How to Make Cubby Houses
Do you remember the cubby house you used to have as a kid? The one where you used to have a secret knock and a secret password, just to get inside the front door? It became a Pirate ship sailing the Seven Seas, or a submarine, exploring places you could not even pronounce because they were imaginary! It was a truck and a sports car, a bus and an aeroplane. There was nothing that darn cubby house could not be.
There are three basic styles of cubby houses:
1. The fort – these are open plan cubby houses, and often make sure of accessories such as slides, nets, and sandpits.
2. Traditional – these are the cubby houses that look like a miniature house. They come with windows, doors, and even verandas, depending on the model.
3. Play centres – these are semi-enclosed. Think one full wall and one half-height wall. They also come with great accessories such as sandpits, slides, nets, and other things to make play even more fun.
When you choose a cubby for your kids, take their age and development level into consideration. Of course, make sure you have enough room in your yard for the cubby that you are thinking about.
Building and Construction students from Macintyre High School have returned to their younger years and designed and built two magnificent cubby houses using funding and support from the Northern Tablelands Industry and Education Partnership’s Adopt a School program.
Industrial Arts teacher Nick McLoughlin said the program was designed to forge links between school and industry and has helped the students develop skills they will use for life.