By itself, a playhouse (also known as a wendy house) offers endless opportunities for your child's imagination to run wild. But sometimes, it can help to have a few accessories so that make-believe play feels extra real.
Available at various price points, we've rounded up a selection of different playhouse accessories you can buy to add a fun twist to your child's playhouse.
Whether that's steering a pirate ship or cooking up a storm, these lot will encourage your youngster with new imaginative play scenarios.
Best playhouse accessories 2021
If your playhouse is inside, adding these artificial flowers will instantly brighten any wendy house up. Standing at approximately 20cm, each set contains 20 silk flowers, along with some cute ladybird friends crawling up the side.
Review: “Super cute product, you have to arrange the flowers yourself and add red ladybirds, but I like that because you can do it how you like it. There’s the right amount of flowers.”
Forget an annoying doorbell and go for this adorable woodpecker instead. It will ‘knock’ when guests pull the string, announcing their arrival.
Review: “Love this so much! Good quality and just something different and special. Have attached it to our gingerbread playhouse.”
A great touch if you have a playhouse on legs or even a treehouse. This periscope has internal mirrors, so your child can look through it to see over any posts. It includes a square plate to attach to the playhouse and four wooden screws to do so.
Review: "Fun product for my son to peep out of the garden at the outside world during lockdown. He loves it. Great fun watching him play with it."
Sometimes, a playhouse is used as a private space for children to relax. If this place is a hideout for your little one, a bean bag is an ideal addition. Boasting five-star reviews - this 100 per cent cotton bean bag has a full inner lining and a tied closed zip as a safety feature.
Dimensions: height 60cm x depth 50cm x width 50cm
Review: "This was a gift for our three-year-old's birthday. Happy with the quality of the stitching, the colours and design, the size. It will last him a few years before he outgrows it, and then I have my eye on it for a footstool."
Many playhouses are themed as a cafe or kitchen but don't come with accessories, which is why we love this kit. It has everything any budding chef could wish for. With many pieces made of stainless steel, it includes:
- Six pots and pans
- Six tea playset
- Four-piece kitchen utensil set
- A chef's apron and sleeve
- 19 play food
- A storage bag
Review: "My daughter loves to play with this set and likes to 'cook' is little treats. Great for little one's imaginations to grow. Lots in the set. Very sturdy."
Bunting is an easy way to add a cosy touch to a playhouse, and while there are lots of lovely designs to choose from, we love this bright option which is waterproof and can be used indoors or out.
Dimensions: 14m in length
Review: "Very pleased with this bunting. The best way I can describe the texture is like flag material - soft sheen. It feels more like material than plastic. Definitely worth investing in something that's going to last and can be reused for several events or just left out in the garden to make the place colourful. I'm genuinely pleased I got these and will be getting some more."
If you have a Smoby playhouse, why not add a garden area? Made of UV-resistant plastic, you and your youngster can plant flowers or even veg into the boxes, giving little ones a whole new dimension of play and opening their eyes to the world of gardening. It's worth noting that the fence is freestanding and cannot be attached to your playhouse.
Review: "This is very good but because it’s freestanding, although it does get knocked over often with little ones running around."
Instead of splash out on a whole mud kitchen, the Early Fun Mud Kitchen will easily attach to your tot's playhouse. This accessory includes a water butt with a tap and a removable splash tub, which is ideal for mud mixing. It also comes complete with a starter set of stainless steel pans with a mixing whisk.
Dimensions: 31 x 55 x 56 cm
Review: "This is now attached to the side of our playhouse and is a very well used item! Granddaughter loves it and ‘cooks’ all kinds of things with it. It is durable and sturdy and has withstood plenty of rain well."
If your little pirate likes to use their playhouse as a ship or boat, they need this steering wheel to tackle the waters. Available in blue, green and red, it includes a fixing bolt, washer and bolt cover suitable for fixing to wood.
Dimensions: Diameter - 300mm
Review: "Having built a pirate ship for our grandson, this ship wheel was just what we were looking for, sturdy and easily attached, spins as required. Brilliant!"
If you've got enough room in your playhouse, why not pop in a table and chairs set? It'll provide a space for your child to 'cook', draw, play and even eat. Easy to assemble, it's available in several colours or with four chairs.
Dimensions: Table - 51cm x 51cm x 43cm
Chair - 27cm x 31cm x 44cm
Seat Height 26cm
Review: "I’m really pleased with this table and chairs. My toddler (2yo) loves it. She sat at it straight away and has so far used it for drawing, looking at books and eating dinner. It is lightweight so she can easily move the chairs and pull the table towards her. It is the perfect height for her."