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From Habitat magazine - issue 07, Diy kidz

So many parents know the feeling – you spend all that time choosing the perfect present, but it’s the cardboard packaging that’s actually the hit with the child. It was with this in mind that Rae Thomas developed Kids Place – play solutions in a box.

Kids painting supplies

Kids Place cardboard houses are quick and easy to assemble and pack away. They offer hours of painting and colouring fun as children create their own tailor-made environment inside and out, followed by role-playing galore. Is it a house? Is it a barn? Is it a school?

To enjoy a Kids Place playhouse:

  • Visit the website at and choose from a plain house or a pre-themed one – jungle animals, Spiderman – great for themed parties.
  • Download the order form and send it off.
  • Receive your flat-packed Kids Place house and voucher for a free Resene testpot to help with decorating.
  • Tuck the house away for the birthday morning or set it up on Christmas night and pop the children’s presents inside.
  • Let the children go wild – paints, pens, stencils – try old wallpaper on the inside and maybe even curtains. Try Resene Magnetic Magic and Resene Blackboard Paint for more role-playing fun.
  • Note: Kids Place cardboard houses are best for indoors. They don’t do very well in the rain!

To assemble:

  • Unpack the playhouse pieces from the storage box. There should be a roof and two side/end panels. Keep the storage box for when you want to pack it away.
  • Gently bend all tabs and press out the perforated slots for the roof, windows and door.
  • Stand one side/end panel up, with peaks at top. Fold flaps at bottom inwards.
  • Stand other side/end panel up, with peaks at top. Fold flaps at bottom inwards.
  • Join the two side/end panels together by inserting tabs into slots. The walls should now be standing independently.
  • Place the roof on top of the walls and insert tabs to connect.
  • Now, it’s time to get decorating and playing!
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words: Rachel Macdonald
pictures: Kallan MacLeod

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