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Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

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Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

About International Playthings, LLC.

“Since its inception in 1967, International Playthings, LLC has excelled in the delivery of innovative and entertaining products with integrity, superior play value and child developmental qualities to consumers. Over the course of its 40-year existence, IP LLC has grown to become one of the largest and most respected suppliers of quality products to the North American specialty industry.”

About Calico Critters

“Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners are timeless, classic toys that delight children and promote wholesome family values. These award-winning miniature creatures and their life-like environments have inspired the imagination and creativity of countless children, while promoting healthy physical and cognitive development through pretend play. Calico Critter families are just like real families, and every mom, dad, sister and brother plays an important role in the Cloverleaf Corners community.”

About the Cloverleaf Townhome Gift Set

“This Townhome Gift Set features the Luxury Townhome and over 50 additional accessories, including two posable Critters, Bed Set, Hutch Desk Set, Dining Set, Oven with Cooking Pan and Kitchen Cart Set! The home opens and closes for lots of decorating and pretend play fun. The moveable staircase and extra floor area can be used to create larger rooms. House measures 12″ x 12″ x 12″ closed, 21″ x 21″ x12″ opened. The lights turn on and off in this spacious four-room townhome, and the room divider can be moved to create a fifth room.”

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

There is no doubt about it, imaginative play is an essential part of growing up and something every child should be encouraged to do. We live in a  world where technology is everywhere, from the classrooms to the doctor offices, tablets and touch screens are the new way. Sticking your child in front of a screen or tablet does not teach them fine motor skills, it does not allow them to experience the world on their own. They need to be able to touch, feel and manipulate things… use their thinking and problem solving skills! A child is able to create their own world when in imaginative play and engage their senses. Children develop healthy, strong, and complete neurological connections in their brains when they engage in imaginative play. It’s time to click the tv screen off, hide the tablets, and get out those toys without all the bells in whistles. The toys that encourage your child to play pretend and create make believe scenarios! The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome Gift Set is the perfect tool to help your child on their path to imaginative play. With over fifty accessories, including two posable Critters, Bed Set, Hutch Desk Set, Dining Set, Oven with Cooking Pan and Kitchen Cart Set… your child is able to make up their very own world.

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

This simple, quality and moderate sized townhome offers so many different ways for your child to peak their interest in imaginative play. You can set the staircase up however you please, plus the floor area allows you to create larger rooms. There are even reali life light switches in the room that your child can turn on and off.

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

There is a great porch on the outside of the house that you can access from either the adjacent bedroom or from the back. I just love this little wrap around porch and chimney and I think it gives the house a very realistic look. This house can close shut when not in use, which makes it easy to keep track of the pieces and store when not in use.

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

I was  quite impressed with the amount of accessories that were included in this set and it truly makes this something a child could never grow bored of playing with. There are so many small and intricate pieces that will help your child to really engage in some awesome imaginative play. From little utensils and pencils to drawers and and pans that actually open! Your child will have so much fun recreating a picnic on the front lawn or lunch on the porch.

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

This may seem like an obvious statement but it is one that we all need a reminder of once in awhile… your child is only a child once! Take advantage of those years when imaginative play is most crucial to their development and provide them with the proper resources to do so. The amount of benefits from this type of play are just amazing and something no child should go without! My four and eight year old children have already spent many fun hours using their imaginations with this set and I just know your child would love it too!

Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome


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71 thoughts on “Encouraging Imaginative Play With The Calico Critters Cloverleaf Townhome

  1. These really really do encourage imaginative play. My daughters can spend hours setting up their house and families and making up stories and scenarios to go along with them. I did the same thing as a child. The animals and all their accessories are absolutely adorable!

  2. This townhome is awesome! Having never had a dollhouse as a kid, I would definitely have to share this with my daughter!

  3. I like the fact that it has so many things that come with it. Great for helping a child use their imagination.

  4. i adore these. I love all the little accessories they have and all the different kinds of families. this house is amazing too

  5. This is my first knowledge of Calico Critters and I’m very impressed! There are so many different was to spark the imagination with this set and it can be added to because they all connect~awesome product!

