As a parent one of the things you quickly realize is that there is a divide between girl things and boy things. Whether you buy into the aisles of pink or not, it exists. Pink, sparkle and princess are marketed directly at your little girls. While legos and action heroes are aimed at the boys. Even parents, like myself, that work to provide stimulating activies regardless of gender; fall into the traps. Pink is my favorite color after all, it's natural that we have a lot of it. It doesn't mean that I don't want to build things or that dress up in our house can't include super heroes saving the day. The thing is, we love pink. We also love baby dolls and diaras and putting on make up. We just do. I'm not ashamed of the fact that Coraline is a super girly girl. She doesn't love to be dirty. She has 10 princess dresses and several crowns. Does all of this mean she can't be an engineer when she grows up? Absolutely not. I'm not selling her short at all, I just have to try harder to find engaging toys that also appeal to her girly side.
When Little Miss D.I.Y. contacted me I felt like it was a great fit for our house. The girls, mostly Coraline, was excited to have doll furniture. I was excited that we would be able to build the furniture together.
Why We Love It:
Coraline and I had a great time putting this whole set together. Each piece takes a few minutes to assemble, it's much easier then Ikea. We spread it out over a few days. I love that it helped me teach my 4 year old to read instructions. She was able to match up the pictures of the pieces and tell me which parts to do first. It's very simple. We used wood glue to secure the parts in place and then set them aside to dry.
The furniture is really sturdy, I have been extremely impressed with how durable it is. 2 year old comedian Arya is always sitting on the couch and bed. She has made a running joke out of trying to sit in the too small chairs.
The blank pieces leave so much opportunity for customization. My kids have been happily playing with them in their as is state but painting the pieces is on the list of projects very soon. I really wanted to have some of that done for everyone already, so you could see, but my hospitalization and subsequent recovery got in the way. I bought some really cute paint on sale at Home Depot and plan to get the girls to help jazz things up.Little Miss DIY also offers a few accessories, like pillows and blankets.
Somehow over the past 4 years of parenthood we have acquired so much stuff. I do my best to pick quality over quality but let's face it, I am not the only person buying the toys. I would rather have really nice wooden doll furniture then pretty much all of the other stuff I have seen on the market and let me tell you I have looked.