The all-round dollhouse for all-round fun


I have a strong feeling that Father Christmas will be bringing my daughter a dollhouse this Christmas. I know it is still months away, but I thought I’d help Father Christmas out with a little preliminary online research and a few age appropriate suggestions. I was thrilled to discover an unusual but beautifully simple doll house at The Wooden Wagon.

Designed in Germany by Christof Beck, the dollhouse is relatively compact and can be stored flat (as compared to other hot pink plastic ‘dream’ mansions on the market). I like the fact that the x-form layout allows for play on all sides of the house. Plus, it includes a wooden staircase, the all-important feature for my daughter. Dollhouses traditionally are flat-backed and stand against a wall, however not all children’s rooms have available ‘wall space’ to fit a dollhouse. I know my kids will get more use from a dollhouse that can sit on their little table and be played with easily by more than one child at a time. The Beck dollhouse is US$162.

The Wooden Wagon is a US shop specialising in wooden and folk art toys. As well as the Beck design, there are a number of other beautiful and unique dollhouses, farm buildings, dollhouse furniture and dolls. The clever All-in-One Dollhouse caught my eye. Like a jigsaw, the house and all the furniture pieces fit together into one easy-to-store unit. It’s priced at US$49.95.

While you’re at The Wooden Wagon, check out some of their other offerings. If you want to choose a very special board book for a baby, their wooden farm book is divine. Polished birch plywood ‘pages’, bound with leather string and featuring quaint farmyard pictures, it’s a real treasure at US$19.95.

Wooden Wagon ships to Australia by arrangement.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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