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This disclosure is directed to a constructional toy and more specifically to a modular dollhouse construction toy comprising a plurality of rigidly constructed hollow blocks some of which are open at least one side and adapted to be randomly arranged in unconnected, side-by-side and/or stacked relationship with respect to one another to simulate varying dollhouse floor plans. Simulated furniture and little people constructions are provided as accessory pieces. Wall surfaces are simulated by means of adhesive sheets to cover the inner and/or outer block surfaces, or two transparent telescoping blocks may receive one or more die cut sheets therebetween showing interior and exterior wall simulations.

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United States Patent [72] Inventor William Nutting 15 Charles St., New York, NY. 10014 [21] Appl. No. 665,035 [22] Filed Sept. 1, 1967 [45] Patented May 4, 1971 [54] MODULAR RIGID BLOCK-TYPE DOLLHOUSE CONSTRUCTION TOY 3 Claims, 22 Drawing Figs.

[52] U.S. Cl 46/19, 46/12, 46/24 [5 l 1 Int. Cl A63h 33/06 [50] Field of Search 46/16, 17,

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,736,134 11/1929 Rutherford... (46/16D.A) 1,756,526 4/1930 Thompson..... 46/21 2,114,886 4/1938 Merriman .46/15X 2,544,833 3/1951 Hammond et a1. 46/21 2,589,588 3/1952 Winnemore 46/21X 3,4 I 8,747 12/1968 Dorrik 46/21 FOREIGN PATENTS 493,981 3/1930 Germany 46/16 513,178 ll/1930 Germany 46/17 506,482 6/1939 Great Britain .111:

Primary Examiner-F. Barry Shay Attorney-Arthur T. Fattibene ABSTRACT: This disclosure is directed to a constructional toy and more specifically to a modular dollhouse construction toy comprising a plurality of rigidly constructed hollow blocks some of which are open at least one side and adapted to be PATENTEU'HAY 415m SHEET 2 OF 2 H621 A FKLZZ IIIIII FIGJS FIGJQ INVENTOR William Nut'ting ATTORN EY MODULAR RIGID BLOCK-TYPE DOLLHOUSE CONSTRUCTION TOY PRIOR ART CONSTRUCTlONS known dollhouses were simply formed of metal and/or paper I components which once assembled, remained assembled. Thus, the play value of such doll house constructions consisted simply of allowing a child to arrange and rearrange various pieces of furniture of definite andreco gnizable forms in the rooms defined by the dollhouse structure. With such known dollhouse construction a child could not readily vary or alter the general floor plans of a given house. Such dollhouse constructions, therefore, left nothing to the ingenuity or imagination of the child.

In the more general are of constructional toys many efforts have been made to devise blocks in variously shaped geometric figures such as bricks, logs, girders, sections of wall paneling and the like, which were required to be interfitted and/or secured in some manner to form a desired building structure.

However, construction toys in this category are not suitable for dollhouse use nor do such constructional toys have any dollhouse play value. Constructional toys of this category also required a child to have a degree of mechanical aptitude and/or manual dexterity to piece the variously shaped building blocks together to form a building structure. Accordingly, such constructional toys are not at all suitable for very small children of preschool age and therefore are uninteresting to such under school age children and more particularly those children of female gender in this age group.

It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide a dollhouse constructional toy which is particularly adapted for play by preschool children, and more particularly by little girls of which can be varied and/or changed in accordance with the imagination and will of a preschool child.

Another object of this invention is to provide for a utilization in the dollhouse, a series of similarly constructed accessory piecesof modular unit construction that can be arranged to simulate different pieces of furniture that can be readily fitted into the rooms of any arranged dollhouse floor plan.

Another object of this invention is to provide a dollhouse constructional toy in which the component parts thereof comprise a series of hollow, open-sided blocks which can be arranged and/or stacked relative to one another in a disconnected mannerwhereby blocks can be easily arranged and rearranged according to the will of the given child.

