Looking for a great open-ended project that will keeps kids busy and happy for days/weeks/months this summer? My clan has been working on a playhouse from Color Me House and there is no end in sight to the enjoyment they are having. You’ll always hear from experienced parents or grandparents that a child’s favorite toy is the box the toy arrived in. I completely agree because if you give your kid a discarded cardboard appliance box, a set of pencil crayons or paint, and help them cut windows and doors with a knife ~ you’ll have very happy kids.
The concept of playing with a left-over box is great for your own children, but you’d look silly giving this as a gift. Also, large, sturdy boxes are not easy to find. Well the folks at Color Me House have the perfect solution because they’ve produced 2 products (made in the USA) that are my pick as best summer toys. Why are they so awesome? The great designs are perfect for boys or girls with blasting out of your backyard in the rocket or spending hours in a spacious play house. Both designs have wonderful details that kids notice and are designed for open-ended play because children can draw, color, and paint both the inside and outside. They are also very easy to assemble, easy to store when kids are not using, and can be recycled at your curb when their shelf life is over. Honestly, any parents thinking of purchasing huge plastic play houses for your backyard this summer should consider testing their kid with this product first. Unless you purchase an outdoor playhouse 2nd hand, you’ll spend hundreds of dollars and you’ve just added to a huge problem with large plastic toys ~ most are not recyclable. With how tentative I am to purchase plastic toys for the kids, with worrying about what they are made from, painted with, and how they’ll be disposed once my kids are finished with them, the Color Me House projecthas been wonderful. It’s been the best toy for the different ages of my kids…everyone has something to color or play with. My 7 year old has been drawing planets and aliens on the roof, next to the pre-cut stars and moon the house came with (love the attention to detail). My 5 year old and twin 3 year olds have equally had a blast with coloring and actually playing in the house. There is lots of room inside the play house and the price point on this product is very reasonable ~ $39.95 US. I’ve seen similar products for almost double the cost so it’s nice they’ve kept these affordable to parents. Color Me House is located in the US, but they ship everywhere ordering via their website (incl. Canada) and sell both products in these retail stores.
I’ll post more pictures once my kids have finished their masterpiece. I’m hoping it takes all summer long. <wink>