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Faber Castell Do Art Travel Easel Giveaway

My kids are very creative, they love to sketch, paint and color. I was looking for a durable art set that was compact and had an array of features, and could be used when traveling.  I found that in the Faber Castell Do Art Travel Art Easel.
Faber Castell Travel Art Easel

This 3-in-1 easel folds flat and all the supplies store inside in 2 removable drawers. The easel can be used as a drawing easel, white board, chalk board or lap desk.

Pull our the drawers on the side and you will find, Faber Castell Jumbo Beeswax Crayons, Colored EcoPencils, markers, chalk, dry erase marker with built-in eraser, pencil sharpener, sponge eraser and sketch pad.

Faber Castell Travel Art Easel

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The Do Art Easel is great for kids ages 4 and up and is recommended by art educators. I really like that it folds flat and my kids have a variety of options when they use it. It is nice that all the supplies are tucked securely inside and it is easy for them to access them when needed.

We think the Faber Castell Do Art Travel Easel makes a great gift and have added it to our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings.

Giveaway:

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Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst Kit Giveaway

My husband was so excited when he opened the package containing the Electric Motors Catalyst from Tinkering Labs. As a math and science teacher, he loves this kind of stuff, and so do our sons.

Catalyst Kit

This kit is filled with over 50 components including real motors, real hardware and real wood. In addition there is a pack of 10 Challenge Cards to inspire kids to design, build, test and share their own inventions.

Check out our video below to see this kit in action:

Tinkering Lab’s website is filled with great content like 16 Inventions in 1 Minute. You can also check out the creations of Young Inventors and The Electric Motors Catalyst Challenges.

We like the Tinkering Lab’s Electric Motors Catalyst so much we have added it to the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings!

Giveaway:

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Magformers 36 Piece Paw Patrol Building Set Giveaway

My kids love magnets. It is no wonder why they have such a great time playing with Magformers. They could play for hours building all kinds of things. We were please to add the 36 piece Magformers Paw Patrol Pull Up Pup building set to our Magformers collection.

What makes this set different is the  double-sided character cards, you can now add Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Zuma and Rocky-to Magformers magnetic shapes.

Packaged in PAW Patrol colors, the Pull-Up Pup Set contains 18 magnetic squares, 12 magnetic triangles and 6 inserts, as well as 6 double-sided character cards and 2 play mats to build pup houses, the Magformers magic ball and more!

Match colors, shapes and characters to 1:1 ratio play mats and pull up your 2D nets into 3D structures! Perfect for STEM education! Educational and fun, no wonder why you will find this great building set on Mommy Ramblings’ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.

Check out my video below to see the set in action:

Giveaway

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Make These Captain Underpants Sock Puppets

Do you have kids in your house that love the Epic Tales of Captain Underpants books? I sure do! That is why I am so excited to let you know that tomorrow, July 13th, DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants premiers on Netflix!

DreamWorks generously sent us a package filled with goodies to celebrate this great premier. In our package we had some craft supplies to create 2 sock puppets of the best friends Harold Hutchins and George Beard from Captain Underpants.

If you would like to make these sock puppets you will need:

  • 1 Tan Sock
  • 1 Brown Sock
  • 1 Green/Blue Stripe Leg/Arm Warmer
  • 1 White Leg/Arm Warmer
  • 4″ by 6″ Piece of Red Craft Felt
  • 4″ by 6″ Piece of Black Craft Felt
  • 4 Black Buttons
  • 4′ of Yellow Blanket Yarn
  • 4′ of Black Blanket Yarn
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

Check out our step-by-step video tutorial below:

You can adapt the above tutorial to make all kinds of sock puppets using whatever kind of socks and yarn you have in your house. It is a great way to entertain the kids on a rainy day. If you don’t have leg warmers, you can make some by cutting off the foot of a sock.

In our goodie bag my boys were thrilled to find the The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Wedgie Power Handbook.

Let me know what you think and remember this new series is a great way to get your kids reading the Captain Underpants Books. Are you planning on watching The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants when it premieres on Netflix July 13th?

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Connecting Imaginations with Brackitz Bugz Playpark #Giveaway

If I told you about a park for bugs, would you think I was losing my mind? Probably, but I am going to tell you about something like that. The Brackitz Bugz Playpark has 47 pieces including a motorized vibrating bug, using the direction you can build over 20 different play parks and obstacles. Race your motorized bug through fun and crazy obstacles like the Toppling Tower, Super Spinner or make your own unique creation. Every race and playpark combination is different, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, no helmet required!

The bug has 2 skins that you can put on the motorized unit so you can change-up your bug’s look. This set is a lot of fun and we had a blast with it. We put it on our 2017 Gift Guide because it was such a hit at our house for kids and adults (big kids). Enter below for your chance to win this same set.

 

 

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Inspiring Creative Kids with Creativity For Kids Art Kits & Products – #Giveaway

We love drawing, painting and sketching. My kids always have too! Our 10-year-old will draw his favorite super heroes for hours. His drawings are quite good, and we encourage our childrens’ creativity by providing them with all kinds of paper, easels, paint, pencils and more. That is why I was thrilled to check out some art kits and watercolor pencil sets from Creativity For Kids by Faber Castell. 

