KidsCraft Playhouses – Where Creativity Blossoms

by Erica

Well, it’s summer break! While I love the gorgeous weather and getting to play outside with my kids, I do not love hearing the words “Mommy, I am bored.”

Yesterday was one of those long days and my kids were restless. Thankfully I was able to break out our Creation Cottage from KidsCraft. My kids love it!

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Anyone who has purchased a big appliance becomes the hit of the neighborhood when the cardboard box it came in is big enough to play inside. Better than electronics, board games or a ball, it’s the box that won the hearts of toy judges who inducted it in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Now imagine a big cardboard box already designed with a window or doors! That’s the playful concept behind KidsCraft Playhouses™ where imagination blooms and creativity blossoms.

Indoors or out, this pint size cottage is a perfect playroom for solo play or for the neighborhood gang. Made from 100% recycled materials, the unique design allows for a sturdy drawing surface for tykes. The white exterior is a blank canvas designed to inspire the imagination and creation from little Picassos. Five windows and a door make for fun peek-a-boo play.

Ingenious, isn’t it? I know that I could save money and just use a large box. Heck, my kids play with packing boxes too. But, watching them decorate their Creation Cottage, seeing the darling details, like the sun on the roof and the windows that open with ease, makes us all smile. The Creation Cottage takes the cardboard box to a whole new level.

Assembly was a breeze. The flaps and slots are specifically designed and pre-cut for easy assembly and can withstand hearty hours of play. My children have been a bit rough on their cottage. There was even a small rip, but it wasn’t anything that a little tape couldn’t fix.

Made of 100% recycled material and made in the USA, two sturdy designs are available online and at select specialty retailers. The Shuttle Imagination, a large spaceship and The Creation Cottage, a playhouse


We would like to give one lucky reader their very own KidsCraft Playhouse. You can choose between The Creation Cottage, retail value $59.95 or The Shuttle Imagination, retail value $69.95.
Just leave a comment below and let us know which one you would like to win.

This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only and closes on Friday June 18th. We will announce our winner on Saturday, June 19th.

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I received a Creation Cottage for review purposes. One KidCraft Playhouse is also being supplied for the winner of this giveaway.



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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Nicole June 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

I would love a chance to win the Shuttle Imagination. Summer vacation is just around the corner, and I am starting to get a little worried about entertaining 3 kids for three months. It sounds like a great idea! My son who is almost 5 loves anything space related!

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2 Elizabeth June 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

I need The Creation Cottage! My daughter has always loved playing in boxes. In fact, the header image of my blog MomReviews is her peeking out of the box our entertainment center came in!

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3 Regina June 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

We would love to win the Creation Cottage. What a great way for kids to show their creativity and have fun. Thanks 5m4m.

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4 Joy June 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

The Creation Cottage is neat. My daughter would have so much fun playing with it.

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5 Jackie June 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

Awesome idea -my 4 year old would LOVE this!

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6 Celeste June 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

The creation cottage looks like so much fun for my littles!

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7 deanne June 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

Oooo…..how very cool! I think I’d go for the shuttle imagination. my kids would go wild (and blissfully occupied) for hours! :)

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8 Magi June 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

My daughter would turn that cottage into a castle in no time. She would love this.

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9 Rhonda June 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

This sounds like so much fun. Kenly would love playing house.

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10 Amber June 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

How neat! My son would love the Shuttle Imagination! Thanks for a chance to win. :-)

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11 Dana June 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What a great product! I would love to win the Creation Cottage.

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12 LT June 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I think my kids would really enjoy the Shuttle Imaginatioin! Thanks so much for the chance!!

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13 Beth June 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

My four year old son would LOVE shuttle imagination! What a fun product!

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14 Jo Ann June 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

My twins would love this!!! All my kids have loved playing in boxes, and we even made them a few houses out of cardboard…..they would be thrilled!!!!

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15 Jessica June 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

My son would love the spaceship. So neat!

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16 Kathleen June 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

i’d love to win the Creation Cottage!

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17 Leigh June 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

How excited would my boys be to play with the Shuttle one?!?!

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18 mindy June 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

oh oh oh! The Shuttle for CERTAIN! My little man would flip OUT for this!

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19 Deanna June 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm

We would love to win The Creation Cottage! It would keep my 3, 7 and 11 year olds busy for hours. They love to do pretend play. Usually it’s a zoo in their bedroom with their hundreds (okay not hundreds, but close) of stuffed animals or a puppet show from their bunk bed, but I know they’d have all kinds of fun with the cottage!

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20 Julia Reffner June 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

My kids would love the Creation Cottage!

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21 Rose June 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm

The Creation Cottage!! What fun!

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22 brooke June 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Oh my…I have twins and this would make them so happy and maybe allow me to take a shower while they play!!

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23 Deidre June 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

These are so cool! I (& the kids) would love a Creation Cottage. :)

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24 Kelly Ann T. June 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The boys would love the shuttle imagination.

