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Adventurers' Tropical Tree House Special

Adventurers' Tropical Tree House Special

Fall 2005 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: HearthSong
Price: $189.95
When I visited the family that had been testing this tree house for more than a week, I was overwhelmed by the height (nearly four feet tall) and expansiveness of what was now the central attraction in the play room. The children, ages three and six, and a few of their friends were eager to show the many ways they had played. The jungle animals (lion, giraffe, elephant and ostrich) roamed at ground level. The monkey was swinging from the branches. A ladder led to the second-level platform where a table had been set with miniature cups and saucers for the ready-to-pose doll family's afternoon tea. At the highest level was a treetop sleep shelter with canvas side panels and hammocks. The parents said there were new play scenarios every day, as the children's imaginations continue to bring alive the 62-piece wood-and-fabric fantasy play set.

Expect to spend at least one hour assembling the tree house with its fabric tree trunk, bendable tree branches and platforms, wooden pulley, and treetop hut.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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