Top 5 Dolls Houses I highly Recommend

Dolls houses are a great open ended toys. They provide for hours and hours of role play, different scenarios, and my son absolutely loves his. There are so many gorgeous looking stylish ones to buy, I am dedicating a whole post to dolls houses here to give you some guidance in the dolls house buying process.

1. Ferm Living Kids Wooden Dolls House

This is a really great very open ended wooden dolls house. The Ferm Living Kids wooden dolls house is great in that you can drill it to the wall, so it doesn’t clutter the floor, and your child can stand up and it can be set to be the perfect height for them. This particular dolls house is great in that it is neutral, pleasing to the eye, and as it’s got not set rooms with any particular colours the imagination can run wild, and it can be imagined into anything the child likes. Also, as it’s such a blank canvas,the child can also get hours of entertainment from decorating it themselves, putting their own creations in as wallpaper, and can change the rooms as they please with any dolls furniture they have, and different characters. I would highly recommend this wooden dolls house as a great tool for present play, as it so neutral, and gives the child full freedom to do whatever they like with it, and provides endless possibilities of potential scenarios. I am a member of Present Players, and Avital, who highly recommends a dolls house that is very similar to this one as a great open ended dolls house, and it’s the one that her kids use. You can buy the Ferm Living Kids Wooden Dolls House here at Smallable It also comes in a smaller and cheaper version here

2. Djeco Cubic Dolls House

I absolutely adore Djeco Toys. They are so artistic, beautiful, and just pure art, plus they are sturdy, tend to be wooden, and are such great toys for kids. I highly recommend checking out djeco Toys, especially their wooden puzzles. This is why I am pleased to come across this gorgeous Djeco Dolls house. The Djeco Cubic Dolls House reminds me of something out of the 1970s. It has got to be the most stylish of dolls house I have ever come across… – I am in love with it! True that there it is less open ended than the Ferm living kids dolls house, but if you are looking for a dolls house that is less neutral, has a beautiful design and has all the furniture and decor, I would definately consider going for this Djeco cublic dolls house. Plus it is also cheaper than the Ferm Dolls house. It’s gorgeous, will look great in your home, and is sure to provide hours of entertainment. I love all the furniture. Its a miniature version of what you would want your home to look like!

3. Djeco Color Dolls House

The Djeco Color Dolls house is another great designer dolls house. In the style of a more traditional house, it’s more traditional, but still beautiful, with great furniture. The Djeco Color dolls house is also absolutely adorable, and although slightly cheaper than the previous, just as nice. I would have trouble choosing which one to get as they ar both incredibly gorgeous. I think the Djeco cubic dolls house is for modern tastes though. and the Djeco Color Dolls house is less architecturally simple. Both are great though. Buy through Smallable

You can even buy this Djeco Kitchen separately, and mix and match, and use it in the Ferm Living Dolls house.

4. Encore! Large Furnished Dolls House

I am totally in love with this Encore! Large furnished dolls house. It is so well made, so beautiful, so quaint, and really epitomises wonderful, simple Danish design. This house epitomises the term hygge. It’s stylish, simple, durable, and so unbelievably cute! The wood in this dolls house is sourced from an ecological forest, and the lamp attached to the roof with a magnet. I can see this prividing hours of fun. I think this is definately one of my favourites. What is so great about the Encore! Dolls house is that you can add to it over time with the modular rooms. The furniture is so beautiful and of such high quality too. See the pictures below. Buy through Smallable.

5. The Manhattan Toy Company Dolls House

This dolls house by The Manhattan Toy Company is a really great open ended play dolls house, because it is a combination of dolls house and building blocks, combined into one. I would call it an abstract dolls house, as the blocks are more representative, rather than accurate. But this is what makes it so great for present pay, It can be imagined into so many different things. As it comes with many different shaped blocks, that can be constructed into a dolls house, in so many different ways and formats, it, provides endless possibilities of ways of construction. Sure to provide hours of immersive, present play. A great buy, especially for the younger ones. Buy through Smallable.

