Where did 2013 go? We must have missed it here at The Playhouse Company. We can’t believe we are at the front gates of 2014 already, but there is a lot of excitement for the year ahead. Before Christmas we cleared out our workshops and even gave the office a dusting too. At The Playhouse Company we have been brainstorming some great new offers and products for the year ahead (don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to take full advantage of these offers). 2014 is going to be an exciting year and we can’t wait to deliver more of our high quality playhouses to some eagerly anticipating children in the year to come!
January can be a sad month, with the festive decorations coming down and packed away for another year, the diets start and the cold winter chill sets in: Even our Playhouses become sad as the children go back to school.
But don’t let the January blues take a hold, think about all those New Year resolutions and why not starting planning all the projects you are going to do in 2014. Design the playhouse of your dreams and give your children a lovely surprise. It could be something such as a charming cottage, a castle or perhaps a tree house with a range of activities, that way whilst you are busy with all your other projects your children will be happily entertained with their playhouse, a great way to get then to enjoy the outdoors
As this chilling Autumn is drawing to an end and Winter is finally upon us, getting outdoors is more exciting than ever before. These cold icy mornings cause such beauty across the British landscape and supply us and our children with new and exciting opportunities to play and explore. This is a perfect time to start shopping for the winter attire and ensure you make the most of the upcoming frosty winter. Try something different this year and have a fire with the family in the garden and toast some marshmallows; getting everyone out together is what these cold winter nights are all about. December is quickly dawning on us which means the festive season is finally here. The time when mince pies and festive treats are consumed by the truck load and the song ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ is strewn across many children’s’ lips. People of all ages are eagerly anticipating the 25th December, to see the happiness of loved ones when gifts are given and received, and the rosy cheeks of Grandma’s face sat by the open fire after countless glasses of mulled wine and a belly full of Christmas dinner. Remember to make time on Christmas day for children to show off their Playhouse to family and friends. Their proud expressions and beaming voice as they explain and direct the ones closest to them in and around their Playhouse will be enough to drag everyone away from the endless hours of Christmas TV. Fingers crossed for a white Christmas this year to add to festival feeling and make Christmas day even more magical. But, same as every year children must be tucked up in a deep sleep before Father Christmas will slide down any chimney, so tire the children out this season by letting them run free in their Playhouse.
Don’t just decorate the house this year make sure your child’s Playhouse is covered in fairy lights and decorated with fancy tinsel and baubles. Let them take lead and decorate how they want: it can be as whacky and untidy as they like, as long as they love it who cares? Our Playhouses are made to withstand the festival season and there is nothing nicer to look at than a frosty, snow covered Playhouse with a bundled up child playing inside.
October is here already. The best summer in years is finally over and we will all mourn its passing. As we start to hibernate inside our homes and head into a blustery autumn we will look back in fondness at all the cherished memories we made outside in that glorious sunshine. We will remember it as the first summer holidays in which children never moaned about being bored. The weeks of blue skies and endless sunshine allowed the kids to live outdoors. We were able to sun bathe out in the garden while watching the kids run around and play games, we even sometimes joined in. Little girls ran around the garden catching butterflies, making daisy chains and playing 'Mummies and Daddies' inside their cute playhouses. Little boys climbed trees and towers, teetered about on bikes and ran around the garden with water sneaking up to the playhouse to soak their sister inside. As October comes the children will be reluctant to leave the playhouse alone in the garden. As they sit in school in their new crisp clean school uniform (which won’t last for long), they will have smiles plastered across their healthy tanned faces because they have had an enjoyable summer spent outside. Your children and you will have created many memories of playing in the playhouse out in the garden.
Even as the temperature starts to drop and you can start to see your breath on a gloomy chilly morning, your playhouse doesn’t have to go neglected. Let your children don their woolly hats, scarves and mittens. Bundle them up in layers upon layers of snuggly jumpers and warm winter coats and throw them outside to enjoy the brisk winter air! A Playhouse can be just as fun in the winter as the summer. It can become a shelter for your children when playing out in the cold, a base to plan the strategic snowball attack from, and a home with a make-believe roaring fire and big fat turkey roasting in the oven. A Playhouse can fuel your children’s imagination outside all year round.