How To Encourage Active Play in a Kid's Room

Encouraging active play over the summer can be difficult at times, especially with those blasted devices that we… err, bought for them and now despise so much. But never fear, our fabulous now not so little emporium is bursting with products that’ll inspire your little uns to ‘MOVE away from the screens’ and have fun.

Whether they play with their siblings or invite friends over, you can be sure that the eight products below will inspire them to run off their excess energy. Many of the items will even engage their creativity and create memories they’ll likely treasure forever.

From incredible kid’s beds with towers and built-in slides to dressing-up costumes and a characterful whale rocker, we believe there’s something kids of all ages. As you’ll discover, the following products have play-worthy features that’ll make you wish you were young again (and make you want to jump off your device too!).

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1. Weeeeeee!

Mathy by Bols Treehouse Cabin Bed with Slide & Platform

Getting your child to drift off to sleep at night will be easy peasy after they’ve played all day on this magnificent treehouse bed.

Belgium furniture brand Mathy By Bols has crammed this high cabin bed with so many exciting play features including a slide, ladder and enclosed platform complete with cut-out windows.

Made from Pine and MDF with a painted finish, you can choose from 26 colours (yes, 26!) and every bed is made to order. We’re loving the imaginative wooden panels that give this bed a rustic look.

2. Roarsome Hide-and-seek

Lifetime Dino Kids Mid Sleeper

With roll-up window curtains and an intriguing cut-out entrance to the “little play cave” below, this Lifetime mid-sleeper bed will provide hours of active play.

Imagine the joy your dino-mad kiddo will feel when chilling out in their new den, escaping those annoying adults and searching for dinosaurs. Then, there’s the option to scale the ladder and survey their kingdom when they want to rest awhile on their raised bed.

Choose this handcrafted bed in ‘White’ or ‘Whitewash’ and relax knowing it features robust joints for boisterous dinosaur hunters.

3. Climb the Tower

Lifetime Play Tower Kids Bed

What’s not to like about this tower-style kids bed, also from Lifetime?

Your budding Picassos can ‘get arty’ on the sizable blackboard wall before scaling the gangplank, aided by the knotted rope. They’ll enjoy inviting friends over to show off their bed’s fun design and can choose to relax on the comfy square cushion in the play tower, after a tiring day of climbing.

This sustainable Scandivanian pine bed is preserved in a white finish with grey wash accents, meaning its neutral look will look ‘at home’ in more kids’ bedrooms.

4. Listen out for Laughter

Kids Concept Star Play Tunnel

Listen out for giggles when you place this play tunnel in your little star’s bedroom.

Younger children will love navigating the 180cm long circular tunnel, suitable for ages 3 and above. Then, they’ll sleep soundly after a day’s active play, especially when you pair it with the Kids Concept Star Play Tent (available to purchase separately).

Girls and boys will love both the ‘Rust’ and ‘Lilac’ colour options, and you can leave the steel framed tunnel out permanently or store it away flat in the accompanying storage bag (included) to save on space.

5. Make-believe … as a Giraffe

Ratatam! Kids Giraffe Animal Disguise & Accessory

Young animal lovers will enjoy wearing this giraffe disguise costume from Wild & Soft.

From the super soft faux fur and cotton lining to the paw pockets that ensure this costume stays put, this premium dressing-up prop will engage your youngster’s imagination. Expect to see a herd of giraffes running through the garden and with big smiles on their faces, when you multi-buy a bundle from the jungle or safari ranges.

It’s suitable for ages 3-8 and can also be used as a play mat, blanket, rug or wall decoration – offering the ultimate in versatility. Plus, your gift will see a small contribution donated to the Zonnegloed and Cikananga wildlife sanctuaries.

6. They’ll have a Whale of a Time!

Bloomingville Moby Whale Rocker

Who could resist exploring the seven seas with Moby, the whale-design rocker from Bloomingville?

Bambinos as young as 24 months can rock to their heart’s content whilst holding onto the wooden handle for support. Comfy and soft in nature, this adorable reimagining of a rocking horse features a sturdy poplar wood base.

Then, when it’s the end of a long day, little eyes can watch this whale accessory from their bed, providing reassurance and maybe even inspiring their dreams.

7. They’ll ‘Wheely’ Love This

Little Dutch Wooden Balance Bike Scooter

Go retro with this stylish wooden balance scooter from Little Dutch. Not only will it help your child to master their balance, but they’ll feel on top of the world having their own ‘wheels’.

Available in three colourways – pink, blue and olive – there’s bound to be an option for your son or daughter, aged 2 years and older. They’ll want to zip around the house to their heart’s content, yet this bike can also be used outside when the weather’s good.

The seat adjusts to three different heights and it complies with EU safety requirements, so they’ll be no tears before bedtime.

8. Encourage their Coordination

Kids Concept Tool Bench Play Set

Playtime has never been so much fun than with this tool bench play set.

As well as encouraging play with the array of child-friendly fixings besides FSC®-certified plywood, birch, beech and nylon tools, you’ll encourage problem-solving, teamworking and practical skills.

Children over 3 years can enjoy tinkering with the handmade EN 71 safety-approved components – ideal for girls and boys alike. And, with 39 pieces included in this set, there are plenty of opportunities to fix things – developing a sense of achievement in the process.

Playtimes are Made Fun and Rewarding with Cuckooland

Place any of these items in your kid’s room and they’ll enjoy active play, creativity and problem-solving. Learn more about these beautiful products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or send us an email. We’re always happy to help.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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