  6. I love how old fashioned these look! I would have loved them as a kid myself! They certainly do seem like the kind of toys that promote imaginative play!

  7. I love these and the bunnies! I have 2 nieces who would love something like this. They so tiny it makes them absolutely adorable.Thank you for the great review ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. oh my gosh, the lights turn on???? i had no idea they had sets this detailed, i have only seen the animals and little sets! how cute!

  9. I had never heard of these toys until a few days ago when toys r us sent out their big Christmas wish book and my 4 year old was rambling non stop about these little critters so Santa will be investing in these guys this year lol

  10. im pretty sure I had some of these little animals as a little girl. I love how cute they are and all the different set options

  11. Not only is this really cute but the Children can let their imaginations run wild with these cuddly critters. So much they can do with all the furniture and the townehomes.

  12. The Cloverleaf Townhouse sounds awesome! I love that you can turn the lights on and off and all the accessories available! My niece would definitely play with this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This is so cute. I love that you can make the rooms larger by moving the stairs. My granddaughter would have hours of fun with this

  14. I love that it allows kids to use their imaginations while playing with this play set of super cute accessories!

  15. They are so adorable. When I look at them they remind me of some toys I had when I was little. They looks just like these little bunnies.

  16. This townhome is amazing,so many moving parts great for little hands plus all the cute accessories to spark their imaginations.

  17. This is so much more detailed than the things I had when I was little. I would love to get this so I could play with it. And since I have kids now, I could get away with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I love the different look from a standard doll house, the Calico Critters are much more loveable, in my opinion

  19. These are so cute. My daughter loves animals. I think she would prefer a calico critters set over a regular dollhouse. I would have loved these as a little girl.

  20. I love the creative play that results when you give kids this beautiful collection. The new twist on a doll house and its inhabitants.

  21. Oh my goodness, this little house is SO adorable! I love the tiny little dishes and furniture! This is definitely something that I wish that I had as a little girl, I know that my daughter would love it too! It would be hard to choose which family, they are all so cute.

  22. My daughter has a Calico Critters family and some of the furniture and she can play with it for hours. All of it is so neat! I love how it has such cute details down to soap for the bathroom and a fireplace that lights up to look like there’s an actual fire.

  23. how adorable is this, just too cute, I love all the different charactors they have to go with this house ๐Ÿ˜‰ great review and thanks for share

  24. I Love these different sets of families, it’s so nice to see friendly characters of nature instead of all th tv related things. I would love to have several sets for my children.

  25. the Calico Critter Townhome is awesome. It looks like it would hold a family pluse visitors. I collect these and am excited to see more ideas.

  26. I would love to start a Calico Critters collection for my daughter. They are so adorable. Thanks for the review and introducing me to this collection.

  27. My daughter’s have always dreamed of having one of the Calico Critter homes. They have the schoolhouse and I agree, Calico Critters are amazing for imaginative play, creativity, social interaction, and role play. We love Calico Critter’s!

  28. I just adore the Calico Critters town home. we used to play with it at a local toy shop and my daughter’s always wanted one. Maybe Santa all be generous this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I love the Calico Critters families..
    My grown son had some of these when he was little and I would love to get some for my grandson.

  30. These things are so adorable. Alysia has just hit the age where everything miniature fascinates her and she really wants a dollhouse. She likes the Panda Bear Family.

  31. So sweet, and very good construction. My Granddaughter loves dollhouses and most of all,animals. She would absolutely be thrilled with this set.

  32. This townhome would provide hours of play for my kids! I love all the details like the moveable staircase and the kitchen is adorable with all the intricate features. I think this toy home inspires kids to be creative and use their imagination, something many toys these days ignore. The Calico Critters are such great toys.

  33. This toy is adorable. My daughter loves animals and anything small that she can put in a house, boat ect. I think this would be a perfect gift for her!

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