It all began one summer afternoon decorating a refrigerator box with my children. They were planning on eating lunch inside their new playhouse and then camping in it later that night. The screams of joy said it all. My son, in his excitement, proclaimed that every kid should have a cool playhouse like him. At that moment it became clear that every child should be given an opportunity to design and decorate their own unique place to play. Easy Playhouse was born.
I remember, as most of you do, creating playhouses out of cardboard boxes. Although, then we called them Forts not Playhouses. We’d designed elaborate Fortresses from cardboard with signs depicting who could enter and who could not. Years later when I’d have my first child I would build for him his first playhouse from Cardboard and then my youngest would find the joy in it as well. There is something wholly great about the imagination of a child that can bring a cardboard box to life, to give it differing shapes and ideas and place them in worlds far beyond what adults can grasp after years of ‘the real world’. Dean Thelen and Scott Flint’s children gave them the gift of something joyful and from it they gave all of us Easy Playhouse.
My original idea for this review was to take our Easy Playhouse and give it a whimsical design and then gift it to charity. However, I had read a message on Facebook from an old friend that has four beautiful daughters. Her and her husband hit a rough patch in the road, as we all do sometimes, there isn’t much she can do as she is home with her daughters and is also battling Cancer. They almost lost their home, but because of the goodness of people they were able to keep it, however Christmas kept looking as though it would hold nothing magical under the tree. She amazed me because she never honestly complained, but was thankful for what she was given. She’s a really good person. So I decided to Gift the Easy Playhouse to her and instead of coloring it as we had planned I wanted her daughters to color it and later share their experience. She’s dabbles in photography, so I’m sure she can share many delightful photos after Christmas.
In some way I felt like Easy Playhouse became it’s own small Habitat for Humanity for Children. Instead of building a home for a family it was giving children in need a way to build their own Playhouse. A magical place just for them off and away in another galaxy or right there in the back yard. There is something special about that, about being able to give a child a doorway into a castle, a fortress, a space station, a log cabin, a secret chamber or just a little house with a red door.
I don’t need to tell you how great of a gift this would be for your own children and grand-children, that’s obvious. You can see them playing in it right now, I’m sure! But for this Holiday I want to give you a different idea, wouldn’t it be something if you got one for another child out there who may not have anything for Christmas. A child that might not even have a real house. Wouldn’t it be something if you brought an Easy Playhouse to your Church, to Toys for Tots, local Toy Collections, Shelters or Orphanages – and donated, not just any cardboard box, but a whole wide world of imagination for those children. That’s what I would love to see.
You can find many Local Charities to donate the Easy Playhouse to on Charity-Charities.org. Give the gift of Imagination. Goodness is a Gift that never is outgrown.
Purchase: The Easy Playhouse can be purchased for $40.00, but you can also get a 25% Discount by using the Code: EP25OFF It’s an incredible value for something so magnificent.
Connect: You can connect with Easy Playhouse on their Facebook Page and/or @EasyPlayhouse on Twitter. You can also follow along with their story on their Blog.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.