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Enter the magical world of Calico Critters

 

Our son using his imagination to turn a sand box into a construction site.

I think that an imagination is vital for child development. The imagination leads to dreams, inventions, theories, and creativity. Using your imagination is a fundamental part of being a child.

Growing up I had to play by myself a lot. My sister is eight years older than me, so she wasn’t a good “playmate” for me, sadly. There were also no kids my age on my road for most of my life. I did get to play with my cousins a lot, which was great. The best part of my childhood was playing with my cousins. We were always using our imaginations, from role playing to simply playing with toys.

I had a lot of Fisher Price Little People sets as a child. I had the castle, house, barn and all of those wonderful toys. I also had a few Playskool sets. My cousins and I would combine them to create Disney World. We would take over the entire playroom and set it up like it was Disney World. We used my circus train as the monorail, and my Weebles Western town as one of the areas in the park. We also used the Little People castle as the castle in the park.

We would play for hours upon hours. It was wonderful!

I still have all of those sets. One day I’d love to set them up for my future grandchildren so I can play “Disney” with them too.

I love toys that have a lot of different components to them to help foster a child’s imagination. That is why I love Calico Critters.

If you have never seen Calico Critters before, they are adorable fuzzy animal figures that children can play with. You can buy them as sets (families, couples). Some also come with the available play sets.

Calico Critters are available in a variety of animals including Pandas, Cats, Dogs, Bunnies, Kangaroos, Hedgehogs, Alpacas and more.

There are usually a mom, dad, child and baby with each family set.

The animals are too cute! Every time I used to go into Toys R Us with my kids, I would always swing by the section where the Calico Critters were to check them out.

I was sent to review some fun sets from Calico Critters including buildings and furniture.

Let’s take a look at the adorable Calico Critters sets I received to review.

Designer Studio

The Designer Studio is a private studio for Stella the Hopscotch Rabbit older sister, who works as a dress designer in town. Your Calico friends can enjoy a lovely tea party inside. The building and the furniture are neatly designed with gorgeous engravings.

This building can be played with on it’s own, or combined with other buildings to create a town.

I should have taken a photo of the front of the building too. My apologies for that.

The set comes with the building/studio, sofa, table, Bunny, hat, purse, plate, dessert,fork, tea cup and saucer.

Check out the details on the building.

I love all the intricate little pieces too. Check out the tiny little fork and plates. The cherry tart looks good enough to eat! I wish I had pieces like this when I used to play with my Barbie dolls and Little People.

Red Roof Cozy Cottage

I think all figurines deserve a comfy place to live. The Red Roof Cozy Cottage is the perfect little home for your Calico Critters figures.

Red Roof Cozy Cottage is the perfect choice for those starting out with Calico Critters! This all-in-one set includes a two-story house, figure (Hopscotch Rabbit Girl), and furniture.

Red Roof Cozy Cottage features a removable second story floor that can be placed alongside the first floor to create a wider space that is easier to play with. The stairs come as a standalone unit and can be placed in any desired location. Windows come equipped with shutters that can be opened and closed during play.

This set is adorable! The brand made everything perfect, including a real fabric blanket and pillow for the bed. I also love how the stove door opens so that your Calico Critter friend can whip up some yummy food.

This set comes with a total of 24 pieces including Hopscotch Rabbit (pictured), the building, stove, table, two chairs, omelet, frying pan and more.

I love the little balcony. This way Hopscotch Bunny can go outside, get some fresh air and view nature.

What I love about these sets is that they can be mixed and matched so that you can use furniture and accessories with all the Calico Critters sets.

Sweet Raspberry Home

I could not find this set on the Calico Critters website in order to link to it, but I do see that it’s sold at Walmart, in case anyone was interested in purchasing it.

This set comes with a single story home, a bunk bed and a sweet little Hopscotch Rabbit, baby Grace. So is so cute!

I used figures from another set to adorn the front porch. The door opens and closes for realistic play, after all, you never know who might come knocking.

I wish I had taken a picture of the inside of the house. I honestly thought I did. My apologies for that.

Elegant Town Manor

This is a grand piece with a lot of details and accessories. This is sure to be a “must have” for any Calico Critters fan. I’m an adult and I think this set is marvelous.

Elegant Town Manor Gift Set is a special set containing the Elegant Town Manor and Stella, the Hopscotch Rabbit older sister who lives there.

