We have three very busy, energetic children in our home. One of their favourite things to do is take apart our lounge and create all kinds of obstacle courses. They’re constantly seeking out opportunities to climb all.the.things or jump off furniture. They literally BOUNCE off the walls – especially with one of our children being recently diagnosed with ADHD.
When the incredible Tara and Amy from Cubbi Buddi reached out to see if we’d like to give their kids play lounge a go with our little learners, I JUMPED at the opportunity. Today I’d like to share with you how OBSESSED our kids have been over their new lounge and why I think it’s a great addition to any home!
What is the Cubbi Buddi?
The Cubbi Buddi play lounge is designed by two incredible women – Tara and Amy. Between them, they are mums to 5 busy little children under six, but they’re also Paediatric Occupational Therapists with over 20 years of combined experience! So you just know that what they’ve created together is going to be incredibly beneficial not only for your child and their play, but their development too!
The team at Cubbi Buddi wanted to create a play lounge that was lightweight, strong, environmentally friendly and made in Australia. YES – everything even down to the foam, the zips, the sewing machinist AND packaging is Australian made. While this makes running costs high, the quality just can’t compare!
But something that pulls them to the head of the play lounge pack? The fact that every piece has been so thoughtfully designed to support motor skill development and learning. Tara and Amy’s experience working with countless children and families as Paediatric Occupational Therapists has given them incredible insight throughout the design process and the end result is truly impressive.
In fact, our children were SO excited by their Cubbi Buddi that they played and created all kinds of fun right up to bedtime on its very first day in our home. The pieces even became a ramp for their controller monster truck. And it didn’t stop there. I woke at 3am the following morning to giggles and squeals in the lounge room. Yep. They were THAT excited to keep playing that they’d made themselves breakfast and a Cubbi Buddi fort to boot. If that’s not a testament to the magical play powers of the Cubbi Buddi, I don’t know what is!!
One of the features I love most is that the bases are joined. At first I wasn’t sure but this provides so much stability in their builds and makes it super easy for them to move as well. I also loved that the bases looked the same to the naked eye – this was so important because annual visual differences would mean that our 7 year old and 5 year old would argue over who would get which piece. The fact that they look the same meant that neither child felt the other had the better piece – #Winning!
Even the handles have been thoughtfully designed to assist children in pulling and pushing the pieces and being able to build independently. Cubbi Buddi have seriously thought of everything!
While we were waiting for our Cubbi Buddi to arrive, we were also surprised with an email including some build posters to inspire our little learners once our lounge arrived. To most, this would feel like a sweet touch. But for our Lilly who has trouble with visual motor integration, posters and guides like these are INCREDIBLE.
As she looked at each picture, she had to use critical thinking skills to determine which pieces she’d need and, how to manipulate them and position them to recreate each build. This is just another example of how the Cubbi Buddi team have put their Paediatric Occupational Therapy hats on to support the development of your little learners! We actually printed the posters and laminated them so our kids can find inspiration quickly whenever they need.
But that’s not all – each Cubbi Buddi purchase also comes with access to an online portal where you can download information about developmental milestones, activities ideas using your Cubbi Buddi to target a range of developmental stages AND the build idea posters all in one handy spot.
Okay so you’re probably convinced that a Cubbi Buddi might be a great fit for your home by now. But let’s take a moment to talk about cleaning.
The fabric is commercial grade upholstery. In fact, it’s one of the only commercial grade fabrics on the market that has been proven and tested extensively to be able to be washed on a warm wash! The fabric is stain resistant too. Audrey is a big fan of Nutella and smeared a whole bunch on our lounge a few weeks back. Just yesterday, the kids had FROZEN STRAWBERRIES in the lounge room and there were little red marks all over the lounge.
All I needed was a warm bowl of water with a splash of vinegar. I dipped a towel into the mixture and the stains came right out. This is an absolute must for any play lounge because let’s be honest…kids are messy little things and the last thing you want to do is be worrying about stains and messes!
There are also a bunch of add-ons you can purchase. We were gifted The Cloud which is an incredible crash pad for all kinds of tricks, jumps and rolls. You can also grab:
- Mini Spots – great addition for imaginative play (hello steering wheels and jumping pads).
- Big Spots – can you make a table, a foot rest or roll it across the living room?
- The Ramp – need I say more? This is next on our list!
- The Rollers – perfect for making cubby houses, castles and obstacle courses!
- The Cloud – the kids have LOVED using this for a crash pad especially.
As you can see, I’m a bit obsessed with our Cubbi Buddi kids play lounge. Before it arrived, I wasn’t sure how much the kids would use it and I worried it would take up a tonne of room. But it fits into our lounge room so seamlessly. Even our cat Chloe is a fan – she sits there as soon as the kids go to bed like its her own little thrown!
If you’d like to grab a Cubbi Buddi, you can use the code CASEY10 to save $10 – yay! The next restock is happening on the 23rd of September at 8pm and they’re guaranteeing stock!!!
I was gifted a Cubbi Buddi Lounge and The Cloud for the purposes of completing this review. Monetary compensation was not received and all opinions stated are my own.