to hold both handles. Other families recommended using ribbon to tie it shut or adding a small latch.
Overall, it’s a lovely little natural house with plenty of room for imaginations to grow.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
This house is perfect for families who prefer wood to plastic! There are no batteries, lights, or sounds, so it gives children the opportunity to provide those things themselves through play.
KidKraft Everyday Heroes Play Set
- 3 floors and 12 rooms
- Floor-to-ceiling firefighter's pole
- Bendable firefighters and dogs
- 3 vehicles - a helicopter, police motorcycle and a fire truck
- Folds up for quick and easy storage
- Large enough for children to play together
- Includes detailed step-by-step assembly instructions
- 3 Floors and 12 rooms of open space for fun creative play
KidKraft Everyday Heroes Play Set Review
This combination police and fire station has 12 rooms, 3 vehicles, 2 people (both guys), 2 dogs, and lots of furniture! Nearly everything is made of wood. It even has an alert bell firefighter pole for the heroes to slide down!
Families say that their kids love this set, and some reviewers are still commenting about how their kids love playing with this a year or two later.
It does not come assembled, and many of the negative reviews say that it’s very difficult to put together. Some reviewers say it isn’t very durable, and there are some “missing parts” complaints. However, kids love it enough that even with these issues, many families give it excellent ratings.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
This is one of the best options on the market for this age and price range. It won’t withstand really rough play, but kids love it enough for parents to say it’s worth buying and putting together for the time their children use it.
BEST DOLLHOUSES FOR 4-YEAR-OLDS
Four Stage Toddler Rocket Ship Playset by Hape | Award Winning Wooden Spaceship Toy
- REALISTIC SPACESHIP DESIGNS: The ultimate space shuttle toy is designed to emulate an actual real-life space shuttle and station design with various functional areas
- ELEVATOR FEATURE: Astronauts can move between the four levels of this spaceship toy by using the string pulled elevator placed in the middle of the structure
- SPACE ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Your child will get the ultimate space adventure with multiple accessories including a radar, a space rover, a solar panel, a bio experiment plant and more
- SPACE DETAIL: This toy rocket has intricate wall printing to make the space shuttle more realistic
- AWARD WINNING: Gold and Consumer Choice of Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards in 2017 and 2018
This wooden toy has four stages of detailed and realistic designs based on actual space shuttles, including mission control, an onboard laboratory, living quarters, and an exercise room.
To top it off all these features are connected by a string pulled working elevator so astronauts can move between each stage depending on the task at hand.
Design and Materials
This toy rocket is made of quality wood construction and finished with non-toxic details.
The space shuttle toy for toddlers is highly durable that is sure to be in your family for years to come.
The twenty piece rocket playset consists of a radar, a space rover, a solar panel, a bio-experiment plane and other devices and accessories to add to the space adventure.
This multistage rocket ship toy inspires kids to imagine and grow, it helps develop storytelling and role play. They can play with a friend and come up with a spacefaring story as well as explain to each other what astronauts and aliens can do at various levels of the rocket ship.
The wooden spaceship toy also teaches motor skills as the toy is highly interactive and allows for parts to be attached and detached.
Award Winning Product
- Gold and Consumer Choice of Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards in 2018 and 2017.
Four Stage Toddler Rocket Ship Playset by Hape | Award Winning Wooden Spaceship To Review
This unique playhouse can capture the imagination of any young scientist! This is no typical dollhouse. It’s in the shape of a rocket, and your child can remove the top level to fly deeper into space.
Many of the features were designed to look like a real rocket ship, including a space rover, experiments, and radars. There is printing on the walls, and it comes with robots who can be “plugged in”, and there may even be an alien lurking about!
This set comes with one astronaut and several additional accessories. It also has a moveable elevator.
There are a few other similar toys on the market, but this one is generally the most reasonably priced. Some still say they wish they’d shopped around for a lower price, though, so you may want to watch for sales.
Many families say it’s sturdy and seems like it will last quite a while. Kids of all ages and both genders love it.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
If your kids love space (there are few who don’t), they will probably love this home that’s out of this world! It’s got room for several kids to play simultaneously, lots of cute details, and some fun accessories.
KidKraft Shimmer Mansion Dollhouse
- Living room lamp lights up
- Toilet makes flushing sound
- 2 separate outdoor balcony spaces
KidKraft Shimmer Mansion Dollhouse Review
Finally, we arrive at the dollhouse that most people think of when they use the term… plus some!
This is definitely not just a house - mansion is by far the accurate term for it. It comes with 30 accessories. Dolls can relax and enjoy the hot tub, take the elevator down to the kitchen to enjoy a meal, or hang out on one the pieces of furniture to watch television or play with the laptop.
It does not come assembled. Once put together it’s about 5 feet tall, over 4 feet wide, and about a foot deep. Some reviewers said it took them between three and five hours to put together with two people involved, so keep that in mind when purchasing!
It does not come with dolls, though. It is compatible with dolls 12” tall or smaller.
Super Mom Picks Verdict:
If you want your child’s dolls living their best life, this is it. It’s got everything. Seriously, you’ll want to move in. This is definitely a house your child can grow with and play with for a very long time.