I came across Kidlandia when I was looking for unique affiliate opportunities, and wrote them to see about doing a review. Kidlandia provides, among other things, really cute personalized maps of both imaginary kingdoms and real places for your children. They allowed me to pick out a product on their site, and I chose the USA Patchwork Map. It was a tough choice, as they have so many cute maps, and I had a hard time deciding between this one and the Spongebob one. In the end, I decided that I would take this opportunity to pick something that was both cute and educational, since I’m trying to teach Jake more about the different states.
The whole ordering process was a piece of cake. Pick your design, add your child’s name and other details, add to cart, check out. It couldn’t possibly have been any easier. The map arrived super fast too, like within a few days. It’s not to big at 14×11 inches, so you don’t have to struggle to find wall space (Jake has a lot of posters), but not so small that you can’t read it or enjoy it. The poster is made of good paper-stock too, not nearly as thin as the other ones hanging on Jake’s wall. I plan to get a frame for ours, just to protect it more, but it could easily be hung with tape if you wanted to do it that way. For those with girls, the USA Patchwork Map comes in pastel colors as well.
Kidlandia has a ton of other cute personalized posters, like family trees and maps of fantasy worlds, including some based on characters like Spongebob and Dora. All the styles available for the maps are also available as a fleece blanket, which includes free personalization with your child’s name, and birthday, plus up to 25 additional personalized details, like other names, animals, etc. They also have really cute Kreechurs mugs, like the Caterplump. Other products include growth charts, puzzles, placemats, pillowcases, and even iPad apps.
I love Kidlandia’s back story. According to their About Kidlandia page, the company was founded by Brian Backus, who has worked on multimedia projects for Disney. Backus felt that giving children their own kingdom, complete with friendly monsters, would help boost their confidence, accelerate their reading skills, and help them learn more about maps in general. Originally, the maps sold for $2,000 each, but the demand was still high. Eventually, Backus decided to make the maps more accessible and affordable, and Kidlandia was developed. I live in a fantasy world of my own creation much of the time, so the imaginary map idea really appeals to me. Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of Jake’s USA Patchwork map and the speed in which it was delivered.
Note: I received a free product to help me write my review. This post also contains an affiliate link, which means if you click on it and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. This is no way influenced my opinions.