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A Wendy house, also known as a cubby house or play house, is a small toy house.

The name originates from the character of Wendy Darling in J. M. Barrie's play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.[1]

In Northern England, Wendy houses are another name for portable survival refuges.

In South Africa, Wendy houses are normally pre-fabricated timber sheds which are delivered by a small truck and erected in the back yard as either a play area for children or for the storage of garden tools.

In Australia cubby houses (or colloquially "cubby" or "cubbies") were historically built by children (with perhaps some help from older persons) from found or scrap materials often in out-of-the-way places in the garden or in wasteground areas. They were by their nature impermanent structures often lasting for a season or two or just for a school holiday. Latterly however, with safety concerns becoming more of a focus and children playing less frequently outside of the family home's garden, construction has been more formalised with kits and even fully-built units being available commercially.[2]

The phrase is virtually unknown in most of the U.S., where a backyard children's play structure is much more likely to be called a play house, a 'clubhouse' or, if in a tree, 'treehouse'.

Notes Edit

  1. [1] retrieved on 26 June 2007
  2. http://www.cubbyhouse.com.au/ - an example of a company selling cubby house kits in Australia. The term 'cubby' refers to a small confined space, which is where the term originates.


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