Product Type: Wilkinsonplus Outdoor Toy
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Wilkinsonplus Childrens Play House
Member Name: mikeb2102
Wilkinsonplus Childrens Play House
Advantages: Easy to assemble, great for roleplay, made of strong moulded plastic
Disadvantages: The stickers didn't really fit the places they should properly and it was quite difficult to judge
== What is it? ==
This is a playhouse for your child/children, it is similar to a Wendy House, but this one is made from moulded plastic, instead of thin plastic or cloth. It has four walls, a roof, a door complete with windows and a letterbox, two windows that open and close (my daughter usually closes these when I am in her room and she wants some privacy), and a small circular window and a large square window. The sides are decorated with various things, such as; flowers, gardening tools and a hose, these are moulded onto the house and you apply stickers to decorate them and make them stand out. The roof of the house has a tiled effect, to make it look like a real house and the sides of the house give it the look of a wooden cabin. the house is 130cm wide, 115cm tall and has a depth of 109cm, so make sure you have plenty of space to put it before purchasing.
== What's in the box? ==
In the box you get:
2 x side panels with opening windows
1 x back panel with round window
1 x front panel with large square window and door
1 x hinged roof
1 x door handle
20 x plastic screws
1 x sheet of decals
1 x instruction sheet
== Building it ==
I decided to build this in my daughter's bedroom when she was at her mums for the night, I thought it would be a nice surprise for her birthday.
Building this was quite easy and it took less than half an hour to build, all the parts were large, so it was just a case of slotting in the four sides and screwing them into place with the plastic screws. Once this was done it was time to add the roof, which has a hinge down the middle and you do the same again, screw them into place with the plastic screws, which only really need to be hand tightened. When the house is built it's time to add the decals, it's pretty easy to see where they go on the house, but if you do get stuck you can always refer to the picture on the box. Judging by the way it was built, it looks easily enough to disassemble for moving it outside or moving home etc.
== Price ==
Although Wilkinsons and Argos have discontinued their products and, as I didn't purchase this myself but had it bought for my daughter(I didn't want to ask Lily's auntie how much she paid for it), I had to do a bit of googling to find a price for it and also where you would be able to purchase it from. I found a similar house here (when I say similar, it's exactly the same, but under the Chad Valley brand, the only difference between this product and my daughters house is the colour, my daughters one is pink) - http://www.the-product.co.uk/chad-valley-childrens -playhouse-yellow-9924-p.asp and they have them for sale for £69.75, reduced from £89.99 (I certainly wouldn't pay £89.99 for it).
== Verdict ==
Just as I thought, Lily thinks this is the best toy ever, she also got a little wooden kitchen, which fits in the house perfectly and I have also put her Peppa Pig rug inside it to make it a little more homely. It was a lovely surprise for her birthday and I managed to keep her out of her room all day, until her auntie arrived, she was over the moon when she saw it. I did have to rearrange her room about a lot to fit the house in, but it fits perfectly. Inside, the house has a pink glow, because everything on the house is so pink. I have still yet to have my dinner at Lily's little house, I will need to arrange something very soon, I am sure the invites in the post. I'm sure it would stand the rigours of the British weather outside, but I think it would get extremely dirty and plus, it looks pretty good in my daughter's bedroom. The main problem I have with this house, is the door, it doesn't really shut properly, unless you really slam it. The door does look like it has a little bend in it but that might have happened during transit or at the manufacturers, so yours might be different. Another thing I didn't like about it was, the stickers didn't really fit the places they should properly and it was quite difficult to judge, so they didn't look stupid (I don't think a three year old would pay attention to a little detail like that though, my daughter certainly doesn't). Despite those minor flaws, this house is great for interactive role play and your child will have hours of fun in this.
Summary: Great little playhouse for a 3 - probably 6 year old
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