Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cardboard Box Style Wendy Houses

Cheap but very cheerful, these cardboard cut outs are colour-tastic

Cardboard wendy houses are the type that flat-pack and are assembled by "Tab A in Slot B" type construction. Should be easy for anyone, regardless of your DIY credentials!

There are some fantastic possibilities for bonding over colouring and decorating these cardboard box playhouses. Or if your child decides they want to be in charge of everything and do it themselves, you can let them express their creativity and learn how to take responsibility. In cases where they are pre-decorated, it's just a faster road from un-boxing to play fort fun!

When they're done for the day, you can pack it away and slide it under a bed or behind a cupboard where it won't get in the way, something not possible with many other types except maybe wendy tents). So it is ideal for those who are tight on space, or live in an apartment without a garden. There is also something so evocative about making things out of cardboard - I remember egg carton crocodiles and the obligatory box forts when I was a girl.

In this post we look at some of the options online for getting a pre-made box fort.

Plus! We share some great ideas for making your own! Read the post to find out...

Monday, 22 June 2015

Insanely Awesome Hobbit Inspired Wendy House

Hobbit Hidey Hole - a magical play den for your own garden!

A quirky wendy house that made us sit up and pay attention! Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, this wooden playhouse with circular door motif will thrill any little one looking for less of a wendy house, more of a mini home extension! The difficulty may be getting the kids indoors again... I can imagine even the older kids wanting to camp out in this beauty.

Hobbit Hidey Hole Playhouse Garden Den

Monday, 15 June 2015

Wendy Tents - portable play palaces for kids!

A rundown of the best children's play tents on Amazon

Sometimes a wooden or plastic wendy house or playhouse is just not practical. Sometimes you may not have the space or garden to store them - or the budget to splurge on such a big item - so I'm here to review some of the best options for a convenient alternative - play tents!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Playhouses on stilts - castles in the air

Want to give your kids a treehouse, but don't have a tree?

Maybe your yard space is limited. Maybe you've planted a tree but your children will be grown up and gone by the time it's big enough to support a tree house. Or maybe you just don't have any time for a garden and your other half prefers it paved anyway.

Either way, there's something missing here. An easy solution to your problem could be this - a tower playhouse. Essentially it's a wendy house on stilts, giving the kids a bastion to repel the invaders, learn about the effects on gravity as they pour buckets of water on each other and the dog, and a wistful retreat where they can dream big.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Frozen Wendy Houses for Kids

Summer's finally here! Maybe...?? Time to look at play houses.

It's pink, it's plastic, it has pictures of Ana and Elsa on it. What more could your little princess need but a Frozen Play House?

(Or indeed prince? We're not in the business of excluding, certainly not.)

Yes, who would have though that 2 years on, that children would still be insane for Frozen branded merchandise?? Well, they are, and don't we just know it. Our neighbours have called their puppy Elsa. Just the other day I saw a kid walking around dressed in a Disney princess costume, pretty sure it was Elsa. I don't think she had any party or anything to go to, she just liked it! Everything is Frozen! Are we Frozen in time?

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