Build & Imagine Malia's Beach House Building Kit
Watch your child become a designer, builder, and storyteller right before your eyes. Build & Imagine’s colorful illustrated StoryWalls connect magnetically to build a world where dress-up characters work and play. It’s the fun of a dollhouse with the enrichment of a building set.
Build & Imagine is a relatively new line of toys that occupies an interesting space between LEGOs and the Melissa and Doug magnetic dress-up sets. The Malia's Beach House Building Kit includes two flat magnetic girl figures, a bunch of flat magnetic accessories for the girls (like tools and clothes), and a "house," which really just comprises about 15 wall segments. The edges of the wall segments are magnatized like Magna Tiles, so they can be combined into closed cubes or angled and left open. The interior of the wall segments are also magnetic, and are decorated with the interior of a particular room type, like a bedroom, so depending on how the walls are combined, the resulting house will have a unique layout. The walls are decorated on both sides, so there are really a lot of combinations to choose from. Constructing a house is easy, and after construction the included magnetic girls can be positioned within or outside the house, dressed, and accessorized. Overall, the set allows for very imaginative doll house-style play, with a bit of an engineering twist. And, unlike the LEGO Friends kits, even a four-year-old girl should be able to put the house together entirely by herself, allowing for independent set-up and play.