Kids love to crawl into and hide in dark places. Use playhouses for kids ideas to create a special place for your child.
Make an elaborate cardboard or styrofoam house or castle, or just throw a sheet over a card table to make a cave. Whatever you make, a young child will enjoy playing in it.
Look below for some creative playhouses for kids ideas for building a special place for your special child.
Fabric Play Houses
Shop Around Felt Playhouse
Kids will love this Shop Around Felt Playhouse, which has a different store on each side. There are cute activities kids can do on each side, in addition to playing store.
Click on Tutorials at the top of the page to find links to directions for all the sides.
Stitch fabric for the covering and put it over PVC pipes to make a fun playtime teepee for kids.
Twin Sheet Teepee
All you need to make a twin sheet teepee tent is the sheet, some PVC pipes or dowels, and rope or twine. Your kids will love this.
This tepee is made with electrical conduit pipes and outdoor upholstery.
Create a Southwest Fiesta teepee with dowels and a drop cloth.
Use PVC pipes and a canvas tarp to make a backyard tepee.
With fabric and bamboo garden posts (or PVC pipes) make this great child’s tent.
Army Card Table Playhouse
Stitch an army card table playhouse with camouflage fabric.
Army Bunker Tent
For a great army bunker tent, make a PVC pipe frame to sit on top of your dining room table, then follow the tutorial to make a cover with a camoflage color twin sheet set. Folds up to fit in a pillow case size bag.
Bunk Bed Fort
Create a fun, easy bunk bed fort with fabric.
Give kids the parts to create their own unique fort in this clever fort kit. Includes rope, clothespins, clamps, sheets, flashlight, and suction cups.
Duffle Bag for Fort Kit
Denim fabric or a drop cloth are the perfect fabric for a fort kit duffle bag.
Classic Card Table Tent – with Variations
Detailed instructions on creating a classic card table tent, with variations for suiting it to your child’s interests.
Card Table Playhouse Tips
There are simple guidelines here for making a card table playhouse.
Here is a picture of the English Cottage Playhouse described above.
This fantastic felt playhouse fits over a dining room table. It has dozens of play features all around the outside, such as a mailbox and removable vegetables and flowers.
Card Table Play House
Sew fabric to fit over a card table to make a fun card table play house.
Here’s another one.
Card Table Tent
Use fabric (or a sheet) to make a simple card table tent.
Craft a felt playhouse with lots of fun details.
Make a felt playhouse with lots of fun activities.
Make a cardboard playhouse from a large box with duct tape, glue and paint.
Watermelon Box House
Make a sturdy play house with a watermelon box.
Start with a big box to make this cute cardboard playhouse.
Cardboard Playhouse Plans
Downloadable cardboard playhouse plans for building an easy playhouse.
Life Size Gingerbread House
Create a life size gingerbread house complete with a gingerbread man, using a large box.
Felt and Cardboard Castle
Stitch this felt and cardboard castle to use with clothespin figures.
Find princes, princesses and soldiers here.
Giant Cardboard Rocket Ship
Using a very large potato or watermelon box, craft this giant cardboard rocket ship for your kids to play in.
Kid’s Ice Cream Shop
Use a refrigerator box to make this kid’s ice cream shop. Or use it as a fast food restaurant. Fun for kids.
Homemade Toy Carwash
With a cardboard box and some foam sheets, you can make a clever homemade toy carwash.
Build your own Cardboard castle using these ideas.
Create this elaborate cardboard box castle!
Cardboard Box Castle
Turn a plain box into a cardboard box castle.
Cardboard Castle Kids Playhouse
Use 3 large boxes to make a cardboard castle kids playhouse.