Child's play

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

CUB­BY­HOUSES as we once knew them; a card­board box with a door cut out of it, are relics of the past. To­day they are a swanky piece of equip­ment that comes with al­most as many ex­tras as a con­tem­po­rary home.

But there’s noth­ing like a cub­by­house to en­hance the imag­i­na­tion. Whether it’s up in a tree or firmly on the ground, chil­dren love cub­by­houses.

Cub­by­houses to­day come in a range of ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing plas­tic, Color­bond and tim­ber and have more ad­di­tions than ever be­fore. But they can be pricey. Week­end

Shop­per has dis­counted cub­by­houses ad­ver­tised un­der the Play Equip­ment sec­tion. They range in price depend­ing on their size and the ma­te­ri­als they are made of.

Re­cently there were four ad­ver­tised. Three were tim­ber and one was plas­tic and they ranged in price from $200 for the plas­tic one up to $500. This was for an up­mar­ket two-year-old, tim­ber cubby house with a tin roof, two win­dows, a door and ve­randa which orig­i­nally re­tailed at $1100.

On­line, a two-storey cub­by­house with a se­lec­tion of Color­bond roof colours, 4x3 me­tres in di­am­e­ter, made from your choice of ei­ther pine or cedar, ranges in price. This is pri­mar­ily be­cause cus­tomers can also choose from a plethora of cub­by­house ad­di­tions. Po­ten­tially, these can in­clude a half or full, door kit, door knobs, ve­randa, bridge, side balustrades, let­ter­box, flower box, sky­light, slides in vary­ing lengths and el­e­va­tion kits to name just a few of the add-ons.

More­over, there is also a wide se­lec­tion of non-es­sen­tial items to grace the cub­by­house in­clud­ing ta­ble and chairs, swing sets, sand­pits, strap seats, baby seats, tyre swings, rope lad­ders and mon­key bars. The list goes on. The up­shot is these elab­o­rate cub­by­houses start at around $1000 and in­crease in price up­ward of $2000.

Ul­ti­mately, if you can’t af­ford a new one, check out Shop­per. Al­ter­na­tively, find a big old box, cut out a door and some win­dows and, guar­an­teed, the kids will have just as much fun.

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