' that the same may be handled in the nature of a conventional block, but which, when related to one another, provide for the pleasing construction of an open-sided doll house, the play value of which is further enhanced by the provision of a plurality of similarly constructed accessory pieces which are capable of being arranged to define various pieces of furniture that can be readily interfitted into the room of a dollhouse construction in accordance with a child's own liking and imagination.

The foregoing objects and other features and advantages of this invention are attained by a constructional .toy comprising essentially of a plurality .of hollow, open sided blocks. Each block is defined by rectangularly disposed wall portions to define opposed sidewalls and connected top and bottom walls. A rear wall is connected to one edge of the rectangularly defined sidewalls to form a generally hollow block having one open side. In accordance with this invention each of the blocks is constructed to have substantially equal height and depth with certain of the blockshaving a length comprising of a multiple or fractional part of a length of certain other of the blocks. The arrangement is such that each of the blocks can be readily disposed into either side-by-side and/or stacked relationship with respect to one another so that a child may construct a dollhouse of any desired floor plan in accordance with his imagination and will. Wedge-shaped blocks are also pro vided to form various roof configurations to complete the construction of the dollhouse appearance.

The invention further contemplates the use of accessory pieces which are each similarly constructed and proportioned so that the same can be readily used to construct various pieces of furniture that can befitted into the various rooms of .an arranged floor plan.

Other accessories, as for example staircases and/or figures v simulating little people, are provided to add further realism to the constructional toy. 1

m a modified form of the invention certain of the blocks may be provided with cutout portions to define window openings, and/or door openings to provide simulated passageways between rooms when the blocks are arranged in a floor plan layout. If desired, indicia means simulating wall decor may be applied to the internal and external surfaces of the respective blocks.

A feature of this invention resides in the provision of a relatively simple constructional toy which is particularly adapted to amuse and entertain children of preschool age and particularly the female preschool youngster.

Another feature of this invention resides in the provision of a constructional dollhouse toy which can be readily handled by preschool children. and which does not require any special manual dexterity and/or mechanical aptitude.

Another feature of this invention resides in the provision of a dollhouse construction wherein the component parts of the constructional toy are of a modular unit construction, i.e. each component part constitutes a multiple or fractional part of another component piece, to enable the proportions and scale of the related parts to be maintained in a readily simple and amusing manner.

Another feature of this invention resides in the provision of a constructional dollhouse toy which has lasting play value.

Another feature resides in the provision of a constructional dollhouse toy that is relatively simple in construction, relatively inexpensive to fabricate and which is positive in operation.

Other features and advantages will become more readily apparent when considered in view of the drawings and description in which:

FIG. 1 comprises a perspective vview of a basic modular block unit of the modular dollhouse construction toy of this possibly by a rearrangement of the basic building block units of FIGS. 1 through 3.

FIG. 6 illustrates a perspective view of still another fioo'r plan variation made possible by the basic building blocks of FIGS. 1 through 3.

' FIG. 7.is a perspective view of an accessory piece from which various pieces of furniture may be constructed in ac- "cordance with the will of a child and which can be interfitted into the rooms of the various floor plans arrangements.

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an accessory piece disclosed in FIG. 7 arranged to define a given piece of furniture, as for example a cocktail table.

' FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the accessory pieces of FIG. 7 arranged to simulate another piece of furniture.

FIG. 10 illustrates an accessory piece for simulating little people of the male gender to be utilized in conjunction with the dollhouse construction.

FIG. 11 is an illustration of an accessory piece for simulating little people of a female gender.

FIG. 12 illustrates a perspective view of another basic block unit, similar to that disclosed in FIG. I, but modified to provide cutout portions to define window openings, door openings, and/or stairwell openings.

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of another modified basic bloclt unit.

FIG. 14 illustrates a perspective view of still another modified form of basic building block unit of the type disclosed in FIG. 2.

FIG. 15 illustrates an arrangement of basic block units of the type disclosed in FIGS. 12, I3 and 14.

FIG. 16 illustrates in perspective another floor plan variation rendered possible by the basic building blocks as disclosed in FIGS. 12 through 14.

