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KIDS CAVES

Do you remember building forts as a child? Perhaps you turned an old box into your own private camp? Perhaps you even had a playhouse or tree house to play in. As you know it was a special place where armed with only your imagination you had a safe space to play that was all your own. Unfortunately times have changed, today there are a number of factors that are keeping children from playing outside, including computer consoles, smart phones, tablets and even safety concerns.​

As a result, children are not playing outdoors as much as they once did and many child development experts warn that this trend may have a dramatic effect on the healthy growth and development of these children. While numerous parents struggle to get their children motivated to go outside and play, one of the solutions to this growing epidemic lies in our very own childhood memories - an outdoor playhouse.

Give us a call on 0800 118 2399 to arrange a free on site visit to discuss what options you have available and what we can offer you.

A Wendy house, playhouse or "Kids Cave" is a small house for children, large enough for one or more children to enter. Size and materials can vary from a plastic kit to something resembling a real house in a child's size. Usually there is one room, a doorway with a window on either side, and little or no furniture other than that which the children improvise.

The original was built for Wendy Darling in J. M. Barrie's play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Wendy was shot by the Lost Boy Tootles after arriving in Neverland, so Peter Pan and the Lost Boys built a small house around her where she had fallen. It was inspired by the wash-house behind Barrie's childhood home in Kirriemuir and first appeared in story form in The Little White Bird in which fairies build a house around Mamie Mannering—the prototype for Wendy—so protecting her from the cold.

A children’s playhouse is a fabulous way to keep little ones entertained, encouraging them to create their own adventures in the garden. Whether it’s your child’s secret den, fairytale castle or log cabin, it’s great way for children to enjoy imaginative playtime outside – ensuring hours of fun without having to leave home. Playhouses can be quite sophisticated, some of the wooden playhouse designs come complete with raised platforms, ladders, verandas and even mezzanine levels inside! Choose from pretty painted houses complete with a slide and balcony, colourful plastic designs, classic wigwam tents and cotton playhouses that can be used inside or out. It’s a good idea to look for safety features on windows and doors too, to protect those little hands. Enjoy our edited selection of the best buys on the market, to help you choose the children’s playhouse that’s just right for your mini adventurers

Source: idealhome.co.uk

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