Eco-dollhouses are one of those gifts that just keep on giving. Not only do dollhouses inspire year-round creativity and imaginative play, but they help encourage fine motor skills, design skills, social play and much more. Plus, if you buy a quality non-plastic dollhouse set, it will last through generations of play.
Now, before you buy, decide if you want 100% real wood or eco-minded plywood. While there are some better plywood options nowadays, real wood is safer, longer-lasting and often, though not always, more attractive too. Read the following to get up to speed on dollhouse materials:
- How to choose a safe and eco-friendly dollhouse
- Frequently Asked Questions About Plywood in Toys
- Commonly Asked Questions About Paint and Other Finishes on Toys
I update my ultimate green dollhouse guide annually, and this year I’ll be dividing the dollhouses into 100% real wood for parents who would like to totally avoid plywood and I’ll post some eco-plywood options for parents who are interested. If you want a dollhouse that’s unique and made to your exact standards, you might want to consider making a DIY eco-dollhouse.
*NOTE: All dollhouses are listed in price order from least to most expensive so that every family can easily find a dollhouse in their budget range.
Best Plywood-free Wooden Dollhouses
Considering this dollhouse is just $65, it’s amazing how cool it is.This very sweet starter dollhouse is made with sustainable rubberwood and attractively colored PlanWood, a high density fiber composite wood made from reclaimed wood particles leftover from the manufacturing process of toys in the PlanToys factory. It’s completely safe for kids ages 3 and up with no metal screw and nut required for assembly. The three-story house unfolds, surprising kids with a built-in yard, garden and pond. The two-sided play mat also serves as a wall and roof. Lay the play mat flat for extended play and fold it up if you’re headed to a play date.
+ Buy now: PlanToys Play House
Made with reuse PlanWood and renewable rubberwood plus non-toxic dyes, this cute starter dollhouse is very affordable and still awesomely cute. The dollhouse features a balcony, sliding doors, and space to create four rooms.
+ Buy now: PlanToys PlanWood My First Doll House
This is the all-rubberwood version of PlanToys My First Dollhouse. It comes complete with a cute balcony, sliding doors and four rooms ready to decorate, plus rooms feature springtime flower wallpaper.
+ Buy now: PlanToys My First Dollhouse
This berry colored tiny dollhouse is adorable, curvy and colorful. Made from rubberwood and all non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers, plus formaldehyde free glue. Dollhouse packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper.
+ Buy now: Wonderworld Pinky House
This dollhouse is very spacious for how inexpensive it is. It’s got a great movable terrace, partitions, windows, door, and staircase. There is a large upper floor terrace and attic space under the roof. Made entirely of recycled, renewable rubberwood.
+ Buy now: PlanToys Terrace Dollhouse
This is a unique red brick façade dollhouse – something you don’t see often. All rooms come equipped with modern-looking furniture and the home also includes a set of three family dolls. Made from rubber wood, non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers and formaldehyde free glue, plus the packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper.
+ Buy now: Wonderworld Eco-Friendly Modern House
This home is made from rubber wood and non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers and formaldehyde free glue. There’s an environmentally responsible theme represented throughout the house including a windmill, solar panels on roof, recycling bin and more. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper and best of all, this home comes with complete with room settings and family of dolls – so it’s a great deal.
+ Buy now: Wonderworld Eco House
Both the older Chalet dollhouse (made with renewable rubberwood) and the newer version (shown above – made with rubberwood and recycled PlanWood) come with 5 rooms worth of furniture; including the living room, bathroom, kitchen, children’s bedroom and master bedroom. The design is the same on both though, made up of 2 pieces, the larger of which has three floors and the smaller unit has two floors. Kids can rearrange the units in various ways, creating many house designs. This dollhouse also has large skylights and comes with two movable staircases plus plenty of open wall space to provide easy to access from every side. A simple, plain interior allows children to choose which rooms of the house should hold which furniture.
+ Buy now: PlanToys Chalet Doll House in Rubberwood
+ Buy now: PlanWood with Furniture
The green dollhouse is my favorite of all the PlanToy dollhouses. This sweet pad encourages sustainable thinking among kids. The dollhouse’s energy efficient design includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel and electric inverter for generating electricity, a rain barrel for collecting rain, a biofacade, which uses the natural cycle of plant growth to provide shading, and a blind that can adjust the amount of sunlight and air circulation. Also, recycling bins are included in the set. This dollhouse also comes with enough furniture for five rooms: Living room, kitchen, bathroom, children’s bedroom and master bedroom. The entire set is crafted from recycled, natural rubber wood and dyed with vegetable and soy dyes.
