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Best Doll Houses for Girls (Your Jolly Companions) in 2017

Your daughter's first dream house will probably be modeled after her doll house. Well, at least until she gets older. But for now, a good doll house will have to do.

It is fascinating to see how much time and effort a girl can put in playing with her dolls. All of that make-believe may seem silly to us grown-ups, but it is very real and important to her.

Not only does she improve her imagination while playing with her doll house, but she also learns other valuable life skills and can improve her vocabulary.

That is why you need to take your time when choosing the best doll house for your little lady.

Finding the Best Doll House for Your Girl

Below, I've listed a selection of 12 doll houses that will provide your daughter with hours of fun and learning. My daughter and her friends provided some valuable recommendations in preparing this list, as well.

1. KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

At 53.5 inches, The Majestic Mansion really lives up to its name. It features eight rooms spread over four floors, and it even comes with a gliding elevator. If it were any bigger, your child would be able to move into it!

It includes 34 pieces of furniture and accessories that will allow your girl countless hours of playtime. She can slide the elevator back and forth between the second and third floor.

The garage doors on the mansion open and close; and the windows from both sides provide a view from different angles.

Apart from all of these accessories, the colorful details on the walls can really capture your daughter’s imagination.

One detail that I really liked was the moveable grandfather clock. It certainly brought back some wonderful memories.

​This doll house and everything in it is made of wood, which makes it sturdy. It is also tall enough to accommodate 12-inch dolls.

The instructions are a bit unclear, though, so you might make a few mistakes along the way.

The house takes approximately three and a half hours to build. Once it is built, it feels really sturdy, and won’t be easily broken.

What's Great About It: The size and the sheer number of accessories scattered throughout this house can really engage your daughter’s imagination.

Best of all, she doesn’t have to play with it by herself. Because this house is so big, several girls can play at the same time.

2. KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage

This is a big doll house, but not so big that you will have trouble finding space for it. It has three floors, five rooms, and is 28 inches high. Your daughter can populate this house with four-inch mini dolls.

This dollhouse comes with 17 pieces of furniture, two staircases, and working windows. The artwork on the panels is really detailed and will capture your girl’s attention.

All of the small details make this doll house feel like an actual, life-size house. Everything, except the staircases, is made of wood. This is good news for moms and dads who believe that a wooden toy is the only real toy.

What's Great About It: The KidKraft Chelsea Doll Cottage is large enough to provide room for several girls to play together instead of each one of them having to wait their turn. Not only does this prevent fighting, but it also develops cooperation among your children and their friends.

3. Calego Classic Doll House

This is another very tall doll house. At 43 inches high, it almost matches the height of an average seven-year-old girl. There is enough space in it to accommodate five rooms across three stories.

The rooms in this house feature many colorful and detailed illustrations. Not only do these rooms look pretty, but they are also tall enough that your girl can put 12-inch dolls in them. Unfortunately, this doll house doesn’t come with any furniture, so you will have to get some separately.

The Calego house is made from safe and soft materials. Assembling this house is easy because you don’t need any tools. Unfortunately, it’s not as durable as a wooden or a plastic house, so be aware of the tearing that could happen.

What's Great About It: The Calego Classic Doll House is really easy to assemble. The color-coded tabs have hook-and-loop fasteners, so your daughter can set up everything on her own. It can be dismantled and folded away quickly, so you won’t have problems due to a lack of storage space.

​4. KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse

The Savannah Dollhouse is 51 inches tall and comes with four floors, six rooms, and two balconies.

There are 14 pieces of furniture in this house. By just looking at it, I can see that a lot of thought has been put into every little detail.

The furniture is handcrafted, the beds have real linens, and both the couch and the love seat have cushions. There’s even a lamp that can be lit. These carefully crafted details make this house look like a proper southern mansion.

Everything in this house is built from solid wood. Because of its sturdy construction, you will need to use power tools to assemble the house.

What's Great About It: Building this house is not an easy joband it will take some time and effort to do it properly. But when the house is all set up, it will weigh about 40 pounds.

Once it’s ready for use, you can be sure that it will stay like that for a long time. Its very sturdy construction guarantees stability and durability.

​5. Melissa & Doug Folding Princess Castle

Every princess deserves her own castle. If your girl is into fairy tales, something tells me that she might really like this doll house.

This castle is 27 inches tall and can be spread open or closed. I also found it very easy to store this castle away. This doll house and every single thing in it is made of wood.

This castle is feature-packed and comes with removable turrets, balconies, and an arched walkway. And what kind of castle would this be if it didn’t have a working drawbridge?

