Tag: playhouses

Indoor playhouses so fun, your kids will wish every day was a snow day.

We live in New Mexico, which means our kids look forward to playing in winter’s cold air and occasional snowflakes so much, they’ll dart outside without jackets, socks, or shoes, and — on one memorable occasion — pants. Still, their cold tolerance is low enough that it’s not long before they’re back inside, looking for something else to do. That’s where these genius playhouses come in. From make-it-yourself to buy-and-install, hallway hangouts to interactive hideaways, each one of these fun indoor playhouses for kids can help turn your house into its own kind of wonderland this winter. Related: The most outrageous playhouses around CMP is an rstyle affiliate Handmade cloth card table playhouse...

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The most adorable cardboard playhouses for animal-loving kids.

If I had a dime for every time I walked into what was once a clean den or bedroom to discover it’s been colonized by tiny pillow forts and sheet palaces, well, then I could buy one of these awesome, animal-shaped HULKI playhouses instead. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, they are now ready for preorder and I imagine a lot of kids — and parents — will be thrilled. Related: 15 of the coolest playhouses for kids, from DIY to major splurges  Dutch parents Jasper Janssen and Brigit Span created their whimsical playhouses as an alternative to large plastic ones that tend...

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15 of the coolest indoor playhouses for kids, from DIY to a few splurges

As someone living in Massachusetts, I’ve always gotten the appeal of having a great playhouse for kids. For many of us, our kids’ primary playtime through the winter will take place indoors where it isn’t 20 degrees and icy. So if you’re looking for ways to make your indoors as fun as possible for your kids, a cool playhouse can give them endless hours of imaginative fun that doesn’t involve bouncing off the walls or jumping on your couch. So we’ve rounded up 15 cool DIY and ready-to-buy playhouses for kids that can be put in a playroom, bedroom, or even a corner of...

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A colorful toy mail bag for kids that’s ready to deliver fun

Since most of the mail I get in my own mailbox is junk or bills, I’d love to see my kids playing mail carrier and delivering me something really special using Miss Pretty Pretty’s colorful felt mail bag. Perhaps delivered to this cute printable mailbox we shared a while back? Coming from Julie the same Etsy artist that has given us the most creative and well-made handmade playhouses we may have seen, ever, Miss Pretty Pretty’s child-sized mail bag is ready to go to work. Or play. Through rain, sleet, snow, or just across a messy playroom. She can even customize it in whatever color combination your...

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Cardboard food truck playhouses for kids just not satisfied with the same old cottages and castles.

We’ve seen lots of awesome cardboard playhouses over the years, from European village squares to castles to pirate ships. We even featured OTO’s gorgeously designed ice cream truck playhouse when it was a mere Indiegogo fundraising campaign, and now we’re thrilled to see that that dream became a funded reality. What’s more, the line has recently expanded to include an absolutely clever cardboard taco truck playhouse. Austin, Brooklyn, and Silverlake parents? You’ll totally appreciate this one. Related: 12 awesome toys you can actually make from cardboard boxes The design is amazing, with really beautiful non-toxic offset printing. I also love that these cardboard food truck playhouses are made in...

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What are the best gifts for a two year old? We’ve got tons!

Choosing the best gift for a two year old from among ride-on vehicles, construction toys, dolls and more can seem overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down to some favorites that our own boys and girls have loved. Because that first birthday party may get more hoopla, but we know the second is where you get to buy the really fun gifts for a toddler who is just getting ready to, well, toddle everywhere. And, possibly, remember your gift in the first place.   RIDE-ON TOYS FOR TWO YEAR OLDS   You probably don’t have to worry about a two-year-old getting enough exercise, but the challenge is to...

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Web Coolness: Hilarious librarians, the kind of spam we like, and the hidden danger of trying to be a supermom.

Here’s our favorite links from what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Must see: the handmade items that fill Lucy Sparrow’s corner convenience shop. Huge congrats to our own Delilah Dawson! Reviews for hew new YA horror book, Servants of the Storm are great. Current obsession: Website that lets you turn any photo into a LEGO portrait. Is ballet a sport? Check out this video (and prepare to want to work out more.) [via DesignMom] Why every mom could use a little yoga in her life, from a surprising source. At least to us. The hidden danger of trying to...

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Easy chalkboard paint DIY projects you can do this spring. Then erase, and do again.

Chalkboard paint is a big trend that we’re seeing everywhere lately. We love that it help you customize all kinds of things with a fun vintage flair. So I’ve been searching for the coolest easy chalkboard paint craft projects that I can DIY with my kids and came across some pretty great ones you could tackle this spring. Stock up on some chalk. You’re going to need it! Buntings fun for parties, and Delia Creates has this brilliant DIY tutorial for a chalkboard fabric bunting (at top) that can be reused for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day, or . ....

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The coolest kids’ toys: Editors’ Best of 2013

There are always so many of the coolest kids’ toys from small companies for us to discover each year and 2013 was no exception. In our Editors’ Best of 2013 series, we offer you our very favorites of the year, each of which was chosen for its originality, craftsmanship, great design, and low wear-out factor. They’re not all the toys you’ll find in the big stores, and that’s in part what we love about them.       The Rainbow Loom As our editor Liz said on CNN this year, 2013 was the year of the Rainbow Loom! Girls...

