May 14, 2011

Kidlandia Review

The founder of Kidlandia, illustrator and entrepreneur Brian Backus, has been living in a fantasy world of maps and monsters since he was a very little boy.

Kidlandia grew out of Brian’s 2004 concept to create personalized maps of imaginary kingdoms for children’s rooms. He believed that by providing children their own kingdoms, with friendly monsters as companions, kids would gain an increased sense of confidence, control, and self-worth. In addition, by naming the cities, islands, and other features of the kingdoms after family and friends, kids would feel more connected to those who love them. Brian, who produced educational multimedia titles for Disney and Voyager, was also intrigued by the idea that by engaging kids in namesake kingdoms, he could motivate them to understand maps, and accelerate reading skills. 

Although the maps cost up to $2,000 and were only sold by word of mouth, Brian could not keep up with demand. He received consistent feedback that the maps were among the favorite gifts of a lifetime. In response to this encouragement, he determined to make the maps more widely available, and at affordable prices. Kidlandia was born.

Today, Kidlandia is comprised of a team of talented engineers, designers, and business professionals. Kidlandian team members share a passion to bring delight and meaning to the lives of children and their families. 2.5% of Kidlandia’s founding stock has been set aside as the basis for a future charitable Foundation benefiting children.

My Thoughts~!!

Freedom World = OUR world~!!  (RV $34.99)
We absolutely loved our Kidlandia map~!! The quality of the stock the map was printed upon is thick and heavy and not easily ripped~!!  The map is colourful, bright and fun to look at~!!

We choose the map of the Earth and added our own features.  We kept all the countries and capitals the same but all rivers, oceans and islands were named after us.  This map is TOTALLY personalized...I added all the kids names, their friends, schools, pets, family members to the map and it now acts like a timeline to their memories, for at this point in my children's lives, they will be able to look back and remember where they were and who they knew at this point in their lives.  It is a wonderful idea for a keepsake, which is what we choose to use it for!

There are many different ways you could go also, we choose the map, but they have door hangers, puzzles, scrolls, posters, growth charts and much more~!!  There are real maps of the world, USA and make-believe maps for those of you who love to use your imagination~!!  Kidlandia also has Disney themed worlds to choose from also, like Cars, Disney Princess and more, I am sure there is something for everyone there~!!

Following their simplistic templates, your able to add words, pictures such as animals, buildings, vehicles etc., and if you don't have time to finish it then, your able to save your projects and come back another time to finish~!! 

Their customer service was fabulous as was their shipping, it only took a few days for it to arrive after I made my order and I live in Canada, most often I am left waiting weeks for my items and therefore their shipping procedure quite impressed me~!!

If your looking for a unique and personalized gift, then you MUST stop by Kidlandia, your gift will impress your loved one forever~!!

I thank Kidlandia for this wonderful opportunity to review their timeless product and wish them continued success~!!  

**  Disclosure:  I did not accept any compensation from the publishers other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by I see it~!!  **

1 comment:

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