What’s a play couch and how do we use it?

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Are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy indoors (without pulling out the screens)? As a parent, you know better than anyone that little imaginations are always dreaming up new ways to play. So, why not give them the ultimate indoor playground to bring their wildest ideas to life?

That’s where a kids play couch comes in. With infinite configurations and a soft yet durable design, a play couch is perfect for open-ended, imaginative indoor play.

Want to make sure you’re getting the most fun out of your kids play couch? Keep reading to discover how to use a kids play couch and what creative builds your little ones can create.

What is a kids play couch?

In case you haven’t encountered one before, a play couch is part-toy, part-furniture, and one of the most versatile toys to hit lounge rooms since the cardboard box.

But let’s talk specifics. A kids play couch is made up of modular cushions, each in different shapes and sizes. The aim is this: to encourage your kids to build, climb, roll and slide their way through the afternoon....without deconstructing your adult couch.

Each cushion is made from lightweight but super durable materials, with non-slip, machine-washable covers that allow kids to configure each piece into a fort, castle, ship, obstacle course or anything else they want to create. It fosters the kind of imaginative indoor play that we all spent hours of our childhoods engaging in, but with a household item that is now custom built for this.

What makes a kids play couch an all-round winner is its unique ability to replace all those small toys that are cluttering your living room floor. Instead, a stylish play couch can live in your home year-round (yep, even when guests come around) and keep the kids entertained for years to come.

What makes a kids play couch an all-round winner is its unique ability to replace all those small toys that are cluttering your living room floor.

Possum Play Couch  in Bush Campfire mode

Why kids love play couches

We reckon every kid deserves to have a custom-built toy made for endless, imaginative play. And that’s exactly what a play couch delivers: a modular design that transforms into whatever creation your kids can dream up.

Here what your kids adore about a play couch:

1) It's perfect for rainy days: skip hours on the computer or swiping on the iPad. Instead, a play couch will keep little minds occupied as they sail the seas, whizz through a race track or venture into the jungle. A play couch suddenly turns the indoors into a whole playground.

2) They can throw themselves at it: soft cushions mean that kids can throw themselves on and at a play couch without hurting themselves or breaking household items. This means Mum and Dad are more willing to let them run and jump and do all those sorts of fun things indoors that usually are reserved for outside

3) It's all theirs!: Instead of getting in trouble for pulling apart the adult couch AGAIN, or being nagged to be careful not to spill something near the cushions, having a kid-dedicated play couch that is easy to clean means your children can truly make it their own and play with far fewer adult interruptions.

Possum Play Couch in Hidden Fort mode

Why parents love play couches

It’s not just little ones that are going crazy for play couches. Parents are also falling in love with this versatile toy for many reasons, including:

 

1) A play couch saves your actual sofa: A play couch gives your adult couch a well-deserved break! Ever gone to sit down and realised your couch cushions are already busy being critical parts of a fort construction? A play couch will take care of that problem for you and ensure your adult sofa is finally left in peace.

2) A play couch encourages inter-sibling play: Play couches foster the kind of sibling play and family time that almost all parents are looking for. While many small toys are hard for siblings to play with at the same time, a play couch really comes to life when you have someone to help hoist cushions, crash down walls, or snuggle into a nook with. Suitable for play for all ages, from babies to teens, a play couch helps set the stage for inter-sibling play, and some peace for parents from squabbling along the way.

3) A play couch can get dirty... and clean again easily: A well made play couch (like The Possum!) has easy cleaning as a key product feature. We're talking stain-resistant covers that are mostly spot cleaned with a damp cloth, while also been removable and machine-washable. Because no parent wants to be stressing about the inevitable spills and stains that come with play.

4) You'll find yourself using it a lot too!: Many parents are surprised by how often they end up using a play couch, as well as their kids. Movie nights, a spare bed, or just an incredibly comfortable spot to lounge on at the end of the evening (with a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand), the play couch has no age limit and many parents report getting incredible use out if it themselves, both with and without their kids around.

5) It's a kids toy that actually looks good: No plastic parts, primary colours, or high pitched music coming from this toy. As well as being a seriously fun item for your kids, a play couch can be a stylish piece of furniture when it's not in play mode that can live happily in shared family spaces. The Possum comes in 7 stylish colours carefully selected to be interior and adult friendly.

 

Possum Play Couch in Halfpipe mode

Why we built The Possum, Australia & New Zealand's ultimate kids play couch

Building forts and castles out of couch cushions and sheets has been part of Australian and New Zealand childhoods for generations. But until kids play couches came along, it meant deconstructing beds, linen cupboards and pulling apart the adult’s couch. This and all of the wonderful reasons above, is why our Co-Founders Renee and Giorgia created the ultimate kids play couch, The Possum.

Suddenly realising that your home needs a play couch in it? Check out The Possum Play Couch to get yourself sorted!

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Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Toddler paradise!

