Children love creating their very own den areas and will play uninterrupted in them for hours. With the summer holidays in full swing many parents are searching for ideas on how to keep their children occupied and playhouses are a great way to allow them to explore their imaginations within the safety of their own garden.
Whether you are looking for something permanent or a little less substantial, we have found ten of the best children’s playhouses to suit all ages.
Kid-Eco Playhouse – £29.99
If your children are the types to steal every box in the house and make it into a play den then give them a head start with this box that has been already converted into a house. It takes 15 minutes to assemble and is hardy enough to be used indoors and outside but don’t get it wet. Your children can draw on it to personalise the playhouse and there are also castles and rockets available
Chad Valley Foldable Wendy Playhouse – £59.99
This is great value for money and really quick to put together (around 10 minutes) so perfect if you need to keep your children occupied at short notice, or if yours are having an unexpected play date. The doors and windows open and close and the inside is lovely and spacious. It is quite lightweight however so park it near a fence on windy days.
Chad Valley Farm House – £99.00
This cute farm house can be used indoors or outside as it is made from durable plastic that is assembled easily and can be folded down for quick storage. It is suitable for children of two years and over and features an indoor area and two outside ones that are fenced in.
Win Green Hanging Play Tent – £149.00
A really simple design here that comes in several different colours including blue gingham, candy pink, cherry red and rose multi-stripe. Each hanging tent can be hung from a ceiling hook (not supplied) or tied to a sturdy branch and comes with rope tent pegs and a storage bag. The height is around 2.2m high with a diameter of 84cm.
Chairworks Hazel Child’s Castle – £179.95
Let your child imagine that they are the king or queen of the castle in this delightful hazel wicker castle. It is strong and sturdy and arrives in a flat pack, ready for you to assemble. Assembly is easy with cable ties and the castle is suitable for indoors or outside. Great for parents who do not want their garden filled up with garish brightly coloured plastic toys.
Little Tikes Go Green Playhouse – £212.49
This children’s playhouse really ticks a lot of unusual boxes that parents might not have considered. It teaches children about the environment and recycling as it features a recycling centre that includes a sink that works using rain water collected from a rain barrel, a roof section where you can grow grass, window boxes for growing plants and energy-saving solar panels that light up with actual LED lighting. You also get a rake, a shovel and a water can and the whole structure can easily be assembled or taken down in under an hour. Easily our favourite for the environmental features.
Kidcraft Modern Outdoor Playhouse – £359.99
This playhouse is bound to fuel your child’s imagination as there are so many things you can do with it. You can be a shopkeeper, own a restaurant or pub or pretend that you simply live there. You will need a few hours to put the whole thing together but once you have you are guaranteed hours and hours of fun. We love the addition of the picnic table and benches attached to the side and the fun window with curtains, plus there’s the post box with flag.
Smoby Swingset Playhouse – £399.98
If you are deciding whether to buy a playhouse or a swing set then this is a good compromise. This brightly coloured playhouse comes with a swing and slide set attached and will provide hours of fun for little one aged 2 – 5 years old. The swing seat is designed for babies but you can upgrade to a toddler and be warned, the inside is not that spacious.
TP Forest Cottage – £399.99
Your children will be the envy of all the neighbourhood when their friends see this fantastic forest cottage, complete with treehouse design and ladder to get up into the top. There is a play area at the bottom that comes with an added sand pit, and the top features a spacious veranda and a cottage-shaped den.
LandPod: The Pod Father – The Ultimate Kid’s Playhouse and Den – £4650
I would live in this I don’t know about children! This is designed to be a hangout that is fully weather-proof and an all-terrain kid’s playhouse. Definitely one for parents who have a few bob spare, it is a flat pack design with adjustable legs and a platform that allows it to be built on any type of ground. No need for foundations, it contains a luxurious double bed that can sleep 4 adults and a bunk bed for children.