My Pretty Playhouse: The Ultimate Fort (Giveaway)

by Jen Senecal

Every kid loves a fort. Whether that fort be some sheets over a couch, a hanging canopy tent or a pop-up playhouse, endless hours of fun are to be had in the world of pretend when there’s an imaginative dwelling in the room. So, when the package arrived from Cascades Boutique with My Pretty Playhouse in it, I took one look at the cover and knew we’d just gotten our hands on the ultimate fort.

My girls did, too.

Made from 100% recycled cardboard, My Pretty Playhouse was super durable and very easy to put together. The sturdy walls and roof pieces came with pre-scored tabs that you easily insert into the accompanying slot and open, to keep the house together.

I was impressed at how well it stood on its own, having had other playhouses before that weren’t so easy to assemble and required bending the cardboard yourself, before attaching. My Pretty Playhouse made its instructions simple to follow and created its pieces to join one another effortlessly, which is fortunate for someone who does not exhibit a lot of patience when putting things together (like me.)

Within minutes of having the playhouse constructed, my girls began adding their slew of stuffed animals and figurines inside, for their official house gathering, and they created stories among themselves, as to what they were doing in the house with their “friends.” After story-telling for a while, my oldest suggested they decorate their new house, which brings me to my favorite feature of this playhouse– the windows.

These windows not only have have eaves, shutters and beautiful cutouts, but also flower boxes! This playhouse reminded me of a cozy cottage you’d find in a picturesque New England town and I was actually excited to see how they would decorate.

The girls grabbed magazines, markers and some paper, and began to draw and cut out floral arrangements to place in their window boxes.

I have to say I’m rather proud of my 3 year-old’s squirrel cutout. She informed me that he “is searching for acorns in the flowers.” This same child thought that a nice bunch of little women would also look for acorns in the flowers. And maybe a popsicle.

After fixing up their window boxes, they continued to color and draw on the outside of the house, until it became their ultimate masterpiece. They brought some more toys and pillows into the house, and kept themselves entertained for over an hour.

More than just a playhouse

Aside from the imaginative playground My Pretty Playhouse provides, for each house sold, Cascades will donate $2 to Habitat for Humanity — a global nonprofit housing organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. At the already affordable price, you can feel even better about purchasing this creative and stylish product.

I think My Pretty Playhouse would make a fabulous gift for any child in your life. I know that we’ll be enjoying ours for a long time to come and it will be added to the gift list for my niece and nephews for the holidays.

For more information, visit Cascades’ website.

Enter to Win

One of our lucky readers is going to get her very own My Pretty Playhouse to give as a gift for Christmas this year! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below sharing your favorite playhouse memory from when you were growing up!

This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2012. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Tuesday, December 4th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.

* Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and given this product for review, but all opinions are my own.  

 



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Jen Senecal is a mom to three girls (ages 4 and under), a writer, blogger, graphic designer and co-owner of Rhody Mamas (a RI digital mom-community that features deals, events & giveaways). Read more about her humorous foray into parenthood on her blog, Keekoin, or visit her at Providence Online and Buy-Her, where she is a regular contributor. She enjoys Tweeting after dark, preferably with a glass of wine in hand. You'll find her at @JenSenecal and @RhodyMamas.

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1 kathleen November 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

my brother, sister and i would always build playhouses out of big cardboard boxes. my favorite memory is sitting in them and being pulled around the house by my siblings

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2 Michelle November 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

My favorite playhouse memory?
I loved having a tea party or cooking on my pretend stove.

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3 Erin November 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love this and my kids would too! My friends and I always made “secret” forts out of about anything we could find.

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4 samantha w November 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

I have an older brother so we had forts not playhouses. :)

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5 Anne November 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

What a delightful giveaway. We created a playhouse out of blankets and cardboard boxes.

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6 ellie November 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

We didn’t have a real playhouse but made creations out of anything around.

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7 Ally November 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

My Dad set us up a.clubhouse in the backyard, made out of tarps. We loved it, and played there daily!

