Fun Playsets for Girls

If you’re struggling to come up with an ideal gift for a little girl in your life why not consider a playset.  There are many such playsets to choose from, and each one is typically focused on a particular brand or character.  So take a look at our list of fun and exciting playsets for girls.

First let me mention that many playsets will have small pieces, so take care to check whether they are appropriate for children over 3 years of age.

My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

This translucent blue My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle by Hasbro can be a great gift for a little girl enamored with those magical ponies.  This highly-rated set has a rotating light-up feature and reflects 3 cutie marks at the press of a heart-shaped button. It also has 2 staircases and areas for play on all sides. There are also 2 closets that have shelves that can spin, and a swing for the Baby Flurry Heart figure. Some of the sixteen accessories include a dress, throne, crystal vanity, cradle, and jewels. And what would any modern toy be without a smartphone app? Just scan the pony’s code to unlock more fun in the My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app.
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Barbie Glam Getaway House

Barbie Glam Getaway House

Barbie Glam Getaway House

The Barbie line of dolls and accessories has a long history of sparking the playful imagination of young girls.  This Barbie Glam Getaway House lets girls pretend that they are de-stressing from their busy life and just chilling at their hidden hideaway. A latch and carrying handle means this getaway home is also the perfect play set to take on a getaway of her own.

The set includes a cute kitchenette, an adorable bedroom and en suite bathroom. Barbie can make a meal at the stove and dine at the counter on one of two included chair stools — so there’s room for a friends and family. Accessories include a teapot, cooking pot and plates. Recommended for ages 3 and older. (Barbie doll not included)

There are a few different options with this set:  Add a convertible, add a pool, or add a Birthday doll.

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Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

The nice thing about the Fisher Price My First Dollhouse is that it is designed for younger kids of 2-5 years old.  All of the features are a little bigger and more easily handled by kids that are developing manual dexterity. Each family member is sized just-right for little hands to hold.  The Dollhouse’s five rooms set the scene for your child to dream up role-play scenarios and imitate everyday life. Includes mom, dad and baby figures.

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Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

The Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen is a really cute kitchen set that comes with a ton of accessories.  It has all the features of mommy and daddy’s kitchen, so your child can emulate cooking, cleaning, and other activities. The set has an oven, microwave and refrigerator.  Also a special frying pan and boiling pot with lid activate electronic frying and boiling water sounds in stove’s front burner.  There’s even an attached doll seat for your child’s doll to get involved in the play (doll not included).

This playset is a bit on the bigger side and is something that needs its own space in the home since it cannot be packed away on a regular basis. Recommended for 2-8 years old.

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Shopkins Season 5 Super Shopper Pack

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Shopkins Season 5 Shopper Pack

The Shopkins Season 5 Super Shopper Pack features Musical Miniatures, Sporty Allsorts, Tiny Toys and more. The set includes 26 Shopkins and 6 Back Packs – 32 pieces total. Colors and styles of Shopkins may vary.

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The Trolls are Back in Town

Troll dolls were first introduced in 1959, and they have been around for decades ever since.  Their claim to fame is their wild and crazy hair – it’s always fun to manipulate their hair into different shapes and styles.  The original Troll dolls are the most collectible, and then after years of being improperly and illegally copied by the millions the Troll franchise was purchased by Dreamworks.  And now in 2016 Dreamworks is releasing a major animated movie called simply: Trolls.

It can be tough to find interesting Trolls toys beyond, well, the dolls.  But to celebrate the Trolls movie we picked out an interesting selection of toys that we think kids will have fun with.

Poppy’s Coronation Pod

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Trolls Coronation Pod

Poppy is the Trolls’ heroic leader, and the Coronation Pod is a really fun toy set to celebrate his coronation. This set features a magical dance floor that lights and spins.  Two Troll dolls are included as well as a number of other small “party” accessories.

Due to the small pieces this set is only for kids ages 3 and up.

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Set of Trolls Figures

We really like the selection of Trolls figures for this set.  The set includes the following Trolls: Poppy, Branch, DJ Suki, Harper, and Guy Diamond.  The figures have the famous “crazy” hair, and they are approximately 4 inches tall.  Each figure comes with an accessory.  This is for ages 4 and up.

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Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Keeping with the theme of celebration we now present you with the Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack.  This is primarily a fashion-based playset in which you child dresses up the figures to recreate the celebration from the Trolls movie.  There are over 20 fashion pieces to go along with the three Trolls figures.

