Caillou Playsets, Review and Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

When my children were early elementary age, we spent a year living in France, which is when we first became acquainted with Caillou, the charming preschooler with the big imagination. Although my kids felt they were officially “too big” for him, they still liked to watch his antics, framed always by Mamie (grandma in French) telling a story about him to her grandchildren. So when I got a chance to review Caillou’s Treehouse, I jumped at it, even though my kids are now teens and really too big. I will say, though, that teens are a lot more useful at putting playsets together.

I love playsets, even though I don’t spend a lot of my time playing with them anymore. I love that they encourage imaginative play, and that they don’t make annoying noises like so many toys. (I have a very low tolerance for toys that make electronic noises of any kind) Although this set ties in to the popular series, because it encourages free play, it doesn’t matter if a child is familiar with the TV show or not.

Caillou’s Treehouse is really fun. There’s a spinning elevator sort of thing (this is my favorite part. It can be quite soothing), a tree swing, a slide, a swing, and a ladder. The roof of the tree house slides open so that figures can be easily placed inside and played with. There’s also a stiff paper mat to set the tree house on with pictures of a path and a sandbox. The set comes with 4 figures—Caillou, his sister Rosie, his friend, and his cat Gilbert. (Please pronounce this the French way—Ghilberrrr–just for me.)


But how do actual children feel about it? The other night, we had a four-year-old girl over. My son Abel, 14, set up the Treehouse and she and her 8 year old brother played contently for a long while. I was impressed with the many stories they had going in just a short time.

Want to delight a child in your life with the gift that encourages interaction and imagination? I’m thrilled to announce that one lucky winner will receive THREE Caillou gift sets–Caillou Treehouse, Caillou Learning Train, and Caillou Fireman’s House–valued at $95. U.S. shipping only.

Just leave a comment if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner here on December 18.

You can like Caillou on Facebook to keep up on the latest.

5 Minutes for Books reviewer Elizabeth must admit that she enjoys playing with sets more than putting them together, and that having teens does have its advantages. Learn more about her family’s travels and travails at her blog Planet Nomad.



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1 Angela E. December 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I watch this all the time with my nephew, we love Caillou!

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2 Jennifer C. December 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

My 3 1/2 year old son and 20 month old daughter love to watch Caillou and I’m sure they would adore these!

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3 Veronica Szymankiewicz December 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

My son loves Caillou! He would just love these toys. :) Thank you.

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4 Courtney December 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My son would really love these!

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5 Jessica December 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My son LOVES Caillou! He would love these sets!

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6 June December 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Great giveaway! Thank-You

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7 Debbie December 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

My boys love Caillou – great giveaway!
dmartinock at comcast dot net

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8 Christina Gould December 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

This looks like fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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9 Drina M. December 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

This would be such an awesome toy to win for my three year old!

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10 Maureen December 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This would be the perfect item for my 2 yr old nephew.

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11 Megan Sutliff December 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My daughter loves to watch Caillou! Thanks for the giveaway!

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12 ebony jones December 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

i would love to win this for my sons im a mother of four and buying new toys is something i cant afford

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13 Chuck December 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Our little guy would get a kick out of this.

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14 Liz December 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Thank you for the giveaway. What a treat these would be for my great nephew.

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15 chris December 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Hope to win this for my daughter, she would love it.

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16 Stacie December 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

My daughter loves Caillou!

stacie@supermommytotherescue.com

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17 Michelle December 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

What fun for my two daughters! Thanks for the chance to win!

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18 Selena December 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

My daughter would enjoy playing with this!

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19 Samantha R December 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I know a few kids who would love these!

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20 Michelle December 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Caillou is such a cute show. Any of my girls would love to play with these. :)

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21 kathleen December 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

we are big Caillou fans! would love to win

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22 riTa December 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Never heard of this playset. Would love to win for my grandkids.

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23 Natalia December 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Such a great show for kids!

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24 Isabelle December 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Would like to win for my brother.

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25 John December 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I ‘d love to win this sets!

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26 Sharon Schoepe December 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

My son absolutely adores Caillou! I’d love to win this for him.

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27 Staci A December 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My little guy loves Caillou. Thanks for the chance to enter!

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28 JaimeB December 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Both of my daughters love Caillou and would be so excited to have these!!!

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29 MayMay December 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I would like to win .

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30 Irma G. December 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I’d love to win this for my grand-daughter who likes Caillou very much.

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31 Terra Heck December 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

My nephew likes Caillou and these playsets would be great for him. Thanks.

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32 katklaw777 December 4, 2011 at 8:05 am

We luv Caillou at our house…thanks for the chance!

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33 Melissa P. December 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

My nephews love Caillou

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34 Elisabeth December 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

What a generous giveaway! I would love to win! :)

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35 Vickie Couturier December 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

I would love to win this for one of my grandchildren,if not in time for Christmas would be great for birthdays

vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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36 Paige December 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

Please add me to the list of admiring Caillou fans. I would love to win this for my son. He is all about the booms and vrooms and trees are a definite fascination.

