Win doll’s house accessories

Are you good at taking time to indulge in imaginative play with your children?

I think it is important to do so as those sessions make for happy memories that last for years. I still remember playing shops with my mum back in the Seventies. I had a little cash register and we would take it in turns to be the customer or shopkeeper. I seem to remember her using egg boxes as some of the items you could buy. That shows that inventive parents don’t need to spend a whole lot of money to inject fun into their children’s lives. Of course, I learned a lot about adding things up when playing shop. I also remember us making a little house out a clothes horse. My Dad built me my own “kitchen” in the garden made out of paving slabs. It was my own little area and meant the world to me.

“Let’s pretend” opens up a world of possibilities and stimulates creativity. As parents, we can get in touch with our inner child and see stresses disappear as we give ourselves over to imaginative play. Vitally, it ensures we are spending quality time with our children.

My very favourite toy as a child was the doll’s house made by my Dad’s best friend. It had sliding doors and I imagined scenes similar to Downton Abbey taking place in it. I always did have delusions of grandeur!

The lovely people at Big Game Hunters recently sent my daughter a doll’s house family and furniture set. She loves them and has a whole scenario about an opera singing mother going on. Who am I to say the mother looks nothing like an opera singer to me? It makes absolute sense to her.

She commented:

“I like this set because it is so colourful. I like the way that there are moving parts. For example the skating board has real wheels, the drawers and oven open so you can put things in them.”


The furniture set also includes beds, sofa, table and crockery.

I have a Doll’s house family set and a furniture set to giveaway.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please note this competition is open to UK residents only aged 18 years and over.

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  1. Ojo Henley January 16, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I used to make up stories with puppets as a child x

  2. Rachelradiostar January 17, 2014 / 6:55 am

    Oooo fingers crossed for me as I have a little Madeleine who’d adore this πŸ™‚

  3. Really Rachel January 17, 2014 / 10:06 am

    I have 4 daughters and I KNOW my 4yr old would love this, she’s always creating imaginary families with her toys! I loved my doll house when I was growing up and would always be playing with it

  4. Anne January 17, 2014 / 11:03 am

    I was a weird kid, lol. My mum would give me a pile of change from her purse and I would imagine they were a king and queen and their entourage. I would polish all the coins with a cloth so they were shiny and they line them up in a parade.

  5. Kim Campbell January 17, 2014 / 11:31 am

    Putting my mums clothes and shoes

  6. Jo Hutchinson January 17, 2014 / 11:42 am

    Cooking with non existant food and drinking pretend cups of tea.

  7. Tracy Nixon January 17, 2014 / 11:46 am

    I have always loved dolls houses! I had a ‘Carolyn’s House’ when I was little and loved it! My two little girls received a dolls house for Christmas and love it too! This prize would be perfect for them thank you x

  8. Lisa Sands January 17, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Playing Sylvanian Families with a dolls house my grandad built… and now my daughter plays them πŸ™‚ x

  9. Ian Yates January 17, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Whimsie football!

  10. Philippa Tyrer January 17, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Playing in a Wendy house my dad made from packing crates.

  11. Zoe Roxby January 17, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    My favourite memory was when I was around 7 yrs old and my friends slept over where we all pretended we were princess’s we dressed up in costumes my mother had made it was lovely

  12. Catherine Culmer January 17, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    I adored my own dolls house when I was young. I was an only child and spent hours talking away to the dolls inside.

  13. abigail edkins January 17, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    building houses with my brothers lego

  14. kim neville January 17, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    making dens with my sister then having a picnic with our dolls

  15. stacy taylor January 17, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    trying on my mums shoes

  16. KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS January 17, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Dressing up and playing princesses

  17. Gina M January 17, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    Being a princess!

  18. Sue Bowden January 17, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Playing in our little den with a couple of rag dollies named Beet and Eid, my sister’s and I played for hours on end. In the winter we used to go up and play in the attic, carrying on where we left off – my dad still has one of the rag dolls to this day – only he calls he one eye Rosie.

  19. Tracy Hanley January 17, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Making things out of paper mache

  20. Lynn Heath January 17, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    My sisters and I along with the girls next door used to play in a big field (now a bypass) and we called it bunny land – we used to spend all day playing out in the summer holidays, Good Times!!!