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8 Tracie Trump November 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Loved to make forts with siblings on rainy days, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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9 Voula Martin November 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

The ultimate box arrived at our house when I was 5; a new refrigerator :)I bet my parents thought that wasthe best money they ever spent because I turned that thing into my fort and didn’t leave it for 2 days. Even napped in it as I recal.

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10 Kelly D November 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

My dad built us a really cool playhouse/treehouse when we were little. It felt like it was so high up but it was probably only 5 feet off the ground.

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11 Karen Medlin November 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

we used our sheets and the kitchen chairs and anchored down the corners with books, had a great time plotting how we us girls were going to get even with our brothers for playing with our barbie’s

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12 angie November 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

we had a couple of play house the attic over the garage of a neighbors house as well as any cardboard box we could find lots of fond memories and having fun

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13 amyc November 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I never had a playhouse growing up.

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14 DEBIJOT November 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

my favorite memory was taking blankets and putting them over the kitchen table.

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15 Sharon Schoepe November 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

We put the biggest blanket we could find over the clothesline and anchored it with rocks. There were a lot of summer days spent lounging, reading and dreaming in our fort.

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16 Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

We used to build blanket forts in the livingroom on Friday nights…and then we’d stay up late to watch Friday Night Videos…LOL

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17 Melissa Belle November 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

We use to make our playhouses out of sheets and chairs.

sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

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18 Natalie Finch November 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I had a really nice playhouse growing up with a mini kitchen in it. My best friend and I would play in there for hours. My favorite memory is when we slept outside in it overnight.

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19 Daiva November 19, 2012 at 5:02 am

I did not have a playhouse growing up. We use to build tents from the sheets :)

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20 Crissy D. November 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

I remember making tents out of sheets and blankets over the kitchen table, it was really fun, it would be our secret hideout and clubhouse. No boys allowed.

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21 Steph November 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

I didnt have a playhouse, but would make forts with blankets and chairs.

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22 LaTanya November 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

I did not have one, but would use totes or other things as a playhouse

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23 Chip November 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

I didn’t have one, but I made forts out of anything my parents let me.

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24 Michele C. November 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

My fav memories of playhouses growing up include the ones we made ourselves in the living room – using every sheet, couch cushion, and clothes pin we could find! Those were the BEST!

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25 mel November 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

We had a playhouse and I remember sitting with my sister and having “tea”. Those were the good old days!

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26 sarah November 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

When I was 3 my aunt’s friend built be a beautiful wood playhouse in our backyard. I have very wonderful memories of playing in it throughout my childhood!

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27 Idaho Jill November 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

My sister and I would play with the big boxes until they were no longer usable – so much fun!

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28 Cindi November 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

My friends and I either made a house indoors with chairs and
blankets; or outdoors, in my mom’s Canna garden!
Thanks, Cindi

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29 Angela November 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

We use to make blanket forts all the time when I was a child.

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30 Milly B November 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

We had a playhouse outside with a slide and swing. My brothers and I spent hours and hours playing out there.

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31 Sharyl November 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

I would love to give this to two special little girls.

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32 Staci A November 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

My dad built us a great play house when we were little, and my sister and I would sit out there and play all day long. We loved to play I Spy from the windows!

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33 Jennifer Rote November 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

We didn’t have a playhouse, but I can remember using all the blankets in the house to make forts. lol

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34 candice November 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I love this. I can’t wait to get one for G…if I don’t win. :)

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35 Mindy November 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

We would make forts out of branches in the back yard and that was the best kind of playhouse. we would actually sweep the dirt paths and make dinner out of rocks. Great memories.

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36 Drina M. November 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Me and my cousin used to make forts out of my grandmothers sheets,towels , chairs and couches almost daily.

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37 Jingle November 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I used to LOVE to get forts set up! I actually had more fun building them and decorating them and ‘moving in’ than actually using them! LOL!

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38 Kristin Wheeler (Mama Luvs Books) November 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Love that a portion goes to charity. My kids would love to build a fort!