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37 Amy December 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope to win this! My two-year-old daughter is in love with Caillou! I would give it to her for Christmas!

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38 Idaho Jill December 4, 2011 at 11:10 am

My daughter would love these!

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39 Marlena U. December 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I know two little ones that would love these! :)

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40 John M. December 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I would love to win these toys for my special grand-daughter.

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41 Jenn December 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

My kids would have a blast with these play sets!

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42 Kelly D December 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’d like to win this for my children. Thank you.

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43 LaVonne December 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

My 3 year old loves Caillou. Thanks for the chance to win!

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44 Tammy Gordon December 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Would love to win this! :)

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45 Susan S. December 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

What cute playsets! My 17 month old would love these!

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46 Shari December 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Aww, my almost five year old nephew would love those!

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47 karen M December 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Woot!, my little Caillou fans would be thrilled to find their favorite characters under the tree.

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48 Brooklyn D December 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I would love to win! My kids love Callou….they would be thrilled!

Thanks for the chance!

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49 Kathy Stevenson December 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

My kids would love this!

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50 Bin December 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

My son love Caillou! Would love to have it for him. Thanks!!

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51 Angie B. December 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

My toddler just loves Caillou. He’d be so excited to win one of these sets

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52 Rochel S December 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm

My son absolutely loves Caillou! He would watch it all day if I would let him lol. I would love to win this for him!

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53 Emily December 5, 2011 at 2:37 am

My little boys LOVE Caillou. This would be a great gift for them!

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54 Amy Brewer December 5, 2011 at 7:32 am

My son loves Caillou. I always here him singing the song at the beginning about Caillou. I have watched it a couple times and love it as well.

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55 samantha w December 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

my kids love caillou and would love these playsets

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56 Nicole December 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

My nephew enjoys Caillou!

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57 Kristi December 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

My sweet little almost 4-year-old loves Caillou and is obsessed with firetrucks and fire stations.

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58 amy red December 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Please enter me for my son!

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59 Mel Pilchard December 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Calliou is my (2 YO) son’s absolute favorite! He would be so excited to have these playsets!

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60 sarah December 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

My son would absolutely LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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61 Trista December 6, 2011 at 2:08 am

This would be awesome for my nephew! : ) :)

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62 Tracey December 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

My girls, 4 and 1 (almost 2,) would love these playsets. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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63 Don December 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Nice toy for the little ones.

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64 Garrett December 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Some little one would have a fun time playing with this.

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65 Kristin December 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

My daughter LOVES her some Calliou. She would be thrilled to get this.

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66 Ellen C. December 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I’d like to win this for my son. Thanks for the chance.

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67 Klydra Pugh December 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

With 3 kids under 6 Caillou is a favorite in our house. My kids would love this!

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68 Sarah December 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

The kids in my family love Caillou!

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69 Anna December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I would love to win this!!

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70 Lauren December 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

My boy would love these!

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71 Sara R December 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm

My 2yr old daughter loves Caillou- it’s all she really cares to watch on TV- my 7 yr old will watch it with her! The learning train is especially cute!

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72 Irma G. December 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

My grand-daughter loves Calliou! I hope we win this.

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73 Van December 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

I know a three year ole who would really like playing with this.

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74 Beth Marhefka December 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

My son loves Caillou, would love to win.

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75 erine December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

my son would love to have calliou under the tree!

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76 Carolyn December 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Cute! perfect for a toddler.

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77 nan December 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

my son would love it
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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78 Tomoko December 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

I would love to win! My kid would love it!

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79 Happymomc December 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Would love to win!

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80 Louis December 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I would love to win for my daughters

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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81 Beth December 10, 2011 at 7:49 am

I’d like to win these toys for my daughter.

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82 kathleen December 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

love to win!

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83 Kelly D December 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

My kids would like this. Thanks.

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84 Megan Earley December 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

My daughter loves Caillou and would love to play with these toys

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85 RonaleeDuncan December 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

About 6 months ago my gandson kept coming up to me and I thought he was saying “I love you” so I would say “I love you too!” I was thrilled. Well, then I realized that he was saying “Caillou”
He loves Caillou

RonaleeDuncan{at}aol{dot}com

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86 D Schmidt December 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

My son adores Caillou so I would insanely love to win!
mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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87 tamara childers December 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

my son would just love this

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88 janell wagner December 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

love this for my grandbaby :Liam

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89 tarah rogers December 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

my 3 yr old loves Caillou!

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90 tiffany milburn December 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

love to win for my nephews

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91 Missy December 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I’d love to win.

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92 victoria lester December 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

I’m about to have a baby, so I’m trying to win some toys or items for her. This looks like something I’d feel good with my toddler playing with in a few years.
momsholidaycooking at gmail dot com

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