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Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Showers ~ Step2 Naturally Playful Country Cottage Review (Giveaway Closed)

We love Step2 products in our home. Alex loves the fun of them and the different kinds of imaginary play he can have. I, on the other hand, love their durability and the quality of the materials that are used with each different item.

You've heard me talk about a Step2 Kitchen before. This review is even more exciting for us than that one! Yep! Today I'm going to tell you about the Step2 Naturally Playful Country Cottage.

It arrived in this massive box. The hubster and I cracked into it, laid out the pieces and instructions, and got to work.

While it wasn't terribly difficult to put together, I do have a few pointers for you. First, this is something that can be put together by one person but it's easier with two. Also, the hubster and I opted not to use a power drill but decided that we probably should have when it was all said and done. Now, having said all that, I thought the overall process was easy to follow and the playhouse was pretty simple to put together.

Here is our finished product from the front (note the working doorbell and flower planter on the front)

and from the back.

I absolutely love the character in this Country Cottage. I refer to is as "the hobbit house" because I think it looks like something out of a story book.  Beside the "cute factor", though, I appreciate the big windows that let in a lot of light and the amount of space inside. I can easily hop in and play with Alex. Also, we can add some of his chairs in there and still have plenty of room.

Alex can literally run circles in this house. :)

Or he can stop and look/listen for trains passing by.

And of course, he MUST make a phone call on his battery powered phone to tell someone that he heard a train.

And here, he was standing outside and ringing the doorbell over and over again. 

I'm sure this playhouse is going to get plenty of use as Alex continues to build on his imaginary play and Eliana grows and learns to appreciate it as well. Alex loves anything that he can play inside of and "hide out" from us grown ups so I know he'll be running out to his playhouse more and more. 

Just to be sure I include all the features of this house, here is the list taken from the Step2 website.
This old-world inspired cottage brings a charming look into today's backyard landscapes. Made in USA of US and imported parts. Phone and doorbell made in China.

  • Detailed interior features stone fireplace and kitchenette with sink, swivel faucet, burner, and clicking knob

  • Large windows

  • Working dutch door, built-in planter for flowers, and mail slot

  • Durable, poly construction

  • Electronic features: Doorbell and play phone (requires 4 "AAA" batteries, not included)

  • Adult assembly required

We love ours and I know you would love it too if you have any little ones!

BUY IT: You can purchase the Naturally Playful Country Cottage from Step2 for $329.99


Hooray! Step2 has offered one Naturally Playful Country Cottage for one lucky winner!! You want to win it, don't cha? Great!

To enter:

  • Visit Step2 and tell me one other *NEW FOR SPRING* item you would like for the little one in your life. (Make sure your e-mail address is included!)

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway will run until May 13th at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be selected by using and will be contacted and announced on May 14th. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours, I will randomly select another winner.

** Thanks to Step2 for the Naturally Playful Country Cottage to review.**

**This review is based strictly on my experience and opinion. I was not compensated in any way for the review itself or to influence my choice of words. Others may not agree with my opinion.**



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