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Playhouses let little ones express their imagination and creativity. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun! The one downside is how expensive playhouses can be. Inexpensive ones can be hard to find, but it can be done. From fun rocket ships to castles, there are affordable options for your kids to play in.
Pop N Play Castle
What at first appears to be a flat piece of white cardboard unfolds into a world of dragons, knights and princesses — complete with a drawbridge and medieval archways. We especially love how the castle comes ready to be colored, personalized to your kids’ imaginations. (The company also sells pop-out cardboard kitchens, lemonade stands, ice cream trucks and space cruisers.)
Available now at Amazon, $64.95
Your kids will go on a pirate adventure in this cardboard sea vessel – ready for imaginary treasure hunts and secret missions.
Available now at Amazon, $39.98
Handmade Card Table Playhouse
Made to fit over an ordinary card table, this playhouse will keep kids busy for hours — playing with toys, role-playing with friends or just hiding out in their own private sanctuary. And because it’s handmade on Etsy, you can request any color combinations you’d like.
Available now at Etsy, $85.00
Rocket Ship Play Tent
Aspiring astronauts can play in this rocket ship tent to launch into space.
Available now at Amazon, $29.99
My Very Own House
Another example of a simple, affordable, color-in cardboard house, this one comes with a pack of jumbo washable markers. Measuring at 14 square feet, it’s a decent (collapsible) size for under $50.
Available at Amazon, $41.99
Castle Play Tent
If you’re just looking for a portable, compact, affordable play area for your little one, these tents (which come in a boyish knight’s castle or girly princess tent) are perfect for setting up in the corner of a room or occasionally taking outside in the backyard. And at under $30, you really can’t beat the price.
Available now at Amazon, $27.99
Box Creations Castle
Let your little one imagine she’s Rapunzel and let her hair down from the tower. This playhouse comes with four markers, so your kids can decorate the castle however they’d like.
Available now at Amazon, $35.99