Cardboard + Kids = Fun with Calafant!

by Stacey

As the remaining weeks of Winter play out, I am constantly trying to find new and interesting projects to keep my girls busy instead of hearing them ask time and time again, “Can we please go ride our bikes or play in the sand box?” Never mind that the sandbox is still under two feet of snow!!!

The Calafant Cardboard Toys from Creative Toy Shop have been sanity-savers for me lately! Calafant Cardboard Toys are just that, cardboard toys. But they are the coolest cardboard toys I’ve ever seen!!!

The Calafant Cardboard Toys are toys that you build out of cardboard and then decorate with paint, markers, and, in the case of my girls, stickers. Calafant offers large items (farm, treeehouse, palace, forts, etc), medium toys (pirate ship, farm, castles), and even small toys (carriages, dinosaurs, houses, and different types of transportation). All of these toys are amazingly affordable and range from $7.99 to $24.99.

What makes the Calafant Cardboard Toys so much fun for kids is that once they are finished putting their toy together and have it all decorated, then it becomes a whole new toy! My girls loved decorating the Treehouse and the Rosegarden Palace we received from Creative Toy Shop but what they love even more is playing pretend with them. They spend hours putting their little dolls in the Palace towers pretending to be stranded princess while, naturally, the prince comes running from the Treehouse to rescue her! It is so fun to watch!!!

As a parent with limited space in my house, I love that, if my girls want to take a break from their Calafant toys, I can simply take the toys apart and store them flat on a shelf in the closet! But, I would be very surprised if we come to that day any time soon!

The Calafant Cardboard Toys are perfect for kids ages 3 years and up and are great gift ideas if you are looking for something to keep them occupied over spring break this year or for their Easter baskets!

You can purchase Calafant Cardboard Toys online at Creative Toy Shop. And, if you purchase your cardboard toy from now through March 21, 2010, enter the coupon code 5MIN at checkout and receive 25% off your order of cardboard toys (discount does not apply to already discounted items and only applies to cardboard toys, not storewide).

We are also excited to be giving away TWO $30 gift certificates, redeemable at www.CreativeToyShop.com. To enter, leave us a comment telling us what you purchase with your gift certificate if you won! This giveaway closes on March 19 and is open to US residents.

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Creative Toy Shop provided me with the Treehouse and the Rosegarden Palace so that I could provide you with an accurate and honest review. They are also providing the two $30 gift certificates for our winners.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Writer: Stacey Lynn



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Stacey is a chocolate addict! Especially dark chocolate!!! When she's not indulging in chocolate, she tries to parent her two very energetic girls and their even more energetic Boxer. She loves writing, spending time with her husband, watching Jeopardy!, and checking out the latest in tech and gadgets. In the time when she's not doing all of that stuff, she is plotting world domination and trying to convince her husband that they need to move somewhere warmer!

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1 Deanna March 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I would so get the Treehouse for my daughters. They would love coloring that and then playing with it. And for my 3 year old son, I would get the fortress with the teepees or maybe the castle. Wouldn’t look very pretty when we was done coloring, but it would sure keep him busy with his superhero toys for a while!

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2 Jen March 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

How can I pick which one I’d want? Maybe the farmhouse? My kids would love them all!

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5 Erica Mueller March 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Mine would love the small toys! He’s so into making things, coloring, and decorating with stickers!

I think we’d get the fire engine, the airplane, and the steamboat!!

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8 Mozi Esmes Mommy March 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I love that cardboard treehouse!

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10 Allison March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

What a great toy. I would use the gift certificate for the all natural paints. My son loves to paint.

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11 Allison March 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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12 Kristie March 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I can imagine that my daughter would LOVE the Palace!

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14 Wendy March 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

My nephew would like the farm.

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16 Elizabeth March 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

i love the dollhouse! adorable! my daughter turns 3 the end of the month, and this would be perfect.

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17 Elizabeth March 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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19 Mommie Life March 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Oh my goodness! I LOVE these!! I wish my girl was 3 so I could buy them for her! Only 6 months now so we’ll have to wait! I LOVE the tree house and will be looking to purchase some in a while! :)

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20 Francine Anchondo March 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I would get the Rosegarden Palace

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21 Francine Anchondo March 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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22 Jena March 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Sounds like nice toys

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23 Kirsten T. March 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I would get the Rosegarden Palace for my daughter. We did the small steamer when she was two, and loved it. She would color a little bit each day until there was no white left on it anywhere. Good fun! Thanks!

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26 TopazTook March 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

With a three-year-old girl getting into Polly Pockets, definitely the dollhouse!

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29 Anne March 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

My son would love any of them, but I think I would get the pirate fortress, I think.

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30 Kristina March 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

My daughter would absolutely love this! I think she would enjoy the farm, dollhouse, or castle. And, I would like to get the lunch skins :)

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31 Kristina March 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm

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32 carol March 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

I like the eco eggs easter egg coloring kit.

