Part of Cascade’s ecological boutique, the playhouse is made from 100% recycled paper, and was quite easy to set up. It’s also quite sturdy, and didn’t get knocked over easily. It also presents various play possibilities besides using it as a house: as soon as my boys saw it, they grabbed their paints and for two days, we painted away, making the house our own.
My boys found new ways to play with it when friends came over, and actually used it as a house. The house is recommended for 3 years and up, but our 15 month old baby toodled in there and explored on his own terms quite comfortably.
It’s possible, of course, to create your own cardboard playhouse out of a big box, and we did do that a year or two ago. But we rarely buy a new refrigerator or furnace, so My Pretty Playhouse is a delightful shortcut to some good old-fashioned fun with paper. Plus, who would make sweet attic windows from a refrigerator box?
Also, sturdy as it is, being made of recycled paper also means the playhouse won’t last forever – ours didn’t survive a particularly rambunctious playdate – but for us, this is part of the charm of the cardboard playhouse. Cascades’ lovely playhouse is big, and our house is small, so the fact that it wasn’t a permanent fixture worked well for us.
The bottom line? The playhouse is a lot of fun, easy to put up, and comes down in its own time for the recycling bin: a great toy. And for every playhouse sold, Cascades donates $2 to Habitat for Humanity, thus helping to make real houses where they are needed too. Other fun items, like cardboard Christmas trees and furniture, can be found in their ecological boutique.
It’s my pleasure to announce that Cascades is generously offering one My Pretty Playhouse to a 4Mothers reader! Simply leave us a comment, and you will automatically be part of the pool from which we’ll randomly pick a winner and announce on Monday morning. Cascades says that they can ship within 5 days, so with any luck, you could have this sweet toy over the holidays. Please note this giveaway is available to readers in Canada.
Dear Readers, there are no strings to this giveaway. There is no skill-testing question, you will not be charged for shipping, you will not be peppered with spam, you don’t have to sign up for anything, it is not a hoax. You don’t have to do anything except leave your name and sit patiently while a playhouse makes its way to your door. This is a gift from Cascades and a thank you from 4Mothers to you, because we love our readers. Please enter!
ps. We’ll keep the giveaway open until Sunday, December 16 at 10 pm EST. Good luck!
Congratulations to Anna, our giveaway winner, who wrote:
Sounds wonderful! Crossing our fingers up here in Thunder Bay!!
And thank you to everyone who played along with us!