  21. claire eadie January 17, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    making mud pies with my cousins for our outdoor ‘kitchen’ πŸ™‚

  22. clair pearson January 17, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    I use to love and still love playing with my girls Barbie dolls weather they are full size or children, I use to Have a Dolls house when I was younger and I played with it every minute every day,
    Great prize finger crossed I can win this for my 2 girls, they would have as much fun as I did as a child, I would even play with them now with it lol
    im a big kid at heart

  23. Alexandra Byford-Scott January 17, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Making ‘lunch’ and ‘cups of tea’ for my dolls!

  24. michele omalley January 17, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Me and my sister made up an imaginary language and used it while we were playing in our den

  25. katie Kathurima January 17, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    Playing mums and dads

  26. laura jayne bates January 17, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    me and my friends used to play with trolls when we were younger

  27. andrea tinkler January 17, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    Building a tent with a sheet and my mums clothes horse. Then sitting in the plastic wash basket imagining it was a boat xx

  28. laura stewart January 18, 2014 / 9:33 am

    dressing up in my grandmas shoes

  29. Maya Russell January 18, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Using a skipping rope around the waist, either my sister or myself used to be the horse and the other would follow behind saying ” giddyup!”…

  30. Jo Booth January 18, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    We used to have hours of fun making dens out of upside down tables and chairs covered with blankets πŸ™‚

  31. Joanne Clarke January 18, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Playing shop with pretend money

  32. andrea lloyd January 18, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    playing mum with my dolls

  33. Ruth Davies January 18, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Had such fun in my nans garden everything was make believe

  34. Anne Hamilton January 18, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I love imaginary play with my 2 granddaughters, we pull two chairs together and my granddaughters pretend they are in a bus and they can travel to the seaside, they pull out a blanket and have a picnic (they have arrived at their destination – the seaside) biscuits, crisps and lemonade go down a treat. They can move the chairs back to back – a small distance between them and throw the blanket over the chairs, now they have a tent. Back on the bus and its time to go home. It can be poring down outside but in their imagination they are having a wonderful day at the seaside.

  35. Anna-Marie Donnelly January 18, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    I loved playing horses with my best friend. All we needed was a skipping rope and a bike helmet. Rope around the waist and skipping along…no PS4’s around then!

  36. Debbie Burfoot January 18, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    my mum made big tents in the garden with old pink bed spreads over the washing lines..great fun and got photos too

  37. Ruth Harwood January 19, 2014 / 8:23 am

    We would put plastic sheeting over our huge table and arrange paints on top of a large sheet of paper with potato cutouts next to each one. My brothers and I would love it! sadly, I don’t have a big table to do this with my son, but we compromise and use the floor instead. It’s great for bonding

  38. Phyllis Ellett January 19, 2014 / 9:14 am

    The dining room chairs and the big blankets and sheets to make a den in the front room when I was 6 or so years old, having my dolls all set up for a tea party, spent hours playing with my ‘friends’

  39. Reader January 19, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I loved role play when I was little..and I always used to be the parent. πŸ˜€

  40. Candace January 19, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Loved my dolls house when I was little. DD plays with it now but with some new dolls. Mine fell apart as I played with them so much

  41. Sarah Ruse January 19, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Building dens down the old railway cutting with my brother and cousins out of old rubbish we could find!

  42. Kim Carberry January 19, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I used to love my toy kitchen…So many happy memories of playing with that!!

  43. Kate Duckmanton January 19, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Making horses out of piles of pillows and pretending to show jump!!

  44. justine meyer January 19, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    We used to tie a pillow to a piece of string and dangle it over the stirway banister and pretend we were playing Moonface and Silky from the Magic Faraway Tree. God knows how we didn’t end up injured dragging ourselves up and down on the rope.

  45. AndiG January 19, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    Making Dens (Houses) in the woods at school

  46. Hannah Bee Griffin January 21, 2014 / 8:23 am

    All my Teddy’s would come to life and we would have picnics in the garden, they were also great for playing doctors with

  47. mandy cove (@mandsmanc) January 21, 2014 / 11:16 am

    planting conkers in the garden and waiting for them to grown into trees

  48. claire matthews-curtis January 21, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    building a den with my brothers and cousins in my nana’s house, but I also loved playing with my dolls

  49. elaine stokes January 21, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    we would make a den in the trees at the side of out house and have all our friends over for a BIG tea party

  50. Laura Pritchardl January 21, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    My brother will deny it now but he was my pet puppy & would follow me about on all fours πŸ™‚

  51. Trupti Dave January 22, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Dressing up and playing mummy to dolls

  52. lowri earith January 22, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    playing barbies with my sister it is probably my favourite of my childhood memories

  53. Amanda Mallows January 22, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I recall sitting all my teddies in a circle and teaching them their five times tables – I was such a bossy little thing.

