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6 Tips for Selecting the Best Playhouse

selecting a playhouse

Oh the joy of imaginative play! There are many toys on the market that encourage little minds to use their imaginations, but none are quite like a child’s playhouse. Playhouses promote creativity, make believe fun and teach toddlers and preschoolers practical skills that they can use as they grow. With so many playhouses to choose from, deciding on the perfect one can be difficult. We want to make the decision easier, so here are 6 tips to keep in mind when selecting the best playhouse for your kids:

  1. Location and size: Will the playhouse be indoors or outdoors? It all depends on how much space you have in your house or backyard. Whether you decide to put a playhouse inside or outside, make sure you know the dimensions of the area you want to place it and the dimensions of the playhouse you are interested in buying. On each playhouse’s product page, we list the dimensions to help you visualize the size of the toy.
  2. Material: Playhouses are made out of different types of materials depending on the manufacturer. The most common types of playhouses are wooden, fabric or plastic. Step2 carries durable plastic playhouses that won’t splinter or warp. Plastic playhouses are also able to withstand most weather conditions and they’re easy to clean.
  3. Style and design: Some playhouses resemble real houses and others are brightly colored like a rainbow. The style and design of the playhouse may depend on if you want the color scheme of the playhouse to blend with a child’s playroom or your backyard.
  4. Age appropriate: There are recommended ages for all of our products. You can find the recommended age below the description on each product’s page. Not only is it important that your children are old enough to play in a playhouse, but it’s also important that they have an opportunity to grow into it. We understand that some children may grow faster than others, which is one of the reasons we have a graph that highlights the inside dimensions of our playhouses so you can determine if a compact or larger playhouse will be the best fit for your kids.
  5. How many kids can fit in the playhouse: Kids may enjoy sharing their playhouse with their friends or siblings. If you are looking for a playhouse set to entertain more than two children, it might be a good idea to consider a larger playhouse.
  6. Features: Each playhouse has different features such as a built-in kitchen, grill, working doorbell, mail slots, etc. The interior and exterior features vary from playhouse to playhouse. It’s important to select one that has features your child will play with frequently.

Playhouses help little imaginations to grow while creating memories that will last a lifetime, which is why picking the best playhouse for your kids is essential.

Do you have any tips you would recommend to families looking for a playhouse?

Tops Toys for Summer Birthdays

summer toys

Summer birthdays are a blast! Kids get to enjoy the sunshine, warm temperatures and best of all, no school! All they need now are some outdoor toys for their birthday that will go perfectly with their adventurous spirit.

Here are five toys that will make great presents for summer birthdays:

1. Naturally Playful Big Folding Slide: Your toddlers and preschoolers will be jumping for joy once they get a glimpse of this big kid slide! Children will enjoy taking turns climbing up the ladder and taking a ride down the slide. This gift will be a hit at your child’s backyard birthday party. Recommended for ages: 2 – 5.

Big Folding Slide2. Play & Fold Jr. Slide: Smaller thrill seekers can zip down this mini slide. Toddlers that aren’t quite old enough for a big kid slide will be entertained for hours while developing their balance and coordination through active play. Recommended for ages: 1.5 – 4.

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3. Summertime Play Center: This play center is the perfect hang out for kids, especially during a birthday party or barbeque. Toddlers can eat some cake while they sit at the picnic table and then go build sand castles in the attached sandbox. Plus, they will be shaded by the umbrella both while playing in the sand or hanging out at the picnic table. Recommended for ages: 2 and up.

picnic table and sandbox

4. Adjustable Sand & Water Table: Kids can stay cool during their birthday party and all summer long with this two-in-one activity table. They can dig and splash around as they pretend they’re on a tropical adventure. Recommended for ages: 2 and up.

sand and water table(Table comes with an umbrella)

5. Skyward Summit: Little and big explorers will have the ultimate summer adventure with this outdoor climber that resembles a mountain! The Skyward Summit will be the highlight of any backyard birthday party as kids spend hours developing their gross motor skills as they climb to the top. Recommended for ages: 4 – 8.

outdoor climber

Which toy is your favorite for a summer birthday gift?

 

7 Fun Ideas for Backyard Games Week

7 fun ideas for backyard games week

Are you ready to celebrate the sun shining and the temperatures rising? So are we! What better way to spend some fun in the sun than by spending a full week dedicated to playing backyard games. Backyard Games Week is the third week of May and encourages families get out and play! In honor of this fun-tastic week, we have chosen seven backyard games your family will love:

hopscotchHopscotch: Do you remember playing hopscotch as a kid? Why not pass the tradition down and teach your kids this classic outdoor game? Toddlers and preschoolers can grab the chalk and design their own hopscotch board in the backyard. Hopscotch helps children develop their gross motor skills, writing skills and social skills as kids take turns hopping along the board.

bean bag tossBeanbag toss: Another classic outdoor game is tossing bean bags. Get the family together, form a circle and start tossing beanbags to one another. You and your little ones can also a beanbag to play hot potato!

water balloonsWater balloons: As the heat waves begin, get outside and cool off with a water balloon fight. Your family will have a blast getting soaked and running around the yard.

baseball

Baseball: This good ol’ American pastime will have everyone in your family singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Before you begin pitching a lightweight ball to your little sports lovers, let them practice with their own t-ball set. Your toddlers and preschoolers will be hitting home runs before you know it!

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Basketball: Shoot some hoops in the backyard and teach your children the rules of basketball. They can practice running, jumping and shooting. It will be a real workout for the whole family to enjoy!

buggy raceBuggy Race: On your marks, get set, GO! Kids can race each other in the driveway with their foot-to-floor buggies. You and your kids can create a start line with chalk and wave a flag as your little racers cross the finish line.buggy race

Scavenger Hunt: Send your kids on a backyard exploration with a challenging scavenger hunt. There are plenty of fun ideas on Pinterest on how to create the perfect list to get little minds and bodies active.

Now that you have a few games to choose from, you’ll have plenty of reasons to spend quality time outside during Backyard Game Week. Will you be trying any of these ideas?