Hot Toy List for Toddlers – Play Houses

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Paperpod Cardboard Play Houses

Paperpod probably have the most well known range of cardboard play houses from the giant house (left) which your tot may play in themselves or treat like a giant cardboard dolls house, to teepees, and rockets. They’re made from recycled cardboard and of course, they give you a great opportunity to ‘customise’ with your toddler.

Best Buy. Best Eco Buy. Great Value.

Lula Sapphire have a great selection between £27-£35 each and that’s before you take off your exclusive 15% discount!

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Habitat Geronimo Tents

These canvas tests are fab with brilliant print on the outside and contrasting bold colour inside. Height 125cm

Best Buy

£75 in store at Habitat

Hippie Tipi Play Tents

Hippie Tipi Play Tents

We do love the bold and the funky, and these 100% cotton tents are utterly fabulous! The footprint is 90 x 90 cm and is 170cm high so it’s a good decent size. You can zip it closed and use outside when the weather’s good. Did we mention they’re machine washable?

£115 Nordic Elements

Also try: Dobbin and Drum Teepees which are slightly shorter but wider.


Blue Star Circus Tent

Made from fabric with UV Protection 50, this blue tent with silver stars which comes with its own carry bag for when you want to take it away with you, is a bit of a steal. 140 cm high

Great value

£22 Alfie & Lulu

Colour Your Own Castle by Villa Carton

Colour Your Own Castle by Villa Carton

This comes in white with black outlines like a giant 3D colouring book. You can paint it or even buy the pens that go with it and when they’re done customising, they can get on with playing inside. 1 sq metre ground surface.

£32.99 Revilo Toys

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Win Green Play Houses

If you like the idea of embroidered and appliqued play houses made from 100% cotton, you must check out the Win Green Range. Delightfully traditional with most of the range being themed with accessories, these are a plush way to explore pretend and imaginative play.

Starting from £165 at Little Eskimo



Mixing 4 concepts into 1, this is a swing, trampoline, tent, and bouncy castle all rolled into one. It’s both tree house and play tent, so actually, make that five concepts! Just zip up and let the fun begin. It even has a bag and pulley to bring in supplies from the ground. It’s made from strong, durable UV Protection 50 fabric. Arrives fully assembled.

Best Blow the Budget Buy

RRP £299. £265 Big Green Smile

Check out all of the other toys that we’ve featured in our Hot Christmas Toy List 2008


  1. […] The wigwam featured in the Living Etc shot is from Win Green, but it’s no longer stocked. Instead, there is a more colourful cowboy wigwam (left) embroidered with cactus – although you may want to check your little one is a fan first to help you justify the £195 price tag. Kids Playroom stock a more wallet-friendly wigwam in cowboy print (right) for £55.90. For other play house ideas, check out our hot list of play houses. […]

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