Play houses are an integral part of early childhood, providing dens to let your child’s imagination run wild as they play act at life with their toys and their pals. We’ve rounded up our absolutely most favourite ever play house buys to include eco friendly cardboard options, to teepee’s, to Habitat’s amazing contemporary update on the wendy house, to quirky buys like Our Children’s Gorilla’s scull cave, and with them starting from a super wallet friendly Â£6.99, there’s something to suit every budget. Incidentally, another handy use of play houses is when you get unexpected visitors, you can quickly chuck everything in there in a rapid tidy up!
1. Kids On Roof White House Made from 100% recycled biodegradable cardboard and featuring windows, a door, and a letterbox, it folds down quickly for simple storage and is just dying to be customised. Â£29 Mash N Gravy. Get 25% off with the code HOLIDAY until 31/12/09. See all current codes on our discount codes page.
2, 5, 10. Paperpod Playhouses These eco-friendly buys come in a broad range of designs including the wendy, rocket, and teepee shown, with plenty of scope for customisation and easily transportable. From Â£26.95 Lula Sapphire. Get 10% off with the code BAMBINO09 until 24/12/09 See all current codes on our discount codes page.
3. Villa Julia by Magis The height of cool (it’s just under 4ft high), this designer delight features a mid century chimney, quirky graphics, stickers for personalisation, opening door, and big windows to let in plenty of light. Â£149 Nubie Get 10% off with code BAMB02 till 31/12/09. See all current codes on our discount codes page.
Also check out: The Castle by Dutch designers Villa Carton, Â£35.99 Nubie
4. Scull Cave by Our Children’s Gorilla Deliciously quirky and ready for a host of adventures, this hot piece from the Swedish designers of cool is made from durable sensaten which lets you unscrew it and roll it up for easy storage and portability. Â£75 Ten Little Monkey’s
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6. Habitat Geronimo Tent One of our favourite finds ever and making it to our Christmas list for the second year in a row, this is a Habitat classic where they change up the prints each year. The current print features the scribble design by London designer Hennie Haworth. They’re really high quality and super spacious. Â£75 Habitat
The scribble design also appears on chairs and a range of dinnerware that we featured a few weeks back.
7. Wendy by Habitat Our favourite play house find, we’re in love with the retro prints, plummy borders, and cool detailing like the cat on the roof and the potted plant. Hotfoot it in store as they’re in such high demand they’ve been temporarily taken off line. Â£75 Habitat
8. Vintage Teepees These wonderful vintage buys are beautifully decorated in appliqued floral and bird motifs using fabrics like silk, with flags at the top for great effect. The teepee itself is made from 100% unbleached cotton. Do check the delivery date as these are made to order. Â£134 Moozle
9. Koja Tent Our bargain buy, Ikea have come up trumps with this cool little igloo. Â£6.99 Ikea, in store only.
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11. Hippie Tipi Play Tents Another favourite that’s in for a second year, these bold, funky, robust, 100% cotton buys can be used indoors and outdoors, and can even be zipped closed and are quite big too. Â£115 Nordic Elements
Also check out: For high end teepee’s check out Greg Hattons combination of wendy house and teepee in limited edition, unique designs, which each one individually numbered. [via Papier Mache Blog]
Check out last year’s hot Christmas toy list featuring play houses.