Welcome to the wonderful world of Carddies

Through the fantastic family of Mumsnet Local Editors, I was offered the opportunity to try out a brilliant new brand, Carddies and we have had a great time getting to know this lovely set that has travelled to us.

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Things are starting to get festive and so we decided to give the nativity set a go. We love to do Christmas themed activities in the course of December and this seemed like a fantastic place for us to start on Monday. Both Eldest and Youngest were fascinated by the colourful box and what lay inside. We were all eager to start when I showed them what we’d be doing.

In each box is a selection of double sided cut outs, a back drop, some pencils and some fabulous little bases that the characters sit in to allow them to stand and be moved.

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We had great fun getting each character out of the box, talking about their role in the nativity and colouring them in (I may have even got a bit carried away colouring one in, can you spot it amongst Eldest’s beautiful creations?)

At first set up I had fetched the colouring-in tin of crayons and pens as I was unsure of the pencils and fearing they would be of the same dire quality occasionally found in the restaurant ‘entertainment’ packs. You know, the ones that require such force as to dent the table before it would even leave some decent colour on the page, in which case the thing then snaps anyway. Well I need have not feared this at all, the pencils provided in the pack were fantastic quality and beautiful to use. Even youngest’s dainty swirls left some impressive shading on the figures. There was also a generous selection of colours to choose from.

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As each character was coloured, Eldest took great delight in then giving them their base to stand upon and importantly placing them in the scene. Even once the attention for colouring had faded, we still spent a further half an hour playing with the scene, giving them voices and acting out the nativity story.

These little boxes are just fantastic and hold so many possibilities. So far in the space of 3 days, our little box has been with us to a restaurant, to visit family and opened several times at home to add a little more colouring and a little more play. They are easy to transport too as they are perfectly sized for the changing bag or children’s backpacks and the box seems exceptionally robust, with no signs of wear and tear as of yet! I am thinking of ordering a few more to have on hand when I need things to just calm down a little and focus, when the craziness of the Christmas family visits and the gift whirlwind begins.

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Outside of the holiday period, Carddies still has plenty to offer. Children’s favourites such as cavemen, ballet dancers and footballers are available. Or a lovely option could also be the family Carddies sets, which could allow children to act out some beautiful imaginative play including all the characters from their very own family.

These fantastic boxes would make a brilliant Christmas stocking filler and it doesn’t get better than buying a British made, creative, and very eco-friendly product, well  actually it does, it comes with a discount!

For all orders purchased before the 31st of December:

• Save 10% when you purchase 1 Carddies set;
• Save 15% when you purchase 2 or 3 Carddies sets;
• Save 20% when you purchase 4 or more Carddies sets.

To receive this discount enter code XMASOFFR in the “Gift Card and Promotional Codes” box at the checkout, at the very last stage of the ordering process when you are reviewing your order and just before you press the “buy now” button. This offer only applies to purchases from Carddies Limited own store at Amazon, found here Carddies Amazon Store.

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