Sometimes a playhouse is a little more than a playhouse, and that can go a long way towards invigorating a child's imagination. The Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse model is a large toy that can be exactly what your child needs to build social skills and utilize their imagination.
This is a playhouse with something extra to offer your child. It can be a place where your child and their friends get away from the adult world and create a world of their own based on their imaginations.
If you are looking for the kind of toy that gives your child a chance to develop muscles, coordination and imagination, then this is the one to check out. It comes with the accessories your child needs to explore its full potential, and it is made of durable plastic to help you feel safer as well as take on the outdoor elements.
The Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is a full playhouse with an attached picnic table. The table comes with play food, plates and benches. You can attach the table to the house and your children can serve food through the window to their friends outside.
Inside the playhouse there is a fireplace and a kitchenette. There is a half-door that opens and closes, but there are no coverings on the windows. There is a stove inside the playhouse that has dials that click when they are turned. There is also a doorbell next to the front door that plays tunes when the button is pressed.
As with most of the other Little Tike playhouses, the Patio Playhouse comes with a mail slot, but there is no play mail included. The toy also has textured walls that simulate stone and wood slats. The roof is also textured to simulate shingles.
The manufacturer recommends this toy for children from 18 months to five years of age. The current time-of-writing online retail price is $249.99, but that is without any shipping charges or retailer discounts that may be applied. You will have to check with your retailer for shipping costs and any promotions that may be available.
This playhouse has a lot of interactive features, and it even has features that make sounds. Those features are:
While the Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is loaded with plenty of interactive features, there are also features that are there for show and do not offer any interactive options at all. Those features are:
Because of the size and relative complexity of this playhouse, the manufacturer recommends only using this playhouse outside. Place the house on a flat, soft surface to ensure hours of fun without the threat of injury. In most cases, placing this playhouse on a grassy area is the ideal solution.
From what was researched, there is a significant amount of assembly required for this playhouse, and it also requires three "AAA" size batteries for the doorbell sounds that are not included. The size of this toy may require additional shipping charges. Talk to your retailer about shipping arrangements before placing your order. You should also consider having at least two people assemble this product for safety.
The assembled Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is approximately 46 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 47 inches high. The shipping weight is approximately 73 pounds, and the assembled weight is approximately 65 pounds.
As mention above, two adults should be on hand to receive the playhouse when it arrives, and two adults should be involved in its assembly. If it is necessary to move the playhouse at some point after it is assembled, then at least two adults should do the job.
Little Tikes has a product similar to the Patio Playhouse called the Deluxe Home and Garden Playset. This mirrors the Patio Playhouse in many ways with an external table and an attached playhouse. But a child looking for something with a few more non-interactive features such as a picket fence and a separate mailbox might be interested in the Deluxe Home and Garden Playset model... just one to quickly consider.
The Step2 Neat and Tidy Cottage has an attached table and a half-door, much like the Patio Playhouse. The Neat and Tidy Cottage offers features such as a flower box and exterior light that set it apart from the Patio Playhouse.
As we write and review this category, there are not many playhouses in terms of size, quality build, and included accessories/benefits other than Little Tikes and Step2 brands.
To wrap up our review, the Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse is a great toy for children who want to pretend that they are having guests at their own place. It is the kind of toy that encourages exercise and imagination, which is exactly what parents may be searching for in an outdoor toy.