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My 8 year old Daughter absolutely adores the Lego Friends range. Finally, Lego that is aimed at girls!
Olivias Treehouse was her first Lego Friends purchase. It's a bit smaller than I imagined but I think that is the case with most Lego sets. It cost £19.99 from Argos which seems the average price.
The box comes with perforated markings where you open it, it's a little awkward for children to open, my Daughter just ripped the box open so now it's no good to store the bits in. If you are a bit more gentle with it you should be able to keep it in one piece with a flip style opening so all the pieces can be stored together. The treehouse comes in 3 separate clear bags which are clearly labelled 1,2 and 3 to coincide with the instruction booklet. Number 1 is opened first then 2 and then 3. This is good as it means you don't just get a massive jumble of pieces on the floor and then have to search through lots of tiny bits to find what you need.
The instructions are purely diagrams, illustrations and arrows, my Daughter is 8 and I had to help her with some of it but she did the majority on her own as the diagrams are quite clear and easy to follow. You can clearly see which pieces you need on each page. The pieces of Lego clipped together quite easily although a few of them needed my help as if you do not put them on straight they won't attach properly something my daughter got a little frustrated with at times. They do not come apart without a little force so can withstand being played with and dropped without breaking back into the pieces you started with. I'd say this set took about half an hour to complete.
It's a very detailed set, aside from the treehouse you also get the character Olivia figure, a birdhouse and various small accessories. Once completed it's a lovely set and my Daughter has kept it set up in her room along with her other Lego Friend sets. The only downside is some of the accessories have since been lost as they really are tiny. These sets are very good for encouraging imaginative play and developing fine motor skills and definitely hold a child's attention as they can't wait to see the final result
I would recommend the Lego Friends range from age 7/8 upwards. They are lovely for little girls and there is so much choice available.