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36 Tracey March 10, 2010 at 10:22 am

If I won, I would buy a few of the small cardboard toys like the dinosaur and house and I’d also pick up some of the eco-friendly lunch and snack bags.

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37 Tracey March 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

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38 Sandy (Your Life, Organized) March 10, 2010 at 10:41 am

My kids would think these are soo cool. They love to create and
play with the things they make.! so much fun!
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39 Kathy Stevenson March 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

I would order the all natural playdoh.

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42 Jill L March 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

I know my kids would love the windmill.

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44 mary simonton March 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

my grandkids would love the big farm or the windmill

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46 Angela C March 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

I would pick the dollhouse or the farmhouse! Both are awesome! THANKS!

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47 Snowflake07 (Audra) March 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

These are great; I always loved crafts as a child (and still do). I know my daughter and I would have fun decorating these. I would probably get the Treehouse; although I’m really liking the Large Farm also!

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51 sarah pacilio March 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

My daughter would love the doll house :)

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52 McKim March 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I would order the Large Farm

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53 Heather March 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I would get the castle for my daughter and the pirate ship for my son.

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54 LaVonne Long
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Well, I think I like the fort with the teepees the best :)

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58 Cara March 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I can’t decide between the large farm, tree house and doll house! They are all so fun!

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59 Stephanie V. March 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

ooo – maybe the castle
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60 nicole March 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I would get the pirate fortress art project for my four year old to decorate.

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61 kelly from Montana March 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm

my boys would play with these for hours! i think i would start with the castle…

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62 kelly from Montana March 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm

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63 Kelly Ann T. March 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

The boys would love the Fort with 2 tepees $24.99

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64 Kelly Ann T. March 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm
65 Nicole C. March 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

I would get the Rosegarden Palace.

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66 Tracey Byram March 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Liz would like the Rosegarden Palace.

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67 Linda March 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I would get the Pirate Fortress for my grandson.

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68 Donna-Lee March 12, 2010 at 2:13 am

I would get the treehouse. It just looks like so much fun. We have a small village of little toy people and little toy critters that could have many adventures inside that treehouse. I think that both my sons and my daughter would love it.

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69 Jessica T March 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Cool! I think I’d get in on some of thier Eco paints . . .great idea!

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72 Thao March 12, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I would probably get the eco play-doh

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75 debp March 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

My son would like the large farm.
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76 LT March 13, 2010 at 10:57 am

I would love to get my kids the
Fort with 2 tepees

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80 Susan C March 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm

My three year old granddaughter would love the Large Farm!
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81 Mama Zen March 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

I would love to get the Large Farm!

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82 Mary March 15, 2010 at 2:19 am

My little girl would really love the treehouse.

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83 katklaw777 March 15, 2010 at 5:34 am

I’d get 2 sandwich size Lunch Skins and 1 snack size Lunch Skin. Great green site, thanks.

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84 Jennifer M March 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I’d put it towards the Lunch Skin Family Pack.

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85 amy March 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I’d get the All natural playdough

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86 Julie Donahue March 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

My daughter would love the doll house, but my boys would love the pirate ship!

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88 Kerrie Mayans March 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

I would purchase the large farm for my son to decorate and use with his plastic animals.

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89 Kerrie Mayans March 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

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90 Amanda D. March 18, 2010 at 12:40 am

My daughter would love the All natural paint. She’s quite the little artist, and always painting.

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91 erma March 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’d get the Large Farm one.

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92 Janette March 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

I love the Large Farm!

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93 Janette March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

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95 Jennifer R March 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

I would get some All natural playdough

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96 Ani March 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

I think I would get the Pirate Fortress for my boys.

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97 Lisa March 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I’d love to get the School Year album and small race car!

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100 shawna March 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I would like the large palace.

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101 Tammy March 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I like the Farm

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102 trixx March 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

My daughter would love the Palace!

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105 Kim Benton March 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm

My grandson would love the Pirate Fortress. Thanks so much for the offer.

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106 Chrysa March 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

I would get the pirate fortress!

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107 Chrysa March 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

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108 kristy March 19, 2010 at 3:11 am

Would get the Rosegarden Palace

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109 Lily Kwan March 19, 2010 at 9:35 am

I love the LunchSkin in the red apple design!

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112 Karen B March 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I would order the Eco Lunch Bags (Family Pack)

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113 kathy p March 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

id get the
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116 Gianna March 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

BootScoot Bike in blue.

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117 Heather M March 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I would get the All Natural Playdough and the Easter Egg coloring kit!

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118 REBECCA March 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

The Lunch Skin Family Pack

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119 Veronica Garrett March 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I would purchase the all natural play dough.

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120 Trina March 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I would choose the Pirate Fortress.

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121 Wehaf March 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I’d get the Pirate Fortress!

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