When I was recently asked about dollhouse recommendations, I quickly thought of a bunch of ways we could get more play value out of a dollhouse-like product, that’s not your standard pink mansion. You see, all my kids (both boys and girls) loved playing pretend with the dollhouses in our home. Oftentimes, it seemed like a boys dollhouse rather than girls, as the boys would create their own play areas in the dollhouse.
Here are my picks for imaginative environments that provide the fun of miniature accessories and the benefit of acting out family dynamics through play.
My Top Girl and Boy Dollhouse Picks
Melissa and Doug sell a wooden hi-rise dollhouse with open walls on the sides for easy access. Not pink, not plastic.
This multi-level rocket ship has all the amenities of a dollhouse without being a boring old house.
Did you know that you can find amazing handcrafted toys on Etsy? This wooden dollhouse is a great example of that and perfect if you’re looking for a gender neutral option.
While this dollhouse is on the more pricey side of the list, it is very durable and you will definitely be able to pass it down.
Children who love animals may get into the Calico Critters franchise. These little forest animals have houses, and you can buy more components to expand the collection over time. Get a tree house or a regular house. Or a tent. More little animals could be stuffed in stockings. This is the “Cozy Cottage“.
Keep in mind, this set only comes with the Rabbit girl. All other creatures are sold separately.
Another direction is to skip the dollhouse and just buy furniture and a family. Children can play with them in cardboard boxes, on blankets, or on a small table that you assign for this activity. I’ve even cleared out a bookshelf and laid scrapbook paper down to evoke a living space.
If you are going with the idea above and skipping the dollhouse, I would recommend checking out the accessories from Plan Toys (bunk beds!). I also think their modern, wood, eco-friendly dollhouse looks pretty awesome!
Playmobil is another strategy. Instead of a house, think castle or farm. This is their “Farm House Construction Set with Market“
Gender-Neutral Dollhouses- Pin for Later!