Imagination Box Co. makes the the only cardboard toys we found that are printed inside and out. The cute Country Cottage ($24) has a fireplace, a cat and even a welcome mat. The roof lifts off easily without damaging the tabs so the child can reach right in to paint or play. It comes in only three pieces and it took about five minutes to put together, which is great when your child is jumping up and down shouting, “ARE YOU DONE YET, MAMA?” The Country Cottage comes with a set of watercolor paints, too. The Cottage is made from 45% post-consumer cardboard (The white paper layer is new but it makes it easier to see the painting) and is completely recyclable. It’s only about two feet tall and is perfect for Barbie and her pals. We like that all of their toys are made in the USA!
Check out our reviews of the other cardboard toys we found at Toy Fair.