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39 christine jessamine November 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

my favorite playhouse memory was when I was younger me and my siblings created a playhouse area under a large pine tree. it was alot of fun pretending

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40 Lori D. November 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Fort building is so much fun.

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41 Sandy November 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

My memories of a playhouse were actually playhouses made from sheets and chairs. Basically tents! I played for hours on end! :)

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42 Stacey B November 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

My brother & I use to use chairs and sheets to make our own fort/play houses!

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43 Jackie November 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I LOVED making forts out of cardboard boxes with my cousins when we were little. We’d play house, gas station, store, restaurant. You name it. Forget toys…There’s something so fun about big, refrigerator-size boxes!

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44 melissa at filling our bucket November 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I was JUST talking about cardboard houses with my husband last night!! I really want to get one for B! How awesome!

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45 sheri November 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This is great! love that they donate to habitat for humanity.

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46 Jessica T November 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

THis would be so nice for my nephew!

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47 Lisa Davis November 20, 2012 at 4:25 am

Didn’t really have a playhouse, but my cousins and I used to make forts out of anything, one time we made a pretty extravagant one on the front lawn using lawn chairs and some blankets.

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48 Donna O'Neil November 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

I never had a real playhouse when I was little. I used cardboard boxes and pretended.

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49 Pamela Moore November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

This would make my little princess so happy after loosing her father and our house 6 mths ago it may put that smile back on that beautiful face of hers

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50 Kristie November 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

My favorite memory was making tents in the basement in the summer and using the green beans leaves (which stick to blankets and clothes quite well) to make the tents camoflauge :-)

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51 Don November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

My brothers & I use to build forts all the time.

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52 Janet November 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Wow this takes me back. We used to put around the dining room chairs and drape a sheet over them. We could stay there all day-what fun!!

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53 Kathy Stevenson November 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I didn’t have a playhouse when I was younger. :(

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54 Jenny November 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I didn’t have a playhouse, but we always made pillow and blanket forts :)

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55 Malkhaz November 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

I like – very eco-friendly, however seems to be more indoor then outdoor toy.

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56 Heather Hayes Panjon November 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

Me And My Sister Used To Build A Playhouse Out Of Sheets And Spend All Day In Our “Playhouse” Great Memories !:)

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57 Suzanne Bastien November 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

I don’t have one, but with my kids, I turn the couch over so it creates a “roof and put blankets to create a doorway so they can have a cool, comfy fort!

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58 Lawanna November 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Would love to win this as a gift for extended family. I remember playing under a card table with my siblings and in the tree fort. Fun memories.

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59 Missy November 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I loved building forts with blankets and pillows

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60 DebbieKL November 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I never had a playhouse. We did build a little fort in a tree!

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61 Judy November 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

My grandkids would love love love this!

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62 Elaine Bolduc November 22, 2012 at 2:44 am

my father made me and my sister a doll house outside, we played in it for years with signs that said ‘NO BOYS ALLOWED’ and my husband made one for my children that had the same signs on it and my husband has made one for my grandduaghters…without the sign lol

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63 Julie bolduc November 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

We had one in the back yard but the best kind were in the living room with the couch n sheets

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64 Stephanie November 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

I loved making forts with my big brothers…closest thing i ever got to playhouses:)

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65 Sara November 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

My cousin and I would hangout underneath the giant willow tree in her yard. It was the ultimate fort!

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66 Christine Brown November 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My kids love to play in a playhouse.

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67 Tami Vollenweider November 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

We would make a playhouse out of my mom’s cushions off the couch and use blankets for our roofs!

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68 Holly Trudeau November 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

Yep, the goid ‘ole sheets and pillows fort, or “castle” in my and my friends case. We would hoard every pillow in my parents house and use my mom’s “these are only for company!” fancy sheets and create ourselves one awesome kingdom, not sure if my mom has yet to forgive me for staining her egyptian cotton sheets, never eat pizza inside a castle.

