Kids like cardboard boxes. Kids like coloring. Kids like using their imagination. Build a Dream Playhouses melds together all these aspects of kids into something truly unique and entertaining. I’m always trying to build cool things for Jake out of cardboard boxes. I always have these great ideas, but I lack the actual crafting talent to pull them together. Build a Dream takes the really hard part out of creating something fun and lets you dig right into the fun part- the coloring!

For this review, I chose the Cosmic Cruiser, since Jake is really into outer space. The Cruiser arrived in a large, flat box, in about four pieces. I suggested we color the pieces first, then put it together. This worked well for about an hour, then Jacob really just wanted to play in it and finish coloring it later. Assembly was actually not as daunting as I thought it would be at first. I should note that I follow assembly directions about as well as I follow recipes, or not well at all. When assembling difficult items, I usually end up crying until someone else banishes me from the room and finishes the job. I didn’t cry while assembling the Cosmic Cruiser, and that itself is a huge compliment to whoever came up with the design. Basically, you insert tab A into slot A, and so on. I had a little bit of difficulty towards the end, which may be because I decided I didn’t really need to read the direction and could just figure it out on my own. I may have assembled one part before I was supposed to, which made it harder to put the tabs in to another part. Still, no tears, and it all worked out fine in the end.

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I am really surprised at how sturdy the Cosmic Cruiser is, considering it’s made of cardboard. Jake leans all his weight on the back rest, and sometimes even puts a pillow in there, and it holds up great. Aside from pretending to be an outer space animal surgeon, Jake also uses his Cruiser to sit in while he watches TV or plays video games. They have several other really awesome Dreamhouses, including an Ice-Cream truck, a Snack-Shack, and a Pop and Play Kitchen. We’re still working on coloring ours. I like that we can continue working on it over time, adding a bit here and there. Both Jake and I are really impressed with the Cosmic Cruiser- him because it looks cool and is fun, and me because it gave us something to work on together and it inspires imagination.

 

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