 

Want to Love your Child more?

A major insight I had last night was: the more you give to your child, the more you love them. And if you feel more love towards them, and they feel more loved, you both feel happier. I remember hearing once: ‘you love those that you give to’. That is why in our religion, Judaism, they say the best thing you can do in a marriage to make it work, is to give to your partner. The more you give to them, the more you will love them. It is the same with your child. Lately, I have been slacking a lot as a mother. Feeling run down and tired with an on and off cold, I’m also pregnant. I have lazed about at home while my husband did all the work (he works from home) and he has been taking my son to and from nursery, then taking him out after. He did this both because I needed the rest, and also the headmistress thought it would be better for him to settle our son into nursery rather than me (as he’s more attached to me). I only saw our son much later in the day – around 4 or 5. And when I did see him, I found him to be a bit of a nuisance, and had far less patience with him that I used to have, and just less good feelings towards him. In fact I lost my temper with him on a few occasions, which I had never done before, and felt extremely uptight around him.

He kept saying ‘I just want Mummy to be happy.’ Clearly he was sensing this. He started getting very emotional and upset, and was stressing about nursery school and saying he wants me to take him to nursery school and stay with him. So yesterday I got up early and I took him. I stayed with him in the class for 45 mins and spoke to the teachers about my concerns. I waited there the whole time and brought him back and then I took out him out to Maggie and Rose. I cannot tell you what a difference this made to my bond with him, my good feelings towards him, my happiness, and his happiness. We were both so relaxed, felt so much closer and connected, and had so much fun together. He was like a different child. Whereas before he was very upset, emotional, and anxious for me to be happy, and going out of his way to get on my nerves (probably as he so desperately craved my attention) he was now so sweet, loving, easy going and fun to be with. What a difference!

The moral of the story? If you want to love your child, enjoy their company and have a great time with them, then you have to give to them by spending time with them, doing things for them, taking their feelings seriously and sorting out things that are bothering them, taking them to do fun things, showing them a good time, and being there for them emotionally and physically. This cannot be passed onto a nanny or husband, or someone else because as a result you will sacrifice your bond and close connection with them, – and above all, feelings of love towards them. It is a known fact that the more we give, the more we get. The profound truth here is that there is no better feeling than that of loving another, and that is the gift that we get by giving – feeling love.

One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is our happiness. Because if we are happy, we are nicer and more giving to them, which makes them happy. So the key is to figure out what makes us happy, and then practise it every single day. In my case, it seems to be getting up early, ready before my son wakes up, and taking him out. Mixing and talking to other adults, such as teachers and Mums at nursery school or activities, and being stimulated and active. Then doing fun things with my son and keeping busy and out of the house. My happiness puts me in a good mood, which makes me treat him with kindness and respect, which makes him feel good, secure and happy. When us Mums are not happy, it makes our kids feel very insecure. Our feelings also rub off onto them.

Human being are not isolated creatures. We are all intertwined, we exchange energy, our energies mesh and like atom osmosis, they become one. If I am unhappy and am exuding that energy, it will infiltrate his energy, and as a result he will become unhappy. He will then act out which will make us even more unhappy. If you give, and do things to try and make the other happy, you will feel more love and positive feelings towards that person. We naturally love those that we give to and look after. That is why the love a mother feels towards her baby is more powerful than any other kind of love. Because we give more to our baby than to anyone else in the world. We need to keep that up as our kids grow in order to maintain that close bond of love and affection. This in turn gives them confidence and makes them feel secure and loved. It is easy to fall into the trap that as they become more independent to feel like we can give to them less, and pull back a bit, but no, the giving must never end if you want to maintain that strong bond of love and affection.

This video by Rabbi Twerski sums up my point exactly – when you give to another, you invest yourself in them, which naturally makes you love them more.