Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – simple ways to give your backyard playhouse a makeover and take it from “so-so” to the coolest hang-out on the block.
When I was a kid, my backyard playhouse was the favourite hide-out for me and all the kids on my street. My dad built it. It was quite small. But it was up off the ground, 4 feet or so above a homemade sandbox. There was a large window in the front of the playhouse, and a bench-type table underneath the window. For seating, my dad put in two seats from an old Volkswagen Beetle! Those two seats pretty much took up the whole space, but we didn’t care. We spent countless hours up there in that playhouse all hear round. Dad would close in the window with a clear plastic sheet in wintertime to keep the snow and wind out for us. We’d cram in there, squishing as many as we could onto those old Volkswagon seats, and we would colour and draw or just hang out in that care-free way that kids do.
Fast forward 30 years, and I had my husband build a replica of that play house for our boys and the daycare hooligans. The only difference was, we made it much bigger. We put in a bench-type table, and a couple of chairs and called it a day. Like the playhouse from my childhood, it had a large front window, and stood above homemade sandbox. The kids loved it, even though it wasn’t anything fancy.
Well, this past weekend, after drooling over some gorgeous outdoor play-spaces over at Let the Children Play, and Teacher Tom, I decided to jazz up the playhouse, and make it more of an inviting play space. We performed an extreme playhouse makeover! I gathered some basic Kids’ playhouse ideas from around the web, and transformed our boring playhouse into a rockin’ hide-out for the hooligans!
This is what the playhouse looked like early Saturday Morning. Fun hide-away, yes. Stimulating play-space….not so much.
As luck would have it, we found a slide for 10 bucks that morning at a yard sale, so my husband Mike got to work, cutting a hole in the front wall for the slide, while I raided our cupboards and closets for seldom used items to make the space a little more exciting.
Great playhouse ideas
A wire rack, a milk crate and some dishes and utensils made for a great kitchen.
I hung curtains and we added clothes-line and a keyboard, as well as a chalkboard and an old phone.
My son put the Hooligans’ names all around the rafters with sticky foam letters. And Mike finished installing the slide.
A great weekend with the family all working together. And Voila…take a look at the transformation!
Hellooooo Hooligan Hut!
I hope I’ve inspired you to try some of these awesome kids’ playhouse ideas in your own backyard!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.