10 Best Playhouses for Kids in the UK this Year
Best Playhouses for Kids
A playhouse gives your child a place of his or her own and a place to let his or her imagination run wild. The best playhouses for kids are meant to grow with your child. They are durable enough to withstand years of use. They are also large enough to accommodate an older child or groups of kids all at once. Here’s what to look for in a playhouse for your kids.
The LIVEBOX Foldable Pop Up Children Playhouse wins for most versatile playhouse style. It’s available in tipi, car, police car, or truck shapes. A fabric playhouse, it’s most appropriate for indoor use, although you could take it outside to use on a deck or patio.
A highlight of the pop-up playhouse is that it’s meant to be filled with toys, such as balls, so that your little one can play on his or her own for hours.
The Prince or Princess Palace Castle Children Play Tent is another fabric pop-up playhouse designed mainly for indoor use. You can bring it outdoors for short periods. The pop-up castle measures 105 by 105 by 135 cm and is ideal for toddlers or smaller children.
The playhouse comes with a zippered carrying case, so that you can fold and pack it up and take with you on family vacations or when your child goes to visit a friend or relative.
If your children often begs for a gingerbread house a Christmas, the Large Colour Your Own Gingerbread House Children’s Playhouse might be a good compromise. It doesn’t contain the sugar of a real gingerbread house, but your kids can spend hours decorating it.
At 92.5 cm (3 feet) tall, and 72 cm by 50cm, the house is made out of recycled cardboard, so it’s not the most durable playhouse ever created. The cardboard material does make it easy for your child to dress up the house. She or he can paint it, use markers or crayons, or add stickers and glitter.
This Gingerbread house is the perfect present for any child at Christmas thanks to the winter decorative feel.
The BillyOh Bunny Max Tower Children’s Wooden Playhouse is similar to the BillyOh Bunny Tower mentioned above, but it has a slide.
The playhouse is 2.31 x 1.69 x 2.12 m and although it may be more suited to larger gardens, it is on a raised platform. It features a single room with four windows and slide which connects to the outside platform and offers children a fun way to exit the playhouse.
The YANX 3 in 1 Kids Pop Up Tent Canvas Play Tent is made out of polyester fabric, which is waterproof and resists tears. It has a pop-up design and can be folded and packed away for storage or transport. The playhouse comes with a zippered carrying case, so you can bring it along to the beach, to picnics or to visit friends and family.
The pop-up playhouse consists of three pieces, including a short tunnel, a square tent and a play tent. You can use the pieces together or individually. The playhouse is ideal for younger children and helps to develop creativity and imagination by encouraging them to explore.
The BillyOh Bunny Tower Children’s Wooden Playhouse 6 x 5 is a wooden, raised tower playhouse. The playhouse is made from pre-treated wooden panels that are meant to be able to withstand life outdoors. It has four windows, a solid sheet material floor and roof and black roof felt.
The playhouse is elevated off the ground, which can make it particularly exciting for kids to play in. It also offers older kids a place to hide away.
The Chestnut Wooden Pre-Painted Tower Playhouse with Slide is made of thick-cut fir wood. It includes an injection moulded plastic slide and ladder, making it easy for kids to climb into the playhouse and get out quickly. The wood is pre-stained, which limits your customisation options but also means you don’t have to treat it yourself.
The playhouse includes two windows and a barn-style door, as well as barn style shutters on the windows.
If you’re looking for a sturdy, plastic playhouse, consider the Children’s Garden Happy House. Made of durable polypropylene, it features bright, primary colours and has two windows and a door.
The playhouse has an open design, so you can see into the house from all four sides. A red plastic roof helps keep rain and other elements out.
The Little Tikes Cape Cottage is another all-plastic playhouse designed for younger kids. It has a working door and working windows, as well as “brick” detailing on the exterior. A smaller playhouse, it’s suitable for kids over the age of 18 months.
The dimensions of the house measure 108.6 x 88.9 x 124.5 cm, so it’s really designed for more for running in and out of rather than a place to hide away. Younger children, in particular, can keep themselves entertained for hours by opening and closing the doors and windows.
The LittleTom Children’s Playhouse + 1 table + 2 benches stands apart from other plastic playhouses because it offers something those houses don’t: a place to sit. The playhouse comes with a small table and two chairs, which attach to the exterior of the house. The table and benches can also be put inside the house.
Another highlight of the playhouse is that one of the interior walls has small game pieces attached to it, which can help keep kids entertained and encourage creativity.