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Amazing press and parent and blogger reviews for our creative colouring toy...


December 2014

 In December 2014 20 Mumsnet local editors reviewed the Carddies and loved them...Some comments:

  • Mumsnet Blackburn
    “...perfect for children for weddings or other occasions where you need a toy that isn’t bulky, messy but provides endless play opportunities."
  • Mumsnet Chelmsford
    “T has played with this toy constantly all weekend and demanded that we took it with us when we went to see his Grandmas this morning. He then introduced it as his ‘favourite toy’!”
  • Mumsnet Croydon
    “… they came up with some great names such as Blossom, Sylvie and… Diego Costa (after the Chelsea footballer)”.
  • Mumsnet Dorset
    “…I was pleasantly surprised to find the set held the attention of both of them for almost two hours!”
  • Mumsnet Ealing 
    “There was total silence for about an hour as my daughter was completely engrossed in the colouring and playing with the characters – they are great for imaginative play!”
  • Mumsnet Greenwich/Bexley
    “So these were enough to keep eight children busy. We thought they would be back in half an hour with dared “I am bored” claims, but no, we did not hear from them all day long!”
  • Mumsnet Kent
    “My son couldn’t wait to get into to the box and find out what was inside. Although the box is small, we were impressed with what we discovered – these have been so well thought out.”
  • Mumsnet Lancashire
    “They are fabulous and it's so quiet with the concentration involved!”
  • Mumsnet Leeds/Wakefield
    “…we travelled on the train last week for three hours and the Carddies set kept my two year old so entertained”
  • Mumsnet Lincolnshire
    “Who wouldn’t want their own little people, in their own little box to carry around with them wherever they go?”
  • Mumsnet Merton
    “…it was love at first sight. No sooner had she scrutinised the mini characters than she's already established that "they'd make good presents for friends" and asked if she could have the Fairies and School 1 sets for Christmas!”
  • Mumsnet Monmouthshire and Newport / TorfaenGwent
    “I wasn’t sure what to expect from Carddies as it seemed like such a simple idea to me, and I did think that some simple cardboard cut-outs to colour in might not hold the children’s attention for long. But I was wrong, very wrong! Yes the idea is very simple but sometimes the more simple the idea the better.”
  • Mumsnet Reading
    “So far in the space of 3 days, our little box has been with us to a restaurant, to visit family and opened several times at home to add a little more colouring and a little more play. They are easy to transport too…and the box seems exceptionally robust…” 
  • Mumsnet Renfrewshire 
    “She loved it.  In fact, it was played with all weekend.  She even took it along with her to her grandparents"
  •  Mumsnet Richmond
    “She particularly enjoyed giving her new card friends names and telling us what each of the characters was doing at the farm that day. The pig was named after her father which gave us all a giggle.”
  • Mumsnet Rutland /Leicestershire
    “I admit, I was rather sceptical about whether this little box of simple cardboard drawings would keep my 3 1/2 year old entertained and I am really pleased that I was proved wrong.”
  • Mumsnet South Yorkshire/Sheffield 
    “The girls loved both colouring, attaching the stands and then using their imagination to act out Various scenes at their ballet dancing school. “

Vegetarian Living

March 2015
Play your cards right

"Many toys today boast technology to rival grown-ups' kit, but here at Vegetarian Living we love a simple idea - particularly one that has been implemented with planet-friendly
principles at its heart."


December 2014

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 diverse array of storytelling opportunities. 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!


Six best DIY games

Carddies included in "Six best DIY games" of "The daddy of dad sites", DADinfo

"Six great games to fire the imagination and keep young hands busy (and out of trouble) this weekend…"

Tantrums to Smiles

Sept 2014

This blogger and her son loved the Carddies!:

"We coloured them in together a little at a time and he told me all about his day at school and his classroom as we coloured in. After we had finished we had a lovely time creating some little stories with the set. It seemed to help James relay some of his activities from school to me (Usually when I ask about school I just get I don't know or I forgot lol!)." (for full review see Tantrums to Smiles)

Slow Toy Awards 2014


Carddies were Shortlisted as a Slow Craft Toy in the 2014 Slow Toy Awards (see ToyNews).

Precious Little Worlds

August 2014

"Very handy if you are going on long travels in the car as its small enough to fit into your bags or if you have a travel activity pack for round your kids car seats as we do they can use it so they don't get bored." (for full review see Precious Little Worlds)

BizzieBaby Gold

May 2014

Carddies won the Bizziebaby Gold Award in 2014. 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.”