A club house gets kids outdoors and provides them with a place to play with friends. From tree houses to a backyard shed, a kid's club house may take multiple forms. No matter the style of the club house, there are multiple ways to personalize the inside and outside to make it the ideal kids' hideout.
Purchase a pre-made shed, or build a simplistic miniature house using plywood and 2-by-4s. Paint the structure in the same color scheme as your house. Placing a carpet remnant or peel-and-stick tile on the floor will make it kid-friendly. Fill the club house with a play kitchen, kid-size table and chairs, and a corner of pillows for a pretend bedroom or a reading nook. If the structure does not have windows, paint the outline of windows on the wall, and hang curtains with a regular curtain rod. Leave the door open to let in light during the day, or add battery-operated lights to the walls.
Backyard Fort and Playset
Turn a two-story wooden playset into a backyard fort. Measure pieces of tarp to cover the openings of the playset, and add grommets to the corners, attaching them to the playset with screws. The tarp will provide kids with a place to hide. Cut a door into the tarp to allow easy access, and paint on windows or other designs. At the top of the swingset, attach wooden blocks to give it a tower-like appearance. Attach flag holders to the corners of the playset to hang colorful flags.
For children who like camping, set up a tent in the backyard to use as a club house. Fill the tent with sleeping bags, camping chairs and flashlights. Outside of the tent, outline a pretend fire pit with rocks, and fill it with sand and a few logs. If you live in a neighborhood that allows campfires, build an actual fire pit and allow kids to use it with parental supervision. Instead of a modern camping feel, replace the tent with a teepee, and use bales of hay or straw beds for seating options inside.
If your backyard has a large tree with sturdy branches, build a tree house for kids. Keep the furnishings of the tree house minimal with weatherproof cushions on the floor and weatherproof containers for storing items. Connecting a rope ladder will allow access to the tree house, or attach wooden steps directly to the tree. Create a pulley system with rope and a large bucket to give kids a way to easily move things up to the tree house. For a more unusual club house, create a tree house with multiple levels. Cover the outside of the tree house with bark and leaves to make it blend in more with the natural surroundings.
Indoor Club House
If you do not have space for an outdoor club house, make a club house indoors. Turn large appliance boxes into an indoor clubhouse by connecting them with tape and using a knife to cut out doors and windows. Fill the inside with pillows, blankets and toys. If you do not have large appliance boxes, make a blanket fort by tying blankets between chairs, attaching them to the tops of dressers and bookshelves and draping them over tables and sofas.
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