I had not heard of these before but they are great fun, a nice little box with pencils, characters to colour and then little stands to put them on to place them in the sports arena scene! So meeting lots of children’s developmental needs (creativity, imagination, role play) in one small box at a relatively small price of £8.99. Yet the contents of the little box is quite deceiving as you get plenty for your money as you can see from the picture:
Eldest enjoyed the colouring in. You can colour both sides of the Carddies characters, which is good to keep children occupied for longer. Eldest was slightly disappointed that a dog is on the front of box, but no dog character in the box. “Where is the dog?” But the side of the box does show what characters are included and when I explained that he seemed quite happy again, especially as there is a little dog hidden in the crowd scene!
I think these sets would be very welcome at weddings. Back when I got married I would have gladly bought these sets to keep the invited children occupied. Instead I bought some magic markers but these would have been much more entertaining. When they finished colouring, they then could play with the characters, which would have kept them occupied even longer than colouring alone! Perfect for those speeches which might tend to drag on a little and the children start getting restless and the parents start to look slightly panic stricken!
Nice selection of sports characters represented, I am glad to see an athlete in a wheelchair too. Good for children to see you can achieve in sport whatever your situation.
It comes as no surprise that Carddies received the Award for Best New Product for Children at Top Drawer 2012 and has also been short-listed for this year's forthcoming Junior Design Awards. It really is a clever product and I am glad to see a toy that is British through and through. They are designed, hand drawn, manufactured and assembled in the UK.
I think everyone should keep a few Carddies in their handbag to crack out in emergency childcare situations; they start screaming on the train, dive in your bag and get them back on track! Am sure your fellow passengers will be pleased! We have had people move away from us before when youngest went into his complete meltdown stage!!!
To find out more head over to Carddies website http://www.carddies.com/ and purchase them from Amazon.