Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Decorate that Playhouse!

When I as a little girl, I absolutely loved the large, brown cardboard box (typically previously filled with a new appliance) that I could turn into a fort.  My mom would help me cut in a door and windows, and I would get out the crayons and markers.  I would always jazz it up by drawing in flowers, rainbows and anything else that would strike my 6 year old little girl fancy.

Brown cardboard boxes are still pretty fun, but how cool is it that KidsCraft has gone a step further and come up with an easy solution that is less hassle and probably loads more fun.

KidsCraft Playhouses are made entirely from 100% recycled cardboard, come with already cut in windows and doors, and snap together in a breeze.  We got the "creation cottage" playhouse ($59.95) and it's been residing on our deck ever since.

I gave my girls all the crayons and markers they could handle; and they've really made it their own little place (the interior designer in me is so proud).

I love these cardboard playhouses for a few reasons.  First off, sometimes large boxes are hard to find!  And since it's already designed as a ready-to-go playhouse, the simple fold and flap system takes some of the hassle (and danger) out of cutting in the windows and doors.

Probably my favorite feature of the playhouse is that it's designed not just for one kid to crawl into, but 2-3 kids can easily fit in the cottage.  It's been a play date hit over here!

Got little guys over at your place than need something a little more "manly" than a cottage?  Check out how awesome the Shuttle Imagination ($69.95) is.
GET YOUR OWN!  You can purchase your own cardboard playhouse on-line from KidsCraft USA.  Prices range from around $60-70 with free shipping in the US.

WIN YOUR OWN!  KidsCraft USA would like to give one Simple reader either a Creation Cottage or Shuttle Imagination of their own!  To enter, simply visit KidsCraft USA, and take a look around.  Leave us a comment letting us know one interesting thing you learned about the company or their products!

For additional entries: (make one additional comment for each)
  •  Follow both @simplereviews and @kidscraftusa on twitter!
  • Tweet this giveaway: I just entered a #giveaway for a cardboard playhouse from @kidscraftusa over at @simplereviews :  http://tinyurl.com/29opsua
  • Become a fan of KidsCraftUSA on Facebook
  • Become a new follower of SIMPLE (join on our sidebar)
Winner will be selected randomly and announced 5/08/10. Good luck!  Contest is open to US shipping address only.

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102 comments:

  1. I learned they were awarded the Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center!!!
    mommy2skie at yahoo dot com

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  2. follow on twitter; mommy2skie

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  3. I think it's great that they are not only post-play recyclable, but also made from 100% recycled materials. You can't say that about most childhood playthings!

    mjbc07 at yahoo dot com

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  4. how neat! I love that they are committed to children and a portion of their proceeds goes to charity.

    jnieset@yahoo.com

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  5. I love that they are eco friendly. My girls would LOVE the cottage.

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  6. They planted trees on Earth Day!

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  7. How great is it that they've planted 1000 trees for Trees for the Future?!
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  8. How great that the donate a portion of all proceeds to childrens charities.

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  9. "by children, for children" Idea came from watching their children play.
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  10. I learned that they are using 100% recycled cardboard materials, and best of all they are 100% post-play recyclable as well.

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  11. They planted trees for Earth Day. I love it!

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  12. LOVE that it is 100% recycled material!! My 2 boys would love the SHUTTLE imagination. LA tells me he wants to be an astronaut. His 4th birthday is coming up and this would be perfect!!!!!!

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  13. I learned these are made in the USA and you can completely recycle the toys when you are finished playing with them.

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  14. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/13028542522

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  15. I learned they are 100 % recyclable!!
    Thanks for the chance.
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  16. Great giveaway. I love that they are from recycled products.

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  17. they were awarded the seal of approval from the national parenting center
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  19. They have more than 20 positive product reviews

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  20. i learned that their products are good for the environment.

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  21. I learned that not only are the items from recycled material, they are also 100% post-play recyclable.

    Neat.

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  22. I follow you both on Twitter (mail4rosey).

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  23. Tweet: http://twitter.com/mail4rosey/status/13157100483

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  24. give a portion of all proceeds to benefit children's charities
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  25. I learned that a portion of their proceeds goes to charity which is wonderful!

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  26. I learned they use 100% recycled materials.
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  27. I like this statement from the Kidscraft web site. KidsCraft Playhouses was founded with a few basic goals in mind, to provide a high quality outlet for play to our children that will stimulate their imagination and foster creativity while maintaining a strict, eco-friendly awareness.

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  28. I follow both Simple Reviews and Kidscraft on Twitter (Grandma3710)

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  29. tweet here
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  30. I am a fan of Kidscraft on facebook (Betty N)

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  31. I am a new follower of SIMPLE through Google Friend Connect
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  32. I like that they also sell art supplies on their website, like natural Clementine Art soy crayons, natural markers & paint. Good idea; that way you can get everything you need in one place.

