The Evolution of the Cubby House

The cubby house is a timeless structure that for years has been well-loved by children all over the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, some with themes, and others left to children’s imaginations, all made with love to help children have a fun space to let their creativity take over. This is something that is essential in child development, including developing social skills including empathy as they take on roles in their cubby house. The cubby houses available today though have come a long way from the few boards that Dad would nail together. They offer even more features that really boost a child’s imagination.


The origins of the cubby house

The idea of a cubby house stems from imagination itself. The first publicly known usage of a cubby house was actually in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan in 1904. In the play, Wendy Darling was shot from the sky by a Lost Boy in Neverland. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys then built a small house around her to keep her safe. This idea was inspired by a little white shed that was behind JM Barrie’s house where he grew up. Toy makers jumped on the opportunity to create these for children to have at their own homes. These are known as a “Wendy House” in the UK, but can also be referred to as a playhouse, clubhouse or of course, a cubby house or just “cubbies” like here in Australia.
The original cubby houses in Australia were built by hand, usually by the kids themselves with some grown-up help. They were constructed with scrap materials. They did not tend to last very long, with many tending to last through one season before needing to be put up again.

Safety concerns

While part of the experience was being able to create a cubby house, safety quickly became a concern for many parents. They weren’t built to any specific safety standard and could be very unstable. Splinters from wood and exposed sharp edges and nails would make many cubby houses unsafe. There was an identified need for cubby houses that were safe for children to use and that were also built-to-last, so they can be used year after year.

Today’s cubby houses

Cubbies today can be extremely unique, as many are custom made, such as those from Aarons Outdoor Living. They are constructed with treated, non-arsenic wood, so you have the reassurance that your child’s cubby house is constructed with safe materials by experts. They are sturdy structures with children’s safety at the forefront of their construction.
Many cubby houses are no longer just four wooden walls with an opening for a door. They have porches, planters, windows, and sometimes even additional play features such as climbing nets and slides.
Some cubby houses are extravagant and look like mini-mansions while others still have that classic small cottage look. The size does not matter so much, as no matter the size, it will still bring joy and endless hours of fun.

Order your own cubby house

Although many kids now have technology in some form to keep them occupied, nothing will replace the magic of a cubby house. It is still well-loved by children today, encouraging healthy minds and development. If you want your child to be able to enjoy all a cubby house has to offer, then choose Aarons Outdoor to build it for you. We offer cubby houses that are on the ground or elevated for extra play space underneath. We have several add-on features including slides and climbing walls that are great for gross motor skills. We also have verandahs, planters, letterboxes and more. We can provide the fun and inviting features that make cubby houses even more intriguing to your child.
Visit our Cubby Houses page for examples of fun cubbies we have created, and get in touch with our team to discuss how yours could be next.

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