Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage Starter Home has been highly commended for Best Toy Design (3-5 years) in the Junior Design Awards 2014.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary globally in 2015, Sylvanian Families is an iconic collectible toy range featuring woodland animals, dolls houses and furniture. Imaginative play is at the heart of this toy – children love inventing stories about the Sylvanian characters and creating their own unique worlds for them, using the houses, some of which connect together. It is the only brand ever to have won best toy of the year three years in row when it first launched in the UK in the late 1980s.

Today Sylvanian Families is as popular as ever, and the Cosy Cottage Starter Home is the perfect ‘first buy’ for a child; it is a modest-sized dolls house with two floors, and it includes the most well-known character Freya Chocolate Rabbit Girl, plus a selection of furniture and smaller accessories. This means a child can start playing with the set immediately. It is also connectable to other larger houses, such as Beechwood Hall, so children can build up their collection slowly, expanding their world, and exploring different play patterns as they go.

Sally Carnall, Marketing Manager at Epoch making toys, the company behind Sylvanian Families in the UK, commented:

“In the modern digital world we live in, playing with physical toys is so important for developing and stimulating a child’s imagination. Sylvanian Families is a classic toy that allows you to create your own world, and teaches you about nature, families and social relationships. With our 30th anniversary next year, it is great that Junior Magazine has recognised the timeless nature of the toy, and this is a great accolade for the Cosy Cottage Starter Home in particular, as it is one of our best sellers.”