FIG. 17 is a detail perspective view of a staircase construction that can be used in conjunction with the building blocks of this invention.

FIG. 18 illustrates the staircase construction of FIG. 17 in an inverted position to define a stairwell.

FIG. 19 illustrates still another modified form of building block unit having a decor covering applied to either the interior and/or exterior of the building block to simulate interior and exterior decoration for added realism.

FIG. 20 illustrates a perspective view of a modified block construction.

FIG. 21 is a sectional view of the modified block construction taken along line 21-21 on FIG. 20.

FIG. 22 is a sectional view of the modified block construction taken along line 22-22 on FIG. 20. Referring to the drawings, there is shown in FIGS. I, 2 and 3 the block of FIG. I comprises four rectangularly disposed wall portions 32, 33, 34, to define opposed sidewalls 32, 34 and connected top 33 and bottom walls 35. A rear wall 36 is connected to one end of a closed figure defined by the rectangularly disposed walls 32, 33, 34 and 35. In the illustrated embodiment, as evidenced in FIG. 1, the dimensions of the block 30, i.e. length, height, and depth are shown substantially equal to define in effect an open-sided cube in which the respective dimensions are illustrated as comprising a dimension X.

Another basic block unit B of the modular dollhouse construction of this invention comprises a rectangularly shaped construction of this invention comprises a rectangularly shaped block 40 as illustrated in FIG. 2. The basic modular block unit B of FIG. 2 comprises a block 40 having rectangularly disposed wall portions to define opposed sidewalls 42, 44 and a connected top 43 and bottom wall 45 with a rear wall 46 joined at the end of the rectangular figure defined by the wall portions 42-45 thereof. Accordingly, the block construction 40 of FIG. 2 also defines a full, open end, hollow block. However, in this block construction the dimensions are such that the height and depth of the block 40 have a dimension X, that is, equal to the height and depth of the block construction 30 shown in FIG. 1. However, block 40 has a length illustrated as being equal to a multiple of the length of block 30. In the illustrated embodiment the length of the basic block 40 is made to equal one and one-half times the length of the'block 30 of FIG. 1.

Another basic component block component C, utilized in the modular dollhouse constructional toy, comprises a wedgeshaped block 50. See FIG. 3. The wedge-shaped block is preferably formed as a hollow construction comprising a pair of opposed wedge-shaped side members 51, 52 interconnected by an inclined top wall portion 53. A rear wall 54 defined the large end of the wedge block. If desired, a bottom wall may be secured between the lower edge of the sidewall portion 51, 52 and the rear wall portion 54 to form a bottom for the wedge block 50. The dimensions of the wedge-shaped block 50 are likewise provided with a length and width which are substantially equal to the length and width of block 30, that is, having a dimension X. The height of the wedge block 50 is made one-half (la) the height or X/2 of the basic block 30 construction of FIGS. 1 and 2. It is contemplated that the complete constructional toy set of this invention comprises a series or plurality of blocks 30, 40 and 50, e.g. the block configurations of FIGS. 1, 2 and 3. Accordingly, a unit constructional toy may comprise at least three basic cube structures 30 as described with respect to FIG. 1, at least two basic cube structure 40 as described with respect to FIG. 2, and two to four wedge block 50 structures as described with respect to FIG. 3. However, it will be understood that more or less of the basic units 30, 40 and 50 may be arranged in a particular constructional toy set depending upon the number of rooms it is desired to complete a given dollhouse construction. As best seen in FIGS. 4, 5 and 6 it will be noted that a preschool child can readily arrange the basic component block constructions 30, 40 and 50, as described with respect to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, in a random manner whereby the respective blocks 30, 40 and 50 may be disposed in an unconnected manner in either sideby-side relationship and/or stacked relationship. Thus variously shaped floor plans of a dollhouse construction may be made, and the respective floor plan arrangements possible are rendered entirely dependent on the child's own imagination and will. As the blocks 30, 40 and 50 are not required to be physically connected, preschool children can readily arrange and rearrange the various blocks to suit his fancy, and at the same time employ their own imagination to effect various floor plan settings.

