Archive for September, 2010

Amazing Luxury Pirate’s Kids Playhouse

September 29, 2010 - 11:08 pm No Comments

Wow, just when you think you’ve seen it all, a $52,000 luxury pirate’s kids playhouse from Posh Tots comes along to prove you wrong.

This playhouse is handcrafted and comes with a captain’s quarter that can seat 3-4 adults on the faux leather-cushioned benches which can also be used as sleeping bunks for sleepovers, lower and upper decks and a crow’s nest lookout.  Additionally, there are peepholes, numerous windows, an ornate and decorative helm and rudder, and a mast and rigging.

The pirate ship is made out of mahogany, poplar and Douglas fir.  You have to see the pictures.  How could any kid not want a kids playhouse like this one?

Luxury pirate's kids playhosue

Pirate's kids playhouse side view

Inside the pirate's kids playhouse

Kids playhouse pirate ship accessories

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Butterflies Fly In Your Kids Playhouse When You Use Them As Decoration Inspiration

September 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm No Comments

Did you  know a kids playhouse can be decorated with butterflies to suit any butterfly-loving little girl or boy?! In fact, butterflies are very gender neutral and are easily adapted for boys or girls when it comes to using them to make a play space more personalized and fun. When most people think of butterflies, they only consider its use for “girly girl” type of designs, but that is not the only way to accessorize with them. Check out these really cool ways to deck out a kids playhouse with these wonderful winged creatures:

Kids playhouse butterfly themeFor boys: Select butterflies that are true to life to create a very natural look for the kids playhouse. Your playhouse walls can pop in 3-D by adding those “life like” butterflies to the wall. It will look as if the butterflies are hanging out with your little boy in his playhouse. To make it blend even more, paint the lower half of the wall to look like tall grass and fields. Then, stick those funky butterflies to the walls.

Use colors of brown, tan, green, gold, and blue to give the kids playhouse a more masculine look. Set up an area where he can do some scientific investigations with real butterflies that includes a microscope and bug boxes for capturing butterflies. He will need a net and possibly even a camera.

For girls: Let pink and purple butterflies charge their way into her kids playhouse. There are so many fun and abstract butterfly decal sets that you won’t have to paint the butterflies on the wall yourself because you will be able to find a set at places such as the local dollar store. Go for really cool butterfly inspired curtains, rugs, knob and door pulls. Get really creative and let some sparkly butterflies hang down from the ceiling to look as if they are flying and flitting around the room.

Your girl will need her own butterfly wings, of course. Set up a dress up area where she can change into her butterfly costume. You may be able to find wings and a more elaborate costume at your local thrift store or at a yard sale, or you could always make her a set using your own creativity and craft skills.

Butterflies will make any kids playhouse a beautiful sanctuary for play, research, or just for admiring these graceful insects. Your child, whether it’s a boy or girl, can have a fantastic butterfly inspired kids playhouse. Just be creative, choose colors that are more suited to your child, and watch as hours just fly by because your kids will be having the time of their lives!

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An Extra Thirty Minutes of Parent Time With a Kids Playhouse

September 25, 2010 - 8:43 pm No Comments

As parents we’re busy and there are times when we need an extra thirty minutes of uninterrupted adult time where we have to absolutely address a task.   One secret I have used successfully to getting an extra thirty minutes is to set up a tea party for my daughter and a friend in my daughter’s kids playhouse.

kids tea in kids playhouseI get my daughter involved by having her put her tea set on a tray.  Then she and her friend select the tea party snacks.  Most of the time it’s a choice from gold fish crackers, popcorn, cheese slices, carrots and dip, or strawberries.   Great finger food and small enough to fit on the tea part plates.  Then the choice of drink is made from 100% juice, Kool-aid or lemonade.  Lastly, the napkins and small stirring spoons are placed on the tray before the tray is taken to the kids playhouse.

The girls love the treats and have so much creative fun pretending to have a tea party.  While they are having fun, I can get uninterrupted phone calls made setting up doctor or dentist appointments, paying bills or popping dinner in the oven.

Once I’m done, I’m able to enjoy a cup ‘o tea with the kids in the kids playhouse!

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Dress Up Your Kids Playhouse With Fashion and Flair

September 22, 2010 - 12:05 am 1 Comment

Since when did a kids playhouse become the hottest, coolest fashion boutique in the area? Since you and your children added flair, along with plenty of fun clothes and accessories to your child’s beloved play place. It doesn’t have to be expensive to set up. Your little fashionista and her friends will be the best dressed kids on the block, and they will have a ball doing it!

Try these strategies for filling your little one’s kids playhouse fashion boutique with fab finds:

Fashion girl in kids playhouseMake trips to the thrift store a weekly event. Your child will love going out shopping and buying wild, exciting, and “new” clothes. Set a low budget and let her pick one or two pieces. If your thrift store has discount days, then, shop during those times for even more deals. Often, you can find items for a dollar or less!

