In our house, we don’t do chocolate for Easter. I think Boo gets enough chocolatey eggs off other people (also see http://farmerswifeandmummy.com/?p=1369) and I always got a gift rather than chocolate off my parents.
As Boo is a winter baby, outdoor, summer toys always seem pointless as a birthday present when snow is usually on the ground so Easter is the perfect excuse to give a toy that will bring hours of fun through the summer months.
Last year she received a wheel barrow off the Easter Bunny. She loves it and can often be seen wheeling it around the farm yard.
I have been thinking about a playhouse for some time but I have been torn between buying a plastic one or a wooden one.
There are pros and cons for both. I have been researching it for ages and even tweeted my question to gauge the reactions of other parents out there.
After a lot of consideration, we opted for the plastic variety. While many parents may groan at this, for us it was the best option.
For one, living on a farm, we have to have outdoor toys that can be thoroughly wiped clean. Also, with a busy hubster and me doing all the mothering and house side of things, I don’t realistically have time to schedule a re-paint of a wooden playhouse every year or so.
Likewise, as we are right in the middle of lambing, there was no way Hubstrer could have sacrificed a day of his life to put together a wooden play house.
I am not making excuses. I am actually very pleased with our plastic option despite my previous plastic-aphobia (http://farmerswifeandmummy.com/?p=734)
My research has revealed that you can spend little or lots on playhouses. Some ‘big brand’ plastic varieties can cost upwards of £300 while wooden ones can cost in excess of £1200.
Now farmers are renowned for their tightness so when I found this Toys R Us beauty for £49.99, it had to appeal to Hubster’s generous side right?
When I compared the £1500 variety, his hand went straight in his pocket.
Do you now what? It is lovely. There is a little hole in the bottom which can be used as a cat flap. I say ‘can be used’ because in our house it is used as a dog flap. Boo couldn’t wait to get into it-even before the roof was on.
There is even a letter box.
It just goes to show that you can spend hundreds so of pounds on things for your children but sometimes they love cheaper options just as much.
I am so pleased with our play house and it was really easy to put together.
So easy, there is even the option to take it down for winter. I think we will just put it in a barn but the option is there.
I highly recommend the meadow xottahe