Today, most of the toys you see advertised for kids involved video games, mainstream characters and batteries. Things light up. They make noise. They pretty much leave nothing to the imagination because they do just about everything for them.
So when a toy comes along that reminds me more of the toys I played with as a kid, I take note.
Because frankly, I’m tired of buying batteries.
I understand that humans evolve and adapt through technology, and that the advances made with regards to it have been amazing. There are any number of electronic learning toys that help kids develop skills and knowledge at a much younger age, and I’m all for encouraging learning. But I also think that there is something to be said for good old fashioned style toys that require imagination and engage kids on a more tactile level.
Bigjigs Toys is a company that believes in encouraging imaginative play.
About Bigjigs Toys:
Established on the South East Coast of England in 1985, Bigjigs® Toys is a family business through and through. Over the last 25 years we have grown into an extended Bigjigs family, through a team of dedicated staff.
Not only has the work force grown but so has the range! Since starting with jigsaws, the entire Bigjigs® Toys range has developed to over 1400 products, five different ranges and is available in over 50 countries worldwide.
2011 saw our Bigjigs® Rail and Bigjigs® Heritage Playsets ranges make their debut in the United States of America. After a welcomed positive response we introduced our ever popular wooden puzzles and education toys to the U.S. at the start of 2012.
Bigjigs Toys prides itself on providing great quality products combined with educational value and a high standard of service and delivery.
To help share with you the great things Bigjigs has to offer, we had an opportunity to test drive one of their wooden dollhouses.
The Rose Cottage comes in a box almost completely disassembled, but there is no need to be concerned, assembly is very easy and takes hardly any time at all. You see, most of it goes together like a jigsaw puzzle, interlocking the pieces into each other with just a couple of key points where screws are applied so the wall do not fall down. It’s really pretty clever!
My daughter very anxiously sat nearby watching me put the Rose Cottage together and constantly asking “can I play with it now?” Over and over until finally the answer was YES!
We only encountered a minor problem during assembly and that was that the top piece that the roof attaches to had a crack in it. This was probably damaged in shipping just from handling it and they sent me a new house out right away once I notified them.
Overall this dollhouse was a home run for us. My daughter loves it. She plays with it every single day. She has had doll houses made from plastic and they just don’t stay together. This house is sturdy, fun, allows her to expand and explore her imagination and has just the right amount of interactivity to keep her coming back to it every day.
She loves how the roof opens, and the front opens and that at the end of the day she can tuck everyone in and close it up and say goodnight to all her doll people.