11 Best Outdoor Playhouses For Toddlers And Kids


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Each individual playhouse is designed for different ages, meaning that playhouses can be enjoyed by kids of a broad age range from 18 months to 12 years.

Buying a playhouse is the first step to hours of fun, but once you have invested in this, there are different ways to decorate your wendy house. You can even add your own furnishings, with different curtains or additional cupboards.

But in order to do this, you need your house first. That is where we come in.

We have selected the eleven best playhouses and wendy houses for you to choose from, listing a variety of features to help you decide which is the best for your child.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

Whilst all of the great playhouses on our list are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick based on price, size and design.

1. Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse

Child in Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse.
Image © Little Tikes

This very realistic outdoor play cottage comes with an arched doorway, brick detailed walls and even shutters on the window. Its realistic design encourages imaginative play, either indoors or out, and allows your little one to enjoy something different when they play in the garden.  The lovely red brick look to the Little Tikes playhouse is also a tasteful addition to your garden.  

Main Features

  • Price: £130
  • Age: 2+
  • Moving door
  • Opening windows
  • Mail slot
  • Indoor and outdoor use

Best For Kids Who Love To Climb

2. Smoby House On Stilts

Smoby House On Stilts.
Image © Smoby

This takes a plastic playhouse to another level... quite literally! This Smoby house is on stilts, so it is lifted off the ground, with a slide and steps to reach the playhouse making it that little bit more exciting. The bright colours also add to this excitement, along with the animals on the wall.

This playhouse has also been positively reviewed for durability. The UV resistant coating and treatment mean that the paintwork will last much longer, even if left out in the garden. It prevents the colours from fading and makes it look like a new buy for much longer.

Main Features

  • Price: £350.00
  • Age: 2+
  • Half door
  • 2 sliding shutters
  • Ladder
  • Slide
  • Indoor or outdoor use

Best Playhouse With A Kitchen

3. TP Meadow Cottage Playhouse And Kitchen

TP Meadow Cottage Playhouse And Kitchen.
Image © Argos

This outdoor playhouse comes with its own little kitchen, which makes this a unique wendy house for your kids. Your child can pull up a chair in the porch, or make themselves a delicious mud pie in their own little kitchen. It's such a cool place that they might even want to sleep in it! This house is also good for more children to play with, as you can have some children playing outside the kitchen and a few others in the wendy house.

It is important to note that this must be treated or painted before it can be used outside.

Main Features

  • Price: £180
  • Age: 3+
  • Wooden playhouse
  • Veranda
  • Outdoor kitchen (includes water butt and tap)
  • Stainless steel utensil set

Best Playhouse With Accessories

4. Smoby Chef Playhouse

Smoby Chef Playhouse.
Image © Smoby

This plastic wendy house takes outdoor play to a new level as it really does come with all the toys you could need.

With a special garden kitchen for kids to play with, including a fridge, a sink, an oven and a grill for imaginative play, they can cook up a storm in the back garden. Serving their avid customers (that's you!) will be super easy with the special hatch and you can easily pay for your meal using the toy cash register and card reader too.

You get a lot for your money when you buy this as it comes with loads of accessories to keep your kids entertained for hours.

Main Features

  • Price: £279.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Fridge, sink, oven, grill
  • Cash register, card reader and plastic money
  • Opening door and window shutters
  • Serving hatch

Best Wooden Playhouse

5. KidKraft Wooden Garden Playhouse

KidKraft Wooden Garden Playhouse.

Image © Amazon

This children's wooden playhouse is a good buy for families with multiple children who want to play together, as there is lots of space to play with the wooden playhouse, the picnic area and the kitchen too.  Your kids can cook, play, eat and hang out in this super cool wooden playhouse that makes garden play even more exciting. This is also great for play dates as it can keep a whole group of kids busy and having fun, whilst encouraging imaginative play.

Main Features

  • Price: £479.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Opening door
  • Built-in kitchenette
  • Picnic table
  • Mailbox
  • Reinforced wooden panels

Best For Limited Space

6. Chad Valley Foldable Wendy Playhouse

Chad Valley Foldable Wendy Playhouse.
Image © Argos

This Chad Valley playhouse is the one for you if you need something quick and easy to assemble and dissemble. The playhouse can be put together in under five minutes, meaning it can be folded up and stored between play or simply left up in the garden, it's up to you.  

