Step2 Neat and Tidy II Playhouse 0

Playhouses are a fun way for kids to pass the time and become more creative. Not only that, playhouses will encourage kids to become more active.

Furthermore, they are playing outdoors, thus, they will also be able to take in some much needed Vitamin D from the sunlight. Truly, having a playhouse installed in your backyard can be a great investment.

Let us see whether Step2’s Neat and Tidy II Playhouse trumps other similar models on the market today.

Features

  • Recommended for children aged 1.5 and above
  • Measures 46.50 H X 51.00 W X 35.00 D
  • Weighs 55 lbs.
  • Features an open design to keep children visible while at play
  • Interior features include fireplace, kitchen seats, play phone, integrated shelves, wall clock.
  • Faucet, and kitchen table.
  • Exterior features include authentic electronic doorbell and mailbox
  • Features built-in flower box to keep flowers in
  • Features operable shutters and Dutch door
  • Integrated floor with drain holes
  • Needs 2 AAA batteries (sold separately)
  • Requires adult assembly

 

Advantages

The Neat and Tidy Cottage II by Step2 is something that kids will truly enjoy. Children love playing pretend, and playing house is one of the many activities wherein they can stretch their imaginations.

This is an authentic-looking playhouse which will look good in any backyard setting because of its charismatic outside appearance. The playhouse is designed to look as if it is made up of wood and stone.

Children who use the house will enjoy its interiors too, by pretending to tend the house, cook dinner or lunch and welcome their friends into their nest.

The company has included a number of enjoyable features in the cottage to make it feel like a genuine house. It has an operable doorbell, which will surely delight the kids. The doorbell is not too loud, just audible enough, while the doors open and close like the shutters do.

The sink has a table that is fastened and it has an integrated seat, fit enough to accommodate younger kids.

The opposite end of the sink has an attached grill which is perfect for boys and girls who love to pretend cook their guests’ meals. The cottage also features a clock with working hands plus a play phone to make everything seem more authentic.

At the front of the cottage is a molded-in flower box that kids can use to keep or plant real blooms, decorate with synthetic flowers or employ it as a means to store their possessions or the special things that children like to carry with them during playtime.

If your backyard has plenty enough space, this is a good addition to its layout. It is a fun device for kids to while away the time while honing their creativity and motor skills.

Disadvantages

Parents who were not satisfied with the product said that the playhouse presented a hinge hazard. Another said that the house was a bit complicated to assemble and it did not have enough screws.

She added that a number of parts were flimsy as well, which can prove to be unsafe for children.

According to another reviewer, they were sent a model of the house with a defective doorbell. They contacted the company for a replacement which did not work, so they asked for another replacement doorbell.

This replacement did not operate either, thus, the reviewer said the company’s setback was its faulty customer service.

Another reviewer stated about a small gap located close to the door hinge; this opening allows entry for little fingers and may prove to be dangerous for kids.

Verdict

The majority of reviewers found that the Neat and Tidy II Playhouse was satisfying enough for their children. Even some who have experienced minor setbacks with the house were quite pleased with their purchase upon seeing that their children loved and enjoyed the house so much.

If you are looking for a playhouse made of sturdy plastic material, this might be the playhouse that you have been looking for.