Strawberry Shortcake Berry CaféREVIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | March 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Dollhouses are one of those toys in my home that have a pretty long lifespan. Storytelling is healthy and I personally love toys that assist in it without doing all the thinking (read electronic sounds) for you. With my kids being on the younger end in age I am also pretty careful to the imagery they receive in dolls and having already been a fan of Strawberry Shortcake for its colorful, yet innocent looks exploring the Berry Café was an exciting opportunity.
My (almost) 3 year old and (almost) 5 year old managed to recreate stories with the café. With several mini food pieces (cupcakes, croissants, pies etc), furniture pieces (chairs, tables, television) appliances (blender, stove) and a little Strawberry shortcake herself the play is endless. Moms would be wishing the pieces were not so small as they are certain to get misplaced easily, but they would have needed to be that size to fit in, though it would have been nice to have a little case to fit them in after play – would certainly promote and easier cleanup.
The berry café itself offers a few surprises. I loved the leaf staircase which was flexible flow inside the café or outside. The doors and windows are both fully functional, with even a side wall opening out to allow for little hands to work inside the café easier. On top of the café is my littlest kiddo’s favorite bit. A little bird on a flower acts like a spinning swing. By putting Strawberry Shortcake firmly in her seat on the bird and pressing on the center spinner the bird whirls around giving her a quickie ride.
Disclosure: I received the Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cafe to review!