After reading the reviews, I was aware that many people were not happy with the sturdiness of the plastic. However, for the price, I think this is the perfect first playhouse for our little girl. My husband put it together in no time. You will have to separate each piece and when you do, some of the pieces have little rigid tabs that need to be smoothed out. We just took a knife to it and cut it off. No big deal. My daughter loves the doorbell! She is just shy of one year old, but she is walking and climbing and into learning how things work so opening and closing the doors and the shutters is fun for her as well as the mailbox. I would definitely recommend this product for a small child.
I bought this product for my 3 year old and when my husband opened it to put it together, it looked like it came from someone's elses yard. It was so dirty and covered in black spots that looked like oil. We had to clean it up in order to put it together. The bell works, but the door does not close well. I would not recommend it for kids older than 3 because it is not as sturdy as it looks.