As a mother of two girls, it’s not always easy to find something my kids can play together. Either a craft or board game is too complex for my 3-year-old, or her older sister is bored to tears because “it’s too boring.” Sometimes, you just can’t please everyone! Luckily, we have found common ground for both girls in the amazing world of Calico Critters. If you’re not yet familiar with these adorable pint-sized animals and their various habitats, it’s not too late to immerse yourselves in this imaginative culture. From the common mice family, to the atypical hedgehogs, there are a variety of species that play together and co-habitat, be it in a cozy cottage, monstrous treehouse or any magic-believe locale young minds can dream up. And now, just in time for summer, the gang is ready to hit the road in their very own Calico Critters Caravan Family Camper. The fold-out rooms invite plenty of opportunity and space for shared playtime, including a well-stocked kitchen, bathroom complete with shower and bunk beds for naptime. I love that this is one age-appropriate toy that still holds my 7-year-old’s interest, while enabling her little sister to expand her own imaginative horizons. After all, learning to “share and share alike” is something to foster, no matter how old you are.
In a Nutshell: Even if you’re not hitting the road with the kids this summer, they can still feel like they’re going on vacation along with the Calico gang and all the comforts of home.