How to Decorate Kids Outdoor Playhouse
Your kids dream has come true, you have bought them an outdoor playhouse. Now that it has arrived and your kids are excited to spend their time in and around it, it is the perfect time to decide on decorations and additional furnishings. How to decorate your playhouse so it's a great place for your kids to relax and play - and easy for you to maintain with your kids?
Decorating a playhouse is a fun and playful activity, but sometimes it can also be challenging. What should your kids playhouse furniture look like? Do you prefer neutral colors or vibrant and bright colors? How to personalize your playhouse?
We'll give you some tips how to create a cozy, smart and practical playhouse!
Why Decorate a Kids Playhouse?
Kids playhouses are generally sold without decorations and furnishings, so when you buy a playhouse for your child, you will need to furnish it yourself. No matter what the kids playhouse looks like or how it's made, it has to be exciting for your kids. To create a playhouse that your kids will really love, focus on what they love to do the most: play!
And make sure you choose toys that develop your kids imagination because an outdoor playhouse is a laboratory for creativity where your childs fantasy will sparkle.
But you can also find kids playhouses like WholeWoodPlayhouses, where every outdoor playhouse is equipped with a cozy loft, kids furniture (a wooden table, two chairs and a bench), curtains with wooden trails and a high quality wooden terrace.
Things to Think About Before Decorating Your Kids Playhouse
Involve your kids
Parents know their kids the best: their interests, their habits, what makes them happy, what makes them active. Despite this, involve your children when you're planning on how to decorate the playhouse and listen to what they come up with. Decorating with kids will be a fun project: let them choose pictures, decorations, make their own DIY decorations, express their creativity.
Together with your kids, you can personalize an ordinary playhouse into a perfect functional play space. Decorating doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming, but it should create a safe and exciting place for your kids.
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
- Linus Pauling
Your kids interests
Of course, the best interests of the child must also be considered. For example, whether a kid would prefer to play with a play kitchen or play a vet or be a superhero or a pirate. If the child is still young, the parent can also make these choices so that the wooden playhouse can be adapted to the kids needs and the child has the opportunity to modify the playhouse as he or she gets older, adding new exciting things or replacing something that is no longer of interest.
When you are furnishing your kids playhouse, choose materials that are durable and child-friendly. For example, wooden toys are good for nature and for the health of the little ones in the family.
Durability is also an important keyword, because your child needs to be able to play without fear of something breaking or coming off. Plastic toys and furnishings may be cheaper, but wooden furniture and toys, for example, are durable and it is also good to show children from a young age what is best for the environment.
With holiday decorations you can turn any wooden playhouse into a Christmas Wonderland, inhabit them with Peeps and eggs for Easter, or decorate with ribbons and heart-shaped lollipops for Valentine’s Day. You can also start a holiday tradition with your kids by making DIY decorations for each holiday and then decorating the outdoor playhouse together as a family. Not only will you have long lasting memories, but also magical pictures showing how your kids imagination developed over the years as they grew from little kids to young adults.
For the Outdoor Playhouse Interior
Shelves and storage
The playhouse accumulates all sorts of things over time: from toys, lost puzzle pieces, Lego blocks, pinecones, small stones underfoot, books to lost socks. Adding clever storage areas where possible, will help you and your kids to keep the wooden playhouse tidy and teach your kids from early age how to arrange their belongings. Shelves and boxes are also a design element of the playhouse interior, creating a fun atmosphere that invites activity and new discoveries.
A kids-size table with chairs is both a practical place to draw or make crafts and a great place to host friends, play with dolls, build with Legos, play doctor and more. That is why all kids playhouses in our WholeWoodPlayhouses outdoor playhouse collection comes with matching kids furniture!
Blankets, cushions, bean bags
Kids favorites are bean bags and cushions, which are great to sit, read or play on. They are easy to pile on top of each other and a cozy place for a little nap. Add extra sense of home and coziness to wooden playhouse interior with different sizes and colors cushions and bean bags - you can never have too many bean bags or blankets.
