Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Doll House Stacker from A Toy Garden

If you don't have a lot of room, or if you aren't sure that you are ready to invest in a big doll house, this Doll House Stacker ($59.95) is a nice option. Stacked together, the house measures 7"x8" and stores compactly on a shelf or toy bin. But when it come apart, it makes a wonderful home for fairies, puppets or small dolls.

The wooden pieces are made in Bosnia-Herzegovina and colored with natural stains. Some of them - chairs, couch, table, beds - are easily identifiable. Other pieces are more abstract and open-ended. With some imagination, they can be used in a variety of ways. Linnea likes to turn pieces upside down and stack them to make a doll playground. Arielle uses the stacker with puppets, animals, small dolls and fairies. It's the perfect size for a travel toy, and a nice way to keep little girls busy in a small space. In warm weather, it can even be used outdoors to entice fairies who prefer a more natural habitat.

Arielle and Linnea had a wonderful time making a home for their very big sister's old dolls.

If you are looking for a stacking toy, then I'd suggest something more like the Dwarves Stacking House ($44.95), Rainbow Arches ($34.95, $79.95), or Four Tower Stacker ($29.95). While a wonderful wooden toy, this is more like a three-dimensional puzzle than a stacker. It poses a challenge even (or especially) for adults. I ended up taping a photograph of the stacker to the storage bin, so the older siblings could help put it away.

The doll house stacker is also available in natural wood. Get $5 off an order over $15 until December 15, with code "STB52008".

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