GRIP Watercolor Colored EcoPencils

These pencils are perfect for older children, they feature an ergonomic triangular barrel and patented Soft-Grip zone. This ensures fatigue-free and comfortable drawing. The high pigmentation in the lead makes colors very vivid. The water-soluble pigments give fantastic results: simply draw your picture then apply water to a paintbrush to create beautiful watercolor images. These Watercolor EcoPencils are a winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award.
Pencil Features:
  • Watercolor paint is in the pencil! Smooth colors that dissolve instantly with water
  • Made from re-forested wood, 24 artist-quality, vibrant colors blend easily
  • More pigment for richer color lay down
  • Easy to hold triangular shape with a unique “Soft-GRIP-Zone” for a secure hold and ergonomic grip
  • Leads are glued the entire length of the barrel and will not fall out
  • Easy to sharpen in any standard sharpener
  • Paint brush included
  • Non-toxic, conforms to ASTM D-4236

The pencils colored so effortlessly and smoothly while the GRIP-Zone provided secure handling which worked especially well, when coloring in narrow lines, and other small detail areas. Using a bit of water on the paint brush, we could create a watercolor paint effect to our designs.

Do Art Drawing & Sketching Kit

This set is ideal for beginning artists. The kit includes quality art materials and step-by-step illustrated project instructions. 

The four Graphite Pencils vary in lead density and the book explains when to use each one. Kit also contains 2 Black Ink pens with varying point sizes, a 24 page Sketchbook, Colored Paper, Tracing Paper, a 20-Page Instruction Booklet, Copy Grid, Pencil Sharpener, Eraser and Clear Zippered Pencil Pouch.

The booklet is very easy to follow and explains art concepts and techniques in terms and images that kids can easily see and understand.

Do Art Watercolor Pencil Art

The Watercolor Pencil Art Kit is another beginning art kit with quality art materials and step-by-step illustrated instruction booklet. This kit teaches children to paint with Watercolor EcoPencils and explains the techniques in words and images they can clearly understand and see.

The kit includes 10 Watercolor Pencils, Clear Zippered Pouch, 24 Page Watercolor Paper Pad, 20-Page Instruction Booklet, Pencil Sharpener and Paintbrush.

We love these products so much, you will find them on Mommy Ramblings’ Holiday Gift Guide.

Giveaway:

Creativity For Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win All Three Creativity For Kids Products and Kits Shown Above! Thank you to Creativity For Kids for the review art kits and products and for sponsoring this amazing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Fuel Your Child’s Imagination with Magformers! #HolidayGiftGuide #Giveaway

My kids love to build things and they love magnets! That is why we just love the Magformers line of products. My kids have been having fun with them for years! We recently received the 22 Piece Space Wow Set. As soon as they saw it, they were so into it that they would not even look up at the camera.

Build spaceships and rockets with Magformers Space WOW 22Pc Set. Beginner builders can blast into space with the new astronaut character! Add antenna and wheels to create space buggy or search for extra-terrestrial life by building a space station. Great for young minds to learn about constructing cube nets, patterns, shapes and colors!

The original Magformers WOW Set is perfect for beginner builders to create a wide variety of vehicles with the help of 39 activity cards! Lay your MAGFORMERS® on the cards and then pull them from 2D into 3D! Great for young minds to learn about constructing cube nets, patterns, shapes and colors!

 

Features

  • 2 geometric shapes.
  • 39 activity cards.
  • Compatible with all MAGFORMERS® shapes and accessories.
  • Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity.
  • BPA Free HQABS Plastic.

As a parent I really like toys that allow kids to get creative. With this set they can follow one of the cards or build their own creation. I also appreciate how you can add other sets and increase the building options. My kids can spend hours with these sets.

Forget the latest toy fad that will be history come January 1st, get your child something they will play with for years and hand down to their own kids!

Would you like to enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of these sets? If so, just enter below. We love Magformers so much we are adding them to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings!

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Send Joy With These Free Printable Holiday Cards!

When you’ve been around for more than 40 years, Cricket Media has some best-loved annual traditions.  And a long-time favorite of Cricket fans has been FREE printable cards for the holidays!
For the 2016 holiday season, Cricket Media has selected 10 of their favorite holiday illustrations and created beautiful cards for you to share and send to loved ones.
 
To print them out, visit FREE HOLIDAY CARDS and 
follow the instructions.  
And, by all means, please share them with your friends and family!
It’s not too late to give the gift of reading this holiday season with a subscription to one of Cricket Media’s award-winning parenting magazines.  To truly embody the spirit of the season, you may want to explore Cricket’s “Double the Giving” Campaign.

Any gift-giver purchasing an annual print subscription to one of four different Cricket publications will also deliver the gift of reading to a child in an underserved community through two award-winning, charitable partners: Libraries Without Borders and Parent-Child Home Program, both 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners.  Each subscription bundle to BABYBUG (ages 6 mos.-3), LADYBUG (ages 3-6), SPIDER (ages 6-9) or CRICKET (ages 9-14) is priced at $29.95 (regularly $33.95), and is guaranteed to spark a life-long love of reading!
Best wishes for a warm, wonderful holiday season!