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Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

This arts and crafts Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit looks like a great way for kids to create memories of the Trolls using characters from the movie.  In addition to the characters there are lots of art supplies included to create a truly unique scrapbook, with 64 Crayons, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 20 Super Tips Markers, 3 Tubes of Glitter Glue, and even a Glitter Sticker Sheet.  Expect to see shiny and very personal creations from your kids with this set at their disposal.buy-amazon-button2

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Hatchimals Take Over Christmas

Hatchimals are about to take this Christmas by storm – we believe it will become the hottest must-have interactive toy for 2016.  Never heard of Hatchimals before?  You’re not alone, but if you will be buying gifts and toys for kids in 2016 you need to know what they are.  Maybe you remember the Tamagotchi toys of the 1990’s – those little interactive digital “pets” that were a big craze for a few years.  Hatchimals are very similar to Tamagotchi pets and even Furbys, but exhibit more advanced behaviors due to the advanced technologies around today.

UPDATE:  Hatchimals are selling out everywhere.  Why not check out our Hatchimal Alternatives.

Hatchimals by Spin Master

Hatchimals by Spin Master

At its beginning a Hatchimal pet starts out in its own plastic egg.  After a bit of playtime (about 30 minutes) the figure starts pecking its way out of the egg.  After this initial “hatching” the toys will react and respond to a child’s play – when you tap on it, the Hatchimal taps back. When you stroke the top or bottom, it lights up and makes sounds.

This toy is designed to grow up and mature the more it is played with over the course of days and weeks.  This way children will not give up on the toy too quickly (at least that’s the hope anyway).   After its hatchling phase the pet becomes a toddler and eventually an adult Hatchimal.  As a baby you feed it by touching its beak to the floor. It becomes more interactive as a toddler (dancing and speaking) and then it will play games as it matures to adulthood.

The price is not too high for a toy like this, and we recommend that if you are interested in buying them don’t wait.  Hatchimals may sell out quickly and may not be available closer to Christmas.

Recommended for aged 5-10 years.

There are two variations of Hatchimals:  Draggles and Penguala (click image to find more information on Amazon):

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Hatchimals – DRAGGLES

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Hatchimals – PENGUALA


 

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Animated Movie Toys – 2016

It is now autumn of 2016 and many of the popular animated movies have come and gone, but their merchandising will live on for months or years to come.  Disney does not have a stranglehold on animation these days.  The other prominent movie studios are churning out blockbusters that compete with and often beat Disney at their own game.  The age of fantastic animation is here, and it will only get better.

Here is a rundown of some of the hottest animated movies of 2016 and a representative sample of toys spun off from those movies.

Finding Dory

At this point in the year Disney’s Finding Dory is the #1 grossing movie of 2016.  This Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish Dory and has become a good example of a sequel that can be as good as the original.

Finding Dory Educational Kit

Finding Dory Educational Kit

For kids this Finding Dory 4-in-1 Educational Kit looks like it will be a blast.  Designed for kids 3-8 years old this kit has games that help children develop their observational skills as well as their memory.  It might just be a great gift for fans of Dory.

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The Secret Life of Pets

Using a very original premise for a movie Universal Studios created the widely popular Secret Life of Pets.  The animation in this movie is superb, which made a lot of the action in the movie almost believable. The movie was filled with many fun-loving characters, each with his or her own personality.

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Secret Life of Pets Apartment Playset

The Secret Life of Pets 3-Story Apartment playset just looks so darned cute.  It includes three pet figures (Max, Gidget and Snowball) and kids will have fun pretending they are playing with the real pets themselves.  The apartments are separate and can connect together in different ways.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

There are many adorable Secret Life of Pets figures and plushes.  We just love the attitude of Chloe – typical cat all the way.  The Chloe plush is appropriate for ages 3 years and older.

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Zootopia is yet another Disney animated hit movie.  Following the theme of animal-based animated moves Zootopia follows the unlikely teamwork between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they investigate the disappearance of predator civilians within their metropolis.

Zootopia Police Station Playset

The Zootopia Police Station playset puts you right into the action of this animated movie.  This set is over 31 inches wide and 13 inches tall, and includes the Clawhauser figure, and a mini-helicopter with mini-Safety Squirrel figure.  There is also a mini-projector that simulates a computer monitor with 3 different images.  There is a moving elevator, working jail cell, and lots of other fun things to play with.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

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The Angry Birds Movie

The hugely popular gaming app has been transformed into a blockbuster movie.  Usually it’s the movie that spawns other consumer products, but in this case the Angry Birds mobile game clearly spawned the movie, and fans of the game are eating it up.

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Building Set

This LEGO Angry Birds building set offers hours of fun.  It includes 859 pieces which includes a wide array of movie-specific accessories and figures.  It is highly-rated on Amazon, as are most LEGO building sets, and we think most kids will get a real kick out of this set.  Recommended for ages 8-14.

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