I see more and more houses every year with solar panels on their roofs, so it makes sense our children's toys would reflect this new trend. Enter Casagami, a small company in Paris.
(As always, clicking on the image will take you to that product's shop page.)
Casagami's tiny model homes are made of cardboard and shipped flat in an envelope, saving on shipping and energy costs. To make this even more of a feel-good gift, the cardboard can be recycled, and the company employs people with special needs. And, they're affordable; the basic model, shown above, is just $7.92 (though shipping doubles that amount, it still feels like a good price.)
Place your assembled house on a windowsill and let it charge in the sun. Each hour of sunlight equals an hour of light. (There's an on/off switch.) They're meant to act as night-lights.
I love the many different styles of homes they offer, like this Alsace chalet, and this ultra-modern dwelling.
There's a Moroccan-inspired ryad, and a lovely castle.
For the extra-crafty kid, they sell a plain white house that's made for decorating.
The company just came out with an "autogami," a solar-powered car! Like the homes, it's made of cardboard and packed flat. Very cool.
There's way more to see than I can share here, so go take a look!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.