Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. Now is a great time to begin thinking about how to keep your young children busy and entertained. With so many kids playing video games or watching television all day you need to come up with a plan to keep them busy outside and provide a unique play area.
Playhouses will give your children the opportunity to expand their creativity and playtime. These realistic looking units give your children the opportunity to play, act and use their imagination. This is a great way to begin to teach your children how to get along and play well with others. This also includes learning how to share. The added bonus is that it may even teach them how to clean up after themselves!
As you begin to search for the perfect playhouse for your child or children, you may want to keep in mind the cost factor. Playhouses can vary in price depending on the size and the type of materials they are constructed from. One of the least expensive styles is the nylon tent-like structures. Due to the construction, they may not be able to be left outdoors for extended periods of time. They are normally constructed from nylon and have different types of polls for supports. The average price of these units tends to be less than $100, which makes it affordable for most people. Some of the styles may include the schoolhouse, the log cabin, and even those that have tunnels for your child to crawl through to get to the tented area.
The next popular style is the plastic playhouse type. Some of most popular brands are the ones manufactured by Little Tikes. They often take on a cottage style look with the sloped roofs and cobblestone façade. Some of the units have a fold down table for your children to enjoy their outdoor lunch or afternoon snack. The Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Plastic Playhouse is very popular, and it costs around $350. The dimensions are 73”x37”x47”, and it even has an electronic doorbell with six different sounds. It also has a kitchen with an oven and fireplace. It also includes two stools, plates, cups and utensils.
The wooden playhouses tend to be much more expensive due to the construction materials. This style can be a simple wooden cottage or log cabin. The smaller models may cost less than $700. There are much more elaborate designs as well in this style of outdoor playhouse. You can purchase an 8′ x 12′ Cape Cod Playhouse, which includes a white picket fence, a real roof with shingles and actual windows. It even has a chimney and dormers along with a wooden floor. These units can cost anywhere from $1500 to over $5000, depending on the size and style. You will need to assemble this home using the do it yourself plans and instructions.
If this is out of your price range, you can always build one yourself. Numerous websites offer free plans for you to start a beautiful playhouse. Provided you have the time and knowledge, this could be a great way to create your child’s fantasy Playhouse. You can even match the design style based on your home.
Playhouses are available at many do-it-yourself garden centers and retail stores. You can search the Internet as well in order to find competitive pricing. This is a good time to begin searching for great deals and bargains and many of the companies selling these units online offer free shipping. Investing in an outdoor playhouse will provide your children with hours of fun and entertainment and is great way for everyone to enjoy being outside.