Here’s Why We Love Carddies Colouring Box Sets + Giveaway

children playing with colouring box set

Have you heard about Carddies yet?  If you have been following our Instagram account or read our bumper post about  tips for travelling with 2+ kids you might have guessed that we are huge fans of these little boxed colouring sets already.

In the interests of full disclosure we were sent 2 sets of Carddies around Christmas time, and we found them brilliant for keeping the kids busy when we are out and about both at home or when we are travelling.  Since we were gifted these first sets, we have gone on to purchase more ourselves. We bought new sets for going to Portugal and Morocco for example.

children playing with colouring box set

The Carddies team have kindly sent us a couple of new sets and they are being kept hidden away from excited children until we head to Malta at Easter.  I have really enjoyed putting a new set in the girls travel bag for each trip and they have literally saved the day so many times.

What are Carddies Colouring Boxed Sets?

So what are Carddies?

Well they are a wonderful creative colouring toy that is small enough to take practically everywhere with you and your kids.  There are 16 box sets with different themes including everything from family, fairies to pirates and farm life.

Carddies Family Colouring Playset

Each hand drawn box contains 12 different double sided cardboard characters, a set of pencils, 12 stands and a scene.  The cardboard used is great quality both for colouring and for playing with.  Each character and the scene included in the set is hand drawn, which gives them bags of character to be honest.  Everything is kept together in the handy cardboard box which will fit easily into a rucksack or handbag.

So why are Carddies so great?

Well our children just love them and they will colour and play with them for ages.  I use them when we are travelling and especially when we are visiting cafes or restaurants, or at any point when they might get a little bored and mischievous.

two girls playing with Carddies travel play set on holiday

When we are eating out, the girls always finish before we do, it’s pretty much a given.  If they don’t have anything to occupy them they can soon start to annoy each other, and everyone starts to become stressed.  We don’t like to give them tablets in restaurants, that’s just our thing.  They do have screen time, but we have avoided using tablets especially when we are eating out.

As soon as we feel the kids get a little out of control, I reach for the Carddies that I carry in my bag all the time, and the mood changes instantly.  The change from being mischievous little monkey’s into creative engaged kids who immediately start colouring or role playing with their colouring set is pretty incredible to watch.

We love that Carddies keep them busy without killing the interaction or creativity between them and they have created all kinds of games together with their sets.  They can enjoy playing together, without falling out, while we finish our meal or do whatever boring adult task we have to get out of the way, and then the Carddies get all neatly packed away until the next time.

child colouring Carddies play set

You might also love to hear that Carddies are made by two sisters, so this is a small family run business which I really hope you will love to support.  The sets are designed and made in the UK too, which I also love.  I reached out to the business owners, Raquel and Esther as I was keen to work with them again.  I wanted to help them spread the message about Carddies because we love them so much.

They have saved us from so many stressful situations and sibling fights since we’ve been using them as one of our go to travel toys.  In case you aren’t aware, my daughters are aged 4 and 6, Indie is nearly 7 and Brook will be 5 in the summer.  The Carddies sets are recommended from age 3+, but if your child loves colouring they will love Carddies.

Carddies Giveaway

Raquel and Esther very kindly agreed to offer Zena’s Suitcase readers the chance to win 1 of 5 Carddies colouring sets.  I’m so excited about this as I know the 5 winners are going to love Carddies and share the same joy that we have using them.  Each winner will get the chance to pick their favourite set for their prize, which is also very exciting.

All you need to do to win one of these lovely Carddies sets is to enter via the rafflecopter below.  If you could give your support to Carddies social media pages they would really appreciate it and it will increase your chances of winning.  Competition ends 15th April 2019.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can’t wait to see if you win a set of Carddies in the giveaway, then I have another treat for you.  If you visit the Carddies store on Amazon and enter the voucher code LOVECARD at the check out after you’ve picked your favourite set you will receive a discount of 5% on one box, 10% on two or 15% on three boxes!  It’s certainly worth getting stocked up don’t you think!

The giveaway prizes have been provided by Carddies in exchange for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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72 Discussion to this post

  1. maria ROGERS says:

    My granddaughter would love the Cardies Fairies set, she loves the colour pink and purple, typical girlie!

  2. Stef Acaster says:

    I’d like to have the fairies set for my nieces

  3. Jessica Nightingale says:

    Undoubtedly I would have to pick the Fairies set for my nieces.

  4. Julia Kerr says:

    These look great, I would probably start off with the family box and then buy others after that, it looks like something I’d buy for children when travelling or to keep them occupied at a wedding or similar event

  5. Tracy Nixon says:

    I’d love the CARDDIES NATIVITY CARD PEOPLE for my daughter!

  6. melanie stirling says:

    I would like the Farm Card people and I’d give it to my niece.

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    Pirates – my nephews would love it – not heard of these before – they sound fab

  8. Solange says:

    I’d like to win the Cardies Fairies set and I’d give it to my daughter.

  9. pete c says:

    I would give the Carddies Cavemen Card People pack to my niece

  10. Susan B says:

    What a wonderful and creative solution for loose pencils and artwork. All sets lovely but I would choose the CARDDIES FAIRIES CARD PEOPLE for our youngest.

  11. Susie Wilkinson says:

    The Fairies Card People would be fantastic for my step-granddaughter!

  12. iain maciver says:

    I would have to pick the Fairies set for my nieces

  13. Angela treadway says:

    the school set and to my young son who goes to school x

  14. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    I think i would pick the knights card people colour are playset for my niece and nephew to enjoy together.

