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I have two daughters my eldest being 8, when she was younger she never really got into Sylvanian Families she was always into other toys, but my younger daughter who is 3 is very much into imaginary play putting on little voices for all the characters. She's loved her little plastic dolls house but for her birthday this year i felt she needed a bit more, something with a bit more detail to it.
My niece has had Syvanian Family sets and when we'd vsit my youngest daughter spent all her time playing with it. So this year we decided to get her some, there is a very wide variety to choose from but as she'd never had before and we didn't know how much of a hit it'd be we didn't want to spend loads so we opted for the Hospital.
The Hospital set comes with alot of accessories you get everything from a hospital bed, doctors desk and chair to medicide bottles all with lables to put on, themometres and tiny needle to give injections. The doctors hat, nurses apron and stephoscope are all provided and my personal favorite item is the mini drip and stand but no figures are included so to actually play with the set you need to buy some figures to go with it (which is an additional cost).
The Sylvanian Families General Hopital costs around £35 prices do vary slightly from shop to shop and you can usually find it slightly cheaper on line but be wary of postage and packing cost.
The Sylvanian Families figure sets range from around £5.00 to £20.00 depending on what you want some are just 2 piece sets and others have 8 piece and some particular sets of animals are more sort after so you can pay more for them.
Although it cost us around £50 for the set, she's had it nearly 3 months and plays with it most days, it's nice to set up and play with her, it's developing her imagination, she loves set the hospital up and being the nurse and although she wouldn't admit it as she thinks she too old her it but my older daughter likes helping her little sister play with it too.
The set itself is beautifully made and is based on a little country hospital, the accesories are perfect minitures.
Sylvanian families are aged at 4 years+ but i'v given them to my 3 year old and she's fine, although she's used to having her older sisters small things around.
Having two daughters it was inevitable that one or the other of them would develop an SF habit. This has proven to be the case and the most recent purchase we have made on her behalf has been the General Hospital.
If you are a newcomer to SF then you may well be slightly disappointed when you intially open the packaging for this toy. The picture on the box shows many animals all enjoying treatment at the hospital and unless you read the small writing on the side you will not be aware that it does not in fact come with any animals at all!
It does, however, come already built in the main - which if it is going to be a Xmas present is a blessing on the big day - with a large number of little bits and pieces with which to play. Many a happy hour can be spent by the child arranging and rearranging the bottles, curtain and boxes until her hospital looks 'just right'.
As with all other SF products the build quality is good and being open on one side and the top means it is far less likley to get broken as your child battles to put things in it!
One thing to note however, is , that when you give the first piece of SF to your child you are very likely to start a habit which will turn out to be expensive. SF are not known to be cheap and you can expect to pay from approx £15 (for the very cheapest piece or just an animal set) to in excess of £100 for further items from the range. My top recommendation is that you keep the box as they hold their resale value well!
My eldest daughter was recently six and was very excited to open a large wrapped parcel from her grandparents. Inside was this wonderful Sylvanian Familes General Hospital. This was great as the girls already have a number of items from the Sylvanian Families range so this was just adding to the collection!
Before I describe the hospital it's worth just saying a little about the Sylvanian Families range in general. It is based on various different families of very cute small animals and I am always very impressed by the quality of these. Once you have a family or two there are so many houses and furniture sets which you can buy for them so that children can make up lots of lovely adventures for them. You can view the entire range at
Anyway back to the general hospital. This is a 'fully equipped' hospital (that's there description!) where all the Sylvanian families can come to if they have anything wrong with them. It does contain quite a lot of hospital equipment although I would hardly describe it as fully equipped myself. Apart from the actual building there are such things as a bed, partition, medicine cupboard, stethoscopes, medicines, a crutch and so on. In fact, the box states that there are over 50 pieces included.
The building is made out of sturdy plastic. Like many of the buildings in the series it does not have a roof or a back so it makes it very accessible for children to play with it. There is a small amount of assembly needed such as attaching a ramp to the main doors and slotting in the reception counter. The instructions for these are mainly diagramatic and very easy to follow. Also as they are found on the fold out part of the box's lid you are unlikely to lose them too. The building is roughly 30 cm wide and 15 cm deep with a height of about 20 cm. This means that it does not really take up too much space.
There are other little fiddly things that need assembly too, such as assembling a carton, adding labels to jars but these don't take long at all and then your child is ready to play. AS all the pieces are very small though I would suggest finding a small lidded container to keep them in when they are not in use.
The other thing I would point out is that there are no animal figures included even though there are pictures of many on the box and some are even dressed as doctors and nurses. It does say in very small print that the figures are not included but as it is so small I think this would be easy to miss. I can imagine some very disappointed faces of children who get the hospital but don't have any families to go there. Luckily, as we already have a couple of families, this was not the case for my daughter.
Since she has received this my daughter has really loved playing with this alongside her younger sister. She loves organising where all the equipment has to go and I have also overheard them making uo some somewhat gory hospital stories as they play. Also, as we already have the Sylvanian Rose Cottage I think I am starting to see a small village emerging on our living room floor.
This is not a cheap toy and you can expect to pay anything upwards of £30 for it - it's currently on Amazon at £34.63. I'm not sure that I would have paid that for it myself, but my daughters do really enjoy playing with it. Therefore, if there are any generous grandparents out there - this really is an ideal gift!
Sylvanians are very well looked after in this clean and efficient Hospital. There?s a reception and waiting area, consulting room and bed with screens. The hospital is fully equipped with a huge variety of medical accessories including plaster casts for feet and arms, stethoscope, clipboards, magazines, bottles of medicine and a ramp for wheelchair access for the building. This is the perfect place to keep your Sylvanians happy and healthy. Figures not included.