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  33. tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/statuses/13229013218

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  34. following you both on twitter as SnowflakeDay

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  35. I like that they are made in USA!
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  36. I like that when you are done using them their playhouses can be recycled.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  37. I follow both on twitter as kmayans

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  38. i learned that to complete the spirit behind their "by children, for children" message, they give a portion of all proceeds to benefit children's charities.

    thanks for the chance!

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  39. i follow you both on twitter!!

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  40. tweeted!!

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  41. i'm a fan of KidsCraftUSA on Facebook! tree tiemeyer

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  42. They use recycled materials for their products

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  43. I learned that the soy crayons they sell are made with paraffin wax.

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  44. I learned that they give a portion of their proceeds to children's charities. How wonderful!

    melissamcnicol at yahoo dot com

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  45. i learned that playhouses are made in the U.S.A. using 100% recycled cardboard materials, and best of all they are 100% post-play recyclable as well.
    stracey2010@live.com

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  46. They use recycled materials

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  47. All of their products are eco-friendly! Thanks!

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  48. I learned they're in Atlanta GA I found that interesting I also thought it was great that they had a page that said; Read about us! And the links were to blogs. Mom blogs are really becoming an important part of advertising culture

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  49. I think it's interesting that they are made of recycled materials and can be recycled after the child is done with them. It's a win-win situation.

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  50. The creation cottage looks great!

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  51. I learned that their markers and paints are natural too.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I just became a new follower as jennem.
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  53. I think it is awesome that its all made from 100% recycled materials! This is an awesome invention considering how many hours on end I used to play in boxes as a kid!

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  54. they give a portion of all proceeds to benefit children's charities

    bemiss2@gmail.com

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  55. Not only are they made from recycled products ... they can be recycled AGAIN.

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  56. Tweet! http://twitter.com/slmiresse/status/13564384337

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  57. I'm following both @simplereviews and @kidscraftusa on twitter! (slmiresse)

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  58. I'm a fb fan of KidsCraft USA (sandy miresse)

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  59. I'm a new follower ...
    Congratulations, joahsgrandma
    You are now following simple

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  60. I learned they give a portion of all proceeds to benefit children's charities. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  61. I learned that they planted trees for earth day.. that is great!

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  62. Kids Craft Playhouses facebook fan

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  63. cardboard playhouses are made in the U.S.A. using 100% recycled cardboard materials, and best of all they are 100% post-play recyclable as well

    leganoj@gmail.com

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  64. It's made of recycled material and can be recycled again.

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  65. I learned the playhouses are made of 100% recycled cardboard materials and 100% post play recyclable

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  66. I learned that they are based in Black Earth, WI! Thanks!
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  67. I follow you both on twitter (FineInsanity)

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  68. I tweeted.
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  69. I'm a fan of theirs on facebook Sheila Newton.


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  70. I'm a new follower of your blog (Fine Insanity)

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  71. I learned that they take great pride in producing an eco-friendly product that will encourage creative play in any child.

    Jeanette Huston
    chewysmum79@yahoo.com

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  72. Following you both on twitter

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    Jeanette Huston
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  73. Tweeted

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    Jeanette Huston
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  74. Following you on google connect

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  75. Faned kids kraft on fb

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Craft-Playhouses/266986121130?v=info&ref=ts#!/jeanette.huston?ref=profile

    Jeanette Huston
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  76. I like the fact that the cardboard playhouses are made in the U.S.A. using 100% recycled cardboard materials, and best of all they are 100% post-play recyclable as well.

    Ellen
    eering99@hotmail.com

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  77. I love the Shuttle and that it is made from 100% recycled material :)

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  78. made of recycled material and recyclable

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  79. our product is made of 100% recycled cardboard materials and 100% post play recyclable. We have also aligned ourselves with other eco-friendly companies for our components. And, to complete the spirit behind our "by children, for children" message, we give a portion of all proceeds to benefit children's charities.

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  80. http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/13607833513

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  81. I learned that they sell natural paints and markers! Awesome!

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  82. I learned that the playhouses are made in the U.S.A. using 100% recycled cardboard materials, and best of all they are 100% post-play recyclable as well.

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  83. I learned that they Trees for the Future presented Kidscraft with a certificate and planted 1000 trees in their honor.


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  84. I follow both on twitter @summer2mommy

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  85. They were awarded the seal of approval from the national parenting center.

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  86. follow both you and kidscraft on twitter - debijot

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  87. I tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/summer2mommy/status/13626538205

    summer.tidmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. I am a fan on facebook.

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  89. I am a new follower.

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  90. I learned they use recycled materials!

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  91. I'm following you both on Twitter (I'm @ThriftyJinxy).

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  92. I learned that the company is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  93. I became a fan of KidsCraftUSA on Facebook.

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