Ask people you know for clothes. Women generally have lots of clothing and accessories. It shouldn’t be a problem getting a few female friends to “donate” to the boutique. In fact, you may end up with TOO MUCH!

Keep the selections fresh. Your child’s kids playhouse does not have a limitless area to work with, so, you need to constantly discard things that your child no longer wants in the boutique. These clothes can be donated to local animal shelters or other places where they recycle them or resell them to help local non-profit programs.

Give your child and her friends some play money to work with. This will encourage them to practice counting and get them used to handling money. Before you know it, your little girl could end up being an ace cashier!

Provide a few totes, shelves, and racks for displaying and storing the items that your child keeps in her kids playhouse. Also, look for really cool displays like mannequin parts or hat racks.

Don’t limit the kids playhouse boutique offerings as you may not understand how your child uses different things in the name of fashion. You may be surprised what your little fashionista can do with silk flowers, old hats, gems, and junk jewelry. Just think…this first venture into fashion could lead your child into a world of amazing adventures and creativity.

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Watch Your Family’s Kids Playhouse Become A Stuffed Animal Hospital

September 11, 2010 - 4:00 pm No Comments

Your family’s kids playhouse is an ideal place for your budding veterinarian to begin his or her career. Children love demonstrating the type of care and love that they can give, to people and to animals. It may not have been your original intent when you purchased your child’s kids playhouse, but seeing your little one use it for such an altruistic activity will make you feel great.

If your child has a deep love for helping animals, here are some ideas for assisting your little one with his or her “life’s work” as a veterinarian and running their first pet hospital.

Stuffed Pet Hospital Vet

Give your child a ton of bandages! They will want to stick bandages all over every possible “boo boo” that their patients will have. From shark bites to fleas, if your little vet wants to make their patient feel better, they will most likely want to put a bandage on the place that’s causing the pain. So, go to the dollar store and stock up. You will probably be able to get a box of about 100 different size bandages for only one dollar!

Be sure to provide him or her with a table and chairs for their waiting room and examination area. Their “patients” will need a place to sit while they wait to be seen with their animal friends. A small table, whether it’s a fold up card style table or a kid-sized butcher block table which works phenomenally in a kids playhouse, your child will love being able to lay his or her patient out on the table for their exam, and for completing “paperwork”.

Supply your little vet with a doctor kit that contains the basics like a stethoscope and pretend needle. If you can’t find one of those toys kits for a good price, go online to a site like eBay and try to find a used one for cheap.

Decorate the kids playhouse with lots of health related or animal inspired décor. Your child could have a menagerie of animals all over the walls and doors, or your little one may opt for health inspired stuff like nurses hats, bandages, and ambulances.

Provide plenty of stuffed animals to your child. If he or she doesn’t have a lot, then, you should canvass your local thrift store or area garage sales.

Also, keep your family’s kids playhouse stocked full of books about animals and their health so that your child can actually learn as they play.

Turning their kids playhouse into a veteranian’s office can be done very cheaply and simply. The important thing to remember is that the space needs to be just right for your future doctor as he or she does the legwork to begin building their “practice”!

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“Play” House by Aboday

September 1, 2010 - 10:25 pm No Comments

Realizing that an excess of exposed concrete and large glass panels could easily venture into bland and uninspired territory, Indonesian architects Aboday injected a bit of whimsy into their design.

The house, located near Jakarta, takes its inspiration from the playful 5-year-old resident of the house, and incorporates a spiraling concrete slide into its structure. The slide connects his bedroom to the kitchen, and, in addition to being fun, it looks like an easy way to transport laundry, small furniture, or just about anything else from the second to the first floor.

Architect : Aboday – Ary Indra, Rafael David, Johansen Yap, Wahid Annasir, Armeyn Ilyas
Structure Consultant : Prijasembada
M & E Consultant : Darwan
Landscape : Hagani Flora
Contractor : Sabar
Photography : Happy Lim

Via Dezeen

Check this ultimate playhouse out. It’s a real house with a slide that goes from the 5 year old’s bedroom to the kitchen. Where was this house when I was growing up???

An Indoor Kids Playhouse With A Twist

September 1, 2010 - 10:02 pm No Comments

I love telling my readers about other people who have great kids playhouse ideas.  This playhouse idea is indoors.  Melissa, from Kensington Cottage blog, set up this cute little playhouse room off of her daughter’s bedroom.

The room was more of a storage area with slanted walls.  She transformed that space into an play space area for her daughter.  The “playhouse” has a kitchen with a pantry that keeps her dishes, utensils and food.  I liked the pantry idea…it really keeps all the kitchen stuff organized.

An inexpensive oriental rug made a great living room area where Melissa put all her daughter’s dolls, doll beds and doll high chair in the room.  This is a great place to pretend to play house and tend to the babies.

Check out how this small place was made into a warm and inviting playhouse for a lucky little girl!

Play kitchen in the playhouse

Living room view of playhouse

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