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69 ANGEL JACKLYN November 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

USUALLY MY “PLAYHOUSES” WERE MORE LIKE FORTS & MADE UP OF SHEETS THROWN OVER CHAIRS. I CAN’T SAY I REMEMBER ANY PARTICULAR MEMORY THAT STANDS OUT, BUT I WILL SAY THE BEST PART OF PLAYING WAS PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER =)

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70 clarissa November 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

i had a little playhouse made of metal when i was little

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71 BusyWorkingMama November 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

In Poland, a neighbor of mine got a playhouse made of cloth that was so fancy at the time – we loved playing in it out in the grass.

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72 Chuck November 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

We use to have a lot of fun building inside forts.

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73 Mary November 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

We played fort with the couch cushions all the time.

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74 ACMommy3 November 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I remember when my mom and dad made me a little playhouse kitchen set, it was just one-piece, nothing fancy like today’s stuff :-) but to me it was wonderful! All painted yellow and white, I had so much fun!

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75 Jamie H November 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

My best friend and I used to sleep in her playhouse all the time!!

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76 nannypanpan November 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

we made one in my friends basement and it became a fan club
nannypanpan@gmail.com

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77 McKinney Mommas November 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

We lived out in the mojave desert and would make fort/play houses out of the sage bushes, we’d cut a few branches and hollow out a little “house” spent HOURS out there during the summers!

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78 June November 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

We use to have so much fun doing this.

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79 Tammy J. November 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I had a teepee when I was growing up. It was a lot of fun being inside that thing. We also used to spread blankets over the tops of furniture and play “fort”. Fun times.

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80 Rae November 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I never had a playhouse of my own. I do remember a sort of tree house my cousins had. We loved playing up there! I’d love to give my daughter a playhouse of her own to create memories in.

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81 April November 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

My sister and I used to make forts with the couch and cushions!

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82 Van November 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Making forts was a lot of fun when I was a child.

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83 gaitha November 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

We use to make our bed into forts when I was a kid, we didn’t ever have a real playhouse, but the bed sheet forts sure where fun :)

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84 Jen F November 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

My favorite memory involved just about anytime we could get our hands on a cardboard box. Making it was my favorite adventure!

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85 Jill L November 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I would make a fort under the dining room table.

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86 Rachael November 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

My siblings and I turned my parents lilac bushes into a fort. I loved to crawl underneath and read where it was peaceful and quiet. :-)

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87 Niurka garcia November 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

we never had one but would like one

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88 Robyn L November 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

our playhouse was made from blankets hung up outside; my twin brother
and I would have Brown Sugar sandwiches that Mom made for us and play
outside in the house.

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89 Lindsay November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

I never had a “real” playhouse, but my friends and I were amazing at building snow forts in the winter! I remember one time we built one that was like a palace to me (I was six, so it was probably just a pile of snow, but whatever) and I just loved it!

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90 Teresha November 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

the neighborhood kids always used old cardboard boxes as playhouses and we’d run a line between them and play telephone!

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91 Erinn S November 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

My Niece would have a blast!

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92 rebecca williams November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

I never had a playhouse but I’d make forts out of blankets in the livingroom!

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93 ria November 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

my fave memory is of finding christmas gifts hiden around the house before christmas day

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94 LV November 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

My mom was handy with the sewing machine and made a playhouse out of a sheet that she placed over a card table. We still have it!

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95 Sara November 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I didn’t have a playhouse when I was growing up, so I’d love to win this for my three girls!

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96 Kristine (Mommy Needs Therapy) November 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

My grandfather built a playhouse for my cousin and me in his basement. We loved hiding out in that space!

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97 Brittany November 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

We made our own forts out of sheets and pillowcases, I loved that they could be changed each time we made them.

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98 One Frugal Girl November 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

We had a play teepee growing up. We kept it downstairs and played in it for hours. It was a fort when my brother played inside and a house when I got my turn to play in it. Unfortunately, water damage forced us to get rid of it, but that thing was awesome! I remember it well.

