The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse – Our first impressions
This is a two storey children’s playhouse constructed from hard wearing and long lasting, durable wood so it will stay the distance! The children will be thrilled with this traditional style playhouse which has feature windows, window boxes, a stable door and if you choose, a picket fence. It is a wonderful addition to any garden, affordable too and guarantees hours of fun and role play. Ideal for children age 3 plus.
True to its name, the Gingerbread Playhouse looks like something straight from a fairy tale book. With its warm gingerbread colouring and spacious interior, featuring double storey windows, this playhouse provides a fantastic setting for all of your child’s imaginative play. With a garden enclosed by a picket fence, this provides a wonderful house and garden play area all of their own. Whether hosting a teddy bears picnic, playing with friends or playing by themselves with their toys, this charming playhouse has something for every child to enjoy.
The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse: How safe is it?
This looks a fantastic playhouse and offers many attractive features for young children. However, with many features come potential safety hazards that may concern parents looking to purchase a safe playhouse or play equipment for their child. At whatshed.co.uk we identify and address any issues we feel may be of concern to parents and put their minds at rest.
Double storey feature: This playhouse has a fantastic double fronted and double storey feature that will no doubt appeal to children of all ages. Just like a real house, the upstairs and downstairs feature will make this feel like a real home for your child to make their own. Parents will be relieved to hear that the upstairs is accessible by ladder and is fenced to prevent any falls.
Ladder: The interior ladder to access the raised area is fixed to the structure to prevent any accidents occurring. Younger children will need to be shown how to use the ladder correctly and may require parental supervision whilst using this aspect of the playhouse.
Windows: The windows are charming with window box displays and are open to allow fresh air to circulate within the playhouse. With no shutters or ability to open and shut the windows, there is no opportunity for fingers to become trapped which will put parents’ minds at ease.
Fencing: The fantastic picket fencing creates extra space for children to play in the garden. With rounded and smoothed edges they are a safe and aesthetically pleasing feature of this playhouse.
Overall, we feel this is a feature-rich playhouse with multiple options for play for younger children who will enjoy the homely feel that this playhouse offers. Whilst parental supervision may be required for the youngest children whilst using the upstairs feature, we feel this is a very safe playhouse for the recommended age range of 3+ years.
The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse: How easy to build?
The mad dash playhouse range of playhouses are known for their simple instructions. We understand that when you receive your flat pack playhouse, your child will be very eager for you to put it together as soon as possible. The team at Mad Dash make it as easy as possible for parents to put this playhouse together regardless of previous DIY experience. This playhouse does require tools for construction and it is recommended that two people work together for assembly. Clear instructions are provided with easy-to-follow diagrams to make sure you are heading in the right direction. We expect you will have this put together and ready for play within a couple of hours.
The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse: What is the overall quality like?
The Mad Dash playhouse range is British designed and manufactured, making children at the centre of their design features. Everything is designed and created with children and their fun and safety in mind. With rounded edges and solid timber construction, this playhouse couldn’t be more delightful for both children and their parents.
It’s easy to clean and maintain its smart appearance with a simple wash down with a hosepipe or sponge and water. The finish to the exterior is designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions and the colouring will still look as vibrant in five years’ time as it does today.
If you are looking for a playhouse that you can customise to your particular requirements, the outside can be painted a colour of your choice and there is also a choice of flooring available. Although, the Gingerbread playhouse lives up to its name and is sold as a warm gingerbread colour if you are happy with that appearance.
The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse: Technical Information
Age range: 3 years plus
Size of play house assembled:
W = 2.12m (6ft11)
D = 1.71m (5ft7)
H = 1.90m (6ft3)
The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse: Our final thoughts
Overall, this is a charming, double-storey playhouse with many features for your child to explore and enjoy. Although on the smaller side for playhouses of this type it can comfortably fit two or three children inside. As for the aesthetically pleasing design of the house you would expect to pay a lot more for something that looks so great, and so this provides excellent value for money.
Quality of construction 9/10 Longevity of material 8.9/10
Prices around: £379
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