Disclosure: As a Step2 Ambassador, I received the Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II at no cost to facilitate this review.
There are no review items that excite my children quite like a new Step2 one. Step2 just knows how to make FUN toys! This time around we were sent the Neat & Tidy Cottage II for review. You’ve probably seen the original Neat & Tidy Cottage; it’s been around for a little while now and came in a number of fun colors.
This newest version comes in a new color scheme AND features a few additional upgrades that I’m excited to show you today. Now, normally I take this time to show you some pictures of the setup, however I’m going to have to exclude those this time. You see, I had this house shipped to the Grandparents’ home (they’ve been wanting a playhouse there since the kids play there at least once a week) and my father-in-law, in his excitement to show the kids, had it assembled before I arrived. He said that assembly was really easy (he did it on his own without any help) and straightforward. Having an electric drill will speed things up, however you can also use a screwdriver. When it’s completed, it will look like this:
Yes, even the dog (meet Gunner the collie) loves the Neat and Tidy Cottage II!
Let’s start by talking about the color. A few months ago we reviewed the Step2 Alpine Ridge Climber and Slide. I love the natural, earth-tone colors of the climber & slide, and the new Neat & Tidy Cottage II uses those same colors. The result is a toy that looks great both inside and outside of your home. The Neat & Tidy Cottage II looks great in the yard next to the Alpine Ridge Climber and Slide.
Step2 includes some fun features in this cottage to make it feel like a real home. My kids are delighted that their house has a working doorbell (and I’m delighted that it’s not obnoxiously loud). The door opens and closes, as do the shutters. Jacob especially loves to play peek-a-boo with the shutters. He thinks it’s hilarious to fling them open and “scare” me with a loud “BOO!”.
Inside you’ll find a sink with an attached table and a built-in seat for your little one. Attached to the opposite side of the sink you’ll find a grill, perfect for your little one’s next cookout. You’ll also find a clock with hands that move and a telephone inside the cottage. This cottage features a built-in floor with drain-holes, which is especially nice if you want to put this cottage outside. The last special feature is a built-in flower box at the front, that your children could use to plant real flowers, decorate with fake flowers, or use to store all the “treasures” children like to carry around with them.
As I mentioned, this cottage is set up outside at my in-laws’ home, and my kids play with it every time they visit. It is one of the first things they run to play with when they arrive. We all agree it’s been a great addition to their backyard and highly recommend it! Check out my short video below for even more details about this cottage.
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