Building The Perfect Playhouse
Where should you start? Brainstorming and the perfect budget!
Designing the the perfect playhouse for your children can be just as fun as playing in it! As a parent you want to have an idea of where you want the playhouse and what your budget is, before you share the idea with your child’s limitless imagination. Playhouses are surprisingly affordable and long lasting. Create a special place for your child to make memories that will last them a lifetime.
It’s important when scouting areas for the playhouse, that you survey your yard for anything hazardous. Check for poisonous plants or insect colonies that may ruin the fun. It may be wise to install a fence, if you don’t already have one near the grounds for the playhouse.
As parents, we are not capable of watching our kiddos 100% of the time, even though we might like to think that we are. A nanny cam may ease some angst and help you to monitor them. Establish some safety rules for both inside and outside of the playhouse. Decide which toys are allowed outside and in the playhouse, and which ones stay in your home.
Now that you have some ground rules, it’s time to get creative! Ask yourself what are you prepared to allow both aesthetically and financially. Remember when you were a child and a simple piece of wood, a leaflet and string could be transformed into a ship that would sail the puddle seas? The perfect Playhouse can embody more of your child’s imagination than actual structures. However, doesn’t a slide sound pretty neat? Sometimes a theme can also add to the sense of wonder to their playhouse. Is it a fort or castle, or even a safe and secret hideout from monsters?
Chances are you have more than one child. This means you have more imaginative minds and territorial tendencies at play. If your children are to share this space, figure out how the layout will allow your children to share the common space, or design it so that each of them have their own mini private sanctuary within the same house. Creating and understanding of how to share this space will save you (at least a little) bickering for later quarrels.
A Creative Place
Like many parents, you want to encourage your children to be creative and to practice their talents. Providing them with the interior space, such as nice clean and safe surfaces, cabinetry and seating, will energize the excitement of the pursuit of your child’s talents.
Keep it Stylish
Allow your children some room to add their own personal touch to the playhouse. Remember this place is for them, and helping them to achieve their vision in making this place truly their own, is healthy and a rewarding experience.
Keep it clean
Just like with their bedrooms, your children have a responsibility to keep their playhouse clean. Set a schedule for a weekly clean day and offer a reward when the upkeep is complete. Describe it in a way that makes them feel they own the space and to take pride in keeping what is theirs nice for years to come.
Indoor and Outdoor Activities
One of the benefits to having a playhouse, is that you get your kids to go outside and play. However, if their playhouse is so cozy and cute, they may resort to sedentary behavior like they may have inside the home. You may consider some additional outside attractions, such as a kiddie pool or trampoline.
Make it Wild!
If you are truly feeling adventurous and you have the means to do so, why not go wild and create something extraordinary? How about a pool slide that starts from the top of the playhouse from inside? Again, you will want to make sure that you have already made the decisions about the limitations of your plans before you open up the brainstorming to your child’s imagination. Have fun with them – who knows, this could inspire you to have your own personal playhouse!
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