The Eager Beaver Family
Based in NZ, and founded in 1998 we are an award winning* toy design company. My husband Mark is the designer, our children and their friends are the testers and I make sure the toys reach you.
My request to Mark when we started was to design toys that would be
• fun & hard wearing
• wouldn't be lost before the children have tired of them
• educational & interactive
• and would encourage the use of imagination and shared play.
He designed the kits4kids toys, with built-in features like swings and slides, rope ladders and trapdoors. He made them big enough for my two girls to share, and designed them so that they could be assembled and then put away by anyone, even (especially) the children.
Customer feedback has been wonderful -
"Hi there, I purchased your Fort kit..... It's all painted and decorated as a castle and my 2 1/2 year old daughter loves it. But now I see you've re-packaged it as a castle with extra cool pieces!" Earl, Auckland
Following the success of the kits4kids Fort (2001), Mark further developed the design and we now have the kits4kids Castle (2002). Extra features include a gatehouse, portcullis, rope ladders and trapdoors. In 2003 we were pleased to add the Painted Castle for busy parents who don’t have the time or artistic skills to paint their own. The kits4kids Painted Castle was a winner in the Duracell Top Ten Toys Survey, NZ 2004.
All Eager Beaver Toys are available through distributors carefully chosen for their interest in providing high quality toys and excellent service to their customers.
"My girls have had so much fun playing with their Treehouse and doll's house I thought they might like the firehouse too. I really like the pirate ship too.” Kim, Wairarapa.
" They are such a wonderful product. I spent many hours painting my girls houses as it is my hope that they will pass them onto their children when they are grown up. You can't say that about too many toys these days as they break so easily.” Kim (again), Wairarapa.
"Hello !! I have recently purchased the Castle and have to say what a fantastic product it is. I saw it made up in the window of Leapfrog Toys in Merivale, Christchurch and knew instantly that it would make the ideal birthday present for my 6 year old son. To be honest I expected the price to be $150++ considering other products that I had seen on the market. Hence the $99.95 price tag was a surprise!" Helen, Chch.
Following the success of the kits4kids toy range has come the creation of other toys for the children including;
The Pirate Ship, available in NZ, Australia and Europe and two new play mats, one for the Castle and a Pirate Island play mat which adds colour and interest to the Pirate Ship.
Our great new teaching toy that doubles as a personal gift and a room decoration, Animal Alphabet Letters are available from Pumpkin Patch stores in NZ, Flying Kiwi in the UK and Europe, and Early Learning World in Australia.
The letters come in 5 fashion colours: blue, lime, yellow, pink and purple. Only $4.95 each.
The jigsaw puzzles are our own designs and have been hand painted to offer you something different.
We hope you and your family have as much pleasure with these toys as we have. Please email us with your thoughts and suggestions.
Kind Regards, Philippa Ivory
*Winners, Duracell Top Ten Toys Survey, NZ with kits4kids Painted Castle
*Winners Industry NZ Enterprise Award for Business Innovation