The Neat and Tidy Cottage is an award-winning product for Step2 that is still selling all over the world. Not only is the original Cottage great for kids, it has also inspired the Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse.
The first big difference you notice between the first and second generations of the Neat and Tidy Cottage is that the second one has a different color scheme from the first. There have been a few features added to the second, but it has remained very true to the design that made the first so popular.
The Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse is a more open design that has a drain hole in the floor to allow extra water to escape when needed. The safety of the children playing in this playhouse is of paramount importance, but the fun aspect was not sacrificed for safety.
The Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse includes a half-door that opens and closes, operational shutters on one window and a durable floor. There is a seat and table in the kitchen area, along with a sink and faucet.
The doorbell at the front door works, and the clock on the wall has hands that move. There is a window flower box (flowers not included) and a grill that can be used to cook up play food (also not included).
As with the first Neat and Tidy Cottage, Step2 has set the age range for the Neat and Tidy Cottage II at 18 months to eight years old. But parents need to be aware that the kitchen seat has a weight limit of 35 pounds that children younger than eight years old can often exceed.
The retail price with online vendors for this toy is $169.99. This is not a final price and does not include shipping costs, sales tax (if applicable in your area) and any retailer promotional pricing. You can get the final price from your retailer before you buy this product online.
There are a few extra interactive features in this second generation of the Neat and Tidy Cottage that differ from the first. The full list of interactive features for the Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse includes:
As with the first Neat and Tidy Playhouse, the Neat and Tidy II Playhouse has features that are just for show and offer no interactive option. Those features are:
This playhouse was built for outdoor use. From the drain hole in the floor to the flower box in the window, this playhouse was meant to get your kids outside and playing.
There is some assembly required for this playhouse, and it also requires two "AAA" size batteries that are not included. It is safer and easier if two adults work together on assembling this playhouse considering its size and weight.
The assembled size for this playhouse is 35 inches long, 51 inches wide and 47 inches tall. The shipping weight is 57 pounds, which means that it would be safer for two adults to receive this product when it is shipped. The assembled weight is 50 pounds, which indicates that moving this playhouse after it is assembled would be safer and easier with two adults.
As we have mentioned, this Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse is a direct descendant of the Neat and Tidy Cottage Playhouse from Step2. If parents are looking for an adequate alternative to the Neat and Tidy Cottage II, then the original award-winning design will more than do the job. The first generation product is a different color and layout, but children will still love playing with its classic design.
The Little Tikes Cape Cottage looks a lot like the Neat and Tidy Cottage II, and has many of the same interactive features. The Cape Cottage has windows and doors that open and close, and it also has a kitchenette where your child can pretend to prepare food.
Step2 is known for its playhouses, and the Neat and Tidy Cottage II comes from a long line of successful designs. When you want something that will keep your child playing for hours, then you want the Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage II Playhouse.