I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Sylvanian Families. They were my favourite toy as a child. And I’d spend hours in my room playing with my bear family and their cosy cottage.
I really hoped that Little Miss H would come to love Sylvanian Families as much as I did. She is such a creative child and I knew that these fabulous figures would be perfect for imaginative play.
When Little Miss H turned four in May, we bought her the Sylvanian Families Seaside Ice Cream Shop. She loves it and plays with it all the time.
So, when we were contacted by the lovely people from Sylvanian Families and asked to review some of their toys, I may have squealed in excitement. And I was even more excied to see that we’d been sent the absolutely gorgeous Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset and Sea Otter Family.
Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset and Sea Otter Family
Sylvanian Families Sea Otter Family
All Sylvanian Families are brilliantly made with wonderful attention to detail. The Sea Otter Family is a perfect example of this. They have such cute expressions on their faces and the sweetest little tails which their clothes are adapted for.
Little Miss H and I both love the Sea Otter daughter’s tiny sea shell bag and her mother’s matching sea shell brooch. It is these little details which make Sylvanian Families such delightful and engaging toys.
Little Miss H is besotted with the Sea Otter Family. She loves to play with them and declare:
“Oh you are so cute, little sea otter baby.”
Movable arms and legs allow Little Miss H to place her Sea Otter Family in various positions. And she especially likes to have them sitting down as members of the audience watching a performance at the Ballet Theatre.
Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset
Oh, the Ballet Theatre!
The Ballet Theatre Playset is a beautiful toy. It is exquisite in every detail. And I selfishly wish Sylvanian Families had made this playset when I was a child.
But it makes me so happy to see the joy on Little Miss H’s face when she plays with it. And she adores the little bunny ballerina and her beautiful ballet princess outfit. The beading on the Chocolate Rabbit Girl’s dress is stunning.
The ballerina wears a pair of pale pink en pointe ballet shoes and a ballet crown (as Little Miss H fondly calls it). The rabbit also has posable limbs so when she is in her ballet stand she can perform various fabulous dance moves.
The Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset in action
Little Miss H’s favourite element of the Ballet Theatre is the fact that she can make the ballerina twirl and spin. This keeps her amused for ages.
Another brilliant aspect of the Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset is that it includes in-built speakers that play music from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Little Miss H especially loves the music to Swan Lake and likes to play it over again while making her ballerina twirl around and around.
There is also the option of being able to play our own music using an audio cable. I can’t wait to watch Freya Chocolate dancing to Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off.
With timetables and mirrors on the wall, a barre, a stool and a hanger the room can be transformed into a ballet studio for Freya Chocolate and her friends. It’s this versatility that make Sylvanian Families so engaging and wonderful for imaginative play.
And once the ballet is over, then the Sylvanian Families can go to the Seaside Ice Cream Shop for an ice cream cone. Because in the words of Little Miss H:
“They need ice cream energy before they can dance again.”
We produced a little video of Little Miss H unboxing and opening up her Ballet Theatre Playset and demonstrating how to use it. Go take a look! And please remember to give the video a thumbs up and remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel:
The magic of Sylvanian Families lives on
The Sylvanian Families toys are still as magical as they were when I was a child. And it brings a tear to my eye to see my children happily playing with these timeless toys.
If you’re looking for a playset for your child then I would always recommend Sylvanian Families. The possibilities for creative play are endless. And these classic toys will never date or go out of fashion. They will just continue to bring happiness for decades to come.
Does your child own any Sylvanian Families playsets? Or do you remember playing with Sylvanian Families as a child? I would love to hear in the comments.
The Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Playset and Sea Otter Family were sent to us for the purpose of this review. However, as always, all words, opinions, photographs and videos are my own.