The invention further contemplates the utilization of accessory pieces 60 from which the child may construct various pieces of furniture which may be fitted into the various rooms of any given dollhouse arrangement. As shown, the basic accessory furniture piece 60 is illustrated in FIG. 7. It comprises, an elongated base member 61 which has connected normal thereto a pair of secondary members 62, 63. One of said pair of secondary members 63 is connected adjacent one edge of the base member 61 and the other of said secondary member 62 is connected at a point intermediate the ends of the base member 61 to define a substantially F-shaped configuration. Connected between the extended ends of the pair of secondary members 62, 63 is a crosspiece 64. As seen in FIG. 7 the arrangement is such that the accessory piece 60 simulates a chair structure when rested on member 63. However, the arrangement of this accessory piece 60 is' such that a child may readily arrange two or more such piecesto define other various pieces of furniture which can be readily fitted into the various rooms of the dollhouse constructed from the blocks 30, 40 and 50 hereinabove described. For example, as shown in FIG. 8, by utilizing two such accessory pieces 60 in end-toend relationship, a table simulating a cocktail table is formed. It is to be noted that the construction of the accessory piece 60 is such that the same is rendered stable regardless on which side the accessory piece is made to rest.

FIG. 9 illustrates another arrangement wherein two similarly constructed accessory pieces 60 may be arranged to simulate another type of table, or they may be arranged to simulate a couch construction, a bed, a chest of drawers and other pieces of furniture. A feature of the accessory piece 60 ficiently versatile so that by utilizing two;or more of such pieces various other pieces of furniture may be simulated Therefore, the accessory pieces 60, in addition to the basic room-forming block construction of the toy enable preschool children to further utilize their imagination to design various piecesof furniture to be fitted into various dollhouse constructions. To add further realism and play value to the doll house construction toy, figures simulating little people are also pro vided. For example, FIG. illustrates a figure 66 constructed so as to sirnulate little people of male gender. FIG. 11 illus trates another figure 67 which is shaped to simulate little people of female gender. Accordingly, it will be understood that the building blocks 30, 40 and 50 as shown in FIG. 1 through 3, and the accessory pieces 60 from which the furniture pieces are constructed, and the figures 66, 67' of FlG. l0 and 11 are all proportioned so that proper relationshipsmay be maintained. However, for purposes of illustration it may be noted that the scale of the respective building blocks in the drawing, the pieces of furniture, and the figures of FIGS. 10 and 11 has not been maintained.

If desired, a structure simulating a stairway. or staircase 70 may be also provided. Referring to FIGS. 17 and 18 it is to be noted that the staircase structure 70 is preferably formed of a pair of side members 71, 72' interconnected by another member 73 that defines the steps and riser portions of the stairway 70. The stairway construction 70 is formed so that in the upright position thereof, as shown in FIG. 17, the stairs 70 may be utilized as a staircase, as distinguished-from an inverted position, as shown in FIG. 18, wherein the same may be utilized as a stairwell.

' FIGS. l2, l3 and 14 illustrate modified blocks of the type described with respect to FIGS. land 2. For example, FIG. 12 illustrates a block construction 80 similar to that described with'respe'ct'to FIG. I with the exception that the block construction 80 of FIG. 12 is provided with a cutout portion. As shown, the top wall 81 of block 80 is provided with a cutout portion 82 to simulate a stairway opening 83 for added realism. When block 80 is superimposed on another block having a similar stairway cutout portion 82 as evidenced in FIG. 16, a communication is had between adjacent superposed roomsfonning blocks. The block configuration 80 of FIG. 12 may be also provided with a sidewall portion 84 fonned with a cutout portion 85 that extends between the top 81 and bottom walls 86 thereof and inwardly to a point intermediate the depth of sidewall 84. This cutout portion 85 simulates a doorway so that when complementary blocks provided with such cutout portions are disposed into side-by-side relationship, as viewed in FIGS. and 16, a doorway is simulated between adjacent rooms. In the illustrated embodiment the block 80 of FIG. 12 I is also provided with a window opening 87 formed in the rear wall 88 thereof. It will be understood that this window opening 87 may be provided with a window frame 87A which may be either snapped into and out of position with respect to the window opening or fixed into place.

