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I was unsure about buying a wendy house for my son, as I wasnt sure if it would entertain him, how wrong could I be!
The house comes flat packed, with 4 sides, 2 roof parts, a door and a window box. It comes with big plastic screws and sliding covers for the roof. To put together its very simple the sides go together using the screws and the roof slots onto hooks which are then covered by the sliding covers. You do need to use a screwdriver on the big plastic screws to tighten them, and if you want to dismantle the house, using a flat head screwdriver to remove the sliding roof covers does make it a lot easier!
If put together correctly the house is extremely sturdy and waterproof. The door opens outwards and after time may require a slight lift to open it.
The window box hooks over either window, and has provided us with hours of fun every few months planting different flowers in it.
There is quite a lot of space inside, enough for 3 children or 1 adult and one child to move around (adult on their knees!) comfortably. I have put a toy kitchen in ours, which stands very nicely to one side, leaving plenty of room to play.
We bought this at a discounted price of £19.99 but I would have paid more.
Overall a great garden toy for children to have their "own" home, and learn the value of roll play.
Description: Brand: Tulip / Type: Playhouse.
I wish that when I was a child, these kinds of playhouses were available because my niece has hours of fun with hers and looks so cute when she is playing in there!
The playhouse is pink and purple but I believe that there is also a green and red one available which may be preferred by little boys. The playhouse cost £50 when it was bought a year and a half ago (it was actually bought for a cousin and then given to my niece when she got a larger one) but a few months ago, a friend of mine managed to buy one for just £35 for her little girl.
The playhouse is designed for self assembly and of course, comes with full instructions. Once they are put together, they seem quite solid and well constructed. It took my friend and her husband around half an hour to put theirs together so it isn't particularly difficult.
The door of the house opens and closes and there are large windows which kids seem to love climbing in and out of. It also has little window boxes attached which are quite cute.
The only issue with this house is that the windows are open and don't have shutters to close. This means that my sister has to either store the house in their garden shed (which is obviously quite cumbersome) or empty/clean it when rain water gets in. Having said that, my friend keeps hers in their spare room so it isn't a problem.
The house easily takes a couple of little chairs and three children, and my niece gets hours of enjoyment playing in there. She loves being able to wander in and out and close the little door and when she first got it, insisted on eating her lunch and breakfast in there for around 3 weeks!
If you can pick one of these up cheaply, or better still, if someone passes one on to you, your child is sure to love it. It is easy to wipe clean because it is made of sturdy plastic and will provide hours of fun.
My son loved the playhouse when we were in temporary accommodation and it was one of the things I wanted for him when we got our new home.
As we moved in July I didn't think it would be long before they were reduced so decided to wait a while. I did find that there weren't many Play houses reduced I think this may be due to them coming direct from the manufacturer. I did however find this house reduced in Woolworth's to £29.99 so jumped at the chance to purchase it. While it obviously is no longer available through Woolworth's I thought it was still worthwhile to write the review as I am sure it will be available elsewhere.
Buying a play house was one thing I read a lot of reviews on despite not been on Dooyoo at the time
These houses are available in pink and green. I bought my son the green house which has a blue roof and door and red window boxes
It arrived flat packed and the box stated it was originally £119.99 but half price at £59.99. I think that this was just a promotion as it definitely isn't worth £119.99.
Upon opening the box there are some plastic screws covers and simple to follow instructions. In my wisdom I decided to build it with my toddler around: this is a plan I highly recommend against. My son was highly recommended was walking all over the parts still boxed and trying to pull the sides.
After it was half erected a friend came round and it was much easier with two. There are two plastic rectangles to use as screwdrivers. It took a while to screw all the screws in. The screws then had covers. The window boxes just slot into place. I would say it took about thirty minutes to erect. It is definitely easier with two but can be done on your own.
My son was delighted with our new addition to the garden. The windows on this house are very low and my son does climbing and out of these but he climbs on or through anything that he can. The House is sturdy to take his weight climbing through; the house does not have any thing inside unlike some of the more expensive houses which often have kitchens inside. He does now have a couple of chairs in it and will sit in there and often takes Noddy to sit in there. He loves to a play game where I have to knock on the door and he will open the door and then wave bye and shut it again. When my neighbour's two girls come over to play they are almost guaranteed to end up in the play house.
The window boxes are quite an unusual feature on the play houses and when me son is a little older I intend to get him to plant up a window box but while he continues to use the windows as an additional entrance it shall remain as a an empty pot. The window boxes do have a small hole to let water drain but do think it could do with a couple of additional holes to let excess water drain.
I wish there were shutters in the windows not only because other houses he plays he loves shutting them it would keep the items sorted in there drier when it rains. I also whish the door had a top half for the same reason.
