Product Type: Wilkinsonplus Outdoor Toy
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Wilkinsonplus Childrens Play House
Member Name: abbadabbado
Wilkinsonplus Childrens Play House
Advantages: hours of fun
Disadvantages: no floor
With my younger daughter's birthday coming up next month, I have been looking around for a while to get her a play house for the garden. We knew this was what she was going to get, we just didn't know which one we would buy. There are lots on the market, both plastic and wooden, and they also come in different colours, including a pink range for girls.
I decided that we would get a neutral coloured one to co-ordinate with the garden colours, rather than have a pink item stand out against all the green and brown in the garden.
After many weeks of looking and comparing, we finally settled on the playhouse from Wilkinson's. You can actually get the same house from Argos for the same price, but the delivery scale was better from Wilkinson's, so we opted to get it from them.
The price of the playhouse is £69.99, but as we have learnt since buying it, fluctuates in price by a few pounds every now and again. That was the gamble we paid so put it down to experience and waited happily for our house to arrive.
I had decided to get a plastic house rather than a wooden one because of the price of the wooden ones being a lot more, and also I thought a plastic one would be more durable against the weather in the garden without having to worry about treating it.
The playhouse arrives flat packed, but don't be put off as it fits together very easily, even a man can do it! It only took one of us to put the house together, and was done in a few simple parts. The roof connects together from being in two parts and each side is a whole which clicks together with a plastic screw that holds it in place. No tools are needed which is a bonus when you are eager to get the house together and waiting in the garden to be played in.
There are two windows and a door that need to be connected into the house when put together but again these are easy enough to click into place.
I had liked the design of the house when we looked at it online, but when we put it together; I thought it looked thinner but longer than my measurements suggested. I soon found though that when I managed to get inside the house, there is plenty of room inside for a couple of children and just about an adult to visit if needed.
The house has one large window in the front that isn't covered as well as a round porthole style window at the back not covered. The other windows can be opened outwards from inside and close together easily without catches.
There are also inserts in the plastic walls of garden taps, tools and flower shapes. You do get some stickers provided for the outside, but we have only decorated some of these as the house looks fine without and the stickers seem to only cover part of the tools and I was worried they would look silly.
Once put up we found it was easy to move into position, and is more bulky than heavy. The plastic doesn't appear very thick, but it is very sturdy once together and doesn't rock or look shabby or unsafe.
We have our house positioned on some paving slabs that were already in the garden, but we have since decided that we will be putting something on the ground to make it a bit nicer for our daughter rather than having to sit on the ground as this playhouse doesn't come with a floor provided. We are thinking of getting some plastic grass for her.
Before we bought the house we measured certain areas of the garden to see where the house would fit nicely. The house measures 115cm high by 130cm wide and 106cm deep. The size isn't too big for a small garden and we found there were plenty of areas in our small garden for the house to go should we choose.
I do admit to putting this up before my daughter's birthday so she has had her house in the garden for two weeks now. Her verdict is unanimous. She can't get enough of it and asks to go into the garden every day rain or shine.
She isn't quite two years old and despite the house being recommended for children age three and over, she fits perfectly into it height wise at just coming up to 80 cm herself.
Her favourite parts of the house are to open and shut the door and also the windows, shouting up the garden hello and goodbye to us whilst she hides and reappears in the various windows around the house.
I have never seen her get so much pleasure from what is essentially pieces of plastic put together. For this reason I would have paid much more for this house and was very happy with the price.
I have noticed that over the bad weather we have had over the last couple of weeks, the house is starting to look dirty already so I would recommend that if you have a house like this that it gets wiped down after rain or when you notice it getting a bit grubby. This might prevent dirt from getting into any scratches in the plastic and making it look old before its time.
This house has the potential to last a long time if looked after correctly. We have since put a small plastic table and chair inside and she will sit happily inside for ages. When she gets a bit bigger then she will be able to take more toys inside such as colouring activities etc.
I would suggest that if you place this house onto grass then move it about over time as the roof will shield from the sun but also the bottom will deaden the grass if left in the same place for too long.
If you're looking for a playhouse for the garden you can't go wrong with this one, for the entertainment as well as the price.
Summary: a great budget play house