Have you purchased a new outdoor wooden playhouse for your children? Many kids love having their own little home to play in, and some of them are quite complex. While small playhouses may be only one room and not have a lot of space, there are some larger ones that are actually split into two or more areas, have furniture, and more. No matter what size your kids have, they need to have something more than just the house—they need toys in it! Here are some of the must-have toys you should put in your outdoor wooden playhouse.
· A play kitchen. If your kids are going to have their own playhouse, they need to have it fully stocked. A play kitchen is the perfect accessory. While some of the larger kitchens might not fit in a small playhouse, you can find some compact versions that will. Play kitchens usually include a mock refrigerator, oven, and stove. Some include a pretend sink and microwave, too. Don’t forget the table and chairs so your kids have some place to serve their dinner.
· Cooking items. While you can buy some toy pots and pans, they may not hold up to being out in a playhouse for more than a year or so, especially if they’re out there in the extreme heat or cold. Instead, you can often find some cheap pans and other cooking items at the dollar store.
· Pretend vacuum. They’ve got to have a vacuum to keep their playhouse clean! A small broom is also a good idea, especially since they really can use it to sweep dirt and leaves out of their playhouse.
· Garden tools. If your kids love working in the garden, help them plant a small flowerbed or garden near their wooden playhouse. There are some plastic shovels and other little gardening tools made for children that they can use to work in their garden without hurting themselves. You can also get them a child-sized rake and a toy lawnmower. Give them a small watering can and help them take care of their little vegetable garden or flowerbed. Imagine how proud they will be if they can grow and eat some of their own vegetables (and maybe it will help to get them to eat vegetables, too!).
· Chalk. Your kids can draw on your driveway or, if you rather they didn’t draw there, you can add a small chalkboard to the playhouse. Another option is to coat one or two walls of the playhouse with some chalkboard paint. You could also hang a dry erase board in the playhouse.
· Art easel. If you want to keep some of your children’s masterpieces, put a small art easel and crayons in their playhouse. They can call it their artist’s studio and escape from the main house to work on their art. If they end up coloring on the walls, that’s fine, too. Let them create some artwork to use in decorating their own little home.
· Toy trucks and cars. Kids, especially boys, love to play in the dirt. Toy trucks and cars are great for that. If you’ve made a sandbox near the playhouse, they might want to get some of the toy construction vehicles and pretend that they’re working on a construction site. Sandcastle molds are another great toy if there’s a sandbox nearby.
Toys you may want to keep inside
There are some toys you might not want your kids leaving in their playhouse, especially if they tend to forget to close the door when they come inside. Other toys react badly to extreme heat or cold, and since they aren’t insulated, playhouses do get very hot and cold. Here are a few toys to bring inside after they’re finished playing with them:
· Stuffed animals. If an animal were to get inside the playhouse, they might destroy these snuggly creatures. Let them join in the outdoor tea party, but be sure they come inside at night.
· Baby dolls. They, too, are tempting targets for some animals.
· Crayons. During the hottest summer days, they may melt if left outside in a hot playhouse.
· Video games. The extreme temperatures can damage fragile electronics, plus dirt could potentially get under the screen. Also have your kids bring in CD players, MP3 players, and any other type of electrical device when they’re finished with them.
Scott Barber is an accomplished do-it-yourselfer from Newark-On-Trent who loves constructing Garden Buildings for his friends and family. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others about his experiences building Garden Sheds, Log Cabins, Playhouses, Summerhouses, Wooden Sheds & More.