Villa Carton – Cardboard toys you colour in yourself
I would never have bought a toy like this myself. I have seen cardboard colour-it-yourself playhouses, castles and similar on chic toy websites, and spread all over Pinterest. But I’ve never been the sort of person to part with £20-£30 for what I thought would be a one-day wonder.
Then the people from Villa Carton contacted me asking if I would review and toy for them, a now I have had a rapid change in attitude.They sent me two huge castles which we put up this weekend. And while sons #1 and #2 set to work decorating their new homes, I started thinking about the potential these toys have to offer.
The really huge kits, like the castle, would make a fun project for kids to complete during a birthday party.
Son#1 is working on his as a long term project, concentrating on colouring in one small area at a time, and he’s finding it really relaxing.
I am itching to pick up the felt tips myself, as it looks really therapeutic, but I know my creative efforts would not be appreciated, so I am considering buying one of the city scape kits instead, and using it to create a Christmas scene.
Here’s some photos of how we got on and some of the other products you can buy from Villa Carton.
So what made me change my mind about these types of ‘disposable’ toys.
Well firstly, I can see how much potential the product has – an opportunity to unleash some creativity, work as a team on a project, and stand back and truly admire something they have worked hard on.
But I also realised, in the run up to Christmas one of my favourite activities is clearing out old toys we don’t use anymore. Lots of those toys are in a similar price range to the Villa Carton structures, and they see maybe an hour or two of play-time per month (if that), while adding to my never-ending storage issues, until they are eventually declared redundant and moved on to a charity shop. On the other hand, these castles are a more intense experience, occupying most of my living room, but providing hours of entertainment, for a short period of time (I should imagine weeks rather than months, but I will report back in the New Year) before becoming worn out and getting recycled.
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