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.
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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.