When the Corgi family came to stay with us recently, they were adding to our small but growing Sylvanian Families collection, however if you’re thinking of starting a Sylvanian Families collection, then you may be wondering where to start.
I began my collection almost thirty years ago with a gift from my Nan of two families. My collection grew to a few sets of families and some furniture, but I was never lucky enough to own my own Sylvanian home.
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When Miss A was old enough to appreciate Sylvanian Families we introduced her to the Cosy Cottage Starter home, a small home with enough accessories to get her started with one figure included/
The home can be connected with the larger homes such as Beechwood Hall, Maple Manor with Carport, Seaside Restaurant, Country Doctor Clinic, Hamburger Restaurant and the Supermarket as she decides her collection needs to grow.
The Cosy Cottage starter home comes with one figure, a chocolate rabbit girl, and enough furniture such as a ladder, table, bench, chairs, bed, and accessories to be able to play with without having to purchase anything else at the same time.
Playing with Sylvanian Families sparks great imagination in children, and I have watched Miss A interact with her characters and vehicles to create great stories for her Sylvanians. Having one character is plenty to start with but as there are so many different families to collect (61 different families as of 2014).
Then I think an additional family is a great idea to expand the range of play. The Grey Cat family, Perkin, Dorothy, Austin and Zara are a lovely family to welcome into your Sylvanian home.
With more than one character to play with, it’s easier to expand some of the furniture and activities to make everyone fit comfortably into their new home. There are plenty of different furniture sets that you can choose from, however to make your starter home more comfortable,how about a washing machine set to make sure everyone has clean clothes.
Perhaps a children’s bedroom furniture set to make sure everyone has room to sleep at night, a kitchen cookware set because we don’t want the families to go hungry now do we, and perhaps a high chair for the dinner table for the young ones.
With over 37 houses and 368 furniture accessories it can be difficult to know where to start and what to buy if you’re looking at starting a Sylvanian Families collection then I hope these suggestions have helped you with some ideas.
What set did you start your Sylvanian Family Collection with?