+ Buy now: PlanToys Green Dollhouse with Furniture
This made in the USA, three story dollhouse features six skylights: two in the attic and four on the 2nd floor. An open floor plan provides easy access from both sides, even for young children, and encourages interactive play. There’s a walnut chimney, stairs, skylights, and plenty of doors and windows to let in the light. Camden Rose designed and built this dollhouse, so you know it’s safe and non-toxic for your child plus it will last generations for long-term play value.
+ Buy now: Three Story Cherry Wood Dollhouse
Inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Gary Cooper’s home designed by A. Quincy Jones, Brinca Dada’s Edward House is perfect for a design savvy kiddo. It features excellent architectural features such as glass corners, minimalist cut stone fireplace and hardwood floors. The Edward House has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom, plus a large, open floor plan and light bearing floor-to-ceiling windows. Made with real wood and non-toxic, lead-free paints.
+ Buy now: Brinca Dada Edward House
Bennett House is a modern oasis influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, emphasizing lines, squares and rectangles in asymmetrical patterns while minimizing color. This dollhouse also offers a clever design and great use of space so children will be eager to play whether the home is open or closed. The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom. Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains.
+ Buy now: Brinca Dada Bennett House
Eco-dollhouses Made with Wood and/or Eco-minded Plywood
This is one of the newer and way more affordable Brinca Dada dollhouses. Pink in color to please little princesses/princes and their design-loving parents, the Zoe House is an original design by Tim Boyle and Doug Rollins. Architecturally it was inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando. Zoe House features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Made with eco-friendly MDF and non-toxic and lead-free paints.
+ Buy now: Brinca Dada Zoe Dollhouse with Furniture
This cozy cottage is the perfect size for a pretend small family play all year round plus it’s a super amazing deal as it includes furniture and a doll family. Made with Baltic Birch, Maple and rubberwood from FSC managed forests plus non-toxic, child safe paints and finishes.
+ Buy now: Hape – Happy Villa Doll House
Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, this breezy dollhouse features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. Three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio are included. Dylan House is made with eco-friendly MDF and non-toxic and lead-free paints.
+ Buy now: Brinca Dada Dylan House
The All-Season House is great for pretend family play year round. The home features six rooms, moveable stairs, and a reversible winter/summer-themed, solar-paneled roof inspire year-round activities. It comes with four full rooms of furniture sets including master bedroom, family bathroom, media room and kitchen. Made with Baltic Birch, Maple and Rubberwood from FSC managed forests plus durable child safe paint finishes.
+ Buy now: Hape – All Season Doll House
This little cottage is quaint, cute and modern, with two spacious floors and an open floor plan with room for creative play. Set includes dollhouse and five furniture collections. Made with solid basswood, fabric bedding in bedroom and nursery, pinewood and low emission engineered wood.
+ Buy now: Land of Nod Cottage Dollhouse and Furniture
Toideloi Stackhouse, designed by Dutch designer Martijn van Tilburg, is made from sustainable Eastern European birch plywood with a clear lacquer finish. As the pieces are made with birch, this dollhouse is lightweight and even young children can move and rearrange the rooms. All room pieces are spacious and can be rearranged to look like a condo, a skyscraper, a small fairy village or even a castle.
+ Buy now: Toideloi Stackhouse
From adorable Waldorf inspired tree houses to stunning castles and traditional dollhouses, Manzanita Kids has a modular, modern dollhouse for just about every kid out there. Plus, this company offers truly affordable prices in every budget range. Their unique houses are made from a high grade 3/8″ birch plywood, an eco-friendly, durable material and consist of slotted parts that kids can fit together and rearrange as desired. You can also get cute modular furniture sets. All the walls of these houses are left natural and are not sealed. The company uses recyclable packing material to protect the toy in the box during shipping.
+ Buy now: Manzanita Kids Modular Dollhouses
This Land of Nod exclusive modern style dollhouse includes the house and tons of furniture for a living room, dining room, kids bedroom, master bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and outdoor set. Made of solid basswood with smooth rounded corners, unfinished birch plywood (no paints, finishes or topcoats) and acrylic sliding “doors.” The furniture can also be nested for easy storage.
+ Buy now: Modern Dollhouse and Furniture Set
Cardboard Dollhouse Choices
The Casa mobile dollhouse by Kidsonroof is one of the more popular cardboard dollhouses and each design is bright and bold. The house is made from 100% biodegradable, recycled, 7mm thick, double wave cardboard, folds up flat, and is easily assembled to make a light, portable, and attractive dollhouse. The house comes with 8 rooms, an attic and spy holes, plus many various designer colors to choose from. See their full range here.
+ Buy now: Casa House