When is playing at home more fun than usual? When it is in a playhouse! Kids playhouses are a great imaginative toy for preschoolers -- whether a child is playing alone or with friends, they offer the opportunity to role play, pretend and practice social skills, all while having a good time. Check out these top playhouses -- good indoors or out.
Perfect for play indoors or out, the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage features all your little one needs to set up her own fun play space. Parent-friendly features include a molded-in floor and integrated drain holes to help keep the house clean, along with an open design that allows for viewing from all four sides. Kids will like the Dutch door, electronic phone and doorbell and the mail slot they can pass letters through. Includes a kitchen table, faucet, burner and two seats. Dimensions are approximately 46.5" x 51" x 35".
If you have a small yard or are looking for a playhouse that doesn't take up quite so much space, the Little Tikes Secret Garden Cottage might be a good option. Just four feet wide and tall and only 42 inches long, this cozy cabin might not be big on size, but offers big-time fun. Features a working Dutch door, mail slot and electronic doorbell as well as a pass-through window and grill.
Prefer the rustic look of a wooden cabin? The Adventure Playhouse from Adventure Playsets has an authentic, outdoorsy look with a working door, windows with shutters, chimney and a front porch that features a bench and toy box. If your little ones are expecting company, they can serve snacks at the pass-through window where guests can sit at the shelf on the two wooden stools. Approximate dimensions: 53" x 47" x 69" (not including the bench or toy box).
You like to dine outside on the patio, why wouldn't your little ones? The Picnic on the Patio Playhouse from Little Tikes allows them to do just that, with its attached patio table and benches. Inside they'll find pretend burners, an oven and fireplace, along with a door that opens and closes and a large window that allows for food to be passed inside and out. A working doorbell and 19-piece accessory set rounds out the fun. Approximate dimensions: 58" x 50.5" x 21".
Life on the farm is good! The Ferber Farm Playhouse offers lots of floor space as well as two doors for kids who are always coming and going, a table and bench, chimney with "smoke" and an electronic doorbell. Kids will have a blast pushing the wheelbarrow and visiting the hatchery where they'll find nests, chicks and eggs. One of the most expensive offerings of the group, this farmhouse is resistant to fading, thanks to a blow-molded construction. Approximate dimensions: 46" x 35" x 21".
If you'd like to add some charm to your backyard, the Step2 Naturally Playful Magic Fountain Cottage is a good place to start. It has nice features, including a "stone" fireplace, sink, swivel faucet, clicking knobs on the burner a phone that rings, a doorbell that chimes and a mail slot, but the piece de resistance for your little one will be the working water fountain located on the outside of the house. Approximate dimensions: 52" x 49" x 22".
Sometimes, you just don't feel like staying home. And with the Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town, you don't have to. With four different themed walls, kids can play where they like to their heart's content. The gas station features a pump and phone and crawl-through window. The schoolhouse includes a chalkboard, working door with mail slot and alphabet and number space. Stop by the sports wall for a ball and hoop, net for soccer and hockey and targets to toss at. And if he still has errands to run when the fun is done, he can stop at the grocery store/fast food wall with its drive-through window, ATM machine and food shelves. Approximate dimensions are 55" x 49" x 58".
This top-of-the-line playhouse from Big Backyard offers your little one an outdoor oasis. Features 24 feet of space, including four windows with shutters, a Dutch door, two flower boxes and a cupola with a working weather vane. Walls, roof and door are pre-finished with stain. Approximate dimensions: 5'11" x 4'4".