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There’s noth­ing nicer than watch­ing chil­dren play pre­tend. It’s one of the most tra­di­tional forms of play, but tak­ing the games out­doors can add an­other layer of imag­i­na­tion.

A stan­dard cubby house can be a home, cafe, gro­cery store, cas­tle, fire house, po­lice sta­tion or a school, al­low­ing chil­dren a new play en­vi­ron­ment ev­ery time.

Get­ting her kids to play out­doors was the im­pe­tus for mother-of-two Kellee Macpher­son to cre­ate her be­spoke cubby house business, Cas­tle And Cubby.

“The best play is imag­i­na­tive play and the best space to play is out­doors,” Kellee says. “I find the chil­dren play in cub­bies quite flu­idly — in­side it, out­side it and moving around it, and it’s so nice to see them mim­ick­ing the world around them.”

Macpher­son says she takes pride in know­ing her prod­uct is some­thing that other par­ents will want to have in their back­yard, with a stylish aes­thetic that is not read­ily avail­able in the mar­ket.

The small cub­bies, which are all hand­made from sus­tain­ably sourced and re­cy­cled tim­bers, can be made to fit small spa­ces as well as larger back­yards.

“You want to be able to look out into your yard and like what you see. Mak­ing a yard child­friendly does not have to mean it’s ugly or not stylish,” she says.

This Cas­tle And Cubby play­house of­fers plenty of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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