The ultimate in customization (and super fun play) is to make your own toys. You don’t have to be an expert artisan to build and decorate a quality Calafant Cardboard Toys from Creative Toy Shop.
Calafant Cardboard Toys are a custom toy, imaginative craft, and enjoyable family project all in one.
These toys are easy to assemble. The cardboard is pre-cut so no glue or scissors necessary. Small and medium sized toys come with non-toxic markers; large toys are best decorated with paints, not included.
Unlike most kids’ toys, at least half the fun is in putting the toy together. Whether they are old enough to fit the pieces together or just want to draw and paint, kids will have a genuine sense of accomplishment and pride.
Once the toy is assembled, the possibilities are endless–our castle could house a wicked ruler, a kind fairy, or a damsel (or dude) in distress. On the farm, we brought out our wooden chunky puzzle pieces and learned about caring for animals: slopping the pigs, brushing the horses, and shearing the sheep. Little ones love that they can take the animals in and out of the pen and even put the smaller ones in the stalls.
Large Calafant toys ($25) are perfect play sets for tiny dolls, like PLAYMOBIL, Schleich or Polly Pocket and your kid can even play in the CalaCastle! Small Calafant toys ($7) also make great party activities and favors–with race cars, dinosaurs, airplanes and more, you can match with your party theme.
And you’ll also know that you are making an earth-friendly choice by not adding more plastic to the landfill.
I love that the whole family can get involved building and decorating these toys. Older kids can assemble the cardboard toy with adult or teen help, younger school-aged children will have fun coloring in the printed outlines, and even toddlers can help color and add glitter and stickers.
These open-ended toys encourage creativity and exploration and bring the whole family together.
Want It: Purchase Calafant Toys from Creative Toy Shop. Use coupon code Mamanista for 10% off (expires Feb 28, 2009).
Win it: We have a Calafant Treehouse (ARV $25) for one lucky Mamanista reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST, February 10, 2009, letting us know which Calafant toy is your favorite and how your family would play with the toy. (Shipping for this contest to US States only, excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
Creative Toy Shop is also donating two cardboard farms to Bloggers Give. Find out more about Mamanista’s charitable contributions.