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99 Audrey griffis November 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

i was very lucky and my favorite playhouse was an old pop up camper that was in our yard me and my friends would spend hours pretending we were all over the place in that tralier :)

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100 sandra November 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm

lots of blankets that we would use to build forts

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101 Angela England November 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

When I was growing up we had a pool table that we would cover with sheets and blankets and “camp” out there. Fun!

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102 Jana November 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

it looks like so much fun! We need something active to do during the winter months.

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103 Sarah Burger November 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

My Great-Aunt Margaret had a cool playhouse in her back yard and when I would visit as a kid she would give me a bucket of water and a paint brush to pretend to paint it for her. Sounds silly now, but was great fun back then!

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104 Christine November 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

We used to make “forts and castles” using sheets. What a great time we had!
Thanks for the chance!

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105 christy davis November 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

i favorite memory would be making forts with my little brother and sister when they were little bitty we would take over the whole living room!!!

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106 Leona November 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I liked picking berries and leaves and pretending to cook and open the window shutters to say time to eat

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107 Mozi Esmes Mom November 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

This would be amazing! I honestly can’t remember much from my childhood, but we once set up a bear den under the dining table for my daughter with blankets, and she still asks for it regularly – it’s such a hassle that we don’t usually say yes…

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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108 Terra Heck November 29, 2012 at 4:42 am

Me and my brother would make forts out of blankets and sheets. We’d have them all over the house, from the front room to our parents’ bedroom. We’d sit under there and read, tell ghost stories, and play with dolls. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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109 Carrie November 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

I never had a playhouse, but my brother & I had a little tree house with a rope swing that we loved

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110 Garrett November 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

Making forts with the kid’s is a lot of fun.

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111 Francine Anchondo November 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

I dont remember making a play house but my friends and I liked making blanket forts

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112 Heather November 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I never had i playhouse but made my own, use to drive my mom nut’s because I would sleep on the floor in my fort but refused to sleep in my bed.

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113 genesis November 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

we all know how much children love boxes…. this would get tons of use!!!

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114 Nell November 30, 2012 at 7:51 am

I had those giant tinkertoys and we used to make these elaborate “houses” and drape them with sheets.

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115 nicole November 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

I remember making play houses out of boxes with my cousins as children. This looks like a really great toy!

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116 Emily Schauer November 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Well…we never had an actual playhouse but my sister and I would make a blanket fort under the kitchen table and tell stories using a flashlight…It was great

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117 Kerry Leenhouts November 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

We always built forts with blankets and furniture, fun stuff!

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118 Jordan Y December 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

I had an outdoor playhouse. I would always make my friend play with me. Lol I don’t think he liked it as much as I did.

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119 Darlene Webb December 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I never had a playhouse when I was growing up but I have been looking at these cardboard houses for a couple of years for my kids.

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120 Florence December 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

We had an actual playhouse in the backyard, made of wood. Now, we make forts with blankets and pillows, :)

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121 Sadie December 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

we made playhouses from sheets under the kitchen table

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122 Tabathia B December 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I remember building forts with blankets with my kids

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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123 Narathip Wall. December 2, 2012 at 1:03 am

We put the blanket on the table and sit under the table.

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124 kristy December 2, 2012 at 2:53 am

We always loved when someone got a new appliance because the box would become our playhouse. We would decorate it, cut out windows, and have the best time in those boxes.

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125 charity perry December 2, 2012 at 5:26 am

playing barbies in playhouses my cousins and i constructed out of old refrigerator boxes we dragged back to my house from a nearby furniture store

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126 Laura Proctor Unger December 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

I remember making a playhouse out of cardboard boxes and blankets with my cousins.

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127 melina r December 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My daughter has a playhouse and she loves playing in it.

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128 tina page December 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

i always loved building forts

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129 Jeni Lutz December 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

didn’t have a playhouse

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130 Tracy Allen December 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

We used appliance boxes too! One esp nice fridge box got stolen by bullies:(

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