For the very essential #1 and #2 of this story, read here and here... ;)
So, a big box we had, and I realized that it would be the perfect testcase for a very rudimentary playhouse. You know, cut a door opening and a window in it and then just see if the girls would use their fantasy to make it more than just that big cardboard box. I had a busy work day in front of me, so I quickly grabbed a sharp knife and within five minutes the rudimentary playhouse appeared.
Since my technical craft skills are on a very rudimentary level as well, the cardboard playhouse of course looked terrible. Definitely not like the beautiful playhouse that I had envisioned when I first mentioned it to Helmut. So I quickly grabbed my camera and took the above picture, which I emailed to Helmut: 'Within a little while, you will be begging me for a beautiful playhouse instead!'
But of course even a very rudimentary playhouse needs a little bit of fun, so I added the paper bunting that Rosa and I had been crafting together a few days before...
And then I thought: wouldn't it be fun if they can peek through that front door?
And then I thought: this terribly ugly playhouse would look at least a little bit better with a roof on it...
And with their names written on it, and when drawing and doodling anyway, why not add some more?
But what a playhouse really needs, is curtains...
At this point I started thinking I was a little crazy, putting way too much of my time and energy into a big cardboard box that probably wouldn't last for more than a few days' play. But it was just such a fun thing to do, and I couldn't help but imagine how happy and surprised Rosa would be when she'd come home from daycare and see her little house. And well, okay, I was kind of challenged to win this argument too ;).
Since I like to win my battles based on the right arguments (something I've always been extremely good at ;)), I organized the whole offensive carefully. I prepared our video camera, so that I could immediately start filming once I brought the girls home from daycare. And their reaction to the surprise didn't disappoint at all: I was able to make an amazing little video of Rosa (and to a lesser extent Julie too) going crazy with enthusiasm when she saw her playhouse.
When he arrived home all I had to do was show Helmut the video, and when I saw the look on his face I knew this was a battle won. Well I guess you'd need a heart of stone to resist the joy Rosa expressed ;).
By now the playhouse has been played with for over a week, and it's been a big hit with both Rosa and all of her friends (even with the elder ones!). But with all this enthusiastic and wild play the house is already suffering quite a bit. So when I later casually brought up the subject of a real playhouse again, it was Helmut who said: 'This cardboard house has the perfect size for a playhouse, hasn't it? So we'd need something approximately this size.' And when I started explaining my idea to maybe build something ourselves with plywood sheets, he even nodded with something that could be explained as careful enthusiasm. At least that's what I'd like to think ;).
So to be continued I guess!