For her fifth birthday, my daughter wanted the Barbie Dream Campervan, and it’s no surprise why. As one of the top-selling doll play sets on Amazon, it has all the bells and whistles and my two girls love to play with it every day.
The Barbie Dream Campervan is the ultimate luxury caravan -- I wish I could afford the real-life equivalent. With internal hammocks, a full kitchen, campfire and even a swimming pool and slide, it's definitely closer to glamping than camping.
Although it's quite large to begin with, it extends out, into a living and sleeping space, and a kitchen and bathroom.
I love all the little inclusions, such as the juice and milk bottles to go in the fridge, and the little sticks with marshmallows for roasting around the campfire, which are great for imaginative play.
The camper doesn’t include any Barbie dolls, they are sold separately, but lots of other toys go in the camper at our house, such as my daughter's Little People, LEGO people and Trolls, so you don't even need to use Barbie and her friends, if your child prefers to play with other dolls.
Applying the stickers, such as the number plates and headlights requires a steady hand, because once these things are on, there is no easy way to remove them. So needless to say, Barbie has the odd wonky light and mirror on our campervan.
I paid $99 for the Barbie Dream Campervan at Big W, but it's also available at Target and Kmart stores throughout the country, although the price varies between them.
My children have gained so much joy from this product. I know it will get handed down from my 5 year old to my 3 year old when she is older and it's also a huge hit with other kids when they come to our house to have playdates. It's not just a throwaway toy - it's something really special to my little girl and one of the few things she might want to keep to hand down to her own kids. It will probably be quite vintage by then!