It’s no secret that children love to build forts and hide out in their playhouses. We can all understand why as most of us made them as children and used our imaginations to transform them into all sorts of vehicles and hideaways. But, there’s actually science behind why kids build forts. According to experts, creating a kid-sized space in an adult world actually helps comfort children and make them feel safe. Further, there is evidence that allowing young children to have some privacy is actually really important for development.
Buying your child an indoor playhouse is not only fun for your kid it actually could be very good for their mental health. However, we all have seen those hideous ones that turn any living room into a child’s playroom and a playroom alone. We wanted to find playhouses with small footprints that don’t look like pieces of plastic trash and we can report that they are out there! Take a look at our finds to find the perfect playhouse fit for your child and your home.
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Coola Teepee Tent for Kids
$36 at the time of publication.
At just 47 x 47 x 63″, this teepee-style tent is an excellent size for young children. Made of wood and canvas, you won’t find any toxic materials or excessive plastic in this tent-style playhouse. The tent is easy to assemble and break down when it’s time to move it or tuck it away when you have company coming over. It also is not hideous, which is a plus!
Tiny Land Play Tent
$80 at the time of publication.
At 52 x 35 x 53″, this play tent is ideal if you have more than one child (ideal for 3 kids or less). It comes with a padded mat for added comfort and a set of fairy lights to make it feel magical. It’s made with a breathable material that stretches over a sturdy frame that’s easy to assemble and take down when not in use.
HearthSong 32-Panel Cabin Fantasy Forts Indoor Building Kit
$60 at the time of publication.
If you’d like a playhouse that your kids actually have to configure, we’ve got something truly innovative to share with you. With 32 22-inch square panels featuring realistic-looking wood lamination, the components can be used to build unlimited configurations. If you have limited space, this is ideal because you can encourage kids to keep their buildings in a certain area. It presents them with a challenge and a whole lot of fun along the way as they build their ideal playhouse.
Castle Tower Play Tent
$159 at the time of publication.
This castle tower-inspired playhouse is ingenious because it is taller than it is wide, making it feel much larger than it actually is. It is 42″ wide and 54″ tall and looks just like an enchanted fairytale tower. It’s made of breathable fabric and has a few windows to keep your child comfortable and not stuffy. As with the other playhouses on this list, no tools are required for its easy assembly.
Kids’ Playhouse Castle with Lights
$39 at the time of publication.
This playhouse for kids is more colorful than the others we have seen but it is still pretty mellow. That is until night rolls around! Then, the string lights can be turned on! How cute is that? Again, you’re looking at a modest size here: 51 x 43 x 51″.
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JungleDove Kids Tent
$40 at the time of publication.
If you’re looking for a colorful playhouse that doesn’t read as excessively loud, this yellow beauty might be the right fit for your living room. It’s a great size at 47 x 41 x 54″. We made sure easy that all items on this list boast easy assembly with no tools and this one is no exception. It easily fits 2-3 kids. We think it’s pretty darn cute.
There you go! We hope you found the right sort of solution for your child and your space. These make great gifts and you just might want to put one under the tree (or next to it) this Christmas!
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