IKEA dollhouseWhoa! Dollhouses are in the news these days. Designer dollhouses, dollhouse expositions, and now IKEA is into the business (left; I love the flowered wallpaper).

Dollhouses have been a mainstay for play therapists for years; an article by play therapist Janet Courtney describes how her quest for the perfect dollhouse led her to create her own.

Titania's palaceAnd here is a new book about Titania’s Palace, an elaborate dollhouse begun in 1907 by cabinetmaker James Hicks & Sons, commissioned by Sir Neville Wilkinson when his three year old daughter Guendolen announced she had seen a fairy running under the roots of a tree and fretted that they had to live underground.

Why not encourage children to make their own dollhouses? Here are two from our Summer ArtBreak program. Notice the details: clock on the wall, a braided rug, stairs. The children making these took them back and forth between home and ArtBreak to continue working on them. Moms reported they were played with for days in a row.



About Katherine Ziff

I live in Athens, Ohio where I am a clinical mental health counselor, writer, and exhibiting artist.
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