Review by Chloe Witters
Melissa and Doug wooden toys already have a very good reputation in this family, and the Doorbell House did not disappoint.
The toy is a sweet little wooden house with four lockable doors. Each door has its own doorbell with a unique sound, and there are four keys to unlock the doors. The house is provided with four play people, who can be hidden behind the doors. The keys are attached to the house which is very handy and prevents any keys from disappearing never to be found again.
For a toddler, there are a lot of functions on this toy; opening and closing doors, the option of hiding people/things inside the house, four doorbells to ring, and four little people to play with. Arlo can’t yet operate the locks by himself, so we’ve been leaving the doors unlocked so he can open and close them as he pleases. I can see the possibilities for play expanding as he gets older – it would make a great little house for roleplay games with the little dolls provided.
Our one negative is that on one of the doors, the lock is a bit ‘sticky’. So even when the door is unlocked, it will lock when closed. This has caused a bit of frustration with Arlo as he likes to be able to do things by himself but is unable to open this door until one of us comes along with the key.
The age range for this toy is 3+, and I can definitely see the Doorbell House keeping Arlo busy for the next couple of years at least. The Melissa and Doug Doorbell House is available at Toys R Us, priced £24.99