A bonus to this playhouse is that it is UV resistant, so your little one can play with their house even in sunny weather. It does not provide complete protection, so sun cream and sun hats should still be used.

Main Features

  • Price: £70
  • Age: 3+
  • Opening door
  • Windows
  • UV resistant

Best Outdoor Playhouse For Toddlers

7. LittleTom Children's Playhouse

LittleTom Children's Playhouse.
Image © Amazon

This kids' outdoor playhouse will give your toddler their own house away from home.. or just in the garden. The additional picnic table and benches can be placed inside or outside the playhouse, so your child can eat outside in the sunshine, or take refuge from the rain and make mud pies inside.

The faux stone and wooden walls make this look like a mini version of your own home, and will encourage great imaginative play. This house is also suitable for a few children to play in at a time. It has space for three children, meaning that it is great for families with multiple children or, otherwise, it is a good buy for future play dates and parties.

Main Features

  • Price: £199.99
  • Age: 12 months- 4 years
  • 2 windows
  • Table with 2 benches
  • Space for 2 to 3 children.

Best Playhouse With A Doorbell

8. Little Tikes Picnic On The Patio Playhouse

Children playing in the Little Tikes Picnic On The Patio. Playhouse.
Image © Little Tikes

This Little Tikes house comes equipped with everything your little chef will need to create a lovely picnic in the playhouse. The picnic table, sink, stove and even plastic food accessories really encourages their imaginative, outdoor play and makes this a particularly good model for keeping little ones entertained. We think that they will especially love the magic doorbell, which has six different fun sounds to try.

With large windows and an opening door, there is lots of natural light going into the house, meaning you can keep an eye on them whilst they play.

Main Features

  • Price: £299.99
  • Age: 18 months- 5 years
  • Plastic playhouse
  • Picnic table with 2 seats
  • Magic doorbell (6 different sounds)
  • Plastic sink and stove

Best Playhouse With A Slide

9. TP Kids' Wooden Playhouse With Slide

TP Kids Wooden Playhouse With Slide.
Image © Argos

This is a whole wooden playhouse emporium for your child. This children's playhouse comes with a ladder to climb up and a wavy slide to slip down. This crazy adventure playhouse is an exciting experience all from the comfort of your own home and back garden. It is not just a playhouse, there is even a sandpit to play with too!

Main Features

  • Price: £190
  • Age: 3+
  • Elevated playhouse
  • Ladder
  • Wavy slide
  • Shaded sandpit

Best Playhouse With A Swing

10. WICKEY Wooden Playhouse With Slide And Swing

WICKEY Wooden Playhouse With Slide And Swing.
Image © Amazon

The wooden playhouse is at the centre of this super cool slide and swing set. This kids' playhouse has a steering wheel and telescope to encourage imaginative play, and from there, your little one can slide down the wavy slide or climb down the ladder. They can swing on the set too, meaning that lots of children can be playing at once.

This kids' playhouse is a good investment for larger families as it is suitable for a wide age range too.

Main Features

  • Price: £479.95
  • Age: 3+
  • Wooden playhouse
  • 2 swings
  • Wavy slide
  • Climbing wall
  • Sandpit

Best For On A Budget

11. Chad Valley Magic Playhouse

Chad Valley Magic Playhouse.
Image © Argos

This adorable little Argos playhouse is a great piece of garden equipment, especially if you are shopping on a budget or working with limited space. The swinging doors, window shutters and back gate make for great imaginative play, and the small size makes it excellent for small spaces. This is also suitable to for inside or outdoors use, so, if you don't have a large garden, this could be the model for you.

Main Features

  • Price: £50
  • Age: 2+
  • Opening window shutter
  • Swinging front door
  • Back gate
  • Easy to assemble

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for kids' playhouses then why not take a look at this list of the best kids' paddling pools, or for something different take a look at these science kits for kids of all ages.



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