All Children Should Enjoy Outdoor Playhouses


One of the fondest memories for many children is their outdoor playhouses. A private place was their own domain. Many summer afternoons were spent there playing house, writing in diaries, daydreaming, and reading. It is no surprise that many parents want to provide their own children with a similar place to pass the summers. It is also a great way to get children outside and away from the television and computer.

Anyone can run out and purchase toy playhouses from the toy store or local home improvement center. However, if a parent has a few handy skills and some time, they can build the playhouses from scratch. This is a great way to get the child involved at the very beginning as they can help to customize the choices like colors, windows, and accessories.

Before beginning any project like this, the first step is to check with the township or county to determine if any building permits are required and if there are any regulations that must be met for safety and building codes.

Many building plans are available online or in books available at the library. Determine the size and style of the outdoor playhouse and purchase supplies from the local home improvement center. Many places like Lowe’s or Home Depot often have experts on site to help decide the best materials for the job. Find a level spot in the yard for the playhouse and build to specifications. Depending on their age, many children can help throughout the building process. Remember to always consider safety when involving young children.

To finish off the playhouse, put in the personal touches like a chalkboard, bookshelf, miniature table, or curtains. Finally, let the children enjoy their own playhouse. Hopefully, they can enjoy the same memories of their parents had when they were young.


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