Monday, June 4, 2012

Dolls House Alternative


No dolls house? 



Have you thought about using bookshelves?

16 comments:

  1. We definitely have talked about this in our family. We saw a similiar idea in a catalog the bookcase was $279. I'm thinking we could find bookcases for way less and they could create a really unique dollhouse. A plain bookcase and various materials make it way more open ended and creative than the traditional kits where you make your own dollhouse.

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  2. This one I'm pretty sure we picked up at an Op Shop Luisa for next to nothing. I'd prefer a cheap wooden bookcase to a cheap plastic dolls house - and the wooden dolls houses can be really expensive.

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  3. I had shelfs as a kid... long ones that bolted into the wall and my changing table that sat next to the shelfs! This takes me back ....oh those were the days

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    1. I know what you mean Renee - the dolls house furniture in the photo I found at a garage sale recently and I think I spent an inordinate amount of time setting it up for the kids - I was remembering how I played as a kid!

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  4. I had shelfs with my changing table next to them for my barbies. So much fun and easy to do. Gosh the crap parents buy now and how spoiled even poor kids are I never had a doll house! Didn't care when I saw them either I lovvved my shelves! And bookcases get small when you have barbies so if your kid likes barbies, try those maybe!

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    1. Half the time the dolls houses are too small for the kids to move and arrange the furniture anyhow. I remember having shoe boxes that I used as rooms - and spent hours stacking and decorating.

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  5. Nice idea Jenny and timely after what I experienced today. At our preschool we had a lovely set of chunky cars and people on the mat and the children (especially the girls)were driving them over to and trying to put them under a bookcase that was on wheels.... it was becoming a garage of course but it was not quite high enough for the cars to fit fully under. So I put our three storey dollhouse nearby, removed the furniture from the bottom floor and we turned it into a super-douper double, double garage! This led to some wonderful conversations and play.

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  6. no! Ya'll are geniuses! Now I need to be on the lookout at the thrift stores and garage sales. I've always wanted one for the girls. We don't have any furniture or anything though either....maybe we can make some.

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    1. I picked up this furniture the other day at a garage sale for $15 for a whole bag full. Bargain :) Keep your eyes open, you never know where you will find some cheaply. And making it is also half the fun. Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning has a whole lot of ideas for furniture for imaginative play on their blog that you can take a look at - made from natural materials etc. Our kids also like scraps of different materials for rugs and blankets.

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  7. Jenny- I agree the plastic doll houses are out of the question and the wooden ones too expensive. I have got bookcases on my thrifing wishlist.

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  8. I just bought shelves for my preschool from WalMart with cardboard backing for $15- they would be perfect!!
    I love this blog so much!!
    Thanks
    Susan Barbella
    Little Lotus Preschool and Early Learning

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    1. Now that's a bargain. I bet us preschool teachers are the world's best bargain hunters :)

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  9. Three shelf bookcases at WalMart for $15
    Back is made from cardboad!

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  10. This is a great idea and would be gender neutral. My toddler loves doll houses but my hubby is not mad keen on him having one because they all seem to be pink these days! This could be the perfect compromise in our house :-)

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