The history of cubby houses, also known as a playhouse or Wendy house, varies depending on where you live. But there is one thing which is guaranteed – they’re so much fun to play in! Today we take you on a journey to discover more about the origins and traditions of cubby houses!
Many historical records agree that the very first cubby house was created for the play Peter Pan. In 1904, JM Barrie designed the very first Wendy house for Wendy Darling. Built around Wendy to keep her safe after she was shot by a Lost Boy in Neverland, Peter Pan and his Lost Boys wanted to keep her safe.
The idea for the cubby house originated from the little white shed located behind JM Barrie’s house where he grew up. Built to look like a tent, it was erected around Wendy while she sang, “ I wish I had a darling house, the littlest ever seen. With funny little red walls and roof of mossy green.”
While built from wood traditionally, a cubby house can be built from many different materials, including the fabric we use with ours! Around the world, the very first cubby house has since been the inspiration for many wonderful creations and hours of fun. Next we’ll look into the history of cubby houses and their uses around the world.
From simple small sheds built with scrap materials in Australia, to imitation homes in the backyards of English aristocrats, through to the $5000 cubby house of Queensland dress designer’s daughter, there really is no ‘standard’ cubby house. Let’s take a look at the history and use of cubby houses around the world:
Here in New Zealand, while we did not follow the tradition of English stone Wendy houses, we were kind of a mixture of the DIY Australia and American clubhouse put together. But as time passed, it became clear that due to our weather, an inside solution was needed. That’s when Nat realised that other parents were also looking for a portable and easy to build fabric cubby house solution – and Cubbytime was born!