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

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 our go to travel toy.  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's Suitcase

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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  1. maria ROGERS
    March 11, 2019 / 12:46 pm

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

  2. Stef Acaster
    March 11, 2019 / 12:50 pm

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

  3. Jessica Nightingale
    March 11, 2019 / 1:06 pm

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

  4. Julia Kerr
    March 11, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    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
    March 11, 2019 / 3:10 pm

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

  6. melanie stirling
    March 11, 2019 / 9:39 pm

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

  7. Margaret GALLAGHER
    March 11, 2019 / 10:00 pm

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

  8. Solange
    March 11, 2019 / 11:17 pm

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

  9. pete c
    March 12, 2019 / 12:01 am

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

  10. Susan B
    March 12, 2019 / 6:38 am

    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
    March 12, 2019 / 7:21 am

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

  12. iain maciver
    March 12, 2019 / 11:54 am

    I would have to pick the Fairies set for my nieces

  13. Angela treadway
    March 12, 2019 / 12:35 pm

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

    March 12, 2019 / 6:23 pm

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

  15. Anthony Harrington
    March 12, 2019 / 10:17 pm

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

  16. Rachel Craig
    March 13, 2019 / 12:16 am

    Family One Card People, for the children.

  17. laura pyper
    March 13, 2019 / 8:22 am

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

  18. Gemma Clark
    March 13, 2019 / 10:19 am

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

  19. Christina Palmer
    March 13, 2019 / 1:02 pm

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

  20. janine atkin
    March 13, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    id choose the pirate set for my nephew

  21. Tracy Hanley
    March 13, 2019 / 8:06 pm

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

  22. Kay Sherman
    March 15, 2019 / 8:25 am

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

  23. Hayley GLASPER-SMITH
    March 15, 2019 / 8:12 pm

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

  24. Rebecca Duncan
    March 16, 2019 / 7:39 am

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

  25. Laura Jeffs
    March 16, 2019 / 8:05 am

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

  26. Jackie Howell
    March 16, 2019 / 10:46 am

    Fairies and Pirates for twins Rose and Teresa

  27. Jade Hewlett
    March 16, 2019 / 11:16 am

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

  28. Jesse Partington
    March 16, 2019 / 11:16 am

    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
    March 16, 2019 / 1:08 pm

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

  30. Jo m welsh
    March 16, 2019 / 2:43 pm

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

  31. Gavin Robertson
    March 16, 2019 / 3:07 pm

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

  32. Paz
    March 16, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    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
    March 16, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    Cardies Pirate set would be wonderful for my 2 boys

  34. Suan Watts
    March 16, 2019 / 5:10 pm

    Cardies Pirates please for my grandson

  35. Farhana Chowdhury
    March 16, 2019 / 8:01 pm

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

  36. J Matcham
    March 16, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    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.

    March 17, 2019 / 2:45 am

    Looks great particularly for travel

  38. Ruth Harwood
    March 17, 2019 / 6:48 am

    love the cavemen set!

  39. Sally Collingwood
    March 17, 2019 / 10:02 am

    I would choose the London Caddies set

  40. Emma Sinclair
    March 17, 2019 / 11:09 am

    I would like the Knights set for my children

  41. Debi Newman
    March 17, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    The children I look after would love the pirate one x

  42. claire griffiths
    March 19, 2019 / 10:37 am

    would love the school ones for my son

  43. aj
    March 19, 2019 / 1:26 pm

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

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