Christmas Guide to Choosing a Children’s Playhouse

A playhouse encourages children to spend time outdoors, which has a positive impact on their social development, physical well-being and mental health.

To compete with the latest screen-based technology, you need to offer your children something special, something eye-catching, and something they see as fun.

In short, you need to buy them a wooden playhouse.

Reasons to Buy a Wooden Playhouse

a 2 storey wooden playhouse with a veranda and 6 windows

Playhouses are an Investment

Think of a wooden Wendy house as an investment. It won’t just be around for this Christmas, but for many years to come.

A playhouse won’t become obsolete, or superseded by the next generation of playhouses; chances are it will even be enjoyed by your grandchildren too.

Spending Time Outside is Good for the Health

Children who spend too little time outdoors may suffer from poor immune systems and are unlikely to get enough exercise. Along with poor diet, the latter is the biggest cause of obesity.

Not being exposed to sufficient sunlight, they are unlikely to get enough vitamin D, either, which can then lead to mental health issues.

Furthermore, staring at a screen for too long, and not testing a child’s long-range vision, will inevitably lead to poor eyesight.

a wooden playhouse with a veranda, situated in a garden

A Playhouse Promotes Learning, Imagination and Creativity

Coming into contact with the natural world stimulates questions and learning. Children are eager to find out more about wildlife, plants and trees, which gives them a proper appreciation of their natural surroundings.

Why not try positioning a garden planter next to the playhouse and then provide your children with some plastic tools? You could encourage them to cultivate their own vegetables, so that they learn where their food comes from.

Developing a child’s imagination is equally important. Unlike most screen-based games, playing in a wooden Wendy house isn’t a pre-created scenario.

A playhouse is flexible and can be turned into anything a child wishes it to be: it can become a fortress, a home, a restaurant, and so much more.

a wooden Wendy house, painted purple and white, with a veranda

Independence and Ownership

Giving your children their own space in the garden is the perfect way to help them act independently, but within a completely safe environment.

A playhouse is somewhere your children can call their own. This feeling of ownership is important because it creates a sense of responsibility.  

A Playhouse Won’t Mess Up Your Home

Finger painting, mud pies and play dough can all be lots of fun, unless they ruin your sofa and carpet, of course.

A wooden Wendy house allows your children to enjoy these activities without you worrying about the mess.

Playhouses Provide All-weather Fun

A playhouse isn't just for sunny days. Even when it's raining outside, your children can put on their wellies and play in puddles, using the playhouse to shelter from the heaviest showers.

With the addition of a few bean bags, blankets and books, they’ll have a cosy, little den.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Playhouse

a cream and blue kids' playhouse on top a wooden tower, including a ladder

Should I Buy a Plastic or Wooden Playhouse?

We believe that wood makes the best material for a playhouse.

Firstly, it looks more authentic than plastic and will blend in perfectly with any outdoor setting.

Wooden Wendy houses also maintain their attractive appearance for longer than plastic ones because they don’t get damaged by the sun.

Wooden playhouses are more robust and durable too, with sturdy cladding to keep out the wind and rain.

Furthermore, they’re easier to customise: you can paint them, attach hooks to the walls, or even put up decorations.

Wood will, of course, need looking after but, if you’re averse to applying an annual coat of preservative, opt for a pressure-treated playhouse, which is guaranteed against rot and fungal decay for 15 years and doesn’t require re-treatment.

a wooden children's playhouse in the shape of a wigwam

Small or Large Playhouse?

This will probably be determined by your available garden space.

The most compact playhouses measure 4x4, although you will need to allow an extra two feet of space around the outside, both to give you room to paint or treat the playhouse, and to allow your children to safely access it.

Our wooden playhouses range from 4x4 to 10x8, and we stock everything in between.

What About the Base?

A playhouse requires a level base. Ideally, this should be concrete or paved but, if your lawn is level, you can still assemble your playhouse there too.

The advantage of a grass base is that it provides a softer surface for your children to play on.

a camouflaged wooden playhouse, like an army base, with an American flag and a soldier looking out from the pent roof

Playhouse Safety

All of our wooden Wendy houses conform to BS EN71 safety standards.

For example, they feature smooth-planed surfaces, rounded edges, magnetic safety catches and shatterproof styrene windows, so your children will remain completely safe.

Cost of a Playhouse

Considering the benefits, and years of fun they provide, children’s playhouses are amazing value for money.

Price differentials tend to reflect the playhouse’s size, features and the materials used to build it.

Playhouse Style

You can find some really inventive playhouse designs, ranging from a basic square playhouse with a door and window, right through to wigwams, army bases and large towers with slides.

3 Examples of Wonderful Wooden Playhouses

To illustrate the type playhouse that’s available, let’s take a look at 3 superb wooden playhouses right now.

a purple wooden playhouse, featuring a covered veranda and stable-style door

Forest 8x4 Dixie Duo Playhouse

This wooden Wendy house is made from ethically-sourced, pressure-treated wood and supplied with a superb 15-year anti-rot guarantee, so does not need coating in wood preservative, saving you time and money.

It is constructed from premium 12mm tongue and groove cladding, with a 12mm tongue and groove floor and roof, so is built to last and completely weatherproof too.

The 32ft2 area includes a veranda, with integral bench and shelving, a stable-style door, serving hatch and 3 styrene windows.

a wooden Wendy house, positioned on top of a tower, which includes a ladder and slide

4x6 Windsor Bluebell Tower Playhouse with Slide

Built from 12mm tongue and groove cladding, with a solid sheet floor and roof, this wooden Wendy house is backed by an impressive 10-year anti-rot guarantee.

Promising endless hours of fun, this tower playhouse includes 3 cottage-style, styrene windows; a decorated door, with antique-style hinges; and a robust wooden ladder to reach the tower.

However, when dinner is called, there’s no need to go to the trouble of climbing back down the ladder, not when there’s a convenient red slide to use! 

a wooden playhouse with a veranda, dormer area and red roof covering

10x8 Traditional Swiss Cottage Playhouse

Featuring a 3ft veranda, 2ft ladder, 1st floor area and bunk bed, this wonderful wooden Wendy house will be your children’s favourite place to spend time for many years to come.

Completely constructed from superior 12mm shiplap cladding, it is exceptionally robust and durable, while a weatherproof felt roof cover keeps the interior snug and dry.

The 4 acrylic, Georgian style windows look exceptionally stylish and allow you to make sure your children are behaving themselves, without infringing on their space.

Playhouses for Sale

a wooden playhouse with a veranda, apex roof, 2 windows and a door

A playhouse makes a very special Christmas gift for a child and, here at Buy Sheds Direct, we love children’s playhouses as much as they do.

Every single one of our superb range of playhouses is delivered flat packed, in protective crates, and supplied with full instructions to help you achieve a simple assembly.

They are easy to order online, but if you’d like to speak to one of our playhouse experts first, call our UK-based contact centre and we’ll be delighted to help.

To provide you with a few ideas for your new playhouse, take a look at our Pinterest page, which is filled with fun and practical ways to decorate a kids’ playhouse.

For more information on the benefits of playing outdoors, please take a look at Persil’s Dirt is Good campaign.

Updated 29.11.19 by the Buy Sheds Direct Blog Team

Main image: 6x6 Windsor Dutch Barn Children’s Wooden Garden Playhouse