There are so many reasons why all children will benefit from an outdoor playhouse and those benefits extend to the parents.
As children spend more and more time in front of the television, or playing on computer games, all parents want to create a safe environment for their child to release their energy.
Many people today are wary of allowing their children to play outside the home unless accompanied by an adult. Whilst this is unfortunately a sensible approach, it also has the affect of restricting children’s independence.
The perfect way to get around this problem is to create your own play area within your garden.
The market for play houses has increased tremendously which has the added bonus of opening up the market to many more people, regardless of the space you have available or the budget you are working within.
Nevertheless, how can playhouses provide this independence?
The answer is simple. Instead of being directed in their play by following the instructions of a computer game, they are encouraged to use their imagination more and create their own game within the play area. This in turn stimulates the child’s creativity as they create a completely new style of playing and encourages much more exercise as they climb and run about.
There are many different styles to choose from ranging from plastic, low maintenance, which is particularly suited to the very young child, right through to elaborate wooden playhouses.
When making your selection there are a few points to consider. Firstly, you should consider the amount of space that you have available. Secondly, whether you wish to utilize an abandoned section of your garden area or make the playhouse an attractive feature, and thirdly, the amount of money you wish to invest in the project.
If you are buying for a young child, it is worth considering wooden playhouses, as there is always the option of adding onto the original house as your child grows. For example, as your child becomes stronger and more agile a climbing frame can be attached or an extension added.
In fact the younger your child is, when you purchase a playhouse, the better. The sooner you encourage this type of independent play the more they will benefit over time.
If you opt to make a feature of it then there are many very attractive houses to choose from. You may only want a single story house, with or without a veranda or fencing, or maybe one on stilts with steps leading up to the front door. Children seem to particularly like the added excitement of their own steps and it also creates more playing area underneath the house itself.
Some additional features can be window boxes, which will encourage children to care for plants and flowers or maybe a stable door.
Another point to consider is the internal fixtures and fittings of the house.
Generally the more interesting you make it the more likely your child will want to go out and play. Furniture, such as small chairs and tables, or beanbags, plus rugs and cushions all help to create a personal space for your child. This in turn will encourage them to look after the area, clean, and tidy it just like a normal home.
Very quickly, it will become their own space in which to express themselves and take responsibility. They will also soon learn that their friends will love calling round to play in this unique place.
In short, a playhouse is really an investment. Not only in the health of your child but also because the house can grow with the child, spreading the cost over many years.