Review & Giveaway: Kidscraft Cottage Playhouse
Enter to win your very own Kidscraft Cottage or Shuttle Playhouse. Details below. Deadline is June 14th. - The cottage pictured here, painted by Ashfield Community Preschool Alumna, will be donated to the school. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)
How many creations can your child come up with for a large empty cardboard box? A go-cart? Pirate ship? Doll house? Rocket to the moon? The ideas are endless! The National Toy Hall of Fame recognizes the imagination that an unassuming cardboard box can stir in our children, inducting it into the Toy Hall of Fame along with 44 other toys, including the bicycle, jump rope, baby doll, jigsaw puzzle, roller skates, Slinky, Lego and Frisbee.
Kidscraft Playhouses has tapped into the cardboard box’s ability to captivate a child’s imagination with two playhouse designs made from 100% recycled materials in the USA. They sent us their Cottage Playhouse design to review, one of two designs they offer. The Cottage Playhouse has five windows, a door, a mail slot and a sunburst skylight. It measures 42”L x 39”W x 54”H. The other design they make is a cool space Shuttle Design for kids with their sites on the stars.
Arriving in a large flat box, the white exterior surfaces of the Cottage Playhouse were blank canvases for my daughter and her friend to decorate. A perfect rainy day activity! Inspired by the smooth blank spaces, the girls used non-toxic acrylic paint to create an outdoor scene of flowers, ladybugs, and butterflies; the moon, sun and clouds. They stenciled the word “Welcome” to the front door and “Mail” to the mail-flap, added colored stones to the chimney, and filled in the empty spaces with their little hand-prints. Crayons and colored markers could easily have been used too – less messy and no wait time to dry. The girls loved it!
After a night to dry, we assembled the Cottage Playhouse outdoors. The pre-cut flaps and slots require no cutting or taping. The sturdy design and photo instructions made the assembly process a breeze, and we had the cottage up and in the yard for imagination play in no time!
The best part about this playhouse, other than the creative and imaginative opportunities it provides, when your kids are done with it, you can recycle it. Something I wish I could say for the plastic dollhouse taking up space in our garage!
ABOUT KIDSCRAFT PLAYHOUSES
KidsCraft is not just your average toy manufacturer, the company carries a strong message for kids and parents for how to become charitably responsible and environmentally friendly. They are setting an example by donating 100 of their structures to local charities, along with a percentage of every sale. They have also partnered with Trees for the Future Foundation in an effort to support sustainability by planting one tree for every product sold.
Your chance to win a free Kidscraft Playhouse is as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5)! To win simply
- VISIT www.kidscraftusa.com and find out one interesting thing about the company
- SHARE WHAT YOU FIND OUT HERE and be sure to include your
- FULL NAME and where you
- LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who share an interesting fact about Kidscraft (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email. So be sure to leave an
- ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).
IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Winner will be able to select the Cottage or space Shuttle design and it will be shipped to your home for free!
Deadline is Monday, June 14th, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).