5 Tips for Maintaining your Cubby House
Cubby houses are a classic staple of Aussie family backyards, providing your kids with their own special play space to spark imagination and creativity. On top of being loads of fun, they're also a key source of early childhood independence, giving kids a private space to explore their own little worlds, both by themselves and with friends. It's for this reason that maintaining your Cubby is so important. Left out to the elements, they can easily fall into disrepair and disorganisation, creating a space that isn't inviting or inspiring. Today, we're going to delve into the art of maintaining your cubby house, unravelling the secrets that ensure not just longevity but a haven of safety for your little ones. We understand the importance of transforming your Cubby into a space where imagination runs wild, laughter echoes and memories are made. So, grab your tool belt (or maybe just a cup of coffee), and let's embark on a journey to keep your cubby house vibrant, secure and ready for countless hours of play.
Remember to also check out our tips for giving your Cubby house the perfect makeover, to really take them to the next level.
Tip 1 - Inspect Regularly
Get into the habit of routine inspections to keep your cubby house in tip-top shape. This crucial step involves a thorough check of the wood, scanning for any potential cracks that might compromise its structural integrity. Ensure drainage systems are clear to prevent water damage and give the paint a keen eye for signs of wear. Also remember that the area surrounding your cubby house is just as important as the structure itself. Regularly inspect the ground for ant mounds, wasp nests, or any other potential hazards. These inspections set the foundation for a healthy and vibrant cubby house, ensuring you're always aware of what needs to be done and to catch early signs of problems.
Tip 2 - Cleaning
Children are experts at making a mess, and a cubby house is no exception to their creative chaos.
Regularly clear away debris, bid farewell to unwanted bug visitors, and tackle any lurking mould. Remember to clean both the interior and exterior of the cubby house to prevent the buildup of dirt and grim, and ese mild, child-safe cleaning solutions and a soft brush or cloth to avoid damaging the finish. Another step is look at the space surrounding your Cubby to see what needs maintaining. Trim overhanging branches to prevent them from falling onto the cubby house during storms. Additionally, consider installing a soft, impact-absorbing surface, such as rubber mulch or sand, beneath and around the cubby house to reduce the risk of injury during play. A clean cubby house not only looks better but also contributes to a healthier play environment for your children.
Tip 3 - Positioning and Ground Level
The key to a sturdy and safe cubby house lies in its positioning. Take a moment to ensure your cubby is placed on level ground. This not only enhances its aesthetic appeal in your backyard but also contributes to the overall stability and safety of the structure. Finding that sweet spot ensures a secure foundation, making your cubby house the perfect launchpad for endless adventures.
Tip 4 - Weatherproofing
Protect your cubby house from the elements by applying weatherproofing treatments. Depending on the material of your cubby house, this may include painting, staining or applying a sealant. Remember that these can fade over time, so make sure to re-apply protective layers regularly. Depending on the level of weather damage and exposure to the elements, reapplication should be done every 12 months or so. These treatments create a barrier against rain, UV rays and insects, extending the life of the structure. Be sure to choose products that are child-safe and non-toxic, ensuring that your little ones can continue to play in a healthy environment.
Tip 5 - Educate Your Children
Teach your children the importance of taking care of their cubby house. Encourage them to tidy up toys, games and art supplies after playtime. Educate them on the proper use of the cubby house, emphasising the importance of gentle play to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. By instilling a sense of responsibility in your children, you not only promote good habits but also ensure that the cubby house remains a safe and enjoyable space for everyone.
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Maintaining your cubby house is a straightforward yet crucial aspect of ensuring its longevity and safety. By following these five tips - conducting regular inspections, weatherproofing, ground maintenance, cleanliness and educating your children - you can create a vibrant and secure play space for your little ones.
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