Mad Dash Playhouse -The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse

Prices Around: £379
Size: 7 x 5
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The mad dash playhouse range has done it again with this fantastic house that is ready to stage all your little ones adventures. A combination of a treehouse and playhouse, this is a wonderful space for your child to enjoy many hours of fun and play within the garden.

What we rate

  • Constructed from hard wearing and long lasting, durable wood
  • Feature windows, window boxes, a front door
  • Ideal for children age 3 plus

What we slate

  • Small size
How We Rate It
8
Ease of assembly 6.8/10
68% Complete
Affordability 7/10
70% Complete
Quality of construction 9/10
90% Complete
Longevity of material 8.9/10
89% Complete
Storage size 7.5/10
75% Complete

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The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse – Our first impressions

The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse – Trim OptionThis 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?

The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse Internal view - girl 7 X 5This 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 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse outside view - 7 X 5The 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 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse 7 X 5 easy to buildThe 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

The Mad Dash 4000 Gingerbread Playhouse Dimensions 7 X 5

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.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
68% Complete
6.8/10
Affordability
70% Complete
7/10
Quality of construction
90% Complete
9/10
Longevity of material
89% Complete
8.9/10
Storage size
75% Complete
7.5/10
8
Overall Score

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  • Matthew Rutgers said...

    This is a smaller size than you would imagine from the picture so this was a little tight for the four kids I have. The ages are good for this but one kid too many. However, the look, safety factors and price was not bad at all for the hours of entertainment we get from it and the ability to work at home without having to run after the nippers that get bored after 10 minutes. This was a blessing. However, the assembly you may need a bit of help with. It is a bit tricky but it will last quite a while, at least till the kids get too big for it.

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  • Arnold Johnston said...

    This was as blessing for us. The two kids fit in this perfectly all day. We have two daughters and they love it. The house was a bit louder with the excitement but after about a fortnight they house has been sooo quiet! it’s been like a piece of heaven because they are so mesmerized with it.
    The assembly I will agree with other reviews is a bit tricky if you aren’t used to it but between two people it’s not too bad. With the longevity makes the price a good value for money.

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  • Fran said...

    To this day, I still can’t get over how much I paid for this playhouse. When I first saw it, I assumed that I would be paying in the thousands of pounds for it. However, take off a couple of those zeros and that is actually what I paid. This mad dash playhouse is everything and more that my kids have hoped for.They are so infatuated with their new playhouse. I have 3 kids and this is the perfect size playhouse for them. It’s two stories high and incredibly durable.

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  • Lisa said...

    Christmas was coming up, and although my children couldn’t play in a playhouse in the winter time because of all the snow, I wanted to get them a big gift since they have been great all year. I came across this mad dash 4000 gingerbread playhouse. What caught my eye was the two story advantage. I have two children and I figured it would be big enough for them to play. It is a little smaller than I expected, but my children still love it, and I have no other complaints.

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  • Virginia said...

    This gingerbread house is so adorable. When I was searching the internet for playhouses for my boys, I knew it was something I had to get right away. I knew it was something that would last a few years more. My boys love playing with this playhouse. They have such a great imagination. It’s fun to watch them play on this. My husband sit outside in our arbour that we also bought from the site, and we watch them play. We have yet to be let down.

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  • Roger said...

    Before I even had kids, I told myself I would give my kids more than what I had. I am not saying I had a bad childhood. However, in today’s word, we must keep our children active to avoid them of the negativity around them. To stay active, I have a few toys outside for my kids, and just recently, I purchased this gingerbread playhouse. My kids went nuts when they saw this playhouse. They couldn’t believe their eyes. They kept asking me if it was theirs. My husband had to read all of the description and fine print before he let me order. Thankfully, he agreed it was a good buy and now my kids can remain active.

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  • Martha said...

    My family and I just purchased a new home. We have more acres than we know what to do with. My son needed more outdoor activities, so my husband and I decided on this playhouse for him. My husband put it all together for our son, and he was absolutely in love. Our son would never want to go inside, he always wanted to be outside playing, which was what we wanted so he can stay active. I loved how sturdy it was. I am a mom, so I worry, but I didn’t worry with this.

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  • Larissa said...

    I was always hesitant to buy a playhouse because I figured I would spend over £1,000. Thankfully I came across this one and it wasn’t that expensive. This gingerbread playhouse was definitely in my price range. My kids love it and I like the fact that you don’t have to maintain it all that much, because it is quality wood and material. Nothing has gone wrong since we bought it.

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