Sylvanian Families/ Calico Critters Cosy Cottage Starter Home
Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage Starter Home
The Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters Cosy Cottage Starter Home is a lovely product. When reviewing this brand it’s easy to over use the words ‘cute’ and ‘cutesy’, but they are accurate when used with nearly anything Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters.
The play set comes with 15 pieces, including larger furniture items through to smaller pieces like a frying pan with omelette! All the pieces are well designed and have lovely detailing touches, although be careful with smaller children as some of the small pieces could be swallowed.
The set comes with one cutesy wutesy character – a Chocolate Rabbit Girl called Freya. The kids we tested the product with loved her, and loved playing with her in imaginative (and often seemingly nonsensical) play. While adults sometimes label this kind of play as silly or time wasting, it has a valuable role to play in the development of children – allowing them to recreate real situations without real life consequences and to explore their imaginations.
While we really like this product and the brand overall, you should be aware that this is a collectable brand – it’s a whole universe of play sets and characters. Before long your child may want little Freya to have some company, and as there are some really lovely, enticing higher priced price points you may find your one off purchase turning into a habit! Normally we’re wary of recommending products which need further purchases unless there is significant play value, fun factor & developmental value…and in the case of Sylvanian Families we are happy to confirm that these criteria are most definitely fulfilled!
WHO’S IT FOR – younger children who like ‘cutesy’ and who like using their imagination to play.
THE TOY VERDICT – The Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters Cosy Cottage Starter Home is a good play set, with great attention to detail and lovely characterisation. Kids who are into cutesy should love this. Be aware that the word ‘Starter’ in the name of the product is fair warning that this is the start of a potential play habit, albeit a play habit we are happy to endorse and recommend!
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