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Sweet Savannah Dollhouse

Sweet Savannah Dollhouse

Spring 2015 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: KidKraft
Price: $105.00

The cheerful, brightly decorated Sweet Savannah Dollhouse is inviting. The large, 3-story design allowed 4-5 children to play together at ease. The durable hard-pressed cardboard house itself accommodates dolls (not included) up to 12" tall. The 13 pieces of chunky furniture (included) are well-suited for even the youngest hands that usually don't respect delicate, smaller items. The open design, open windows, porches, and interesting pictures on the walls and floors encourage curiosity, stimulate conversation, and offer educational opportunities for new vocabulary and delightful discussions.

New vocabulary words included: shutters, wood/stone floors, chandelier, china closet, Q-tip dispenser, patio, and much more. Discussions with our 3-4 year old testers centered on style of houses -- Victorian vs. their own style house (comparing/contrasting), their ability to identify the rooms in this house vs. their own house (stimulating recall), and discussing what the children see when looking out their own windows at home. While gross motor skills are not directly involved, we extended the play by taking the house outdoors and the children rode their bikes/cars to the grocery store for food to serve when guests/relatives arrived at the house.

Kathy Smith   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kathy Smith has been leading preschool classes through playful learning for more than 25 years. Her tales of "Who is messier, 'Miss Kathy' or the children?" is a comedy act in the making. Family friendly, of course.

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