Since her first visit to Gymboree almost a year ago Ava’s appreciation for small spaces has been obvious. The tunnels, cubby spaces, tubes and hideouts are a must do every week!
At home we build forts with sheets but she also has a small house and tunnel of her own. Although she loves them and they were a good buy they were not my first choice. Is it all moms or just me that sometimes does not care about the best value when I am going to have to look at it for months, maybe years. My first choice for a tunnel was the $20 Ikea version which is a very pleasing blue. As for playhouse spaces I originally arrived at Costco to buy a plain cardboard house with opening doors and windows. The plain version is also like purchasing a giant art canvas ripe for imagination. Note to wives: When you have plan in mind never bring your husband. The cardboard house was all loaded into the cart when Larry spied the Ryan’s Room set. The set included a tent house, tent and two tunnels for only $5 more than the plain version. A better deal, yes! But the bright primary colors would not have been my first choice! Oh, well Ava’s play spaces are now bright, homey and eclectic! Ava has gotten hours of use from both the tent and tunnel and Larry was right it most likely will hold up much longer…
I also like the modern feel of this overpriced version at Anthropologie! If you are artistic it would be easy to recreate on a less expensive surface! Also check out this homemade house that used an exsisting table as a foundation!!!!! CLEVER, oh how I wish I could sew!
Of course as with any child toy there are also wonderful versions of small spaces that are way out of my stay at home mom budget!!! Here are just two of my favorites: