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Six popular childrens' playhouses

Six popular childrens' playhouses

Do you remember your childhood den? Whether you rearranged the sofa cushions or enjoyed the wonders of a proper outside playhouse, you’ll remember the joy of make-believe games. But do you know just how important it is for kids to enjoy free-range imaginative play?

Make believe really matters, say researchers at the University of Cambridge: “High-quality pretend play has repeatedly been shown to be very closely associated with the development of cognitive, social and academic abilities.” 

Children need playhouses because acting and role play helps them learn to problem-solve and become more adept at handling real life scenarios. In fact, say the experts at Cambridge University, there’s a “clear link between the complexity of socio-dramatic play and improvement in social responsibility.”

Here are six different wooden playhouses to encourage your kids to get outdoors and imaginative...

1. Buttercup Playhouse Shop

Waltons Buttercup Shop Playhouse
Image: Waltons Buttercup Shop Playhouse

Inspire hours of fun role-play with this versatile playhouse shop. With its open  design, watch as the blank canvas transforms into a bakery, puppet theatre or a lemonade stand - whatever your children fancy!

Ideal for spending time with friends, family or even imaginary pals, this play shop is perfect for encouraging outdoor play. But if the weather turns, simply move it indoors and tuck it into the corner of a bedroom or playroom.

Like all the playhouses in the Waltons range, our play shop is constructed of robust shiplap wooden cladding and features smooth, rounded timbers. Leave the wood a natural colour or paint it to match your children's favourite theme. 

2. Honeysuckle Playhouse

Waltons 6 x 5 Honeysuckle Playhouse
Image: Waltons Honeysuckle Playhouse

This Swiss chalet-style playhouse is a real winner with children from three years and up. Made with quality 12mm tongue and groove cladding, it features a flower motif on the door and a generous front overhang which offers excellent protection from the elements.

The cute cottage-style windows are glazed with shatter-proof styrene and the roof is covered with mineral felt to keep the weather out. Excellent value for money, children love this simple but charming design. And, because it comes unpainted, they’ll enjoy helping to choose the colours and design the decor.

3. Dutch Barn Playhouse

Image: Waltons 6 x 6 Dutch Barn Playhouse
Image: Waltons Dutch Barn Playhouse

This Dutch Barn playhouse oozes rustic charm and offers the perfect home for budding young farmers. With plenty of windows it’s also light and bright and, thanks to the high country barn-style roof, it has plenty of head-room so kids won’t grow out of the space quite as fast. 

Like all our playhouses this 6ft x 6ft model features 10mm gaps around the door to keep young fingers safe. It also includes shatterproof styrene glazed windows, and complies with TUV Safety Testing BS EN71 European Toy Standard to give you peace of mind.

4. Snug Tower Playhouse with slide

Snug Tower Playhouse with slide
Image: Snug Tower Playhouse with slide

Is it a fort or a castle, a home on stilts, or maybe a beach lifeguard tower? The Snug Tower playhouse offers endless opportunities for imaginative fun and games. Children will love climbing the ladder, descending via the slide, and enjoying playing with friends in their own garden room.

Built to last, like all the playhouses in the Waltons range, this example features planed and rounded timbers, shiplap cladding and a hard wearing solid OSB board roof and floor. All our playhouses comply with European Safety Standards and come with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee.

5. Snowdrop Cottage Playhouse

Snowdrop Cottage Playhouse
Image: Snowdrop Cottage Playhouse

Bring a little bit of fairy-tale charm to your children’s play with the magical Snowdrop Cottage. Featuring styrene-glazed windows for lots of natural light, kids will enjoy growing their own herbs or flowers in the window boxes. This playhouse measures 7ft x 5ft and features an internal loft with steps and safety rail – plenty of accommodation for a large family of dolls, bears and small children!

All Waltons playhouses are supplied unpainted to give you the opportunity to decorate it the way you want. Dip treated with wood preservative, they’re guaranteed against rot for ten years provided you paint with wood treatment each year.

6. Pirate Playhouse with Activity Set

Waltons Pirate Tower Playhouse with Activity Set
Image: Waltons Pirate Tower Playhouse & Activity Set

What better way to encourage kids to indulge in a full range of fun, imaginative and active play than with our Pirate tower playhouse including a balcony, slide and swing set. Young buccaneers will love the exceptional opportunities for swashbuckling play on offer here. 

Constructed from sturdy timber, tough shiplap tongue and groove cladding, and with a solid OSB board roof and floor, this playhouse is built to last. With the correct annual maintenance, it will bring your kids endless pleasure for years to come.

Impressed by this selection of wooden children’s playhouses? Check out our full range – with everything from a traditional style wendy house to a contemporary corner playhouse, we’ve got just the thing to set your children’s imaginations free.

Lead image: Waltons Pirate Tower Playhouse with Slide

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