Every single one of us at some point in our childhood tried (and probably) failed to build a treehouse. Whether it was a sheet thrown over a bunk bed or a ‘health and safety nightmare’ of a hammer and nail thrown precariously at a tree in the back garden, the humble treehouse was an important part of our childhood. It’s easy to see why; a small space where imagination and adventure reign, a place away from reality where anything could happen including the odd trip to A&E for a tetanus shot (those rusty nails always seemed to ruin the fun.) No matter what your childhood treehouse looked like, it was a safe haven where you could test the limits of your creativity as well as logic/gravity.
Our latest bedtime story collection has been inspired by the truly awesome Kids Treehouse Bunk Bed by Mathy By Bols. This fantastic (and very safe) structure is comprised of an authentic treehouse and lower deck, ideal for little boys who are sharing a room. The Treehouse Bunk Bed is made of splinter free MDF pine making it perfect for little monkeys who love to climb. To further ensure your little monkeys are truly inspired, and for your nostalgic pleasure, we have also listed our top treehouse related books below.
Kipper’s Tree House by Mick Inkpen
Recommended Age: 3-4
Kipper has built his very own treehouse and invited his best friend, Tiger over to play. But when poor Tiger has a fright, how will Kipper get his best friend down from the Treehouse? This wonderful lift-the-flap book is perfect for little ones. Each page has an interactive section which features big chunky letters and bright illustrations. The entire Kipper series is very popular with little ones and parents alike.
Peter Pan by Ladybird
Recommended Age: 5-7
For fans of the treehouse Peter Pan is a must! It’s a well known fact that the boy who never grew up had THE best treehouse of all! Join Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell and the lost boys as they fight pirates and have the best adventures in Neverland. This beautifully illustrated book has been sensitively abridged and retold for a younger audience. We loved the narration of this classic tale and it is sure to keep young children engaged with it’s bight colours and easy to follow story.
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Recommended Age: 7-9
The 13-Story Treehouse tells the epic tale of Andy and Terry, the creators and residents of the WORLD’S BEST treehouse! The out-of-this-world dwelling features a giant catapult, a top secret laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry! Just watch out for the sea monkeys, and the monkeys pretending to be sea monkeys, and the giant mutant mermaid sea monster … Oh, and, whatever you do, don’t get trapped in a burp-gas-filled bubble! This mad-cap adventure is perfect for older children and is sure to keep them gripped with the fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Rudolf Wyss
Recommended Age: 9-12
This highly regarded classic story is still very much loved today by a wide and diverse audience. The Swiss Family Robinson tells a tale of the Robinson family who find themselves shipwrecked on a desert island. With the elements and nature seemingly against them, its up to the Robinsons to show unity and create a life for themselves on their island. This includes building a giant treehouse! Noted as a great book for teaching strong values and team work ethics, this is truly a good book to read for aspiring adventurers.
We hope the tree house collection has inspired a little adventure in you and your little ones. Why not have a go at building your own treehouse and send us in a picture, if it’s good enough we will create a blog post just for you!