Monday, November 4, 2013

imagine-i-CAN (Manhattan Toys). Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: We received products to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated, however, are genuine and my own.



Craft time for my son is fun time. He just loves to sit down and create. It's a great way to spend time with him, and we end up doing things I know he is going to someday remember fondly.


Have you heard of imagine i CAN® craft kits, by Manhattan Toys? They make great craft kits for the kiddos. We are familiar with the brand, and have enjoyed their products in the past. At my son's request, we recently broke out a couple of the kits we have, and put them together. Just for an FYI, these two kits are very reasonably priced at $6 a piece.

Project preparation was as easy as popping out the pieces

The first item we put together was the lion puppet. We popped out each of the sturdy cardboard pieces & the easy-to-follow instructions, and in no time at all we were ready to go. No scissors or glue were required, which made clean up a breeze too (parents everywhere are cheering!). 

This is the inside of the puppet, you can see where my son just put the tongue into place.

My son is 6-years-old and he had no trouble at all putting this together, with just minimal assistance. The piece are numbered, and the double-sided sticky tape holds them together. The hardest part of this kit, and it wasn't hard at all, was getting that double-sided tape off of the coated paper.  

Getting the jaws ready.

There are two sturdy cardboard handles that you place inside
to open and close the puppet's mouth.

The puppet opens via two cardboard handles you install with the sticky tape, and they are just perfect for small fingers. The mouth opens and closes with ease. We had a good ol' time coming up with lion scenarios the puppet could star in.

The finished puppet.
We call him 'Tigey'

Here is the finished product. Isn't he cute? My son named him Tigey. And yes, I did inform him that it's a lion, not a tiger, but he said he already knows that...and so "Tigey" it is.  He's a welcome addition to our craft family of creations. :)

Mini Play Set- Farm Fun

Another imagine i CAN® craft kit we put together was the Mini Play Set-Farm Fun. This is basically a group of farm animals that you pop out and put together (very easily) by matching up the numbers. 

See the Rooster? He's put together, standing up, and ready to play.

There is a paper sheet to serve as the farm, and you can place your animals anywhere that you'd like, to create whatever farm scene appeals to you at the moment.

The sturdy cardboard pieces go together easily and stand up with no problem at all.

It was getting a little late last night when we opened it (close to my son's bed time) but he was so enthusiastic that I told him we could start putting the animals together, and we did.  We got about half way through and I told him we'd finish them today when he got home from school.

The first thing he said this morning, even before he had breakfast? "Can I put together some of my little animals?"   

I told him he could, and he got a couple more in before it was time to start getting ready. I'm sure he's going to go right back to it when school lets out this afternoon.  This kit appeals to his sense of detail, he likes to see how everything is drawn, and he likes to put the pieces together. It's a fun kit to own.

These are just a couple of the many imagine i CAN® craft kits.  You can see from the picture below some of the other kits that are available (click on the pictures to make them bigger).





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Learn more about imagine i CAN® craft kits by visiting the Manhattan Toy website.

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and/or Pinterest.

One lucky person gets a craft kit of their own (from those in the photo above). US entrants only.
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53 comments:

  1. I like how simple these look. I hate it when I get a craft kit that is too difficult for my children to do on their own. Then I end up having to do it myself lol.

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  2. I bet your son is thrilled with all the products he can try out. He looks like he is having a ball.

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  3. These kits sound terrific. I think some of my grandchildren would really enjoy putting them together.

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  4. I love these kind of things because it can stimulate the kids imagination and make them more creative. Look at him, really enjoying the mini farm set :)

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  5. Those puppets are so cute! I bet my youngest would love those :)

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  6. I know my grands would absolutely love these. We are forever doing crafts.

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  7. I love any craft that my kids can make on their own...without mama's assistance. :) Look like a lot of fun.

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  8. How cute, he looks like he is really enjoying making it :)

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  9. love doing crafts with my girl and especially love it when all the materials are from one box and I don't need to run all over getting them from different stores! haha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  10. hahaha he looks to be having quite fun with the finished puppet

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  11. Oh! This looks funny! I am thinking we can make this with a tall biscuit box.

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  12. Crafting kits that don't involve cutting or glue are winners in my book. Sometimes I just want to do a mes free craft with my little guy. Love the way Tigey came out.

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  13. Oh and I think all the kits are cool but I think my son would love the pirate one.

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  14. I like imagine-i-can-pet-rock-pals ~mia dentice carey

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  15. I like the Imagine I Can Sew Sweet kit :-)

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  16. the the imagine i can pet rock pals. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  17. my son would love the pirate treasures kit

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  18. love the kids my daughter is six and would have a blast

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  19. I really like the Imagine I Can Create-A-Puppet Giraffe. Your lion turned out terrific!

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  20. My granddaughter would love the Pirate Kit

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  21. I like the Imagine I Can Secret Agent Spy Gear

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  22. i like Imagine I Can Creative Color Sticker Clings

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  23. those are soo cute ;)
    i remember you posting on them before...
    that lion... LOVE IT

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  24. Looks like he's having fun! I think my grandsons would enjoy them too.

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  25. I like the Imagine I Can Caterpillar Connect

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  26. I like the Imagine I Can Feel Better MD

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  27. My son would love the Imagine I Can Secret Agent Spy Gear

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  28. I like the pet rock one. Isaak collects rocks, so it's fitting.

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  29. I really like the Imagine I Can Lace and Play Fish. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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  30. I like Imagine I Can Knitting Beginnings. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. The Spy Gear would be a must in this house!

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  32. I used to get something like these craft kits in the mail for my children when they were younger. Craft kits have come a long way. Ours were not quite as nifty as yours. I did see some sister entrepreneurs on Shark Tank Friday trying to promote a business such as this one. They didn't get a deal though. :( Bad sharkies for not supporting education. lol

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    1. I haven't seen Shark Tank (we really are terrible for TV watching) but I've heard it's good!

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  33. I would like the Imagine I Can Finger Paint Fun

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  34. I like the Pirate Treasures or the Pet Rock. My son would love either one.

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  35. http://www.manhattantoy.com/products/productdetail/Imagine+I+Can+Sew+Sweet/part_number=149730/1522.0.1.1.45962.1045523.0.0.0?pp=24&

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  36. I like the Imagine I Can Knitting Beginnings

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  37. I like the Imagine I Can Secret Agent Spy Gear

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  38. Imagine I Can - Stained Glass Stick-ons Circus

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  39. I like the imagine I can knitting beginnings

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