A play house is a place where children can go to use their imaginations and have fun. This type of outdoor toy is loved by millions of kids worldwide and hailed by psychology and education experts as the perfect way for children to socialize with other people and increase their creativity. However, not all play houses are created equal. Some are cheap eyesores of plastic with a lifespan of about a year, while others look like a mini-mansion and cost several thousand dollars to construct. Fortunately, there is one thing that can make even the most budget-conscious playhouse look high-end: adding the right accessories.
Adding toys to a playhouse is a great way to add more realism to the structure and encourage kids to engage in role play. Depending on the age of the child, this can include pretending to cook or clean like Mommy or Dad or playing with plushies that they have named after family members and friends. It is important to supervise these activities and allow children to choose the characters they want to portray, but also encourage them to think outside of the box and try new roles that they haven’t previously tried.
While it’s important to keep in mind that not all role-play is positive, it is a necessary part of development for both boys and girls. It allows them to practice their adult skills, solve problems and act out feelings that they aren’t yet able to express in words. It can also give them the opportunity to try out their potential life partners without making a big commitment.
When choosing a playhouse, it’s best to check the age range on the box or description to ensure that it will be appropriate for your child’s age group. Many playhouses are designed for children ages 3 to 8 years old. It is also a good idea to measure your yard before purchasing a playhouse, as this will help you determine whether or not you will need a foundation or other building materials to complete the project.
Once you have the frame of your playhouse built, it’s time to start adding the details. First, drive a nail through the plywood at the corners of each door opening. Wrap a chalk line around the protruding nails to mark where the opening should be cut (Photo 5). Remove the nails, saw out the opening with a jigsaw and clean up the edges of the hole with a handsaw.
It’s a good idea to have some spare lumber on hand in case of any unforeseen problems during the construction process. When it comes to adding the trim to the playhouse, it’s better to be flexible than to follow a precise plan. If you end up cutting a piece of wood too short, use it somewhere else in the project or fill the gap later with caulk. After all, carpentry is much like life and sometimes you have to go with the flow!