FIG. I3 is a block construction 90 similar to that described with respect to FIG. 12 with the exception that the opposed sidewall portions 91, 92 thereof are each provided with a cutout portion 91A, 92A to define opposed doorways between adjacent room's when complementary blocks are disposed adjacent to'one another, as evidenced by the central block in FIG. 15. a a

FIG; 14 illustrates another modified block construction 95 of the type disclosed with respect to FIG. 2. In this form of the invention it will be noted that the rear wall 96 thereof is provided with at least two window openings 97 and that the top wall 98 is provided with a cutout portion 99 to simulate a stairwell opening 100. Also one of the sidewalls I01 o'f the block construction of FIG.- '14 may be provided with a cutout portion 102 to define a simulated doorway opening.

It will be understood that the constructional toy of this invention, in a given set, includes a plurality of block constructions of the type herein described, and which blocks can be readily interchangeable with respect to one another to effect various floor designs in accordance with'the imagination of a given child. The wedge-shaped blocks 50 complete the modular dollhouse construction, and with such wedges 50 a child can develop various roof designs for any given floor arrangement.

The accessory pieces 60, for forming the various pieces of furniture hereinbefore described, impart additional play value in that a child can also design and develop from these pieces, various furniture. configurations to be used in a given dollhouse construction.

While the block constructions 30 and 40 of FIGS. 1 and 2 may be interchangeably used with the block construction 80, and described with respect to FIGS. 12 through 14, it is preferred that the block construction 30, 40 and 50 of FIGS. 1 and 2 be utilized in one set to define the most basic and simple type of dollhouse construction, as evidenced in FIGS. 4, S and 6, and that the. modular block units 80, 90 and 100 as described and illustrated in FIGS. 12, 13 and 14 be utilized as another set muse by an older and/or more mature group of children. Wedges 50 may be common to both sets. I

With respect to either group or set arrangement of blocks, it will be noted that the basic cube block as evidenced by FIGS. 1, l2 and 13 comprises a basic unit, and that the other block component as evidenced in FIGS. 2 and 14 comprises a complemental block having a' definite proportional relationship with respect to the basic block of FIGS. l 12 or 13. Also the wedge-shaped block 50 is made in proportion to both of the blockshap'es disclosed in FIGS. 1, l2, 13 and/or 2 and 14 respectively. r

If desired, the interior and exterior surfaces of the respective blocks may be provided with a'suitable layer 105 or 106 of indicia to simulate a textureor design commonly used for exterior and interior decorating of a house for adding additional realism to the constructional toy. For example, as shown in FIG. 20 the interior surfaces 105A of a given block may either be'pain'ted to simulate various internal room designs and/or provided with a layer of adhesively backed material 105 for simulating a wallpaper covering. If desired, the adhesive backing of the wallpaper layer or covering may be such that the child can readily attach and/or remove the textured adhesively backed wallpaper. In this manner a child can plan his own interior decoration for a given room. To attain this end, the construction set may also include several sheets of differently designed wall coverings 105. The'exterior surface of the block may also be provided with a covering of exterior wall texture material 106 which may be either fixedly secured to the exterior surface of the block and/or which may be detachably secured thereto, as for example, self-adhering adhesive bond or material 106. Likewise, several sheets 106 of exterior textured coverings may also be provided to provide a selection of different textures which a child can use to vary the exterior design.

From the foregoing it will be readily apparent that the relatively simple and basic component blocks constructions are particularly proportioned and adapted to be arranged with respect to one another whereby a given child may at random and in accordance with his own imagination arrange and rearrange the blocks to form numerous floor plan variations, and that with each variation accessory pieces of furniture can also be designed to suit from a plurality of similarly constructed pieces 60. The construction'set further contemplates for enablinga child to vary interior and exterior room design and/or decoration, by the inclusion of adhesively backed colored and/or printed paper or the like 105, 106. The construction toy herein described not only amuses children, but is also educational in that it enables a child to utilize both its hands and mind to attain pleasing and desired results.

