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Kid's Playhouses

The unisex 'Playhouse' or 'Wendy house' as it's commonly known, has been a vital component of several kid's upbringings and childhoods through several generations. A flexible and popular outdoor toy, the playhouse has been used by girls and boys for decades as a great toy, encouraging kids to play jointly and make fantastic bonds. Originally the playhouse, or Wendy House, got its name from the famous child's book 'Peter Pan' as Wendy is said to have been sheltered in a little house after being shot by one of the Lost boys in the tale. They are thought to have built a small house around her in the story, which was then replicated into the first stage manufacture of The Little White Bird in 1904, and since influenced toy-makers to create a small house-like tent of actual house to encourage children to play in.

The dimensions of a playhouse is usually little, sufficient for a couple of kids to be inside it comfortably but not so huge that is resembles a garden shed. Created from wood, plastic or perhaps canvas if it's a brief tent version, the playhouse looks like a true house but in a small, child-sized manner. The concept is to resemble a real house whenever possible with the functions like windows, working doors and some have 2 floors inside, with a number of steps leading to a balcony floor inside. Furniture isn't usually included but typically becomes an additional extra as children attempt to duplicate their own homes inside their games in the playhouse. Small tables and chairs typically add towards the imagination of it being a true house, providing hours of entertainment for all children. Because the first Wendy house was made, as inspired by the play, they are becoming a standard British toy for gardens everywhere. Classic toys, the playhouse has proved popular among generations of children and are still proving ever popular today.

Nowadays toy companies have actually gone to town with style now and several playhouses can be worth up to £10,000 with verandas and swing-sets included in their build. Obviously this is a really sophisticated version of the traditional playhouse that was first built as a simple square shape, perfect for young children to play in. The more basic shapes and simple techniques are still proving ever-popular and permit kids to form necessary bonds with siblings and also discover and learn their own likes and dislikes throughout play. It can provide a great independent hide-out for your kid if they need some time to play alone or read and escape from something that has upset them, as well as encourage independent play that is also essential for when a kid learns to captivate themselves. As well as independent playtime, a playhouse can aid development in learning about being a grown-up and the behaviours kids tend to role-play, such as 'Mummy' and 'Daddy' roles, tend to be rein-acted when playing in a playhouse. This allows children to discover and enjoy the 'functions' of a household and know about families and their behaviours, perfect for assisting a kid discover the society they're part of and are growing into.

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