Kinder Realm hosts kids' contest with an impressive prize

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Kinder Realm, a downtown kids' furniture store, is well-loved for the handcrafted, interactive and unique pieces it showcases. Now, owner/designer James Carlin is offering one of his most impressive (and expensive) home furnishings as a contest prize.

Carlin's kids’ cottages stand out from the rest of his unique pieces, partly due to size and partly due to sheer artistry. These two-level, full-size play houses are crafted from fine wood, with painted murals and detailed accents that give them a sort of fairytale feel.

Nothing inspires creativity in kids like a real-life fantasy cottage. - COURTESY KINDER REALM
  • Courtesy Kinder Realm
  • Nothing inspires creativity in kids like a real-life fantasy cottage.

Most of us would've killed for something like that when we were young. Luckily, your kids just have to complete a couple challenges.

Ages 4-12 can compete in the creativity contest, and one winner will receive the full cottage set, furniture included. The best part is that the contest isn’t just for artists, but for children who excel in writing, math and science — celebrating any kind of creativity.

Ensure before entering that your home can accommodate the cottage’s size. It covers a 6’x8’ floor space and stands 7’ high. Plus, it's designed to be used inside a bedroom or playroom. Good news: it can be used outdoors provided there is a raised platform and a roof to cover it from the elements.

If that sounds good to you, check out the abridged requirements below, and make sure you read the full contest rules before your kids start their tasks.

The deadline for entries will be Feb. 15.

To the applicants: To enter the competition, your challenge is to choose any two of the four tasks listed below and write or record your responses.

1. Design a mathematically-based or scientifically-based puzzle or game.

2. Write* a short story with at least three characters. The story must cover a time span of more than one day and it must come to a definite conclusion. The story must evoke any particular emotion of your choice. This story must be no longer than 1000 words.

3. Create a visual artwork in any media you like – drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, mosaic (any material).

4. Approach this fourth task as though you are an architect and design a unique living environment or an individual structure, intended for either some specific person (it could be yourself, or not), some particular group (such as deaf children, lovers of the desert or forests, or maybe apartment dwellers – just to name just a few), or you could intend your design for a non-human subject or group (such as a real animal or a fantasy creature or group of creatures).

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