Dollhouses are wonderful open-ended toys to introduce 3-year-olds to the boundless world of imaginative play. When you are looking for just the right dollhouse for your 3-year-old, I recommend checking the age range, looking for dollhouses that are not too complex or large, and favoring sets with chunky accessories that are easy for younger fingers to handle. You might also consider choosing a dollhouse that features familiar characters from your toddler’s best-loved shows or movies to facilitate play and enhance excitement over the new toy.
Not sure where to start? Here are 15 fabulous dollhouses that are just right for a 3-year-old to enjoy.
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The Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Dollhouse focuses on being helpful and healthy around the house. When this dollhouse is not opened up, it can be closed and carried with a handle. It includes interactive buttons your toddler can press for fun music and sounds. It includes two White character figures and a dog, or you can get this version with two Black character figures or a separate set of Asian figures.
If your 3-year-old is not quite ready for a big Barbie Dreamhouse, Fisher-Price has you covered with a Little People version for kids between 18 months and 5 years old. Toddlers can have a blast playing over 45 different songs, sending their Barbie character figures down the slide and up the elevator, and playing in the pool.
Want a dollhouse that is both fun and educational? Try the Little People Friends Together Play House! This toy will grow with your child as it includes three learning levels. Reinforce important concepts through play with sounds and phrases about the alphabet, counting, and opposites. Kids can also interact with different parts of the house such as the radio and refrigerator.
If you choose one of the Fisher-Price dollhouses, add in some of these fun Little People characters to expand your toddler’s fun!
- The Little People Community Heroes set features a teacher, mail carrier, firefighter, medical professional, and waste management worker with diverse physical characteristics.
- The Little People Disney Princesses set includes six favorite characters from Disney movies: Ariel, Tiana, Rapunzel, Mulan, Snow White, and Cinderella.
- The Frozen set includes Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Elsa.
- The Little People Barbie “You Can Be Anything” set offers seven figures styled for a different career: astronaut, ballet dancer, chef, soccer player, doctor, pilot, and veterinarian.
Check Amazon for many more Little People sets, including adult favorites like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Ted Lasso!
Important note: This dollhouse does not come with dolls, so if you do not have any at home to use, be sure to add on a Happy Family doll set. These come in a variety of skin tones.
This Melissa & Doug dollhouse is a very similar design to the Hape dollhouse above. It comes with three dolls but fewer furniture pieces. In place of a moveable staircase, it features an elevator. It also includes a garage, which the Hape dollhouse does not. I suggest comparing the price and features of each of these durable wooden dollhouses to decide which works best for your family.
This Melissa & Doug toy is a unique take on a dollhouse. The small, wooden, portable house includes four doors with keys. 3-year-olds can place the included dolls behind doors, ring the doorbell, and unlock the door with the matching key to let them out to play. This dollhouse helps kids develop fine motor skills and reinforces the colors and numbers that correspond with the doors. While it is not a traditional dollhouse, it can still provide a lot of entertainment for toddlers!
This modular wooden dollhouse allows kids to customize the design of the entire house! Configure it into a one-level, two-level, or three-level home. Your 3-year-old will love the large, durable six-room dollhouse with detailed decor. Barbie-size (12-inch) dolls can easily fit inside and enjoy the included furnishings.
This Green Toys dollhouse is made from recycled milk jugs, so it is both durable and environmentally friendly! Designed for ages 2 and up, this makes a great first dollhouse for little hands. A staircase connects two levels of this compact dollhouse. The set includes a convertible, two mouse characters, and five pieces of furniture. Little People characters work well in this size house if you’d like to add to the cast.
Is your 3-year-old a fan of CoCoMelon? If so, this is the dollhouse for you! This compact set comes with a whole cast of CoCoMelon characters, including JJ, his parents, his grandparents, his siblings, and their dog! It’s also furnished with a sofa, chair, high chair, dining room table, and fridge. Yes, it’s small, but it does include a fair number of components and is a great size for a 3-year-old to pack up and take along with the included handle.
Admirers of Bluey have hours of pretend play in store with this Bluey dollhouse, featuring many details from the show. Furnish the house with sturdy furniture that’s the perfect size for toddlers’ hands. A Bluey character figure is included, but I recommend adding the whole Heeler family to your purchase. (You’ll end up with two Blueys… but somehow I don’t see that as a problem.)
This versatile dollhouse can be configured in a variety of ways! Be sure to grab this set, especially if you are just starting out your Calico Critters collection, because it contains two characters and several pieces of furniture as a gift set. Your 3-year-old will love the charming style of this quaint dollhouse. Connect to the Calico Critters Red Roof Cozy Cottage to expand the house!
Important note: This KidKraft dollhouse does not come with any dolls, so be sure to grab a set of dolls if you don’t have any at home to play with.
The Netflix show Gabby’s Dollhouse is a favorite at our house. If your kids love this show that revolves around a dollhouse, imagine their excitement when you bring the famous dollhouse into your own home! The dollhouse comes with a working elevator, delivery tower, plenty of furniture, and a Gabby doll. It also plays sounds and phrases!
Although the dollhouse is perfectly fun and functional on its own, you can add room expansions that include additional furniture, characters, and accessories. Some of these include:
Is there a more magical house than Casita from Disney’s Encanto? This dollhouse version brings all that magic right to your 3-year-old’s fingertips. As they explore the magical Casa Madrigal, toddlers can take their dolls for a ride on Tia Peppa’s weather-changing elevator, slide down the staircase, and enjoy the fun sound effects throughout. The dollhouse comes with a Mirabel doll, but you can purchase more Familia Madrigal dolls here.
Peppa Pig fans will love this house, but honestly, it makes a great dollhouse even for a 3-year-old who has never heard of Peppa Pig. It is made of durable wood, includes a whopping eight rooms, and comes with 28 accessories and two character figures. It is a great height for 3-year-olds at 20 inches tall, but if you’d like a smaller Peppa house for your little one, check out this smaller Peppa playset.
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