Depending on where you live, sending your kids to go outside to play is not always an option. From rainy days, to sweltering heat, there are many good reasons to keep your children indoors from time to time. Unfortunately it can be hard to find fun things to do inside that don’t involve television or video games. If you want to create some new memories with your family on days where you are cooped up inside, here are a few tips for building an indoor playhouse.
3 Ways To Build an Indoor Playhouse
Building a fort inside is one of the easiest ways to create a play area for your children. A fort can consist of common household items like chairs, pillows, and blankets that are all stacked to build a makeshift hideout. Forts are not only fun to build, but they make ideal places to have a special snack or read stories with one another. Best of all when you are done with the fort, you can simply put everything back where you found it allowing for easy cleanup. Just make sure your fort won’t come crashing down at the slightest touch.
Tents and Teepees
If you are looking for a more durable indoor playhouse for your young ones, tents and teepees are a great option. Tents can be crafted as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Types of tents range from hanging a sheet over a rope that spans two walls in a room, to elaborate teepees held up by wooden poles. The inside of the tent can be lined with blankets and pillows to create a great sitting area or place of relaxation. Add to the ambiance even more by hanging simple lights to the top of the interior to make a place that is perfect for naps or sleepovers.
Indoor Play Homes
The ultimate playhouse is an indoor play home. Play homes can be built as permanent structures in your child’s bedroom or play area. Generally you will only need to build three or four walls lined with Reitzel insulation depending on how you want the home to look, and of course a roof is optional. A play home can be as basic as a few walls with an opening for a door all the way to a scale model of your own house complete with lights and insulation from Hamilton.
The next time you are looking for a fun activity to do with your children inside the home, consider utilizing one of these tips for building an indoor playhouse. There is no better way to bond and spend time with your kids than when you create something together The only limit is your imagination.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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