I have a funny old relationship with wooden toys. Four years ago when I had a newborn, I thought they were pretentious and so utterly middle class that I’d try to avoid at all costs. Now (ahem) I’ve totally changed my tune. Perhaps it’s a symptom of having spent the last four years wading through a sea of primary-coloured plastic, but if I can choose a beautiful wooden toy over a plastic version, I’ll opt for it every time.
One problem? They can be more expensive than their plasticky friends. Yep, you gotta pay to have a home that isn’t drowning in plastic tat, folks.
Or so I thought. I’m genuinely surprised and delighted that George at Home have launched a range of wooden kids’ toys. Just in time for Christmas – hurrah!
We were asked to road test one of the toys and we went for the wooden dolls house (£35). The four year old doesn’t have a proper dolls house, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to treat her to one.
She was SO EXCITED when she saw it. Like, properly. “Can I play with it NOW PLEASE?” she asked. It was breakfast time so we let her have ten minutes of playing and then totally used it as a bribe. “If you do lots of listening and helping at pre-school today, you can play with it tonight” (Mum.Of.The.Year.)
She immediately started carefully placing the dolls house furniture (£15) in the house and pretended that the dolls were getting up, having breakfast and going off to work. So cute!
But back to the basics: the dolls house comes in flat pack form, but it took
me Mr P around half an hour to build it. He said it was really straight forward (it must have been – I heard no swearing coming from the living room as he put it together.) The roof lifts up and the front opens up to reveal the inside of the house, which is on three floors and has five rooms.
For a £35 house, there are lots of sweet details like butterfly shutters on the windows, ivy and flowers climbing up the wall, and a front door that opens and closes. There are even small window plants that you can take out and dot along the front (although as Mr P warned me, they do help to hold the house together so carefully does it…) The furniture set comes with furniture for the kitchen, living room and two bedrooms as well as four people.
My only criticism of the house – and it’s a small one – is that it’s quite sugary pink. A couple of the pieces of furniture are green, so it might have been nice to have a green roof on the house to balance out the PINKNESS. But that aside, I can’t recommend this dolls house enough. Total bargain for the brilliant quality and charm.