  54. karen cowley January 22, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Me and my sister used to take all the tins out of the cupboard and play shops, (laughing now just thinking about it ) fab giveaway thanks for the chance xx

  55. Rebecca Morgan January 24, 2014 / 10:54 am

    I used to pretend I was a teacher. So I would sit in front of my class of teddies and dolls and read them stories. Occasionally I would sit in front of a mirror and read to myself lol!

  56. Janet Thornton January 24, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I used to love playing with my dolls and making dens with the clothes airer.

  57. Solange January 24, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Playing doctors and nurses

  58. Chloe Morris January 24, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I remember having an obsession with Scooby Doo, I’d used to get my mum to be Scooby, whilst I was Daphne and we’d run around the house pretending my grandparents were all the evil criminals, (:

  59. Robby Price January 25, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Naming all the soldiers in the fort built for me

  60. Kat Glynn January 26, 2014 / 2:55 am

    I had a treehouse family toy with a little dog that i used to love x

  61. george January 26, 2014 / 10:50 am


  62. Laura Rodgers January 26, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    I used to pretend a i was a power ranger and always kicked ass!

  63. katie skeoch January 26, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    has to be making peg dolls with extra pieces of material and ribbon so that they could go to the ball!!

  64. Natalie Crossan January 26, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Me and my daughter both love pretending to throw snowballs at each other and chase each other screaming “can’t catch me!” πŸ™‚

  65. lorraine stone January 26, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Playing with play dough and getting it all over the carpet! Can still remember what it smells like too!

  66. michaela atkins January 26, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    stealing my brothers action man to play with my sindy lol

  67. Elizabeth Smith January 27, 2014 / 7:55 am

    My brother and I were promised a trip to the zoo which was then rescinded because of bad behaviour. I was pretty devastated because I was/am animal-mad, but because of that interest I had loads of soft toys so decided that my bedroom was a zoo and Sindy (who clearly had far better parents, in fact her parents might actually be mine because I was clearly adopted) would be given an exclusive visit.
    A few years ago there was an item on the news about ‘virtual’ holidays. A lady with ME was bed-bound but she and her mother ‘visited’ countries by sightseeing online, learning the language and cooking meals from the area etc (didn’t involve imagining being stuck in queues for hours at the airport!). So the value of imaginative play might last longer than childhood.

  68. Linda Gray January 27, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Acting out a ghost story with my brother and sister!

  69. Vicky Robinson January 27, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    I loved playing with my Sindy dolls in a dolls house that my dad built out of a bookcase! I could play for hours making up stories with the dolls & my 3 youngest daughters are just the same! My eldest daughter (now nearly 11 never even looked at her dolls LOL!)

  70. olivia kirby January 27, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    I made an amazing sweet factory once out of boxes, tubes and shiny wrappers!

  71. donna jones January 27, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    dressing up

  72. Hayley Todd January 28, 2014 / 9:15 am

    I used to have a dolls house when I was a little girl and I would spend absolute hours playing with it and the family x

  73. Janine Atkin January 28, 2014 / 11:43 am

    i loved making scenes with my sylvanian families

  74. BECCA STAPLES January 28, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Playging boats and acting like i was in the sea in my mums washing basket lol x

  75. Kirsty Greer January 28, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    I used to love playing shops and post offices x

  76. Louise kisby January 28, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    Making mud pies in the garden πŸ™‚

  77. michelle higgs January 28, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    when I was little i had a barbie and michael jackson doll that I used as Ken. and a big dolls house and no furniture so my dad showed me how to make them out of matchstick boxes. it was good fun and my old socks I made clothes. x

  78. Lindsey Stuart January 28, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I used to love playing houses and using my imagination. I had a little ride on tractor i used to pretend that was my car and i would drive my imaginary kids to school.
    I used to love making mud mince too

  79. sandy ralph January 28, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    my favorite imaginative play as a child would be playing schools with my big brothers when they got home from school

  80. Susan Hall January 28, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Playing with my farm set. My fields were an old wooden bakers tray covered in green felt

  81. Maria Jane Knight January 28, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    My mum had a Christmas hamper one year when me and my brother were kids and we turned the giant box it came in, into no end of things….we made a puppet show, a dog kennel, a car and a Ninja Turtles den.

