Kids who love to use imagination and creativity in their play will be thrilled to receive a dollhouse. A dollhouse lets them get involved with imaginative role play with any size of dollhouse. Younger kids develop hand-eye coordination setting up smaller dollhouses, and older kids build their artistic skill in constructing and decorating larger ones. Of course, girls will love the choices of bright, dainty, magical, or realistic dollhouses. You will be glad to know there are even classic barns, rugged mountain cabins, battle-ready castles, and more for boys to play with.
The supreme selection that DollHousesGalore.com offers extends into toy dollhouses and collector dollhouse kits. Choose from dollhouses that can be played with immediately, or you can construct one of our many dollhouse kits for an unforgettable family experience.
Most people think of a dollhouse as a store-bought item, completely constructed and needing only furniture or dolls to be played with. Indeed, DollHousesGalore.com has many of those dollhouses, and your selection spans the range of size, style, and age group. You can find these dollhouses by clicking the Toy Dollhouses tab. An example of a toy dollhouse would be ones featuring characters such as Barbie", Dora", or Polly Pocket", where the dollhouse opens and closes and many things are included for immediate play. Some other examples would be wooden houses, which can be painted and decorated, or ones that are meant to be simple and plain. There are also pre-made dollhouses with fiber board walls, which usually have their walls and floors already decorated.
Some of the wood dollhouses that you will find in our Toy section will require some simple assembly or finishing. This usually involves only attaching window shutters, trim, or other accessories. Furnishing these wood houses can be fun, because you can use your creativity to make the pieces. Many craft stores sell wood parts to decorate or build furniture and accessories. Many times, you can use a found item in a clever way to furnish your dollhouse. Such an example would be using a clean plastic support from a take-out pizza box as a round dollhouse table.
To further explore your creativity and take it to a "miniature" level, enjoy completing one of our dollhouse kits. The dollhouse kits available at DollHousesGalore.com span the range of complexity, from constructing a dollhouse in under two hours, to kits that take much longer. Simple kits have large wall pieces that connect into larger base pieces and are often made of plastic that is colored to look life-like. Quite often, these kits can be built relatively quickly and include pre-fabricated furniture.
More complex dollhouse kits can be purchased here, too. There are kits that require painting as well as the addition of more detailed items. Some items that need to be applied are roof shingles, railings, window shutters and plant boxes, and moldings. The skill level needed to build this kind of dollhouse is an advanced beginner to intermediate.
Take the dedication and skill level further, and you will be able to complete a truly special dollhouse for your loved one. In doing so, both you and your child will enjoy an incredible payoff.
For those unfamiliar, advanced dollhouse kits let you build and finish a fanciful dollhouse that easily becomes a family heirloom. Shop our selection of large dollhouse kits, and you will find gorgeous two- or three-story dollhouses with traditional and formal looks, intricate trimming, and even lighting capability. DollHousesGalore.com has many advanced kits to choose from, with a wide range of styles and prices.
Collector dollhouse kits are fun in two different ways. First, building them is a project that parents and kids can work together to complete. Of course, building one together with your children is family time well-spent, because it teaches teamwork and cooperation. It also builds confidence and skill in a child when they assist in constructing something so special to them. As you complete a dollhouse kit, you realize it is a wonderful family project and a special keepsake for the child helping you to build it.
How can you tell the differences between items before you buy? The main differences are the appearance and the price. Ready-to-play dollhouses will usually be under $80, and appear to be more toy-like. They will also be colored to appeal to a certain age group. Younger kids will enjoy brighter colors, and older kids will enjoy a more earthy or realistic color of the dollhouse.
The more realistic looking a dollhouse is, chances are it requires more advanced skill to complete it. At this point, check the price. A medium-to-advanced dollhouse kit will cost around $200 to $300. Again, dollhouses at this level require some application of parts, painting, and other simple finishing. Expect around 10 to 20 hours to completely finish dollhouse kits like this.
A large and extremely realistic dollhouse means the kit is for the true dollhouse enthusiast. These can be quite expensive, ranging between $500 and $1,000 depending on size. Expect many hours to build and complete. But also expect to care for a family heirloom your child will treasure.