One of the toys I remember most fondly from my own childhood is the assorted collection of Colorform sets we used to own. There was something magical about those small vinyl adhesive “stickers”. To this day, the image of the classic Colorforms logo instantly triggers my brain to conjure up the smell of them.
For years I’ve searched in vain for something similar to give to my girls. That is, until a chance encounter at a doctor’s office where Stella found something called Create-A-Scene.
It’s the closest I’ve been able to come to the Colorforms of my youth and, better yet, Create-A-Scene is a bit sturdier and uses thicker magnets in lieu of thin vinyl. After Stella’s encounter with the Create-A-Scene set at the doctor’s, I searched online and immediately purchased three sets off of Amazon. They offer a large collection- from dinosaurs, to fairies, pirates, princesses, cars, farms, zoos, firefighters, and trains – just to name a few. The prices range around $10 but I have seen them go as cheaply as $5 and as high as $12 before–
Still…not too bad for a new family favorite, and so, I’m adding them to my list of Must-Have resources.
The only downside we had was when Stella tried closing her set up while her princess-carriage piece was placed on the fold. She pushed so hard she cracked the magnet in half. I’ve since showed the girls how to make sure the pieces are off of the crease before they close up their set and we haven’t had the problem since.
These Create-A-Scene sets have been wonderful resources in the car and have helped keep the girls occupied during long car rides.
Amazingly enough, we haven’t had any lost pieces. (Or if we have the girls haven’t noticed them.) In any event, I haven’t had to perform any massive search parties yet.
I love being able to inject something much-loved from my own childhood into my daughters’ lives. Awhile back I wrote about one of my favorite books as a young child and the joy I received while watching my daughters giggle over it together. These Create-A-Scenes are giving me that same nostalgic happiness. It’s the passing of a torch. . . and I like to think it keeps the kid-at-heart alive inside of me.