A children's playhouse is a firm favourite for outdoor fun. From cute chocolate box cottages to funky outdoor activity centres, there's a whole town-full of styles to suit your child's favourite role play games. A toddler playhouse is their castle, farm, shop, or home-from-home, and they'll love using their imagination in their own special little world. You can help them bring their games to life with fancy dress costumes or play food for their garden café.
If you want something that will keep them active as well as being their den, choose a children's garden play centre. Look out for plastic or even inflatable centres for younger children, and wooden adventure playground-style equipment for older explorers. Add a swing, slide or climbing frame and you have your own private playground for your children and their friends to enjoy hanging out in. There's a range of designs to suit all sizes of garden or yard, so there's still plenty of room to play in a modest-sized outdoor space.
Like the idea of outdoor playhouses, but want something more portable? Children's play tents give them all the creative fun of a playhouse, but they can be packed away at the end of the day (a bonus if you want to keep your garden clear). Plus, if the clouds come over, you can simply break camp and set it up again in the living room. Use children's play tunnel as an extension for your tent – instant igloo – or even to connect two tents. If you need some inspiration for keeping your youngster happily engaged, read our guide to toys for toddlers. Fancy having even more fun outdoors this summer? Take a peek at our other children's outdoor toys and games.