October 16, 2008

Review: Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse

Mrs Goodbee Talking Dollhouse

Via our good friends over at Rookie Moms we received a Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse to review. Mrs. Goodbee is a the product of a new company, Caring Corners, that is designed to that teaches manners, sharing and other good behaviors, including being charitable.

We received the dollhouse in 1 relatively big box, and some accessories in another smaller box. Once we got the dollhouse out of the box, it required a little assembly. We had to attach the front steps, a chimney, and so on. The instructions were very clear on everything you had to do. The only thing that tripped me up was I didn't realize that I didn't have the dollhouse open all the way!

The dollhouse comes with a couple of small accessories: a computer chair, a baby, a puppy, and a little girl. We also received some additional accessories: a grownup "daddy" doll, a reclining sofa, and a TV. The dollhouse itself has lots of interactivity. As you can see in the picture above, the front of the house features the face of Mrs. Goodbee. Mrs. Goodbee's eyes can be closed, and will pop open whenever the doorbell rings. The doorbell is accompanied by Mrs. Goodbee singing a little song, or teaching a short lesson about manners, sharing, or other virtues. Other interactive items include: a crib that makes "cooing" noises, a tooth-brushing sink, a toilet that flushes, a refrigerator, a radio, and a doggy bed.

As part of its mission to teach good manners and charity, there is an online component to Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse as well. The product literature suggests that you:

With your child, pick some simple activites and responsibilities that she can do, such as: pick up toys, feed the pet, make my bed, brush my teeth, share my toys, hug someone. Whenever she does something that you wish to reinforce, allow her to choose a sticker from this booklet to decorate the back of the Mrs. Goodbee house. There's a surprise under the 'bug stickers!' Whenever she picks one of these, she will find a secret code underneath. Simply go to the Caring Corners website and enter the code.

The code will unlock a special game that's available at the website. As your child continues the good deeds she can do more and more fun games and activities at the website. Additionally, there is a key attached to the porch of the house that also has a special code. This code will unlock even more special games and activities such as:

  • Creating her own friend - choosing hair, eye, skin color, and outfits.
  • Planting seeds, nurturing her garden, and watching it grow!
  • Playing games that reinforce acts of caring, sharing and preparing for real-life responsibilities.

Anderson has been obsessed with the dollhouse since we put it together. He plays with it for at least a few minutes every day, and many days for even longer. Its been a great toy because its really encouraging pretend and imagination play, something at which his other toys haven't been too successful. It may be a coincidency, but since we received Mrs. Goodbee, Anderson has been playing a lot more with the rest of his toys as well.

If you're interested in a new dollhouse, or looking for your child's first, you should definitely consider the Mrs. Goodbee Talking Dollhouse. And don't think that dollhouses are just for girls, even boys really enjoy playing with them!

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Posted by Peter at October 16, 2008 7:31 AM
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