November 28, 2008

No frills playhouse

I got a refrigerator box 3 weeks ago, and the fridge does not come with it.

I have no plans to become a karung guni part time. Although, I suppose some people in the mall who saw me carrying the box probably thought that I was just a cheap housewife trying to earn some extra change from the karung guni, besides giving him my old newspapers.



Thanks to my advanced estimation skills, I had this great plan to load the refrigerator box into my car and then drive the car below to my apartment block. However, never did I expect that the box could barely fit into the car. I tried for like 2 mins turning the box vertically, then horizontally. Then I had this mild epiphany, that the refrigerator box is longer than my car and the width is too broad to fit in the car door...truly my Mr.Bean moment...

I carried the box back to the first floor of the mall, while stopping for a few minutes to rest my arms and to catch my breath. Along the way, got stared at by many people in the mall. Although the box was made of corrugated cardboard, it was not light and walking 500 meters home from the mall with a huge box was quite strenuous. On the way home, I told myself that it will be the last time I will be carrying a refrigerator box home. Well, there is always dh who can help the next time...

I spent about 1 and a half hours cutting out the roof, doors and windows and made a recyclable playhouse for K.


Inside the house, I pasted 2 tap lights and hung a clipped-on fan on the roof as it can rather stuffy when K closes the 'door'. The playhouse can be easily folded and kept for easy storage, much more space saving than the $300+ plastic playhouse that are sold at Toys R Us.

I was thinking of pasting some wallpaper over the exterior to make it look brighter, although it seems K does not seem to mind how it looks now.

7 comments:

KoLe said...

COOL!
I did one for my kid about 2 years back when we bought a new appliance. It was tough job but so satisfying esp when the kids had great fun with it. they chip in by helping to decorate. I added a letter box too and she loved it.
the house has since been demolished :(

KoLe said...

and i must applaud you for the effort! of carting the cardbox back home! power of motherhood :)

Tin said...

Truely admirable! Such a sweet mummy :)

mummymeow said...

rach, u are truly a genious! Reminded me of this doll playhouse i made myself when i was still a sweet young thing (pfffttt). It had 2 floors, small furniture and yes, i wall papered the walls. It was fun! Go and wall paper K's house, it'll be nice.

Wang Wei Yang said...

Little K is so blessed! He has a wonder mum!

Rachel said...

Kole - Yes, it is very satisfying to see your kids enjoy themselves playing with something you have created :) Great idea on the letter box, will add that too. Hopefully this 'toy' will keep K interested for a while.

Tin - When I read about your experience when you cooked that special meal for Kai, I thought that is admirable. Really understand that effort u go through, coming from someone like me who does not spend alot of time in front of the stove.

Sarah - I can still recall my favorite toys were the ones that I made myself and the hand me downs. Well, this shows that we don't need expensive toys to keep children happy. K is starting to help add his personal touch by drawing on the walls, so will probably paper the outside.

Wei Yang - Welcome!! Did not expect that you have been reading this blog.

Karen said...

Great effort Rachel! Indeed incredible of you to think of this and gone through all the hardwork to get it out. It looks sturdy and nice. Playing pretend is one of the best learning experiences a child could get. This reminds me of the dollhouse my sis and I used to build when we were young.