Friday, December 3, 2010

GrowingTreeToys Create Your Own Pop Up Book *Review*

We have reviewed a lot of art products. I love fostering the idea that with imagination, any thing is possible. Alex has a much more structured method of thinking. His drawings since he was a toddler were very methodical. He will be awesome when he's old enough for ceramics, photography, architecture, or shop class.

Abbie is a very creative artist. Her houses have 33 windows and the chimneys are longer than the house sometimes. She makes some paintings the same color from beginning to end, and other times she makes a bland object rainbow and glittery. You never know what kind of a zany animal concotion she's going to draw. It's exciting to watch the both of them as they grow artistically in their own very different ways.

Recently, our new friends at extended an opportunity for us to review one of their products.Their website has a ton of educational toys that really meets the need of every child on your shopping list. The item we received was this awesome Create Your Own Pop Up Books kit.  I decided to hang onto this review until the holidays, because I was much more impressed than I thought I would be with the product, and knew it would make a perfect gift this holiday season.

At first, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this set, because it's rated for kids 5+. Alex isn't extremely creative artistically (even at 7), and Abbie is only 4 and a half. The great part is that this kit comes with two books, so if you have two children, it gives a great opportunity for both of them to make something fun! It retails for about $20, and with all of the tools and fun stuff inside, it's a steal this holiday season.

The kit comes with 2 high quality, hardcover pop-up books – one that measures 8.5”x8.5” and the other 6.25”x6.25” – and supplies to make their stories, including stickers, 8 markers, pop-up designs, illustrated instructions with story starter ideas, and step-by-step pop-up ideas. Suprisingly, it was really easy to use, create the pop ups, and make the books come to life. The hard covered books are nice and sturdy; they don't look or feel "cheap" like other kits I've seen through the years. I've never seen a pop up style kit, so I love the uniqueness of this product.

This was our first time reviewing a product for Growing Tree Toys, but I can tell you shipping was super quick. Every communication that I've had with the company has been pleasant, and the website is super easy to navigate. Right now they're running a special shipping deal- free shipping on all orders over $89. They also run a fun Deal of the Day, which is a product for 60% off, just for that day! They have something for every budget, which really makes it appealing to shop there. I absolutely adore the Calico Critters playsets, and am truly thinking of ordering some for Abbie.

If art isn't one of your child's special talents, be sure to visit for more ideas on educational and fun toys for kids from birth through 11 and up! Not sure what your little cousin, niece, nephew, or grandchild likes? Gift cards are also available so that your gift is exactly what they want this year!

Special thanks to Growing Tree Toys for allowing us to review this product at no cost, in exchange for our review. As always, all opinions expressed are that of 4BabyAndMom.



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