There is a piece of plastic that acts as a small step when entering the house; this would be a concern for little one's who have just learnt to walk but it is necessary to make the house sturdier.
My son's house has been outside throughout the winter but has not faded.
This is a good basic Playhouse and can recommend this for the price but pay a little extra for more features and additional fun.
The Tulip Playhouse is another present my daughter received for her second birthday. It is available from Toys R Us for £79.99 but is currently priced at £59.99 so get in there quick! At either price the Tulip playhouse is a total bargain - after shopping around for a while I realised good quality playhouses don't come cheap. You can buy the playhouse in either pink and purple or a more boyish (but still unisex) green and red - we of course have the pink and purple one!
The Tulip Playhouse comes flat packed in a big cardboard box. You'll need a car or veichle with quite a lot of space if you plan to pick it up. Alternatively you could order the playhouse to be delivered to your door. Luckilly somebody picked ours up for us.
It comes in 6 different main pieces - 4 walls and 2 pieces to the roof. The house is really easy to put together, I done it by myself in about 15 minutes. There are a number of big chunky purple screws (no choking hazard, plus not fiddly to use) to fix it all together and a couple of plastic slides to keep the roof in place. The only problem I did have was that there was a little bit of plastic stuck in one of the holes that I needed to fit the screw in to, so I had to use a knife to cut it out before being able to fit the screw in. There are also 4 plastic arches that clip over the top of the 3 windows and door, 2 window ledges and 1 window box. The door is already attached to the playhouse so there is no need to fit that on.
The house is quite large - 97cm wide, 118cm tall and 117cm long. It has one door and 3 windows. One of the windows has purple shutters that easily open and shut when the child wants to. Another window has a little window box to plant their own flowers in (although my daughter is currently using it to stuff toys in to). The door is purple but isn't a full size door, it's half sized - abit like a stable door, and is very easy to open and close. The front and back of the house are a light pink, the sides are a darker pink and the roof is a light purple. There is also a postbox, plaque (without a name or number for some reason) and flowers embossed on the front wall.
Because of the size of the house it is primarily made for use in the garden, although it's also great to use indoors if you have the space. The plastic is thick and quality and hasn't shown any sign of fading, I have also heard from other people that have owned the house for a lot longer than I have that it hasn't faded. It is also very steardy and will not tip over or collapse in almost any situation. It is also very safe and has no small parts etc that I have to worry about. There have been no accidents so far, fingers crossed!
As the playhouse is made of light colours and has 3 windows and a door, it means the house is nice and light inside, and is also cool as opposed to sweaty and hot as I do believe playhouses used to be back in my day!
My daughter has the best time ever in her playhouse, she would stay in there all day if I let her! We have put a couple of chairs in there too, so she will often sit her teddies up and talk with them and pour them 'tea'. Very cute indeed! I do also believe it really encourages her imaginative play. When the playhouse is not in use it's always useful to put some of her toys in to keep them out of the way. I'm convinced that she will use it for a long time to come as it is pretty timeless.
And to top it all off, it looks super cute!
We have two young daughters so have our fair share of the stock of places like ELC and Toys R Us already! However, nothing is complete without a fair helping of garden toys and amongst a whole shed full of various ride-ons, balls, trampolines as so on we also have the 'Tulip Playhouse'.
We purchased this house when our eldest daughter was almost 2 1/2 - it was February but she was becoming bored stuck in the house so I decided to get something for the garden so that I could get her outside for a run around and some fresh air but would also provide a bit of shelter from the cold wind, etc. She liked the playhouse at nursery so thought this would be a good plan but the prices of some really put me off!! However, we then discovered the 'Tulip Playhouse' which was a mere £50 at the time and considerable cheaper than many others so we decided to go for it.
What's good? The house is well made and, despite two winters in our garden, it hasn't really faded at all. It was really easy to put together and has lots of nice details on the moulding. There are two windows (one with shutters) and a door and even a built-in window boxes which is lovely for helping your little one to plant their very own mini garden! The best part really is the price though as this is the cheapest playhouse I've found.
What's bad? It is fair to say that the walls are slightly flimsier than some other house BUT it really does seem to be very stable and hasn't fallen apart/fallen over despite being out in all weathers!! Also, be warned...the house comes flat-packed in a very large box so take a big car with you if you're collecting from a shop!
Anything else? When we bought the playhouse it was £50 but is now a more expensive £68.50 (Toys R Us) however, this does still seem to be the cheapest playhouse around so it's still pretty good value at the new price. You can also choose your colour - pink and purple (as per pic) or more neutral green, red and yellow.