Calico Critters or Sylvanian Families

by sheilamarie

Calico Critters provide a whole animal world for your children's play and imagination. Calico Critters' wide choice of animal families, cottages, and shops will delight your kids.

What child could resist an animal family dressed in clothes and tucked into its own country cottage?

Calico Critters provide a play scene reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's world where animals dress and live like humans in their funny and darling animal ways.

These Calico Critter sets (called Sylvanian Families in the UK) will bring many hours of playtime fun!

Imaginative Fun with Calico Critters

Animal Families at Home

The Calico Critters Company makes delightful sets of animal families and play set-ups for children. You can choose from a variety of animal families, including mice, cats, bunnies, hedgehogs, pandas, yellow labs, elephants, and squirrels. 

Besides the starter cottage illustrated below, you can find a variety of play sets, such as shops, schools, day cares, and park scenes. Furniture and accessories, too, are available to add to your animal homes. There are furniture sets for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms.

Calico Critters even have cars and a train for transporting your little creatures around their animal village. 

These Calico Critter animal creatures have quite the imaginative world built up and ready to go. Of course, if you prefer, you can just get the family of critters and build your own imaginary world with recycled boxes and paper towel tubes. It's all up to you.

Calico Critter Families or Sylvanian Families

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Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Set

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Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Set
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Furniture Sets from Calico Critters

A Variety of Room Sets Are Available for Your Calico Critter Family

The kitchen set and the children's bedroom set featured at the right are only two of a variety of furniture sets available for your Calico Critter family home. You can see by the picture how detailed each room set can be. Not only are the main pieces of furniture provided for each room, but tiny accessories are there as well, creating extremely life-like scenarios.

Of course, you can make up your own room sets if you want to, but these rooms have a great deal of appeal and would delight any child.

You'll notice, however, that because of the small parts, these Calico Critter room sets are not appropriate for children under age three, as they could be a choking hazard to little ones.

You will also note that if your child has a Calico Critter set such as this, you may want to designate a certain part of the room where they are allowed to play, or maybe have a large cookie tin or plastic storage box where everything must be stored away between play sessions. Otherwise the little pieces may get lost.

Calico Critters Deluxe Kitchen Set and Bedroom Set

Furniture and Accessories

More Calico Critter Families

Called Sylvanian Families in the UK

Calico Critters: Let Your Imagination Go Wild!

Make Up Your Own Scenarios and Play Scenes

I can remember spending long summer days playing with little stuffed animal critters in the woods with my friends. We would each make up a little home compound at the base of tree, using the exposed roots that bulged up from the ground as rooms where we would set up house with our collections of animals and figurines.

Setting things up was half the fun, but once finished all kinds of espionage and clandestine adventures would occur as we would try to infiltrate each other's make-believe worlds.

I would have been delighted with one of these Calico Critter families at the time. Because they look like real families, with a mother and a father and a brother and a sister, the Calico Critter families take on definite personality characteristics. Children can act out all kinds of fantasies using these creatures and their relationships with each other.

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Updated: 04/27/2013, sheilamarie
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Comments: What Do You Think of Calico Critters? Can You Think of Someone Who Would Enjoy Playing with a Calico Critter Family?

sheilamarie on 06/05/2012

I know these Calico Critters, or Sylvanian Families, would be really fun to play with. Each animal family seems to have its own personality. I have a hard time deciding which family I like best. I'd better get more than one!

Marie on 12/13/2011

We love these little guys! They are called Sylvanian Families here in the UK. Just so adorable and a nice size for little hands to play with.

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