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Ooh La La, Le Cafe est tres adorable

Submitted by on June 24, 2012 – 7:09 amNo Comment

Great cardboard playhouse for kids from Little Play Spaces

by Liz Mangelsdorf

One of the many perks of running North Texas Kids is getting fun products to review!  Ding-Dong from the UPS man (we happened to be home at the time)… Bonjour!  Look what arrived !

My kids were delighted with the size of the box and couldn’t wait to see what was inside!  It is the Kids French Cafe by Little Play Spaces

We put the playhouse together outside, the kids helped. Now, I am a pretty handy person, but I must admit that I sat stumped for about a good 5 minutes trying to figure out how to maneuver together the front columns. Once I had them in place it was a piece of cake (and I thought to myself, duh – my brain was just not getting it that day!)

Both of the kids quickly ran to their play kitchen and got out the tea set and all sorts of food and went to town setting up their new playhouse. The real chalkboard is a huge hit and remains to be one of the favorite parts of the cafe. Tres’ Ingenieux!

My 5 year old has loved learning the french words, what a great opportunity to introduce another language! After years of French class in school (a million years ago) and a trip to Paris (a million years ago) , it is fun to remember the language myself ! I keep telling myself  it is just like riding a bike and all the french vocabulary will come flooding back to me …  Je m’appelle Elisabet. Ou est la salle de bain ?

Both of the kids have enjoyed playing cafe/restaurant, serving each other and their dolls and stuffed animals. They have declared it a library and sat inside for story time. And recently my 3-year-old son said it was a tower for Rapunzel (his older sister)! I am thinking of moving it out to the front yard on a Saturday morning and selling cafe au lait and croissants to the neighbors!

I love that it’s designed by a mom for her own daughter, her passion for creating a great play space really shows. The attention to detail is so fun and you have to truly appreciate the fact that it is made in the USA (Dallas, Texas actually) and uses recycled product.

Keep in mind this playhouse is big!  It is currently in our playroom and takes up quite a bit of space, but the kids love playing with it so it remains there for now … (too bad we don’t live in the mid-west, we would have a basement, and a PERFECT place for the cafe! ) My kids played with it in the backyard on one of our rare cooler summer days. It is super easy to move and it can fold up and slide under a bed or in a closet when not in use.

Find the French Café cardboard play space online at Little Play Spaces. If you like this one, check out the Medieval Castle and coming this summer a 50’s style Lemonade Stand.

 

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