There’s a space shuttle in his room.

A cardboard one; with a Scooby wizard on top.

KidsCraft Cardboard Playhouses
To preserve space, we left the wings off of the shuttle.

Jayden, like any other curious kid, loves hanging out and hiding in corners, closets, and boxes. When KidsCraft offered to send us the Shuttle Imagination, I knew this playhouse would be a hit in our household.

KidsCraft playhouses encourage creative play with their blank white slate and fun cutout design. KidsCraft playhouses are easy to assemble. Each piece of recycled cardboard is pre-cut with flaps and slots, so there’s no need for cutting or taping. The cardboard walls are sturdy, perfect for drawing on. While I love the fact that KidsCraft playhouses are meant to be doodled on, we decided not to draw on ours just yet. Jayden has enjoyed using the box that it came in as a little art easel. See, we recycle too :).

KidsCraft Cardboard Playhouses

The Shuttle Imagination playhouse is a place where Jayden can hang out with mommy’s old stuffed animals. We do most of our “living” in our living and play rooms, so Jayden doesn’t play in his shuttle as often as he would if it was in his play room. I can imagine that constant play would decrease the lifespan of any cardboard product. So to better justify the price of these pimped out cardboard homes, I’d suggest they come as a full package with crayons, stickers, paints, and other art supplies. Kidscraft does offer to mail a free 8-pack of recycled crayons to customers who shop at specialty retailers and redeem their sales receipt at

KidsCraft Cardboard Playhouses

Each purchase supports a charitable cause. KidsCraft Playhouses will donate 5% of sales to charities like the Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Club of America, and after-school programs. Donations will also go to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 non-profit pediatric hospitals across in the US, Canada and Mexico. So while the cost of this product may be a little pricey, it does support a good cause.

Shuttle Imagination Playhouse: $69.95
Green Stats: KidsCraft playhouses are made of 100% recycled cardboard. KidsCraft and the Trees for the Future Foundation will plant one tree for every product sold.

kidscraft KidsCraft Playhouses was founded with a few basic goals in mind, to provide a high quality outlet for play to children that will stimulate their imagination and foster creativity while maintaining a strict, eco-friendly awareness.

During a move to a new office they were left with an abundance of empty, broken down cardboard boxes. Kids being kids, they were naturally drawn to the boxes and wanted to rebuild and play in them. They also took out markers and crayons, drawing on them for what seemed to be hours on end. KidsCraft instantly knew their kids were onto something BIG and were inspired to share it with others.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.


  • Oh that is to cute. If we had the room…and extra stuff animals I’d get my son one. Hmm. But then he’d probably try to climb it. Lemme think on this :)

  • Reply May 23, 2010


    That’s pretty cool. I don’t know if that would last long in my house. My son would destroy it as soon as we put it together. xD

    • Reply May 24, 2010


      @Jenny, @Sheliza, I think Jay would have torn it up had it been in the playroom.

  • Reply May 21, 2010

    Domestic Diva

    That is such a cute idea! Love it!! I bet he has a blast in there, I know my boys would love one.

  • Reply May 20, 2010


    I like that. It has not crossed my mind have a playhouse made f cardboard. I love idea of the kids being able to draw on it too. It looks like fun.

  • Reply May 20, 2010

    Ms. Understood

    That’s really cute and I love that it supports a good cause.

  • Reply May 20, 2010


    Wow, what a neat idea!! I could see Willie in something like that. Um although he might turn it on its side and try diving off of it!!! BOYS! :p

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