THERE’S something quite magical about watching your child develop imaginative skills – it changes them so much from a baby into a child, and opens up a whole new world of play. Recently, Santi has really started to make up his own stories when he’s playing, acting out conversations with his toys and completely unaware of me watching him as he gets so absorbed in it.
I remember Sylvanian Families from when I was little – rows and rows of houses, families and outfits all laid out on the shelves in Woolworth (how old does that make me sound?!). There were so many to choose from – you could create a whole town! I’d assumed they weren’t made anymore, so when I was asked if we would like to try out the Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage and Chocolate Rabbit family I couldn’t say no!
It was like Christmas had come early when we unpacked the parcel to find a cute little rabbit family and a house for them to live in.
Within minutes Santi had them all out on the table, and the bunnies were discussing what they wanted for their tea. Actually, there was a brief moment when they were nearly eaten for Santi’s tea as he misunderstood me telling him they were the chocolate rabbit family as meaning they were actual chocolate rabbits … that could have ended very badly!
Anyway, we set the house up with the kitchen and dining table downstairs and the bedroom upstairs. The Cosy Cottage comes with a stove and sink, frying pan, plate with food, knife, fork, table, chairs and bench, and there’s a bed and blanket for upstairs, with a ladder connecting the two rooms. The back of the house is open, so little hands aren’t fiddling to get in, and the front door opens too. You also get a little girl rabbit, so it’s a perfect starter set for a child who doesn’t already have Sylvanian Families toys.
The Chocolate Rabbits are a family of four – mother, father, son and daughter – all dressed in cute little outfits. Santi loved acting out little stories with them – cooking, eating, putting them to bed – and there were even a few squabbles between the siblings! I think his favourite thing was making them climb up the ladder to bed and back down for breakfast – he said it was like to bunk beds on holiday.
Santi’s first experience of Sylvanian Families was a hit, and I wouldn’t be surprised if another set appears on his Christmas list!
The Cosy Cottage is recommended for children aged three and over because of the little parts, but under our supervision Ezra also loves playing with the rabbits.
Where to buy them:
These products are available from several retailers, but the lowest prices I’ve found are:
Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage: £15.99 at John Lewis
Sylvanian Families Chocolate Rabbit family: £11.98 at John Lewis
**We were gifted these products for the purpose of review, but all thoughts are my own