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25 Mama Bub June 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

My parents had one of these for a while and my kid LOVED it. I’m not sure what ever happened to it, but we would love to have a creation cottage that he can decorate and play in. He loves play houses, and would love to have one of his own!

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26 Sara June 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Creation Cottage is adorable! My 18 month old son LOVES coloring and I can already see him scribbling away on this.
I grew up with a cardboard playhouse and loved it! I think these are so much better than the plastic houses.

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27 Krsitin Harmon June 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Ohhh my boys would love the Shuttle. And Im looking for projects to do with them this summer. So much fun! Thanks for sharing. :)

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28 Charro June 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

My 2 year old daughter would love the Creation Cottage! What a wonderful giveaway~

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29 Ellen S June 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

The creation cottage would be a big hit with my two girls. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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30 Laura R. June 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

My little guy would LOVE The Shuttle Imagination!

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31 Jamie H June 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

The cottage would be great for my girls!

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32 joyce Proctor June 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

We would have a blast with either the cottage or the shuttle! This is something that both of my children could enjoy together. This is great because there is a five year difference between the two of them! Zachary would love to paint and decorate and Emily would just tire herself out crawling in and out! :)

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33 Frugal Experiment June 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

This would be great for my twins birthday party! I can just see them painting or drawing on it with all their best friends as a party activity. Then, the best part, it’s a gift that will keep on giving, they’ll get to play with it long after the party is over. What a fantastic idea that is eco friendly.

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34 Brandy June 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

Me me me! I want the Creation College

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35 Brandy June 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

ummm, ok… so I meant to say I want the Creation Cottage! :) but perhaps a Creation College would be nice, too!

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36 Anne June 3, 2010 at 12:28 am

What a great giveaway! My sons would love the Creation Cottage.

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37 beth June 3, 2010 at 12:39 am

I would love to win this as my little girls are going to need something to keep them busy this summer while I am busy feeding the two soon to be here newest additions. Good luck to all : )

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38 Kim Mras June 3, 2010 at 5:02 am

My 3 year old MJ would have so much fun with the Creation Cottage. Oh wait my 16 and 10 year old would too.

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39 Michele Anne June 3, 2010 at 6:32 am

Wow….how great is this prize….I would love to send it to my youngest niece and nephew….they would love it.

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40 JRG June 3, 2010 at 7:25 am

Shuttle imagination!

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41 chava June 3, 2010 at 9:20 am

My daughter would LOVE the cottage.

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42 Mozi Esmes Mom June 3, 2010 at 9:22 am

My daughter would adore Creation Cottage!

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43 Idaho Jill June 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

My daughter would love the cottage! thanks!

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44 Andrea June 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

My daughter would love the cottage one. She is all about playing house these days!

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45 Kathy Stevenson June 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

My daughters would love the shuttle!

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46 Amy June 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

We would love to have the cottage it seems to be real fun

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47 Maureen June 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

The Shuttle please – my boys are suddenly into space and would LOVE it! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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48 tina June 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

Wow these are super…I have 2 girls and 1 little boy so i think The creative cottage would be the one for us…then they can share the designing behind it and make it boy and girl savvy. Thanks for the chance to win.

happy day

tina

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49 Marisa June 3, 2010 at 11:39 am

The Shuttle Imaginations looks so fun. I know my kids would love it!

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50 LaVonne June 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

My princess would love the creation cottage for sure!

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51 Linda M June 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

My little girls would absolutely love either one of these! Boxes are right up there with Tupperware for toys!

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52 Alison S. June 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

My son and nephew would love either one of those. They are very cool!

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53 sarah mehrens June 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Wow, that’s so neat. What a great idea and what a great give-away.

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54 Terra Heck June 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I would like the Creation Cottage. Thanks.

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55 Sarah June 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

My boys would LOVE the shuttle!!

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56 Amy R June 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I have 3 daughters. They would love to win the Creation Cottage.

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57 Andriean June 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

My kids would love the creation cottage because they love to play in a tent. What a great prize some lucky kids will win!!

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58 Kellie June 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I LOVED cardboard playhouses when I was a kid and I know my daughters would enjoy playing in The Creation Cottage

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59 Shannon June 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm

my daughter would LOVE the creation cottage!

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60 judy brittle June 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

The Shuttle Imagination would be fantastic! The boys would love it!

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61 Shannon June 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

My boys would have a blast in that Shuttle Imagination!! Thanks for hosting!

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62 Judith June 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

My granddaughters would love the cottage.

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63 Mary-Frances C. June 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I know my daughters would love the Creation Cottage..such a neat product!

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64 Kara G. June 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

My daughters would love the Creation Cottage!! Thanks!

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65 Crystal June 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm

My kids would have a ball with the Creation Cottage. THanks for the chance to win and a HUGE thank you for only requiring ONE comment to win!

