We got the Camden Rose playstands for Christmas, but I am starting to second guess the purchase... Please help me out here, playstand lovin' Mamas!
For starters, when the canopies are joined, the playspace underneath is very narrow. Too narrow for my DS's barn to open up for play, too narrow for all three kids to sit underneath and play comfortably.
So I checked out pics online and saw that many people don't use the piece that joins the canopies, but simply spread the stands further apart and drape the long silk across and clip. I tried that and it looks great, there's lots more room to play, but the stands are very tippy. One of them has tipped over three times, twice onto a child (once, it wasn't even my own child! ).
The other issue is that kids aren't even really sure what to do with them. They like them in concept, but seem to be at a loss for how to use them in play. I actually think that my girls already have imaginations that are too good, LOL - they never had trouble creating pirate ships/grocery shops/schools/nurseries for their babies without playstands. I have tried to inspire them to incorporate them into play by setting up scenes under them with tree blocks, the barn and animals, their baby dolls and...nothing.
The stands are beautiful and cost an arm and a leg - WAY more than I ever planned to spend on a Christmas gift. PLEASE help me figure this issue out, I really want to make them work for our family!
Leeann, mama to 3*magic*kids: DD 1/03 DD 9/04 DS 8/06