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The Doctor Who TARDIS play tent: because every kid needs a time machine in the living room.

If you’re still looking for that one gift under the tree that will make kids scream “OH EM GEE!” (or is that just our kids these days?) this Doctor Who TARDIS Play Tent might do the trick. While it’s not a classic kids’ tent shaped like a teepee, we’re pretty sure it will still inspire tons of imaginative play. Even cooler? Open it up to reveal the 11th Doctor’s control room. Your kids may never leave. Find the Doctor Who TARDIS Play Tent online at Think...

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Tired of sheets draped across your dining room table? 3 beautiful indoor play tents that will save the day.

My kids have always loved having a cozy, private nook to call their own. While a sheet draped over the dining room table can do the trick, I would prefer something that doesn’t interfere with every meal. Instead, check out some cool-looking play tents that are the perfect size for quiet reading, giggling with a friend, or just hiding out and daydreaming. The Sunshine Club’s A-Frame tent (above) is the perfect size for moving all over the place since it is so easy to set up. I love how it looks as an outdoor reading nook, but now that the...

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Beat the heat: eco-friendly cardboard playhouses are a cool summer retreat

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but here it’s got to be the hottest summer on record. But how many hours can you realistically keep the kids locked in the AC or cooling down in the pool? So we are mighty big fans of outside of the box concepts (like this sweet-treat playhouse by OTO) for letting the kids and their imaginations run wild. And now we’ve turned up some more. {Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for CMP readers after the jump!} I’m thinking these Build a Dream playhouses will pretty much make my kids...

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13 of the most outrageous playhouses: Don’t show your kids!

Every so often, it’s fun to see how the rich and famous live, especially those with kids. Should you have a spare 10, 20, or 50k lying around, check out these unbelievable kids playhouses. Or hey, if you buy one yourself? Invite us over! Related: 7 cool playroom ideas for kids that let you reclaim your living room Attention Tolkien fans: this Hobbit playhouse (above) is mindblowing, and built right into the landscape. Just get your kids some big feet. (Wildflower Turf) A Mondrian playhouse is awesome for fans of mid-century modern. Like me. (Barnes Vanzes Architects) Little astronauts would love...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like this daily. 1. Found a few fascinating kids’ playhouses like this one for our cool toys board. We can dream. 2. We are so stealing this genius travel snack idea. 3. The best kids’ tablet for kids 6 and under, and affordable too. 4. The new baby bottles everyone is clamoring for. 5. Who’s going to buy these awesome shoes so we can live vicariously through...

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They’ll scream for this ice cream truck playhouse

As soon as school wraps up for the year, my kids want to know when the ice cream truck is going to come jingling down the street. But I know they’d scream even louder for their very own ice cream truck to manage any day of the year. Famous OTO’s cardboard ice cream truck is a little playhouse with special details and a clever design that turns it into a mini food truck. The neighborhood kids will come running to play (even without the bells), but unlike the real thing, this one is even better it only requires imagination...

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Wishlist wonderful: a kid’s desk designed to dazzle

My kids have always been obsessed with arts and crafts. (I don’t really know of a kid who isn’t.) And as a parent, I’ve always tried to create fun spaces for my kids to use their imaginations to the fullest. Now this desk is at the tippy-top of my design list. The Deskhouse by Cool Kids Company is a smart but trendy piece that functions as an art desk and a playhouse. How fun is that?  Designed by Alberto Marcos, it’s a pricey but really clever drafting desk for art activities and a most inviting hideaway. Look carefully and you’ll...

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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Ooh la la! Quelle playhouse!

Qu’est-ce que c’est? Why it’s only the sweetest cardboard play structure I’ve ever laid eyes on. Okay, I’ve only laid eyes on it online, but still. I think my children need this thing, stat. The French Café from Little Play Spaces takes the fun and convenience of a typical cardboard play space and adds to it all kinds of wonderful interactive features that kids will love. Including my favorite, a real chalkboard for writing the daily specials. Gâteau, anyone? I love that it’s designed by a mom of an 8-year-old, who finally created a great play space for older...

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Web Coolness – sexy nursing bras, awesome playhouses, and a $20,000 crib

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Momformation, Kristen asks should nursing bras be sexy? (You can guess the answer.) Mamas of boys: You’ll love this new site, The Frog and Snail Society, started by talented blogger and CMP friend Roxanna Sarmiento. We’re blown away by these amazing kids playhouses inspired by modern architecture. (Eh, who needs to save for college.) Speaking of splurges, yes, Mariah Carey spent $20,000 on a crib. We’re digging one of our reader’s imaginative new homemade baby food blog, Yumnums. Quince Puree, anyone?...

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The Taj Mahal of kids’ playhouses

I’m not gonna beat around the bush: Modern Playhouse makes a seriously cool modern playhouse. We’re talking the Taj Mahal of fourteen-square-foot living, folks. No more faded plastic hot dog stands or cardboard that crumples when your unruly toddler learns to stage dive. It’s really a very very very fine house. With a very very very steep price tag. Both the Wedge House and the Circle House are made in San Francisco and FSC certified, which means non-toxic, non-formaldehyde, naturally pigmented, and eco-friendly wood. The smart design is easy for two sober people to assemble and has been rigorously...

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