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Cardboard Cubby Houses for Kids

Updated on August 30, 2017

Kids Cubby Houses

I remember as a boy that whenever my parents bought a large household item like a fridge or television, I was more fascinated with the box it came in. That box would become a world where I could hide away and let my imagination run wild. That box became a castle, a cave, even a rocket ship.

These days as I watch my 2yo nephew do exactly what I did all those years ago I wondered if there was something available that was both a little bit more stimulating and also didn't have the sharp edges of the fridges cardboard box.

I found the perfect item, cardboard cubbies that are safe for little hands as well as ready to decorate in any style that your little person desires. Even better (as a repressed aspiring pirate myself) are the ones that come pre cut in the shape of ships etc. Ahh to be a child again!

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Cardboard Cubby Houses for Boys

What better way to encourage creativity and play in your young explorer than to give him his own vehicle to decorate then travel either the world, or in the case of the spaceship the universe?

Let their imagination run wild as they make their cubby unique in everyway, thus saving your walls from the ravenges of a child with a crayon!

Boys Favourite Cubbies

Build a Dream Playhouses 156209 Imagine Wagon
Build a Dream Playhouses 156209 Imagine Wagon

Anything that even looked anything like a vehicle I could drive was my aspirational toy. My own cardboard truck would have had me in dreamland.

Build a Dream Playhouses 150207 Dream Machine
Build a Dream Playhouses 150207 Dream Machine

I wanted to be an F1 drivers. Fast cars, fast women and an even faster lifestyle. I may have to get myself one of these and relive my dreams. Perfect for your little speedster.


Why is it called a Cubby?

An Australian Playhouse

A cubby house is a small place where children enjoy playing in a confined, snug area. The term cubby is derived from the term "cub" in old english and is related to the words stall, pen, cattle shed, coop or hutch. The cubby may be constructed by the children themselves and used as a place of play.

Australian author Ursula Dubosarsky's fictional "The Cubby House", highlights the search for the perfect cubby house.

Other meanings for the term cubby hole include:

South Africa - A local word for a glove compartment in a vehicle.

Zimbabwe - Glove Compartment

Barbados - Glove Compartment

USA - A group of small boxlike enclosures or compartments in which children can keep their belongings, such as at a nursery school.

England- A cupboard under the stairs.

The great Cubby debate!

Is it a Cubby House or a Playhouse?

Cardboard Princess Castle
Cardboard Princess Castle

Cardboard Cubbies For Girls

My 4yo niece wants to be one of the following: A princess, a mermaid or a fairy. I believe if it was possible she would currently choose to be a mermaid fairy princess and rule over a world populated with dolphins and puppy dogs with gills. I guess the closest we can get her to this current career choice is to provide a castle for our little Princess Elise, ruler of the mermaid puppydom 40 leagues below the sea.

It also gives me a break when I am babysitting as there are many jobs requiring a princesses attention, thus giving me those necessary quiet breaks!

Here are a few ideas for the princess in your life.

Girls Favourite Cubby Houses

My Very Own House Coloring Playhouse, Castle
My Very Own House Coloring Playhouse, Castle

Every girl wants to be a princess. What better way to get your young lady prepared to enter the royal household than getting her a castle of her own.


Which Cubby Do You Prefer?

Which Cubby Do You Prefer?

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A Cardboard Cubby for the Budding Artist

Let your little Picasso's imagination run wild as they decorate their own dream home. It's a lot better than them decorating yours!


For Boys and Girls

So you have both boys and girls in your house, then what better way to keep them occupied than with a cardboard cubby house that they are both interested in. Here are a couple of suggestions that should keep everyone happy!

Cardboard Cubbies for Boys and Girls

My Very Own House Coloring Playhouse, Grocery
My Very Own House Coloring Playhouse, Grocery

Get your budding shopkeeper on the road to business success. Soon they will be practicing Apu's 'Thank You, Come Again'.

Animal Playhouse
Animal Playhouse

Animal Cubby Houses

Don't have any children in your house? Then why not treat your favourite pet to a unique play area? Cats especially love to hide away, then pop out and scare the bejesus out of you! Oh and how many cute photos could you take of your pet at play? Cheap, disposable fun for you and your pet.

Did you have a Cubby House as a Child?

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    • lbrummer profile image

      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Although all the cubby houses shown are very nice, I think the wonder of making a box into anything imaginable gives a kid the most pleasure. Think of all the hours a child can spend making and changing something special with a big box.

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I had a giant appliance box that was either a my delivery truck or a home for whatever animal I imagined I was that day.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @SororPeregrina: That was me..hiding in the box the new fridge came in.

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      5 years ago

      There wasn't anything this nice when I was a child, but a giant appliance box and a box of crayons served just as well :-D

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      5 years ago

      These are awesome, and lots of fun for the kids to color and play. :)

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @deforst: So very true! ;-)

    • deforst profile image


      5 years ago

      Never had anything this professional myself...more the fridge box! But a little imagination can make any cubby come to life!

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Makes me want to be kid again!

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      5 years ago

      I have never seen any of these before...too cool!


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