Playtime is important to our children’s development, especially imaginative play. When your children need more space to play than your home offers, here’s a solution: turn your old garden shed into a playhouse! (Or, if you don’t have one, you could always consider adding a new outdoor structure to your property!)
The ideas are as endless as you and your child’s/children’s imagination. First, think about their interests. Maybe you’ll go with a castle theme? A princess motif? Or a literal house, with a play kitchen or store! Or, perhaps, you’ll go with simply a specific color scheme so that your outdoor playhouse is not locked into one ideas—remember, kids’ interests can change over time and, especially, as they grow.
Aside from choosing a color for the interior and exterior, your kid-friendly atmosphere can be enhanced by wall coverings, window dressings, flooring, and furnishing. But, first things first: as you plan for your new outdoor play structure, be sure to heed age-appropriate safety measures, such as covered outlets. Also, be sure the space is insulated so kids can stay warm, even in colder months.
Here are a few ideas of features to consider as you plan:
- Book shelves and reading area
- Plenty of open floor space to empty out containers of blocks, dolls, cars, or other toys
- Table for drawing, working, or board games
- Shelving and cubbies for storage
- Hooks for coats, aprons, sweaters, etc.
- Bean bags or other cozy seating for reading or relaxing
- Chalkboard, easels, and/or markerboard for inspiration
- Exterior features such as a sandbox or little stage for those shows kids love to put on
And don’t forget lighting, access to power, and outdoor décor features. A quick search engine query can help you find floor plans and instructions, such as this blog post from The Home Depot.
Adding a backyard playhouse to your property by converting an old shed will give hours of pleasure to your children—and help with their development.