This month has been an exciting month here in the KGT household and we have had a real focus on the environment this month in terms of organic clothing and now eco toys for my “Toy of the month”. The boys and I have had so much fun building and creating toys out of cardboard!
Yes, you heard it correctly, brilliant environmentally friendly cardboard toys from Krooom Toys. It was with a HUGE amount of excitement when a large box turned up on our door step by our friendly postman and the boys discovered all the fab goodies inside. They were so curious that the toys were made of cardboard as they had never seen anything like them before.
We received 3 “Fold my cars” to test out from The Stork Nest in the form of an Ice cream van, Tow truck and the Hippie van with a surfboard! As well as the super awesome “Willson Bros Garage” playset which also comes with a car garage, play mat, tow truck, car, scooter, petrol tank, air tank and 2 little figures to play with not to mention the car wash!
Krooom Toys are made from 100% recyclable materials which contain at least 60% post consumer paper. Started in 2006, their focus has been on producing durable eco friendly toys which require no tools, instead using patented folding techniques which ensure each toy built is strong, and will stand up against the wear and tear of kids. Testament to this is the fact my eldest had continuous car races with 3 of the cars and not one was damaged. They have a waterproof coating which give them their glossy gleam and the kids absolutely loved helping to build them and play with them. These are construction toys that turn into toys you can role play with. What an awesome design!
The “Fold my” series not only has cars but also robots and dinosaurs. The cars were easy to build and construct with the help of both my 3 and 6 year old, given there are no tools required and just some plastic studs to make them strong and stable. The little wheels move around which is important for kids and the designs themselves are bright and colourful with cute additions like surfboards and awnings.
As a parent, you would also be happy having them on a shelf for display, although they won’t last long there!
Fold my car – 3D Icecream Truck
Fold my car – 3D Bucky aka dump truck
Fold my car – 3D Hippie Van
Building the garage playset which is aimed for 3+ took a little longer than the 3 cars due to the amount of fabulous additions that come as part of the garage. The play set took about 1.5 hrs to construct but I did realise afterwards they have a QR code for video instructions – doh!
However, with instructions on the back of the box (so clever) after the first few pieces, I got the hang of how to construct the garage along with my little 3 year old helper. The folding was really easy and with 3 years of research, they have definitely got this part perfected. Some of the plastic stud on this garage were a bit trickier than the “Fold my” series as they are a bigger plastic stud and meant you need to do a little more pushing to get them through the cardboard.
One very clever part about the garage which my 6 year old son J discovered when he came home from school that day, was that they have put a magnetic strip on the playmat which is where the petrol and air tank is supposed to sit. I noticed in constructing them they had a little insert stuck to the bottom but I couldn’t work out what it was. My son in playing with it for all of 5 minutes showed me the magnetic area and where I should have been placing these added accessories!
I have to say watching it come to life from mere flat cardboard in a box to full scale 3D construction was seriously awesome and extremely satisfying for all involved.
Then all that was left was play, play and play!
Toy of the Month: Krooom Toys
Helps to teach kids: imaginative play, role play, problem solving, construction & fine motor skills
Great for: every day fun, birthday presents, eco conscious parents
RRP: From A$9.95 | US$9.90 |£6 |€8 for the”Fold my” series
RRP: From A$30–$50 | US$39–$50 |£18–£30 | €30 for the play sets
Designed in the USA and made in China.
Willson Brothers Garage playset
Needless to say it has been one SUPER fun month creating these awesome 100% recyclable toys.
NB:- we received these toys from the wonderful The Stork Nest in order to test and review.
Other items featured:
Play mat – One Two Nine
Stripey storage basket – House Doctor
Paper storage bags – Mon Petit Zoreol
Minimel “Miss Panda” cushion – Little Miss Elisa