We have the possum play couch for our almost 2 year old twins. Apart from it being comfy for lounging or reading books, they have an absolute ball playing with it, making new structures, jumping, climbing, crawling through. It keeps them entertained and best of all the design fits in well with our own home interior. Added benefit that the covers can be washed too!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Amazing

Kids love it and the color is beautiful, fits perfectly our rattan theme playroom

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Great for Adults Too
Love it

So my fun for our baby and super comfy for us.

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time
LOVE

My kids can't get enough of this ever-changing lounge.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Amazing investment

We love it my boy hasn't left it alone all school holidays and he's been home 2 weeks. He uses it everyday which I love and I can see his little brother enjoying it once he's on the move. 😍 so far we have built tunnels, obstacle course, towers that we knock down, used them for beds. Possibilities are endless really considering another one already 🥳

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality
Love!

Love our play couch! The most beautiful soft fabric and hours of fun for our busy girl.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Best play couch

We absolutely love our play couch! We have all been enjoying it and can’t live without it now. Best gift!

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, High Quality
Great fun for imaginative play and Dens!

Firstly, we were gobsmacked at how quickly it arrived, especially during covid. The cushions are vacuum packed so they take a few hours to plump out but once they are, they're firm yet soft. The material and zips are top quality. We're glad we paid a few extra bucks for the better quality.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Brilliant play couch!

We’re so happy with the possum play couch! Excellent quality, endless possibilities for play and perfect for relaxation. Highly recommended.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Inspires Imaginative Play, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Amazing!!!!

We bought this for our grandson - best purchase ever! He loves it - as do his parents!

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler, Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Teen, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Perfect

This is a great product. Fun, useful and versatile. Was sent quickly. Well packaged. Fantastic personal customer service.

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, High Quality, Easy to Clean
Family Fun

Great for 1 year old to 7 year old in exploring obstacle course or building a castle.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Quality is mint & multipurpose.

Great couch! Comfy for adults to be able to sit on as well as Bub to use for gross motor skills. The older children to use to build.
Between my 3 kids the couch definitely gets a work out! We love it.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , Great for Adults Too
Great Fun

Delivery to New Zealand was delayed, but once it was out of the box the kids were into it. Once they got past trying to replicate others they were away, making caves surrounded by poisonous snakes to protect their treasure. I’d been looking for an open ended toy that they could build cubbies and things with, and this fits the bill perfectly. I love how multipurpose it can be.

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Great for Quiet Time , Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too
My son LOVES the Possum

This arrives right at the start of our *lockdown* and it was a genuine life saver. Additional to the ongoing creative play thats had is the fact that our son loves sleeping on it for his day naps. As a mum who works from home, this was a huge win! I have recommended this to so many of my friends. Epic creation.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, High Quality, Great for Adults Too
Just buy it

I was on the fence about a play couch and now I have a Possum we’re already considering our second!! My kids are obsessed with it, they want to sleep on it every night and play on it all day

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
We love ours!

They arrive so compact its incredible. I bought it because my son wont sleep alone at the moment so its doubling as a bed. Its so versatile my boys love it.
Be careful with the wrapping, I used a knife to cut the plastic and it went through and cut the fabric so take extra care!
Its great to build dens etc, my boys build 'ski ramps' I also set it up in the corner like a reading nook.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Great for Quiet Time
The best kids-related purchase…perhaps ever?

My baby boy was born in Stage 4 lockdown last year and here we are again, celebrating his first birthday under the same conditions. With all the time spent at home, playing with his 4yo sister, this was the perfect addition to their bedroom. Many hours have been spent building cubbies and landing pads - worth its weight in gold.

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Great product

Satisfied customer

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Great for all ages!

We have Two girls, one 11 months and one nearly 3, our 11 month old has moved so much more since having this couch. I think its because we are down on the floor with her more and she is able to explore and climb! Our nearly 3 year old has loved doing obstical courses with the couch which has saved me on the rainy days in lockdown!

I also find my husband having a sneeky snooze on it too so it's great for all ages.

I hope to add more to our collection.

Thanks 😊

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Absolutely Ahmazzibg

My son is 15 months old and we are having so much fun with these open ended play couches. When my son is napping, I change the set up each day. So many different ways to play! Highly recommend this to anyone! Makes the perfect gift also. The quality is also superior! Thank you

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Love the Possom Play Couch

My daughter is enjoying the Possom Play Couch. So many ways of using the couch, made play time more fun. Totally recommend if your looking for one

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Great for Adults Too
Worth every cent!

I have 3 boys aged 2, 4 and 6 and we were recently in lockdown, my husband mocked me and said I bought a really expensive 'cushion', but it has been the best thing, they play for ages and start using their other toys again in the games. Good for indoor physical movement activity.

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner

The Possum Play Couch

Age of User(s): Baby & Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality
Fantastic!!

My son absolutely loves this couch! We make all sorts of shapes for him to play and he just loves reading books and resting on there too! Perfect addition to the playroom