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For Christmas I bought my little girl a Sylvanian Family house. She had just turned four and I thought it looked ideal. I used to love them myself when I was little and I couldn't believe just how cute they still are, they have barely changed at all. The house I bought, however, was very sparce so I needed to buy her some furniture. This little patio set was one of the items i bought. === Sylvanian Families === Sylvanian Families have been around for years, since the mid eighties. When I was younger I used to play with them and loved them. They are little creatures who live in exciting looking houses and have lots of different accesories that come with them. They are only small, some of the items are tiny and I think this makes it even more appealing to children who feel like this is a step towards a more grown up toy after the toddler years. They are rather expensive, the cheapest sets are about £6 but you get very little for this and once you have one... you need more! === Patio furniture === I bought my daughter this set for her to have in the house that I had bought. It cost me £12. In the set you get a picnic table, two little stools and two collapsible chairs that fold right down like a real garden chair would! For on the table you get a few little items, two cakes, a mug and saucer, two little plates and a wine glass. These are tiny! === Playing with it === MY daughter loves playing with this! She adores the chairs that fold down and loves spending time putting them up and then putting them back down again! It is very cute watching her. She also likes to set out the table with the goodies and have her little creatures sit down and enjoy them. The little animals sit on the chairs and stools fine, they are all made to fit them so this set goes well with everything else. She doesn't just use it as a patio set, she sometimes has it inside the house too and even set up a little school with them so although at a glance it may look a bit simple it isn't as children's imaginations enable them to create all kinds of set ups with even a simple-looking set. === Education === All types of play helps a child to learn and this little set helps them to expand their knowledge too. My daughter couldn't work out how to unfold the chairs and first and now she has learnt how to do it and I think this will help her in other areas of life. She has also learnt some very fine motorskills as she has to be very, very careful when putting the tiny items on the table without managing to knock them off. === Opinion === Although this may seem like a simple little set it is really cute and has possibilities. The little items for on the table are really cute, without them I think it would be a bit boring so it's nice that they have these little things too. My daughter loves playing with this and it has gone well with her ever-growing collection. She will play with this along with her other items for hours and her friends when they come round like to play with it too. It is good quality, you would think the amount of times she's messed with the chairs would cause them to snap but they're just as good as new. I think this is really cute and although £12 is quite expensive I think it will be worth it as it's played with regularly.
Age: 3 to 5 years / Suitable for 4 years +. / A charming patio set designed especially for the outdoor living areas of Old Oak Hollow Treehouse, that can also be used in any Sylvanian property. Includes table, 2 chairs and 2 stools