Playhouse Dreams ’n Doin’

| 10/1/2010 11:25:13 AM

Tags: playhouse, backyards, children,

Child PlayhouseWhen I was a little girl (a dedicated tomboy), there were two places in our yard that I imagined as my own private playhouse space. One place was the spruce tree at the side of the house. I’d climb up as high as my second-story bedroom window, coiled rope in hand, and pretend I was Roy Rogers about to catch some bad guy. My horse (red two-wheeler) was tied up at the base of the tree just waiting for our fast-paced chase. I also had a Lone Ranger pistol with a silver bullet that was a secret message container. Roy and the Lone Ranger spent a lot of time together in my head.

The other backyard playhouse space was on the far side of the garage behind the lilacs. I had a couple of chairs there and some cardboard. This place was more like a room than was the tree branch. I’d invite close playmates to spend time there. We’d imagine all manner of scenarios — the best may have been the rocket ship that Walter and I built one summer.

The photo above is of a cob playhouse built for his children by Shawn Goodman of Ithaca, N.Y. It even includes a cob pizza oven. Oh — what I would have done for such a playhouse when I was a child!!

If you’ve built a playhouse (or have dreamed of doing so) tell us all about it in the comments section below. And for a bit more fun, you can post photos of your project on our free CU photo–sharing site. 

Photo credit: Shawn Goodman
5/27/2018 9:00:45 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

Teri Schneider
10/6/2010 10:11:09 AM

The playhouse I "remember" is actually the one my 15 year old daughter has now. She bought 3 tickets to win it last year at the beginning of summer at the county fair, then promptly forgot about it. Two days before her birthday (Sept 1), she got a phone call saying she had won it. She came running out of the house to my husband and me while we were sitting around the campfire, yelling "I won! I won!", then stopped abruptly and calmly said to the man on the phone "would you like to talk to my parents?" We just starting laughing! They brought it over that day and she has definitely made it "hers" by decorating it teen-style! Her and her friends have had many sleepovers in it as it is big enough to hold a queen-size blowup bed!

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