Addison loves the world of make believe, dressing up and role play – let’s face it there are some days as an adult where I quite wish I could stick on a Disney costume and pretend to be anywhere else just for a few hours! Toys that encourage escapism and imaginary play I think are some of the best things you can buy your kids. It allows them to develop independence as they have to rely on their own imagination and thoughts to think up exciting adventures and every day household objects can become shining swords, boxes of treasure and much more.
We’ve had a few pop up shops for Addison in the last year or so and the thing that really bugs me about so many of them is they are made from plastic and the tubes once a boisterous toddler starts playing with them soon bend and snap and eventually your wendy house or play tent is left with wonky sides or worse still a collapsed heap of brightly coloured rustling material on the floor.
We were asked to review the fairy wigwam play tent from Play Houses and for the price of this item I was very impressed with it. The item retails at £79.99 and once it arrived (the next day after ordering – which was great!) we were keen to get it out of the box and see how sturdy it was. The frame of the wigwam is not plastic or metal like some we had seen but is solid wooden posts that fit together with plastic connectors and for extra rigidity (we haven’t used these yet) you can also tap in screws to lock the parts into place.
The fabric for the play tent is really strong calico and beautifully decorated and tough so not going to rip easily. I love the roll up windows and door and the flag on the top is unbelievably cute and gives it a real fairy castle effect.
It took less than 15 minutes to set it up and when we showed it to Addison she described it as her Rapunzel castle as she’s been obsessed with Tangled for months now. Within a few minutes Ben & Holly and Gaston the Ladybird had been vigorously awoken from her toy box and they were all inside having a picnic.
Needless to say the next week mummy was dragged into the fairy princess play house for tea and biscuits and Addison has been quite happy to sit in there with her cushions, toys and wooden chair and make up games and role play with her dolls and play figures.
The hexagonal shape strangely takes up less space than her big square play shop and is easy to move around the room without it falling apart unlike some other play tents we have had at home. The best thing about this is that because there are no small pieces, sharp edges or anything that is hazardous that children under the age of 3 can play with it too. It is roomy inside – well it fitted a full grown 5ft 5 adult in in comfortably!
Full dimensions and spec are:-
- Dimensions (146 (l) x 172 (w) x 120(h) cm)
- Suitable for ages 1and above
- Underlay included
- Flag included