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Secret meetings and imaginative play – Why playhouses appeal to boys and girls




You can probably remember the days when you were a child and your imagination could take you anywhere; whether you were pretending to be a princess or a pirate, making perfume or mud pies, the overwhelming capabilities of your own mind in terms of creativeness was priceless as far as your entertainment was concerned. 

One thing that a lot of you will also remember is the picture perfect Wendy house that every little girl and boy had in their garden, which acted as the heart of that day’s happenings – whether you were pretending to be a shop keeper or a sailor. The Wendy house at the end of the garden really was a hub for the imagination, which was allowed to completely run wild as, of course, no parents were allowed. 

Wendy houses aren’t a thing of the past though and are still very popular today, with many more extravagant designs available. This type of entertainment is invaluable when it comes to a child’s development as it allows them to be whatever they want to be and go wherever they feel like going that day. Can you honestly imagine your childhood without your Wendy house? The likelihood is probably no, as it’s the one thing that meant that you could play outside whatever the weather. 

Although you know as well as any child the joy that a Wendy house can bring, it’s not simple to work out why. Why is playing outdoors so important when it comes to sparking a child’s imagination? Why does a Wendy house all of a sudden become a pirate ship with a flag flying high or a princess’ castle with wands, sparkles and tea cups? 

The answer is simple; the great outdoors are the one place children can explore, freely using their imagination and senses to support whatever role-playing ideas they happen to come up with. Whether they decide that they’re running a car wash or a garage, they’re hiding from beastly monsters that they’ve found in a forest or they’re the owners of a café, the Wendy house acts as a blank canvas that brings all of their ideas of other worlds to life. 

What is imaginative play and why is it important? 

Imaginative play involves children recreating scenes from their favourite films or events that they may have seen, for example, pretending to get married or acting like a parent to a doll. Allowing children the opportunity to do this is key when it comes to their development as it provides them with the chance to think over scenarios, consider consequences and progress socially and linguistically. 

Although it might not look like anything more than a bit of fun, imaginative play is actually a huge learning experience for children as they get to learn new words and phrases, how to add others into a scenario and how to relay a story to others when they weren’t involved in the original instance. 

Although a Wendy house might not be anything more than a small wooden or fabric hut to you, remember that to a child it is a place of creativity where their imagination is the only limit. 

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29 comments

  1. Playhouses are awesome. I use to have a plastic one haha.

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  2. I love play houses' if we managed to move before the boys are too old I'd love to get one for the garden (we don't have a garden at the moment)!

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  3. My oldest lives playhouse but my middle one is all about cars, I love how different they are x

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  4. aaw this is adorable, I remember having a wooden playhouse/shed in the garden and having tea parties with dolls and teddy bears when I was little, so fun!

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  5. My 2 keep asking for one of these i must say this is lovely :)

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  6. My daughter absolutely loved hers until it completely broke down after some high winds.

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  7. I had a wendy house and had great fun in it in the front garden.

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  8. Loving this - do you get a problem with spiders invading it though?

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  9. Soon as my little boy is old enough his grandad is making him a playhouse :) x

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  10. Looks gorgeous and I know a little someone who would love this to bits.

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  11. love playhouses im planning to get one for our garden this summer

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  12. This looks great. My little girl would love this

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  13. My son loved his playhouse & spent may an hour eating, drinking & playing in it.

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  14. As a huge advocate of imaginary play, my children had a wendy house and I look forward to teaching my new grandchild the benefits of imagination in play - I love the use of puppets, especially for little ones who are reluctant to talk

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  15. We bought a summerhouse this year and it is also a playhouse for our son. I love it as much as he does and often hide down there :)

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  16. My little girl is pestering me for one of these, I'll have to have good scout around for a bargain :-)

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  17. Perfect little house...would have loved to have one of these when I was little.

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  18. This is beautiful, would have loved this when I was a child, would be perfect for my little girl :-)

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  19. This looks lovely,I had a plactic Wendy House,but loved it

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  20. I'd love one of these for my little girl

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  21. Fabulous escapism - we only have a backyard as opposed to a garden, this would be fantastic in the corner for

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  22. I would love one of these for my two children :)

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  23. My daughter has a playhouse to which she's broken the door, doh! Still, she loves it x

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  24. I would love to purchase a little wooden playhouse for my daughters, we have a plastic one that has dropped to bits

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