My girls have always loved to play house — and restaurant, and doctor's office, and auto repair shop, and ... well, you get the idea. Fortunately, my husband is a handy guy, so he built a play structure in our backyard that they can use to set the stage for each of these games.
Not that handy? The current slew of ready-made playhouses for kids may not exactly blend with your eco-savvy style. Most are garishly designed, molded out of plastic, and contain more battery-operated electronics and gadgets than your average home.
Royce joined efforts with fellow mom and business partner Nisreen Witt, who has a background as a creative designer, to create play spaces for kids that would be environmentally friendly and kid-approved.
They developed two playhouse styles made from wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and treated with nontoxic, naturally pigmented finishes, and lead-free fasteners and hardware. Prices range from $1,250-$1,450 — certainly not cheap — but you do get a green and clean piece of play equipment that will grow with your kids from their toddler years through early elementary.
The company also offers a furniture set ($225) and hopes to launch a line of exterior playhouses by early next spring. Check out their complete line of playhouses, furniture and textiles at Modern Playhouse.
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