One of the best gifts you can give to a child is a playhouse. Why? Because a playhouse is a great way to encourage your child to play outdoors, to let their imagination run wild and to let your child have a secret hideout, all at the same time. It’s no wonder then that playhouses have been popular for a long time!
You could build the playhouse from scratch yourself, but if you’re pressed for time then there are a huge variety of playhouses available to buy. Here are some things to take into consideration when choosing a playhouse for your child.
The budget you set for your playhouse will depend on how much money you have available to spend. Also bear in mind how many years of use the playhouse is going to get, and spend accordingly. There are a number of great budget playhouses out there, but never sacrifice quality for savings.
Be sure that the playhouse you choose can fit in your backyard while giving enough space for your kids to move around freely in the yard. Ideally, you should know where you are going to place the playhouse before you set out to buy one. Make sure that wherever you place the playhouse, you have enough standing space around it to comfortably carry out repairs if necessary.
As for the design, choose a design that is appropriate for your kids. If your kids are still very young, then a one-story simple playhouse should do the trick. For older kids, you can consider a loft or double-story playhouse or pretty much anything at all – the choices are endless. You may want to avoid certain imagery, however, that your kids may not like as they get older.
Playhouses usually come in one of two materials: wood or plastic. Wooden playhouses offer a more aesthetic appeal, but they are usually harder to set up than plastic playhouses and might be a little harder to clean. Plastic playhouses are usually made up of snap-on pieces making it a breeze to set up, and can easily be wiped clean whenever necessary. They are usually more child-appropriate too with their bright colors.
It depends on whether you want the playhouse to play both a decorative and fun role (wood is suitable for this), or would rather it focus on the fun and convenience factor (plastic).
The playhouse you choose should be sturdy enough, and should not contain any toxic materials in or on its structure. Make sure that the playhouse has been constructed to the most recent toy standards, and that it doesn’t have any sharp edges that could injure your child.
Now that you know how to choose a playhouse, why are you still here? Go ahead and get your child a playhouse now. They will love you for it!