Giveaway: Make a cardboard treehouse

make a cardboard treehouse

There are two things that kids love: A treehouse and a good ol’ cardboard box. Put those two items together and you get a super fun and eco-friendly toy– The Calafant Cardboard Treehouse from Creative Toyshop. Zoe and I had a blast learning how to make a cardboard treehouse.

Every child dreams of having a treehouse especially if you grew up watching TV shows like Punky Brewster (I was obsessed with that show). My daughter wants to build a real treehouse of her own, but we are apartment dwellers, so that won’t be happening anytime soon. If you are like us and you can’t build a treehouse in your yard, start your child off with a personal cardboard treehouse.

make a cardboard treehouse

Zoe was thrilled to help me with the instructions as we used our problem-solving skills to assemble the cardboard pieces. It was like a fun puzzle that we couldn’t wait to paint. As soon as the cardboard treehouse was put together, Zoe instantly put her art apron on and was ready to paint. I turned on some music while Zoe painted to her heart’s content. She danced around the table and used lots of vivid colors with tiny and broad strokes.

make a cardboard treehouse

This eco-friendly toy is fun to put together and your child gets to paint the plain white cardboard with plenty of time for imagination play once the masterpiece is complete. Zoe picked out her tiny toy figurines and race cars and let them weave in and out of the cardboard doors.

  • Easy to build – no scissors or glue needed
  • Sturdy, functional toy – ideal for play with 3″ dolls
  • Encourages creativity and creative play
  • Made from amazingly sturdy recycled cardboard
  • When you’re done playing, it’s recyclable!
For a learning extension activity why not add the Magic Tree House  book series by Mary Pope Osborne to your book collection (books designed for ages 8 and up)? Or my all-time favorite children’s book for all ages The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I think teaching our kids about our environment and nature through fun hands-on experiences is so important. I plead guilty for wanting to raise my daughter to be a tree hugger. Save the Truffula trees!

Cardboard crafts have endless possibilities and I am pleased with this art project for kids. My daughter really enjoyed putting it together, painting it and then getting to add her own toys to the cardboard tree for some imagination play. We thought it would be fun to share this eco-friendly art project with your family. So, are you ready to win and make a cardboard treehouse from the Creative Toyshop!?


Family Sponge is excited to be giving away a brand new Calafant Cardboard Treehouse to one lucky reader! To enter the giveaway:

Visit Creative Toy Shop and Comment below by finishing this sentence

“My favorite eco-friendly toy is _____________________________.” (it doesn’t have to be a real toy)

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23 Responses to Giveaway: Make a cardboard treehouse

  1. amy linderman April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    my favorite ec0-friendly toy is using milk jugs to make lanterns or bird feeders

  2. jill hunziker April 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    The kids would love this!

  3. Melissa April 18, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Dirt and water! They can go a long way with children. 🙂

  4. Popo Joy April 24, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    My favorite eco-friendly toy is a twig or small branch. My eight year old son, finds endless entertainment from them. And they are also great for toasting marshmallows over a bonfire too.

    I have done suggestions number 1, 2 and 3. And love Family Sponge.

  5. CorrinP April 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Our favorite eco-friendly toys are cardboard packaging…we paint, build, and create with them.

  6. Pamela S. April 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    We make a lot of things out of cardboard TP rolls–pirate spyglasses and binoculars, mostly. But also caterpillars and phones and people with whacky “hair”. Paper towel rolls become swords. It’s actually allllll about swords-for-super-heroes lately.

  7. Ash & Matt | A SoCal Story April 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    What a fun idea!

    My favorite eco-friendly toy is beach sand. There’s nothing better 🙂

  8. Ash & Matt | A SoCal Story April 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Pinned on Pinterest!

  9. Jackie April 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Is the long cardboard box we made into a ship today!

  10. Catie Young April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Our favorite ecofriendly toy is cardboard boxes. We save them all and Madison draws, colors, paints, cuts, etc. them.

  11. Corrin April 26, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I grew up on ten acres and playing outside was a must.And my toys were the dirt, tree’s, and mountains! I want the same fir my kids.My imagination was endless!

  12. Christy April 26, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    My favorite eco-friendly toy is sand. 🙂 I am constantly amazed at the way my girls can entertain themselves for HOURS with nothing but a shovel, a bucket and a stretch of sandy beach. The best!

  13. leslie April 26, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    our favorite (as in both myself and the kids) eco friendly toy,
    our tire swing!

    (great giveaway, and not only do I Facebook like you, I Facebook love you!)

  14. Wendie April 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    My favorite eco friendly toy is sand also!

  15. Carolina J. April 27, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    My favorite eco-friendly toy is the “Palace”, apart from the “Treehouse” which is simply superb.

  16. Carolina J. April 27, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    I LIKE Family Sponge on Facebook.

  17. Carolina J. April 27, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I am SUBSCRIBED to your weekly newsletter.. .

  18. Carolina J. April 27, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    SHARED this giveaway image on my own Facebook page.

  19. Carolina J. April 27, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    PINNED this giveaway on Pinterest.

  20. Sarah April 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    My favorite eco-friendly toy is anything we can make with what we have. She is enjoying the cardboard car we built for her out of a box.

  21. Jackie B. April 30, 2012 at 9:41 am #


  22. Jackie B. April 30, 2012 at 9:41 am #


  23. Jackie B. April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    And shared!