  15. Anthony Harrington says:

    what a great idea! I would pick the pirates for my little Grandson

  16. Rachel Craig says:

    Family One Card People, for the children.

  17. laura pyper says:

    The Christmas one for the run up to christmas for my nephew

  18. Gemma Clark says:

    I would pick the fairies set for my 3 year old as she is super girlie

  19. Christina Palmer says:

    I would love the Cardies Pirate set for my youngest grandson as he oves pirates.

  20. janine atkin says:

    id choose the pirate set for my nephew

  21. Tracy Hanley says:

    Carddies family two for my granddaughter , she would just love colouring these in

  22. Kay Sherman says:

    The farm one looks really cute my daughter would definitely love that one

  23. Hayley GLASPER-SMITH says:

    The fairies one as my daughter loves arts crafts colouring etc always wanting to be busy

  24. Rebecca Duncan says:

    My son loves colouring and would love the pirate set 🦜🏴‍☠️

  25. Laura Jeffs says:

    I would pick Carddies Fairy set for my niece, she love anything to do with fairies

  26. Jackie Howell says:

    Fairies and Pirates for twins Rose and Teresa

  27. Jade Hewlett says:

    The Pirates Set looks fun and I’d give it to my cousin

  28. Jesse Partington says:

    I would love to win one of the sets so I could give it to the little girl who lives next door. She is a bright, lovely child who brings light into my life.

  29. Katie B says:

    I’d love to win the fairies set for my niece, she is obsessed with fairies at the moment

  30. Jo m welsh says:

    I would give them to my daughters and I like the family 2 set .

  31. Gavin Robertson says:

    I’d love to win the ballet card people. My 6 year old daughter would love it!

  32. Paz says:

    Flynn would LOVE the Carddies pirates set as he is a BIG colouring fan and these would be great to keep all in one place when we are on the move, thank you x

  33. Rich Tyler says:

    Cardies Pirate set would be wonderful for my 2 boys

  34. Suan Watts says:

    Cardies Pirates please for my grandson

  35. Farhana Chowdhury says:

    The Farm Card people set would be great for my niece niece.

  36. J Matcham says:

    These are dighlighful with some many choices i like the family peope but I think my twins boy and girl would like the faries set too.


    Looks great particularly for travel

  38. Ruth Harwood says:

    love the cavemen set!

  39. Sally Collingwood says:

    I would choose the London Caddies set

  40. Emma Sinclair says:

    I would like the Knights set for my children

  41. Debi Newman says:

    The children I look after would love the pirate one x

  42. michelle o'neill says:

    would love the London one for my grandaughter

  43. claire griffiths says:

    would love the school ones for my son

  44. aj says:

    The Christmas People set would be great to put away for my niece.

  45. Kim Carberry says:

    I love the look of the Ballet set. I think my daughter would have a great time with them x
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  46. Gary Topley says:

    The Carddies Farm People. Thankyou for the competition x

  47. Katie Skeoch says:

    The pirates would be perfect for my boys

  48. Claire woods says:

    Farm Card people set would be great for my niece

  49. Susan Elai Kelly Carter says:

    I would like the Farm Carddies set for my grandson when he is travelling the weekly changeover between mummy and daddy.

  50. Lydia Joy says:

    I’d like the knights one and I think I’d give it to my nephew as he is always practicing jousting and loves knights

  51. Amy Denney says:

    I would choose the farm set and would be for my little girl. She loves animals and anything to do with colouring or crafts. Thank you for the chance.

  52. Sian Buckingham says:

    I’d love the Knights set for my little boy Oscar!

  53. Lynn Neal says:

    I would love the farm one for my grandchildren to share!

  54. Ema J Lowe says:

    my son would like the farm one, it would help me learn his animals

  55. Helen says:

    These look amazing! I would love to win one of the family sets for my daughters to share.

  56. Susan Willshee says:

    I’d love to win the Pirates set for Piper. She loves to colour but we often run out of ideas for what she can draw and colour

  57. Tracy Hanson says:

    My great-niece Mylah would love the BALLET CARD PEOPLE as she did ballet from since she was old enough to go to Baby Ballet and still goes now.

  58. Caroline Blaza says:

    I like the fairies set and would give them to my Granddaughter x

  59. Sheri Darby says:

    My sons would really enjoy The Pirates set

  60. paula cheadle says:

    I would love the carddie fairies set for my niece who would love them

  61. Laura Claridge says:

    My 2 girls would love the Fairies Set. They love colouring and do it at every opportunity!

  62. Gill Williams says:

    I would love to win the Carddies Fairies Set for my Granddaughter as she is mad about fairies. x

  63. Michelle Ferguson says:

    I love the Christmas card people which I would give to my nephew

  64. Jeanette Leighton says:

    The pirates or fairies would be good for my 2 children

  65. Sara Owen says:

    My daughter would love the fairies set it looks amazing and thanks very much for chance

  66. Anthea Holloway says:

    I would choose the Farm Card People and I know that my grandson would love it if I gave it to him,

  67. Katie m says:

    The CARDDIES LONDON CARD PEOPLE Colour and Play Set – I would give it to my little sister

  68. Neet says:

    Would love to win the fairies one for my niece ❤️

  69. Maddy says:

    Fairies please

  70. Tammy Neal says:

    Fairies for my niece x

  71. Stephanie Gray says:

    Id love the fairies set for my daughter Ayla whos 5 nearly 6 And loves colouring

  72. ellie spider says:

    some fab sets – i really like the knights one 🙂

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