 

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Stinky & Dirty Can Help Teach Kids Problem Solving Skills! #StinkyAndDirty

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Studios.

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I don’t know if you have any little boys in your house but my little guys love trucks, playing outside and best of all getting dirty. Playing with their trucks in the sand, dirt or best of all mud is just the greatest thing. What’s a mom to do besides directing them to the shower and remembering that someone said dirt is good for them? Did someone say dirt is good for them? I hope so because I could swear I heard that and that is what I am going to continue thinking.

You can imagine their delight when they watched the new Amazon Original Series, The Stinky & Dirty Show. Stinky is a garbage truck and well, the name certainly fits. Dirty is a backhoe loader that is constantly working with dirt and so his name fits equally well. The two are the best of friends and this strange duo are even what you might call heroes. They are quite creative and love challenges. They constantly ask themselves “What If” when trying to tackle issues or when obstacles are in their way. The series is based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan and was written and developed by Guy Toube. You can stream the episodes free on Amazon if you have Prime. If you don’t you can still watch 1 episode for free.

stinky & Dirty Show

My kids loved the series from the get go and I enjoyed it as well because it teaches kids good problem solving skills. Problem solving skills are something everyone needs because things rarely go as planned and obstacles, challenges and road blocks are something we all face. In order to achieve our goals we must find ways to tackle those obstacles, overcome the challenges and remove the road blocks. Stinky & Dirty show kids that when things get tough the tough find solutions.

Kids can get frustrated when something does not go as they hoped. This series can help them see they need to think and talk about other ways to figure out the solution. They will learn the importance of negotiation and brainstorming with others. In the end they will see that when they keep going instead of giving up, they can reach their goals.  As a mom, I feel this is such an important life lesson. I come across many adults who do not have problem solving skills. If a hurdle comes across their path, they fall instead of learning what they need to do to jump that hurdle. The earlier kids are introduced and learn problem solving skills, the better off they will be.

In the Jump at the Dump episode Stinky & Dirty face many challenges creating a stunt course for Jumpy the stunt cycle who needs a new venue to perform her show. They have to figure out how to make mud that has just the right amount of “sploosh” for Jumpy. Their first challenge is to find a way to direct the water from a spigot to the dirt. When their first idea does not work, they come up with another and when that does not work, they brainstorm another way until they find the perfect solution. The way Jumpy and Stinky talk to each other and ask each other “What If” helps them find the solutions they need to complete their tasks.

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In an episode titled  The Art of Trash, Stinky & Dirty clean up a vacant lot full of trash to make a park, but when they can’t remove some large items, they turn the items into a trash sculpture instead! This is similar to turning trash into treasure or finding ways to recycle and re-purpose things that might normally end up in a landfill. My kids and I just made some Frankenstein Monsters for Halloween decorating using some old scrap cut off boards that were in our basement.

With some green craft paint, we painted the boards and then added some foam embellishments to create hair, eyebrows and a tooth. We used a permanent black marker to draw the mouth and a paint marker for the nose. Then to really make it authentic we screwed two bolts into either side.

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You can have a lot of fun with this and there are other monsters and Halloween critters you can create in this fashion. You can create a mummy if you wrap the board in gauze and add two googly eyes. Make a Jack O’ Lantern by painting the wood orange and using black paint or foam to create eyes and a mouth, add a green bow or green block to the top to serve as the stem.

Whatever you make, your kids will have a great time and learn all about re-purposing and recycling, another great life skill that will improve their world. Let me know if you have watched The Stinky & Dirty Show and what you think. I would love to see your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Check Out These Star Wars & Harry Potter IncrediBuilds! #Giveaway

I hope everyone is enjoying their August and soaking up every minute of summer they can. I want to share some exciting news with you from IncrediBuilds. They have a new line of 3D wooden models that just launched in July! IncrediBuilds combines crafting with popular characters, animals and monuments to make 3D wood models that are unique and customizable.

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There are a variety of model kits to choose from like; Harry Potter’s Dobby, Star Wars’ R2-D2, Finding Nemo’s Dory, the Eiffel Tower, and much more. The kits are eco-friendly and are made of FSC-certified wood that is laser cut along with step-by-step instructions to assemble the model.

There is also a deluxe book that is included with each model that gives young builders a closer look at the characters or figures they are building. These books are full of fun facts and behind-the-scenes information. The models vary in skill level and are intended for children and adults ages 8 and up.

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The fun does not end when the  IncrediBuilds model is complete, kids can bring it to life with paints, glitter, and any other decorations they choose to personalize their model. Decorating tips and ideas are included with every IncrediBuilds model. This is a way to really allow kids the freedom to let their imagination and creativity soar! Watch the video HERE to learn more.

We had a lot of fun building a Star Wars Ty-Fighter and Dobby from Harry Potter. It was fun to do with our kids and we love how they turned out. What do you think?

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Giveaway:

If you would like a chance to win a kit like this, you can enter by clicking HERE. Hurry and enter because he giveaway ends August 26th. Good Luck!!!

I received these kits from IncrediBuilds to facilitate my post. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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