Reviewed for First Grade, 2008

Color-Your-Own Farmhouse

Encourage your kid to draw on the walls! At least the walls of this house... Large enough for friends to play inside, too, this easy-to-assemble cardboard farmhouse is like a hopped- up version of the playing-in-the-discarded-refrigerator-box idea. Once an adult has fit the pieces together, kids can go to town decorating their structure with the included markers, then hop inside for some creative play. First graders who aren't so hip on the farmhouse concept might go for one of the other versions, like the castle, or the convenience store. Whichever they pick, this toy offers tons of creative play action. (Daydream Toy, $34.99)