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North Van-made CuckooKits ready for Christmas craft fairs

Get creative - CuckooKit creators Fionna Finden (left) and Jen Notte.  - Michaela Garstin
Get creative - CuckooKit creators Fionna Finden (left) and Jen Notte.
— image credit: Michaela Garstin

Most Christmas craft fairs on the North Shore were over by the end of November, but not to fret, there are still a few left to go.

Fionna Finden and Jen Notte, the designers of CuckooKits, are sticking it out to the last day. The kits come with all the parts kids need to create magical mini forests, window charms and tiny bird sanctuaries.

The bird kit, for example, includes brightly painted twigs, baby birds, eggs and nesting material, as well as “Did you know?” trivia.

While these kits have proven popular with girls, boys are usually drawn to Thomas the Turtle, a prehistoric turtle forest kit with three eggs, leaves, moss and a mini bird.

After growing tired of toys like video games that aren’t based in reality, the North Vancouver moms came up with the idea for CuckooKits and launched their business this October. The entrepreneurs assemble and package the kits at home before they go on display.

“We’re raising our kids on the North Shore for a reason,” said Finden, who lives in North Van with her two young children.

“The things in these kits can be found in nature, in parks.”

For the holiday season, they added a small wreath for kids to build, complete with three birds, nesting material and a festive ribbon.

“Nature is endlessly interesting,” says Notte, whose three young children helped collect supplies for the kits. “Other toys can’t compare.”

The North Van ladies will be at the Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, Dec. 2 and have a permanent display at Red Tulip in Lynn Valley Village and online at

North Shore Christmas craft fairs

Delbrook Christmas Craft Fair, Dec. 1 & 2

Highlands United Church Craft Fair, Dec. 1

Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Dec. 1 & 2

Makers’ Market at

St. Monica’s Church, Dec. 1

Ferry Building Gallery, until Dec. 21

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