Discuss with your kids which games they want to play in the playhouse to create a fun environment for them. It also makes it easy for them to invite friends over to play board games or build Legos.
As your kids needs and interests change, you can add new and exciting games, or change something that no longer interests them.
For role play, attach a chalkboard to the wall. A chalkboard is an easy addition to any outdoor playhouse that does not take much room, but provides your kids opportunities for drawing, sketching first letters or playing school and café.
If you want your kids to feel more at home in the outdoor playhouse, add fun curtains to the playhouse. Curtains decorate the playhouse, shade the sun and give kids a sense of excitement, they can open and close the curtains endlessly. A wooden playhouse becomes then their little hideaway.
WholeWoodPlayhouses outdoor playhouse collection comes with white curtains on wooden trails.
Kids love also to sit on the floor and play. A rug is a great design element and creates an additional play area for kids.
The best toys, in our opinion, are the toys that develop your childs imagination. Kids love soft toys and role play toys are good for imaginative play. Ready-made solutions and products leave little room for the development of creativity and the joy of DIY. Too many toys leave no room for imagination. If your playhouse becomes filled with too many toys, swap them with friends, put some away or donate to other kids. Toy swapping and donating are also good actions to do with your kids to teach them compassion and consideration. Sharing is caring!
Let kids choose their pictures and posters as well as where they want to put them. Walls can be made more colorful and fun with kids own drawings or pictures of favorite characters and posters. On the wall or under the ceiling, for example you can hang strings with your kids artwork.
For the Outdoor Playhouse Exterior
How to create an inviting and wonderful outdoor playhouse exterior for your kids?
Mailbox, different signs
To give your playhouse more personality, you can add a mailbox, a sign with your kids name, a house number or a “Home Sweet Home” on the wall or on the door of the outdoor playhouse.
Flower boxes and potted plants can be the perfect way to personalize and decorate your kids playhouse. Let your kids decide if they want to design or fill the already existing flower boxes, like WholeWoodPlayhouses outdoor playhouses have, or if they want to expand their garden further. Discuss with your kids which flowers or plants they would like to add to the playhouse. You can also fill your flower boxes with seasonal or holiday-themed decorations, such as pumpkins, snowballs or hearts.
Welcome mat or other welcome decorations
A simple welcome mat or other welcome decorations add an inviting touch to any outdoor playhouse and make your kids feel more like their own little home.
Add a little magic with outdoor lights. It's fun for children to play in the dark in the evening and explore nature.
Outdoor furniture- veranda, porch
If your outdoor playhouse has a porch, balcony or terrace, you could also consider kids outdoor furniture. It gives children extra outdoor space to play. Make sure that the furniture that you choose for outdoors is weather-resistant! WholeWoodPlayhouses kids furniture fits perfectly into the playhouse as well as in front of it.
Outdoor games, toys
By adding outdoor toys to the playhouse, you can give kids extra ideas for outdoor play and being outdoors in the fresh air. You should look for toys and outdoor games that will match with your kids interests. Usually outdoor toys are weather-resistant and durable.
The right outdoor toys and games attract kids to play outdoors and provide lots of fun.
A durable wooden playhouse or custom playhouse is not an expense, but an investment in years of playful fun and is a place for your kids where to learn and grow. There's no other place where you can let your imagination run as wild as when you are decorating your wooden playhouse. In a kids world, you can forget all the rules and let dizzying ideas take over.
Through play, a child learns and acquires new skills, but it is up to parents to create a safe and secure environment for their child to do so. It is the most natural way for a child to develop, when they can try things for themselves and don't need their parents' help all of the time.
There are just three unwritten tips that shouldn't be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of decorating: the playhouse must be enjoyable for your kids, it must be easy to clean up and the space must be safe. Everything else is a matter of possibilities, taste and initiative.
"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity."
- Kay Redfield Jamison
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Written by WholeWoodPlayhouses