A kid’s cubby house provides a sense of adventure and offers kids the opportunity to use their imagination and support their play. At HipKids, our range of affordable outdoor wooden cubby houses come in prefabricated panel kits which can be easily erected by one to two people in around two hours.
Cubby house play is recommended for a number of reasons including;
Why are HipKids cubbies the best?
Did you know that the World Health Organisation recommends that children aged 2 to 4 should not spend more than one hour a day looking at screens?
That's right — according to their advice, less screen time is always better.
However, getting your kids off their devices can be easier said than done, especially if you've already got into a habit of relying on screens.
If you're looking for a way to encourage healthy, interactive, outdoor play then investing in a cubby house is a smart move.
A playhouse is a fantastic place for your child to explore their imagination, learn about boundaries, develop communication skills, and enjoy having their own private space.
The house can change and develop as your child does, making it a versatile item that will stand the test of time.
Cubby houses do a lot more than look pretty — keep reading for details on five ways they can benefit your child's development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that unstructured outdoor play is critical to children's health, providing a wide range of mental and physical benefits.
However, finding ways to encourage your kids to play outdoors can be challenging, especially if you don't have a huge garden.
Cubby houses are a great way to get kids excited about going outside, and they can be used for both structured and unstructured play, depending on how your day is going.
For example, on a quiet day, you could set up a structured educational activity inside the house, then join your child while they complete it.
On busier days, you could encourage your child to play their own imaginary games in the house while you get on with gardening or hanging out clothes nearby.
Cubby houses can also form great 'bases' as part of active outdoor games. For example, you might play a game that involves running to see who can make it to the house first.
Some cubby houses for sale online come with features like slides, steps, and climbing walls. This makes them ideal for improving co-ordination and boosting activity levels. They're also perfect for younger children who aren't ready for full-size play equipment yet.
Kids rarely just go to a cubby house to sit inside and play — they're usually running around, popping in and out, and using the house as the foundation of loads of other outdoor games.
So, if you want your child to get more active outdoors, a cubby house is the perfect solution.
Cubby houses are great places to facilitate group play sessions with other children or siblings.
Whether your child is pretending to run a restaurant or playing a simple game of 'families', they'll be using all kinds of language and interpersonal skills as they play.
Playing in the house with others might mean learning to knock politely on the front door, share the toys inside, or take it in turns being 'in charge'.
Social play helps your child learn about boundaries which makes things easier when they start school.
Most houses can also be rearranged and personalized, offering the chance for your child to experience teamwork and try taking on different roles within a group.
Cubby houses also provide a safe space for you to take a step back and watch how your child interacts with others without your input, which can be harder when you're all cooped up indoors.
Watching your child play with others is a great way to see where they're doing well and where they might need extra support — and a cubby house provides the perfect setting.
Imaginative play is recognized as having an important role in child development, helping kids to develop cognitive and social skills in a safe environment.
While it's hard to keep coming up with new role-playing games when you're indoors with your child, having a cubby house opens up a whole new world of opportunity.
Bring a few animal toys to the house, and you've got a vet's surgery. Set up a toy doctor's kit, and you've got a hospital. Bring some cakes, and your child is running their own cafe.
The possibilities are endless, and you'll have a lot of fun coming up with new games together.
The style of cubby house you choose will influence the type of role-playing you do, so be sure to consider your options.
Choosing a cubby house with a side window is ideal for role-playing games that involve serving customers in a shop.
A cubby house that has a sandpit is great for playing games that involve fictional beaches, and houses with slides and climbing walls are great for adventure games.
If your child loves dressing up or watching films set in the past, having an old-fashioned style cubby house to play in is a lot of fun.
If possible, let your child look at the options with you and tell you which one they like best. Once the house is set up, let them take the lead when it comes to role-playing.
You might be surprised by how creative your child can be when they have their own playhouse to inspire them.
Even when they're not actually using the house, your child could be writing stories that revolve around games they've played, drawing pictures of the house, planning new decorations, or making things to store inside.
Using imagination is essential for brain development, so anything that encourages creative play is worth investing in.
Do you wish you and your child had more one-on-one time to play together?
You're not the only one — many parents get so swept up in daily stress that they struggle to make time for their children.
However, when you have a cubby house, it's easy to designate an hour or so to concentrate completely on being with your child, without all the usual distractions.
Whether you're decorating the house together, playing an imaginary game, or just chatting, this is really valuable to your relationship.
In a way, your child is inviting you into 'their' space, so it's an interesting role-reversal that's great for development. You might play a game where you're the child, and they're the parent, which can help with empathy and understanding on both sides.
Spending quality time with your child ensures that they feel valued and helps them to form healthy attachments.
If you have several children, a cubby house can be a great place to hang out with them one at a time as a special treat.
Once you've mentally designated the cubby house as a place for quality time, it's easier to notice if you haven't hung out there for a while. Try designating a specific day and time each week if you have a busy schedule.
A cubby house is different from other pieces of outdoor play equipment in that it offers a private space for your child to customise according to their own taste.
While you probably don't want your child to start redecorating their bedroom, it's easy for them to personalise a cubby house with drawings, pillows, and other simple accessories.
This is perfect for growing kids who are developing their own sense of style and identity.
One week the cubby house might be full of pink — and the next it might be totally football-themed. Let your child experiment as they figure out who they are and what they enjoy.
Some cubby houses have chalkboards which are designed for customisation, so look out for these if your child loves putting their own stamp on things.
This sense of having personal space is especially important if you have a big house or lots of other children.
Introverted children often thrive when given their own playhouse as it's a small, contained space that doesn't feel too overwhelming. The house can grow and develop as your child does, making it a safe place for years to come.
As a toddler, your child might fill the house with toys. When they're a little older, it might be the place they hide their journal or store their favourite books.
Everyone needs a space to call their own, and a cubby house is a great way to give your child their own special place away from the rest of your home. This fosters independence and resilience, helping your child to grow and mature.
HipKids has been providing our unique range of toys and furniture to Australian families for over a decade and during that time, our brand has become positively linked with outstanding customer service, highly competitive prices and products that simply can’t be found in normal toy stores.
Everything we sell comes with the exclusive HipKids promise. If you aren’t 100% happy with your purchase, we offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. That means we’ll refund your money or exchange the item for one of equal value (conditions apply).
When you shop with us, we also donate one dollar from every transaction to a life-changing project for kids as part of the I=change initiative. So you’re not only giving your own kids the best start in life, but providing a lifeline to less fortunate children as well.
We aim to provide everyone with a fun and positive shopping experience and we’re confident that once you shop with us, you won’t want to shop for your kids anywhere else.
If you're looking for a way to encourage imaginative outdoor play and help boost your child's development, a cubby house is a great investment.
As well as looking adorable, a playhouse offers many opportunities for your child to develop cognitive, social, and creative skills — all while having loads of fun.
Our cubby house kits are easy to assemble yourself and are available in a range of styles with varying special features. We believe we have the most unique range of cubby houses in Australia. Why not purchase your HipKids Cubby House with Afterpay and pay for your purchase in 4 easy instalments.
We can deliver our Wooden Cubby Houses to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane basically anywhere Australia.
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