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It’s Monday. Let’s Do a Giveaway, Shall We? Win a “My Pretty Playhouse” by Cascades!

A few months ago, our neighbour had a large appliance delivered. The big cardboard box that it came in was brought out for all the kids on the street to play with. Despite having a garage full of fancy ride-on toys and other delights of suburbia, the kids just never tired of the cardboard box!

I suppose then that it’s no surprise that my kids were so intrigued when the “My Pretty Playhouse” arrived to our house. This playhouse is produced by Cascades, the largest wastepaper recoverer in Canada.

Sent to me for review directly by Cascades, I had planned to do build this cardboard playhouse with the kids on the weekend and to take some photos of the process for you. However, last Thursday, I got home to see the entire thing completely constructed in the basement.

When I’d told my 10-year-old daughter that “we’d do it when we had some free time,” she didn’t catch the “we” and went ahead and put it together when “she” had some free time.

She and her brother were having a ball and couldn’t wait to decorate it with crayons and markers too. Stella was particularly enamored with the extra details like the window boxes.

The cardboard creates a much sturdier playhouse than I would have imagined. My kids aren’t particularly “tough” on their toys, but even still, I’ll bet it will require some duct tape repairs in the near future to extend its life as long as possible. And in a family of four boys? Well, all bets are off for how long it would last!

Max, my 4-year-old son, concentrated very hard to colour in the lines because he wanted the playhouse to look fantastic! (Also, I have no idea why his ear is so red in this picture.)

If you’re not sure if your kids will enjoy a playhouse, then the “My Pretty Playhouse” is really the way to go. A playhouse constructed from plastic is far more expensive and will likely end up at the dump if the kids tire of it. This playhouse, on the other hand, is priced at $34.99 and for each house purchased, $2 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Not only is the house made from 100% recycled cardboard, it can also be recycled.

All in all, we’ve enjoyed having this playhouse. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Would you like to a “My Pretty Playhouse” of your own? Well, good news — Cascade has been kind enough to offer one for you too!

To enter, visit the Cascades Boutique and then come back here and leave a comment. I’ll do a random draw next Monday and announce the winner. (This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States.)

Edited to Add: The winner, chosen randomly using, was Brenda A! 


  1. That is a cool website, I didn’t know they made clothing. My daughter would love that house too.

  2. blendcreations says:

    I’ve actually had my eye on this particular house for a while. We have a monkey that gets a lot of play out of regular cardboard boxes! I’m impressed with Cascades’ cardboard chair too, which reminds me of first-year industrial design projects :)

  3. I love the fact they are making something quite durable that can eventually be recyclyed. Takes the whole cardboard box playhouse to another level :) and you don’t need to wait to buy a new refridgerator to give your kids a cool playhouse LOL

  4. So fun!  My minis would LOVE this!  Thanks for the chance.

  5. It looks cute and warm. Kids always like to make their own secret place. I think my 3 daughters will love this big toy!!!

  6. Love the open ended play options with this toy!  It can be a house, shop, doctors, etc.  Awesome!

  7. I think the kids AND the cats would enjoy this toy. (My eldest son would happily build cat condos for infill.)

  8. amyboughner says:

    They have a Toopy and Binoo house – why did I not know about this sooner?

  9. chantal_mc says:

    My kids (the younger two anyhow) would LOVE this house. Just love it :)

  10. My boys would love this. The pre-printed houses are cool too but I love the versatility of the plain ones. Very cool product!!!

  11. WOW! I have never seen these before ! i love everything about them… creative, fun, environmentally friendly, and really inexpensive! i think my boys may be past the age for this, but I have a 5 year old God-daughter with a birthday in November who I would LOVE to give this to!

  12. taraleagauthier says:

    My kids would absolutely love this, a step up from a card board box, and not too much money. Love it!

  13. My sons would love this – finally walls they are allowed to draw on!

  14. Very cool. I didn’t know these existed. We’re about to bring home a new sibling for my son and I think this would be a great distraction for him while Mom is tending to the new baby.

  15. shannonmolenaar says:

    Love this house! Love Cascades…great great company!

  16. My kids are totally cardboard box type kids. They would love this!!!

  17. This looks like a very fun playhouse and I’m sure my kids would love it! I love that it is made of recycled paper fibre.

  18. How fantastic! I have three little kids — five year old twin boys and a three year old daughter. This would make a great present for my creative, imaginative kids and I love that it is eco-friendly!

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