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66 Amy B June 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

The Creation Cottage would be perfect for my girls! Thank you for the chance.

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67 Beth Sills June 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

My son would love the Creation Cottage please :)

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68 Linsey McKellip June 4, 2010 at 12:45 am

My kids would love this, very creative.

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69 Tina Riley June 4, 2010 at 12:50 am

I would love to have the creation house fo my grandchildren

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70 Miranda D. June 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

My 3 boys would love the Shuttle Imagination! Very cute idea!

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71 Kelly D. June 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

I’d like to win the Creation Cottage! Thanks for the chance!
Kelly D. – secrets_girl23(at)yahoo(dot)com (aka) dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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72 coriwestphal June 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I think we’d probably get the most use out of the Cottage. Adorable!

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73 Ashley June 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

What an amazing idea! My son has more fun in the boxes that toys and such come in, then he does with what was actually in the box, lol.
I am sure he would be very entertained with the Shuttle!

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74 ASHLEY June 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

My kids would love the cottage. I think it’s a great idea. My kids also enjoy playing with the boxes there stuff comes in, and often they play with them longer then the toy itself :)

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75 Julie Beasley June 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I think the kids would love either one— i’ll say shuttle. Thanks for trying it out for us!

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76 Marci June 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I’d love the Creation Cottage

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77 stacy June 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm

My dd3 would love the creation cottage.

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78 Steph June 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

I would love to win the Shuttle Imagination for my kids.

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79 Kellib June 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

The creation cottage looks like so much fun!

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80 Brenda June 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Oh, please, please let me win the creative cottage. We create our own “at home” summer camp so this would be a wonderful addition.

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81 Rebecca June 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Both are so cute. M girls would love the cottage.

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82 Chris June 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm

We would love to win the cottage.

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83 Kirsten T. June 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm

They are both cute, but I think we’d like the Shuttle. My child has been fascinated with moon and stars…so this would get us there. :-)

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84 misti ghee June 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

how awesome for the kids!

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85 Amanda A June 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I would love to win the shuttle imagination!

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86 Staci A June 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I love seeing toys that require imagination and creativity! My son would love the Shuttle!

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87 Theresa McCurdy June 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

My little girl would LOVE the cottage!! Such a great idea!

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88 Jill June 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

Would love the Creation Cottage.

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89 Stephanie June 7, 2010 at 6:01 am

My 4-year-old is obsessed w/ outer space and I know he’d love the Shuttle Imagination!

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90 Shayne June 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Very cute – love the cottage !

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91 Nad June 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

The Shuttle Imagination! For my space-fanatic son! =)

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92 Stephanie June 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

My 3-year-old loves all things “arts & crafts”…so this would be exactly the way she’d like to spend the afternoon. And I bet her 1-year-old sister would have a blast playing with pretend food in the finished product too. :)

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93 Lauren June 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm

oooohhhh…. the shuttle would be a HUGE hit for my twins!!

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94 Felicia June 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

My kids would love the Shuttle Imagination.
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95 Jessica T June 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Shuttle Imagination please – it is so cool!

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96 Audrey C June 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

These are so great! If I had to choose one, I’d get the cottage. My 3 kids (2 are twins) would LOVE playing with this.

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97 aimee June 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

The cottage would be so much fun!!

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98 Snowflake07 (Audra) June 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

I would love to win the Creation Cottage for my daughter. :-)

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99 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews June 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

My son would love the Shuttle Imagination. :D

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100 Linda M. June 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Oh boy would my Grand daughter’s & I have fun with the Creative Cottage! Thanks for the chance at winning & thanks for your great review!

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101 Ladytink_534 June 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

The Creation Cottage! The boys would have a blast

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102 K. Spake June 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

The Creative Cottage would be my pick. It would be covered with paint, stickers, marker drawings, names, pictures from magazines would be glued all over (like pictures of clouds on the ceiling inside, pictures of flowers on the base of the outside of the house. On the inside they could draw kitchen appliances, a sofa with an open-end where they could put cushions to make it 3D. They could draw a picture frame and then put actual pictures of themselves in it with tape or a glue stick. I think I would let them finger-paint the roof with orange paint. Maybe play-dough or modeling clay could be used as a 3d doggies stuck to the side of the house, or on the inside. The “modeling clay” would probably stick to the side of the house to make a window box of flowers or a door knob or a frame-out for the window or on top of the chimney, and the could put a mouse/spider/lizard in model clay on top of the chimney or even Santa Clause’s boots, etc. I have 4 kids, so we would have it all from princess to reptiles on the outside and inside.

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103 Cindy G June 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’d love a creation cottage! what a wonderful and creative way to spend an afternoon with kids.

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104 jessica June 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

i love that cottage!

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105 Lisa L June 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The Shuttle Imagination would be so fun for my son!

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106 trixx June 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I’d love to Creation Cottage for my little girl!

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