Another feature of this invention is that the various blocks and pieces of furniture can be readily stored after play as the various blocks are proportioned so that they' can be nested.

FIG. 20 and 21 illustrate still another modified block construction which can be associated in sets to form construc- 'inner block 102.also formed of a clear transparent material similar or comparable to that of the outer block 10l. The inner and outer blocks 101, 102 are formed so as to have a full openside as herein described. However, the respective proportions of the respective inner and outer blocks 101, 102 are such that the inner block 102 can be readily fitted into nested I relationship with the outer block 101 with a slight space 103 being defined between adjacent walls of the nested blocks 101, 102. In the space 103 defined between the adjacent walls of the nested blocks 101, 102 there is disposed a sheet .of material 104 which has imprinted thereon colored and/or painted suitable indicia simulating various room decor arrangements. For example the side 104A of the sheet material 104 facing the interior of the nested pair of blocks may be colored or imprinted to simulate the interior decor of a given room. Side 104A of the sheet material 104 may have drawn or printed thereon pictures of windows, doors, wall pictures, cabinets, pieces of furniture and the like for relating the interior of the block to a particular room setting. Because the walls of the inner block are transparent, the illusions attributed to the sheet indicia 104 are rendered readily visible to the interior of the block. The other side 1043 of the indicia sheet 104 facing the exterior side of the nested blocks is provided with indicia simulating exterior texture of the dollhouse, e.g. brick, shingle, stone, or other simulated exterior house construction.

To prohibit removal of the indicia sheet 104 from the space 103 defined between the nested blocks 101, 102, the adjacent peripheral edges 101A, 102A of the blocks about the open end may be joined as by fusing the same as at 106, if made of plastic, or sealed by other suitable means as by a bonding, adhesive, filler or the like. Accordingly the respective nested blocks 101, 102 when so joined at 106 define an integral unit construction in which the identifying indicia sheet 104 is encased or sealed within the respective spacings 103 defined between adjacent walls of the nested blocks on each side thereof.

According to this invention the five sides of the integrally constructed nested blocks 102, 103 of F 16. and FIG. 21 are provided with indicia sheets 104 between the respective adjacent walls thereof. The sheets confined to the spacing between the .opposed sidewalls and the rear, each has an interior decor illustrated on one side and an exterior decor on the other side with the latter being exposed to the exterior of the block.

The indicia sheet 104 disposed in the spacing 103 defined between the adjacent rearwalls 106, 107 of the nested block 101, 102 is die cut to define an opening 108 therein, and which opening 108 may simulate a window or door opening or the like. Because the respective nested blocks 101, 102 are transparent, the cutout 109 of the backwall indicia sheet 104 will give the block a realistic window and/or door opening. The identifying indicia 104 disposed in the spacing defined between the adjacent top wall 111, 112 of the respective nested blocks 101, 102 may be colored or imprinted on the interior side with indicia simulating a ceiling of a room and a roof texture on the exterior side. The indicia sheet between the adjacent bottom walls 113, 114 of the blocks may be similarly designed. Thus the top and bottom of the blocks may be similar.

Enclosing and sealing the identifying indicia sheets 104 tional set as hereinbefore described, and that a child can utilize this block in the same manner previously described.

The block of FIG. 20 to FIG. 22 can also be constructed in modulars as previously described.

The blocks 100 may be scaled to the same dimensions as the blocks previously described and they may also be utilized in conjunction with the accessory pieces herein described.

While the instant invention has been described with respect to various embodiments thereof, it will be readily appreciated that variations and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention.

