I won't lie, when Audrey fell in love with Calico Critters, I did a happy dance.
Not only do I have the nostalgia of playing with them as a girl myself, but they might officially be the cutest thing ever. While the brand can be a pricey interest, the quality and attention to detail in every item is just amazing. And it's those details that Audrey seems to appreciate most (because who wants to play with a oven that doesn't open)?
So of course, she needed a house for her Calico Critters! I did look at the Calico Critters ones for a bit, but they had two things going against them – price and room size. I already knew I'd be spending a considerable amount of furniture, I didn't want to add $100+ for a house on that. And the room sizes were just small, some of which were even difficult to access. I just didn't feel they were very 3-year-old appropriate.
So, we decided to build:
Supplies were roughly $35. I had the paint. And then I spent maybe $8 on wallpaper (scrapbook paper).
Audrey has had her doll house for 3 weeks now, and I can easily say she's played with it daily. I love watching her play with this house – her imagination at work is so much fun to watch.
And now, on to the tour:
The living room:
(If patient, you can find this set on eBay for a fraction on the price).
The "big girl" bedroom:
The kids room:
And for those curious, the "connecting" tree house:
While the house never really looks like this (Audrey likes all the beds in one room...the toilet in the kitchen...the car in the living room), it's been such a fun process. She now has a doll house that her daddy built her, and the start of a wonderful toy collection that will be around for generations.