  82. zoe matthewman January 28, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Playing in the mud with my brother with the kitchen spoons and making dens

  83. barbara s January 28, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    its lego it kept us busy for hours

  84. Jennifer Rhymer January 28, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    I remember getting a Barbie/Sindy house for Christmas one year, it was huge and my dad cut out pieces of carpet and carpeted the whole house. I got furniture for it for my birthdays and loved playing with it for years.

  85. Karen Barrett January 28, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    Having tea parties with my little china tea set

  86. Gillian Hutchison January 28, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    I remember playing BMX bandits after seeing the film.

  87. Naomi Buchan January 29, 2014 / 1:33 am

    Mine is of playing Sylvanian families with mys sister. We would spend hours feeding the babies with the tiny bottles and thought the flushing toilet was brilliant

  88. Laura VItty January 29, 2014 / 7:50 am

    Sliding our legs into carpet tubes and using them as stilts. We were giants!

  89. stephanie campbell January 29, 2014 / 10:34 am

    i lived on a street in quite a small village and we all went to the same school, so often all played together. we used to love making dens with the clothes maiden and having clubs ‘no boys allowed etc’ not a play park insight but lots of fields and trees to climb we used to beleive we were monkeys…

  90. Holly Edmundson January 29, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Use to love playing with my baby born when I was younger

  91. diane wood January 29, 2014 / 11:37 am

    My daughter went from an imaginary family of Julies to a whole imaginary class when she started school and re-enacted the school day when she got home, with her as the teacher

  92. SARAH JONES January 29, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    i lived on a quiet street and we used to pretend the road was a sea and the pavements were island and would swim back and forth trying not to get eaten by a shark!

  93. Karen January 29, 2014 / 10:19 pm

    I remember playing “Mummy and Daddies” with my brothers! Loved it and I love watching my little boy play it now!

  94. Rachael Wise January 29, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    I used to love playing with my dolls and teddies! I’d have to arrange them all amongst their friends as i’d feel guilty if one got left out so i always made sure they all had company! Haha πŸ™‚ <3

  95. Gemma Matthews January 29, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    I used to love playing fish and chip shops with my godmother, we would screw up newspaper around our imaginary chips, i must have been the richest fish and chip shop owner as she used to buy so many bags off me πŸ™‚

  96. nicole January 30, 2014 / 12:06 am

    I would make elaborate homes for my “little Ponies” out of legos!

  97. jodie harvey January 30, 2014 / 12:25 am

    i used to have picnics with my dolls and plastic food/teaset πŸ™‚

  98. alice lightning January 30, 2014 / 12:40 am

    use to play in boxes and homemade tents with sheets play police and baddies and cowboys and Indians memories

  99. Natalie Gillham January 30, 2014 / 3:41 am

    making hide outs out of blankets on chairs with my brother

  100. Caroline Blaza January 30, 2014 / 7:43 am

    Playing with water and a tea set and making everyone who came to visit “cups of tea” with it!

  101. Gerri Tennant January 30, 2014 / 9:58 am

    My two children invented a complete imaginary village with people places and things which remained the same over several months. It was aThey used to bring me up to date every day on what the villagers had been doing.

  102. Claire Nelson January 30, 2014 / 10:31 am

    My doll and its pushchair in the garden

  103. Becci Cleary January 30, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Playing on a Mobility scooter….I was a racing driver πŸ™‚

  104. samuel January 30, 2014 / 11:15 am

    this would nice to win XD

  105. clair pearson January 30, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    Great prize, my Daughters would love this, I would find myself playing with it aswell lol any excuse

  106. Anthea Holloway January 30, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    We used to make dens in the woods at breaktime at school and made the walls from piles of pine needles!

  107. Amanda letch January 30, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I got a dolls house for Christmas in the 1960’s . I remember it had a flat roof and the style was very 1960’s . It had white plastic furniture and brown and orange decor! I use to play with it for hours and loved it !

  108. Joy Dehany January 30, 2014 / 11:15 pm

    My daughter will be 3 in March and would just love this. Thank you for the opportunity.

  109. Joy Dehany January 30, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    I’m not on twitter.
    I remember my sisters dolls house in the 70’s, it had real working lights in it, it was amazing.

  110. Tom G January 31, 2014 / 12:41 am

    Our son used to insist that he had a pet shark that lived in Liverpool!!

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