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Calafant Toys: Race Car and Farm

Creative Toyshop, LLC

209 West Rose Valley Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

I have only one word to describe the Calafant race car and farm that I was privileged to receive and review--WOW! These sturdy cardboard construction toys/play sets are created in Germany and designed by the well-known German cartoonist Boris Schimansk. However, they are distributed in the United States by Creative Toyshop, a company owned by Martina McConnon, a mother of two from Pennsylvania.

When we first received the packages containing the race car and farm play set, I did experience a moment of panic when I saw all the pieces, especially to the farm. I wondered if doing this project would be a repeat of a few memorable Christmas mornings, when my husband and I spent hours studying confusing directions and trying to put together toys with a gazillion parts. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy the Calafant toys were to assemble! The directions are pictorial, simple to follow, and foolproof. My daughter put together the race car in less than five minutes, and I put together the farm in less than twenty minutes. I admit that I did put the roof of the main barn on backwards at first, but I quickly discovered my mistake and made the correction with no problem. The final product is unbelievable!

My little boys, ages six and four, absolutely love the Calafant constructions, and they have begged me to get some of the other sets they saw on the Creative Toyshop website. They had a wonderful time coloring the race car and farm, and these cardboard sets have already provided hours of entertainment and enjoyment for them. For my part, I like the fact that the Calafant toys are environmentally friendly as well as creative and easy to assemble. My children are using their imaginations instead pushing buttons, changing channels, or clicking a mouse. The materials used to make the Calafant toys are high quality and durable, even when handled by small children. In addition, the sets can easily be taken apart and stored for future play--or recycled.

The price for the race car (small toy line) is $7.99, and it comes with six non-toxic, washable markers. The farm set (large toy line) costs $24.99 and measures approximately 24" x 12" x 20" when finished. It is modeled after old-fashioned farms in Germany and Holland. You can also find more information and other sets (including a tree house, a windmill, a palace, a dollhouse, a fort, and more) on the Creative Toyshop website.

You will not be disappointed if you purchase Calafant toys. I cannot recommend these products highly enough, and I definitely see more of these fantastic creative cardboard constructions in our future! Again, all I can say is WOW!

Product review by Amy M. O'Quinn, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, July 2010

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