There’s no doubt about it – many a childhood is full of fond memories of playhouses. Whether it’s exploring new worlds, inviting imaginary friends for tea or fighting off a horde of monsters, playhouses can really spark your child’s imagination.
As a parent, you can help nurture this creativity by making sure their playhouse is a fun space where stories can blossom – an interactive, stimulating place that they’ll want to return to time and time again.
So let’s explore some playhouse ideas and look at how to make playhouses more fun for kids.
Why build a playhouse?
Simply put, a playhouse is great for your child’s development. As a timeless feature of many gardens, playhouses enable kids to explore their creativity, friendships and independence.
These days, it can be tough to entertain kids without the use of a screen, so that’s why it’s important to carve out spaces where they can play, imagine, exercise, and enjoy time outside in the fresh air – and all of this is more likely to happen if the outdoor space is inviting and appealing to them. And that’s where decoration comes in.
Why decorate a playhouse?
It’s true that a child’s imagination knows no limits. But even adding just a few thoughtful decorations can make it all the more inviting and interactive. Plus, decorating the playhouse together can be a fun family project that everyone can get involved in.
Playhouse decoration inspiration
- Pick a theme: Is your kid crazy about castles, obsessed with pirates or do they dream about taking a trip to outer space? A playhouse can be anything from a submarine to a rocket, as long as a little planning and forethought is employed. Paintwork, stencilled designs, custom furniture and some finishing touches can all come together to create a whole little world for your child.
- Go seasonal: If you don’t think your child would enjoy one standard design or theme, you can keep things fresh and interesting by keeping in sync with the seasons. Whether it’s fairy lights and tinsel at Christmas, or colourful painted eggs in spring, the whole family can have fun finding seasonal items to transform the playhouse.
- A home away from home: Of course, you could take the term ‘playhouse’ literally and create a home away from home, complete with furniture, a mini play kitchen and a welcome mat. Your child can then enjoy their own grown-up space, inviting friends real or imaginary round for a spot of lunch or some board games.
Decorating on a budget
When you’re researching playhouse ideas, remember they certainly don’t have to cost the world. Not everyone can afford a big themed design or custom furniture for a playhouse. Luckily, there are plenty of playhouse ideas that allow you to add a special touch on a budget.
Sometimes it can just be as simple as bringing in some furniture, cushions, throws or potted plants from the main house and setting up your little one with a cosy place that still has a few personal touches. You can also buy fairly inexpensive bunting, fairy lights and storage boxes, or even have a go at making your own curtains or furniture.
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