We have had some wonderful press we would like to share with you....
Carddies got the thumbs-up from UKEdChat , a website aimed at teachers and educators:
"Any toy that encourages imagination, story telling or small world play is worthy of attention, and a new product which has come on our radar ticks all the boxes in being a resource which could easily be used in the classroom or at home."
"These Carddies sets could easily be a great resource in the early years and primary classrooms, with the different themes allowing for a divierse array of storytelling opporunities. Adding the use of simple technology, stories can be developed, supporting language and literacy skills or used as a teaching aide so teachers create their own stories."
They even had some fun making a cartoon strip using our Carddies!
Bizziebaby Gold Award
Carddies have just won the Bizziebaby Gold Award! The expert testers thought:
“They will make a fab gift. I would recommend them to family and friends...We loved this product, such a fun little box kept my little girl busy. "
“The box was very eye catching and I thought the concept was great. Maddie took this everywhere; the box was perfect for her to carry and kept all contents safe...The overall quality of this product is great; it has been used quite a bit now and the card still looks sturdy and not damaged. It offers excellent value for money and would make the perfect gift for children... My daughter absolutely loved this set.”
Toy News: Does Made in Britain matter?
British made Carddies featured in this Independent Survey, carried out by Toy Shop UK and appearing in Toy News. 71% of those surveyed said that it was quite or very important to them and their customers whether a product was made in Britain.
Creative Steps Magazine
Carddies appeared in this lovely Football feature, just in time for the World Cup!
Holiday Tots Blog
Sharing this very sweet review of the Carddies by The Holiday Tots Blog, confirming how Carddies encourage imaginative/creative play. Also showing the longevity of the toy...both because children go back to them time and time again, and because Carddies are top quality!
Northern Life Family Magazine
Carddies are delighted to feature in Northern Life Family Magazine this Christmas! (very apt as Carddies are made in the UK using premium card from Cumbria!)
Pocketful of Rye
This reviewer thinks the Carddies are "the perfect little present" and that one of the most delightful things is " the sheer charm of the hand-drawn characters and scenery. Each of them is clearly produced with the intention of delighting children, as all of the faces wear contented smiles. " (for a full review see Pocketful of Rye)
Carddies just won Best Craft Kit in Harper's Junior Bazaar Magazine (entry by our lovely stockists in Singapore, Lou Be Lou) (category: pre-school age, 3-5 years).
Progressive Preschool Magazine
Raquel told PPS Magazine what traditional toys her siblings and she played with when they were little...She was delighted that their very old (much loved!) Fisher Price toys that the Carddies sisters played with as children, also featured in the piece (now their own children play with them!).
The MONSTER Mummies love our products! They re-issued this lovely review in time for the summer...showing how much fun this imaginative boy has with his Carddies Knights set...
"I think these sets are perfect for popping in your handbag and having available to play with when you need to occupy your children as they are so engaging..." (for full piece see www.monstermummies.co.uk)
Joe (aged 5) and Zac (aged 11) reviewed the Carddies on behalf of Creative Crafting (and gave them the "Big thumbs up").
"Joe was very excited when he opened the box to see all of the little compartments inside. He soon set to work
colouring in one of the little characters. The first thing he noticed was the quality of the pencils. He said they were
the best that he had used and they stayed sharp very well. The colours also came out nice and bright.
Zac also liked the pencils but his favourite bit about carddies was the idea. He said that the best thing for him was
being able to create the characters and give them names so that he could create stories with them."
Carddies were "particularly popular" at the Mum's Show Live, where they were exhibited in the Good Toy Guide stand.
The younger members of the Carddies team wrote a lovely piece for First News ( the UK national newspaper for children aged 7-14).
"It all started on a rainy seaside holiday in Devon… our Mum started drawing us cardboard people from the backs of cereal packets. We would colour them in, and then play with them for hours, inventing little stories in our heads. Back then we did not imagine that they would end up as a proper toy. "