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Playmobil My Take Along Doll House is a great toy with a self explanatory name - the doll house unfolds to reveal 4 rooms ready to play with, but can also be folded closed and be carried (with its built in handle) wherever you go.
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The house comes complete with a family of four; mum, dad, baby and a girl. One of the nicest features of this product is the number of pieces that come inside the house (85 pieces in total). This means that the play can begin straight away, and that there is plenty of variety provided by the toy. I think this makes a great present, because it is complete, unlike a lot of similar toys which need lots of accessories to maximise their potential and can cause frustration for everyone when they are not ready to play with.
If you do have other playmobil toys then this will complement them nicely, but this is also great as a stand-alone piece. The house at my work does have a few extra bits and pieces inside - a kitchen set, plenty of other figures, and a warrior (who does raise some eyebrows as all of the other figures are modern family pieces) - If you have a few extra bits like this then you can fit them inside the house to carry
It around, or just tidy it away, as it does have a surprisingly large interior when closed.
The house has 4 rooms, each with nicely designed 'wallpapers' and decorations denoting their purpose. You can obviously move the pieces around in whatever way you like, but in order to provide a guide to what you get I have set out the room layers below;
Kids Room - The kids room contains a child's bed (with a cute plastic 'duvert' which you can place over the figures, a purple cot and duvet, and a bedside table.
Parent's Room - The parents room has two single adult beds and bedside tables, and a water jug and bowl.
Living Room - Has a 'stone' chimney - with moveable pieces for a glowing fire, a rocking chair, side table and vase of flowers.
Kitchen - contains a wood burning stove, and a kitchen table and chairs,
You also get other bits which make the house really detailed and fun such as; a dog and basket, cups and plates, a high chair, a toy pram and doll, books and a saucepan. There is also a little plastic schoolbag which you can place on the shoulders of the child figures - which all the kids seem to love - they definitely think it is the most interesting piece - I'm not really sure why!
Because this dolls house is designed to be moved around it is not as large as most other dolls houses (it measures H27 x W24 x L26cm) I don't think that this detracts from the play, because although it is small it is also perfectly formed and full of detail. Because of the way it opens you also can easily access all the space, whereas the layouts of some dolls houses mean that some rooms are not really played with. In my work we also have a much larger and better furnished wooden dolls house, but the kids are often attracted to the playmobil house even if they are side by side.
The carry along function is also perfect for my work, which sometimes necessitates bringing toys to children in their homes. This is so easy to transport and is nice and robust, so you don't have to worry about it getting knocked about a bit.
And another important feature (for parents at least!) is the fact that the house and all its contents can be packed away so quickly and easily. Because everything is kept together it helps to stop the small pieces getting lost.
As always with playmobil this is a top quality toy, and the pieces can take a fair bit of wear and tear. There are a few small pieces so this is not suitable for under 4s - the tiny pieces do come in a little cardboard box, so you can put them aside if you want to wait until your child is a bit older to use them. This is great for both boys and girls and is not targeted at a particular gender. The play is imaginative, and children can play on their own - The number of pieces means that kids can also play together without loads of squabbling.
This is such good value
John Lewis - £29.95 (free delivery)
Argos - £24.49
Toys R Us - £32.99
Model: My Take Along Dolls House / Playmobil offers different styles of play and adventure for both boys and girls ranging from dinosaurs and pirates through to fairies and ponies / Playmobil is sturdy yet easy to manoeuvre which means the fun never ends There are lots of different types of Playmobil so you and your little ones can create whole new worlds and games.