What's Great About It: This doll house offers a different feel compared to other more classic models out there. With this one, your girl can live out her favorite fairy tales.

If you like reading stories about knights and princesses, it can be a great storytelling tool. As you read, you can play out the story with your little princess using dolls and this beautiful castle.

​6. Melissa & Doug Wooden Doorbell Dollhouse

This is a unique and colorful little house. It is only 7.5 inches tall and has just one room. Because it is so small, your daughter can easily carry it around with her.

Everything about this house is connected to the number four. There are four doors that can be unlocked with four different keys, as well as four doorbells you can ring. On top of that, the house also comes with four little dolls for your girl to play with.

The idea behind the number four is to promote learning through playtime. For example, four doors are painted in four different colors. The goal is for your child to learn about colors while opening and closing these doors.

What's Great About It: I think it’s always a good idea to combine learning and playing, and this house does just that. With it, your child will learn about colors and shapes, while also developing her recognition skills. At the same time, playing with keys and doors is good for improving problem-solving skills.

7. KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse

Here is another extra-large house from KidKraft. The My Dreamy Dollhouse comes with three floors, four rooms, and two balconies. One of the most exciting features of this house is the sliding elevator that connects all of the floors.

There are 14 pieces of furniture in this doll house. Every piece of furniture is well crafted, but I was most impressed by the piano. I love the fact that it can actually play music.

There’s plenty of space in this 48-inch-tall house to fit several 12-inch dolls. As with other similar models, the size of this house allows visitors, so your daughter’s friends can bring their dolls over and play together with your daughter.

In terms of materials, everything in this doll house is made of wood, providing stability and durability.

What's Great About It: I like that this doll house offers some extra interactive elements. In addition to the piano, there’s also a toilet that makes flushing sounds, as well as a lamp that can be turned on. Although small, it’s these details that can really fire up your kid’s imagination.

​8. KidKraft Disney Frozen Ice Castle

When kids talk about princesses, most of them are thinking of the courageous female characters from Disney’s animated movies. These include Cinderella, Jasmine, and Ariel, to name a few. It was only a matter of time before Elsa from Frozen got her own castle too.

At 45.4 inches tall, this castle houses four rooms across two floors, while the third floor serves as the balcony. There are 11 original pieces of furniture spread around, including chairs, a mirror, and a bed among others. As a big Frozen fan myself, I thought the icy throne and the chandelier were very nice touches.

The castle is made from composite wood, while everything else is made from molded plastic. It’s big enough to house a few 12-inch dolls.

Blue is the dominant color here, as it befits the winter castle. Snowflakes cover every piece of furniture, and the design on the panels gives the feeling of a chilly wind howling throughout the castle.

What's Great About It: If your girl is a Frozen fan, which she probably is, then I bet she will love this doll house. The level of detail involved in recreating this castle is really amazing. The castle is big enough to accommodate all fashion dolls up to 12 inches tall, including the all-time favorite Barbie dolls.

​9. Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Home

As its name suggests, this is a starter house for girls who plan on entering the world of Calico Critters. It is a small house with only two floors, and is about 11 inches tall.

The Cozy Cottage comes equipped with over 15 furnishings and accessories. Also included is a cute little bunny doll. I especially liked the realistic stove and the bedsheets. For me, they really add to the homely atmosphere that this house creates.

One of my favorite features is the reversible floor. When it’s in place, the cottage looks like a regular two-story house. But when removed, you can either use it to expand the 1st floor, or turn it into a front yard for the cottage.

What's Great About It: As with all Calico Critters doll houses, I really love their great combining potential. You can connect it with the Luxury Townhome (also on this list) to make an even larger home.

It can also be put atop Calico Critters shops, such as the Brick Oven Bakery, so your daughter can create living and working spaces for her dolls.

​10. Melissa & Doug Victorian Dollhouse

Here’s a little blast from the past. Unlike the other doll houses on this list that mostly feature modern or fantasy-based designs, this one goes for a completely different look and feel. Namely, it recreates the style and design of the Victorian era.

This Victorian Dollhouse is 29.5 inches tall with three floors and six rooms, each featuring unique interior graphics. But all of these rooms are empty, so if you want to equip this doll house with furniture, you will have to buy it separately.

The same goes for dolls. Melissa & Doug offer a Victorian Dollhouse Family set that’s made to go with this house. If you don’t want to buy this family set, your girl can use any other 5-inch doll instead.

This house is entirely made of wood and it’s easy to assemble.

