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MSRP: $19.50
Age Range: 102 to 10
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Infant & Toddler

These nature-themed, gender-neutral wall cards are numbered one through 10. The images are made using recycled paper. The cards are designed to be educational, stylish and environmental from start to finish, using only 100-percent recycled materials and soy ink for the product and packaging. "Wall cards are known as an economical alternative to expensive wall art, which makes them the perfect product for families on a budget. And their versatility allows them to be individually framed, or simply tacked up to the wall!" Rebecca Peragine, CEO of Art and Philanthropy, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.

Featured in:TDmonthly's August Staff Picks (8/1/2009)
In This Issue (8/1/2009)

TDmonthly Review:

What It Is: This set includes 10 numbered and illustrated cards made from recycled materials and soy-based ink.

What We Thought: The eco-friendly cards express a very earthy vibe, with relaxing shades of green, rust and brown, and simple, pleasant images that include birds, leaves and turtles. Children Inspire Design, the manufacturer, recommends either framing the cards or, for a more economic alternative, simply tacking them to a wall. They would make for nice decorations, especially in a soft-hued nursery, but could also be used in a more basic manner, as flashcards for little learners. At $19.50, the price point isn´t so budget friendly — I could imagine a set like this more for around $9.99. Nonetheless, the "green" option and nature theme could make it ideal as part of a juvenile or gift display in a more upscale store.

Why They´ll Want It: It´s nice that both the cards´ composition and the images of nature complement one another. And the details add value. For example, there´s even newsprint text (in Italian, I believe) subtly incorporated into parts of the images to add extra visual texture ... and perhaps to remind of the benefits of recycling. Since these cards come in eight different languages, they might be a nice fit for educational resource stores, or just perfect for reaching a broader range of eco- and education-minded parents. — Julie L. Jones, 8.10.2010

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24460      (added 7/7/2009)

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