With two little girls in our house age 4 and almost 2 you can well imagine that there’s a fair bit of princess based action going on . . . last week the girls discovered that one of Chloe’s old princess dresses fits Amy and they’ve both basically spent the last week dressed up in a range of pretty sparkly princess gowns . . .
When the team at Fisher-Price asked if the girls would like to try out the new Fisher-Price Little People Twirls & Songs Palace I could hardly say no! Immediately I pictured the two of them sitting on the floor in the playroom together playing with the ultimate Disney Princess palace
. The play set is aimed at children from ages 18 months+ to around 5 making it ideal for Amy and Chloe to play with together.
The set needs a little assembly – some clicking together and few screws taking Dave around 20 minutes after the girls had gone to bed (clearly it would have taken a lot longer if they’d been there to help). Top Tip from the Mr: It’s much easier to apply the stickers before you fit the pieces together as some of them are in awkward places.
As soon as the girls got up on Saturday morning they were in there, getting involved. Together.
Of course Chloe knew immediately who the princesses were in the set (Cinderella and Belle just in case you’re wondering) whereas Amy was happy to just call them “Pincess”. That said, hearing her say Cinderella is just the cutest thing.
Both girls were keen to wear their own Cinderella and Belle costumes whilst they were playing princesses (I say both girls, I think it’s safe to say that Chloe instigated this and Amy went along with it quite merrily).
What we love about it:
* The princesses are easily recognisable as their Disney characters
* The princesses, like all “Little People” are chunky and easy for little ones to handle
* The castle is a great size to allow both girls to sit and play
* The double sided set up reminds me of a proper “dolls house” of years gone by
* Being able to make the princesses dance around the ballroom by turning a handle was a big hit
* There’s plenty of scope for imaginative play from a dinner on the balcony to checking your dress in the mirror
* I loved the balcony which totally reminded me of the Royal Wedding – though obviously my girls were oblivious to this reference
* The size of the castle makes it perfect for two children to play at together
What we’re not so keen on:
* I wish the turret wasn’t so easy to remove – I’m fed up of finding it in the kitchen and having to replace it, it would be great it if it clicked on to make it harder for inquisitive little fingers to dismantle!
As you can see from the pictures – this toy is perfect for the girls to enjoy together and whilst it’s a large toy and quite expensive I think it’s well worth the investment for the hours of play it offers. Knowing that Chloe enjoys it at 4 means I know I’ve got a number of years for us to get the best value out of it. I believe it’s something the girls will go back to time and time again.
*Disclaimer – We were sent the castle and additional princesses free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*