What's Great About It: Melissa & Doug have made a doll house that will be a real treat for your history loving daughter.

There are many intricate details that capture the essence of a Victorian home. If your daughter likes history, I believe this doll house will help her learn more about this fascinating time period.

​11. Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse

This doll house is 25.6 inches tall and has four floors and six rooms. It also includes a flip-out swing set. It can be folded and tucked away quite easily – a feature you will definitely appreciate.

There are three dolls that come with the set: a mom, a dad, and a baby. As for the accessories, you get a sofa, a baby seat, and two swings. All other accessories are sold separately.

There are many small details about this house that can bring a smile to your face. For me, it was the doggie door – a feature that you don’t see very often in other doll houses.

What's Great About It: The Loving Family Dollhouse is all about the family. You and your daughter can recreate your favorite home experiences together, which provides a great opportunity for some bonding.

12. Calico Critters Luxury Townhome

This luxury doll house really lives up to its name. It has two floors, five rooms, a balcony extender, and an outdoor patio. I was pleasantly surprised by just how easy it is to open and close the house.

When it comes to the finer details, this house comes with all the bells and whistles. It comes with 50 pieces of furniture and other accessories. There are stairs, railings, kitchen appliances, and a bunch of other furniture. It even has working lights!

As the name of the house suggests, there are some critters involved. You get two rabbit critters, a mother and a daughter, which are about three inches tall. Since the house is 12 inches tall, there will be plenty of room for your girl to play with these cute dolls.

What's Great About It: There are other Calico Critters sets similar to this one, featuring different themes and critters. The Luxury Townhome is just one part of a bigger Critters village. For me, this is great because it gives my daughter the possibility to mix different sets or invite her friends over to combine their houses.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Dream Doll House

Buying a perfect doll house for your girl can give you a major headache. Should it be big or small? Are all the accessories worth the price? Is it safe for my kid?

I will share a few pointers on what to you should know before you visit the toy store.​

Learning

A doll house is meant to be fun and engaging. Your girl’s imagination should run wild when she plays with it. But in addition to sparking creativity, a doll house helps your child to build a healthy imagination as well as develop social and language skills.

Your daughter will also learn about relationships and emotions while she role-plays with her dolls. This will help her to understand the concept of human relationships.

That is why I am particularly fond of doll houses that have many details and features. Details on the windows, furniture and other knick-knacks in the doll house make your kid’s playtime a more immersive experience.

At the same time, make sure that the doll house you choose will provide enough mental stimuli for your child. After all, doll houses are as much about playing and having fun as they are about learning.

Cooperation

I believe that a doll house should be big enough for several children to play with it at the same time. It should also have enough rooms and accessories to keep all of the children engaged. One of the main goals of a doll house is to introduce the concept of friendship and cooperation.

Girls that play hand-in-hand are also sharing thoughts and learning about life together. They communicate more among themselves, as well as through their dolls. They will play out their joys and their fears together.

Size

The doll houses that I’ve included on the list vary significantly when it comes to size. Some are as big as your girl, while others are small enough to put on a shelf.

If you have limited space in your home, you need to take this into consideration. A doll house is nice, but it shouldn’t occupy half of your daughter’s room. Or perhaps it’s nice to have a portable house that your child can easily take along with her.

The rule of the thumb when it comes to the size of doll house is that the bigger they are, the pricier they become. Most parents would like to purchase a five-story doll house that has six to eight rooms, but they just can’t afford it.

When it comes to doll houses, I can tell you that size doesn’t matter. It all boils down to how entertaining and mentally engaging the house is for your daughter.

Safety

Safety is always a big concern when purchasing any kind of toy, and doll houses are no different. The materials that the house is made from should be safe and tested to avoid health risks such as lead poisoning.

Luckily, all of the toys on this list are tested for safety, so there’s no reason to fear for your child’s health. You can, therefore, base your choice on the type of material both you and your daughter prefer. Most of the houses on this list are made of wood, with only a few pieces made of plastic.

Another important thing to pay attention to is a possible choking hazard. Keep in mind that many of these houses have lots of tiny accessories, and are not recommended for toddlers and children younger than three years old. You should rather opt for a simple doll house without any small parts.

The Final Word

When it comes to toys for girls, doll houses are a constant favorite. With them, your daughter develops imagination, language, and social skills.

So, when buying a doll house for your girl, you’re not buying just another toy. You’re also buying something that will help your daughter learn plenty of useful skills that will serve her later in life.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Sandra is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she’s not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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