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1. A toy modular playhouse comprising:

a plurality of separate and distinct hollow modular blocks,

each having at least one openside,

each of said blocks being adapted to simulate a room of a building structure,

several of said blocks being of substantially equal width,

heighth and depth, whereby said blocks can be randomly arranged with respect to one another to define a plurality of varying floor plans,

accessory pieces simulating various pieces of furniture disposed in the rooms defined by said varying floor plans, means simulating little dolls proportioned to be placed within said modular blocks,

each of said furniture accessory pieces comprising similarly constructed members which can be arranged to simulate various pieces of furniture; and

wherein each furniture accessory piece comprises a first member having a pair of similar members connected normal to said first member in spaced relationship to define an F-shaped structure, and a cross-piece connected between the extended ends of said similar member.

2. A construction toy for enabling a child to construct a dollhouse with varying floor plans comprising:

a series of blocks,

each .of said blocks having rectangularly disposed connected sidewall portions to define opposed sidewalls and connected top and bottom walls,

and a rear wall connected to an edge portion of said rectangularly disposed sidewall portions to define a full opensided hollow block,

.each of said blocks being of substantially equal height and depth; and

certain of said blocks having a length which is greater than the length of certain of the other blocks, the length of said certain of said blocks comprising a multiple of the length of said other certain of said blocks, whereby said blocks can be randomly arranged to simulate various dollhouse floor plans when a plurality of said blocks are placed in juxtapositioned, unconnected side-by-side relationship,

means simulating a window opening formed in a sidewall portion of said one block,

a plurality of wedge-shaped blocks adapted to simulate various roof plansfor the floor plan defined by an arrangement of said room-defining blocks,

and a plurality of similarly shaped accessory pieces which can be variably arranged for simulating different pieces of furniture which can be fitted in the various rooms of an arranged floor plan; and

said accessories each including a base member, a pair of spaced apart members connected normal to said base member, one of said pair of members being connected adjacent the end of said base member and disposed normal thereto and the other of said members being connected normal to the base intermediate the ends thereof, and a crosspiece connected to the extended ends of said pair of members.

3. The invention as defined in claim 2 and including a plurality of pieces simulating little people.

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1. A toy modular play house comprising: a plurality of separate and distinct hollow modular blocks, each having at least one openside, each of said blocks being adapted to simulate a room of a building structure, several of said blocks being of substantially equal width, heighth and depth, whereby said blocks can be randomly arranged with respect to one another to define a plurality of varying floor plans, accessory pieces simulating various pieces of furniture disposed in the rooms defined by said varying floor plans, means simulating little dolls proportioned to be placed within said modular blocks, each of said furniture Accessory pieces comprising similarly constructed members which can be arranged to simulate various pieces of furniture; and wherein each furniture accessory piece comprises a first member having a pair of similar members connected normal to said first member in spaced relationship to define an F-shaped structure, and a cross-piece connected between the extended ends of said similar member.
2. A construction toy for enabling a child to construct a dollhouse with varying floor plans comprising: a series of blocks, each of said blocks having rectangularly disposed connected sidewall portions to define opposed sidewalls and connected top and bottom walls, and a rear wall connected to an edge portion of said rectangularly disposed sidewall portions to define a full open-sided hollow block, each of said blocks being of substantially equal height and depth; and certain of said blocks having a length which is greater than the length of certain of the other blocks, the length of said certain of said blocks comprising a multiple of the length of said other certain of said blocks, whereby said blocks can be randomly arranged to simulate various dollhouse floor plans when a plurality of said blocks are placed in juxtapositioned, unconnected side-by-side relationship, means simulating a window opening formed in a sidewall portion of said one block, a plurality of wedge-shaped blocks adapted to simulate various roof plans for the floor plan defined by an arrangement of said room-defining blocks, and a plurality of similarly shaped accessory pieces which can be variably arranged for simulating different pieces of furniture which can be fitted in the various rooms of an arranged floor plan; and said accessories each including a base member, a pair of spaced apart members connected normal to said base member, one of said pair of members being connected adjacent the end of said base member and disposed normal thereto and the other of said members being connected normal to the base intermediate the ends thereof, and a crosspiece connected to the extended ends of said pair of members.
3. The invention as defined in claim 2 and including a plurality of pieces simulating little people.
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