Also included are original color furniture and accessories, perfectly suited to the manor’s interior.Elegant Town Manor Gift Set has a two-story house with a high ceiling, giving the manor a sense of space. The ceiling has a luxurious chandelier. There is also a lovely balcony located outside the door.

The spiral staircase is self-standing, and can connect to anywhere in the building.

The included furniture is in an original color perfect for the house for just the right coordination.

The included Stella, the Hopscotch Rabbit older sister’s dress is an original design that can only be found in this set. Placing the Designer Studio on top completes Stella, the Hopscotch Rabbit older sister’s house (sold separately).

This set is amazing! You can play with it with or without the top part (roof). The roof part gives you an extra room to play with, but if you want the house to look a little less grand, simply remove the roof.

I’ve included photos of the home with and without the top piece. Either way, it’s a great home for your Calico Critters.

I love how elegant they made this home, from the beautiful fabric bed to the chandelier. The spiral staircase is a nice touch.

This set also come with a “sidewalk” piece that you can also use inside the home to give your Calico Critter more space (as seen above).

Of course, not elegant home would be complete without a balcony.

I know I have said it before, but Calico Critters really do pay close attention to the details. They think of everything, right down to the itty bitty eating utensils and foods.

These sets are NOT for little kids due to the small pieces. I don’t think they would pose a choking hazard, but I wouldn’t want to risk it. I would also caution these little pieces around dogs and cats.

Just look at how amazing this dessert table looks with the little chocolates and cookies.

They look good enough to eat!

Calico Critters sells plenty of sets to add to your Calico Critters homes. Even though they are sold separately, that doesn’t mean that they are not as exceptionally well made as the house sets. Many of the accessories have working parts. Some are really realistic too.

I REALLY wish I had Calico Critters when I was a kid. I know I would have played with them for hours and hours.

Check out some of the fun available accessories.

Kitchen Island and Breakfast Playset

The breakfast play set comes with everything you need to create a delicious pretend breakfast for your Calico Critters. The kitchen island comes with the things you need to whip up a yummy meal for your Calico Critters.

The set comes with a kitchen island with a sink and a plenty of counter space for your blender, toaster, ingredients and more.

Here are the sets and their pieces separably. The photos I took combined the two.

Kitchen Island Set

Breakfast Set

The set features a toaster that lets you make the “toast’ go up and down, and interchangeable plates for the waffle/doughnut maker. You can also “cook” and remove bunny shaped waffles/pancakes for our Calico Critter.

I love it! These sets and accessories are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Here are some more accessories.

Laundry (washing machine) and Vacuum Cleaner

The middle part of the vacuum pops out to become a hand held vacuum.

The washing machine door opens and closes. The set comes with a piece of laundry. When you put the laundry into the machine and turn the dial on the back, it moves around. There is even “water” in the machine to give it a realistic look. I wish the picture was better so that you can see the water.

Microwave Cabinet

The cabinet is featured above (in the middle) along side other pieces (sold separately) that you can put together.

The microwave door opens and closes, as does the cabinet door.

The set comes with a pie (?) that you can “cook” in the microwave. The microwave knob turns too.

 

Bed and comforter Set

Every Calico Critter deserves a comfy bed to rest their heads and have a good night’s sleep. You can pick up extra beds for your Calico Critters that work with any of the house sets.

If you need extra Calico Critters, you can also purchase more. Take for example this adorable duo. The set even comes with a bouquet of flowers for the little girl bunny to hold on to. Aww..

“Blind Bags” are all the range these days. You can find blind bags for a variety of toy brands.

A blind bag is a package that contains a mystery item from your favorite toy/brand. Calico Critter has blind bags too. I’m not sure what different kinds they have, but I do know they have ones with Calico Critter babies with an accessory, as well as Calico Critters babies with musical instruments.

Below are some examples of what you might get in one of the Calico Critters bling bags.

With the holiday season fast approaching, Calico Critters would make a great gift for that special little someone on your shopping list. Calico Critters would work with both girls and boys.

Calico Critters is a fun way to spark the imagination and provide your child (or grandchild) with hours of creative play.

If you would like to learn more about Calico Critters, visit CalicoCritters.com. You can purchase Calico Critters, sets and accessories on their website. Calico Critters are also sold at many other retail locations across the country.

The brand is also on Facebook and Instagram. Their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Are you a fan of Calico Critters? Is there a set featured in this post that you like the most? Feel free to comment sand share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.