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Froebel Gifts, Yarn Balls Review & Give-Away!!! {Giveaway Ended}

In our last review, I told you about the Tieramid Blocks that were influenced by Friedrich W. Froebel, the originator of the “kindergarten system.”  Well, back again with great learning toys and manipulatives that are all based on Froebel’s philosophy.  The Froebel® Gifts are educational materials developed for Friedrich Froebel’s original Kindergarten. Perhaps the world’s most intricately conceived playthings, these materials appear deceptively simple, but represent a sophisticated approach to child development. The Gifts are arguably the first educational toys. I recently had the opportunity to review Gift One-The Yarn Balls from this collection. Froebel recognized that a ball is often a first or favorite toy of infants. It is lightweight and easy to grasp or hold. For Froebel, the ball symbolized unity because it is a complete whole, a pure form. The whole is the beginning of understanding and everything else is derived from the whole. I have told you many times before how much I love to use hands-on learning concepts with my children.  These yarn balls are great for expanding from the simplest concepts to more advanced.  For instance with my 2-year-old we do counting, colors, sorting, and shapes among others.  It also is early physical activity to improve of eye-hand coordination and gross motor control. My 4-year-old can do more advanced work with them like distinguish form, color and movement — the qualities of matter in the physical universe. For instance my husband will show him the structure of atoms and how protons, neutrons and electrons interact.  I know that most children absorb even advanced concepts easier when they have something tactile they can touch and see when learning.  These yarn balls are great for home, home schooling, and the classroom.  Froebel Gifts has many other gifts that will educate your child through play.

 

 

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Bulls-Eye Creative Tieramid Circle Set Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I have told you before how much I like toys that teach and are fun. When I had the opportunity to review the Tieramid Circle Set I was thrilled.  This quality set of blocks will teach your children so many skills and will grow with your child from pre-school to adults.  The design of the Tieramid Creative Blocks was influenced by Friedrich W. Froebel, the originator of the “kindergarten system.” Kindergarten was designed to teach young children about art, design, mathematics and natural history.”  These blocks are very high quality and will be a set that can be passed down generation to generation or used in the classroom setting.  This set is truly one that will grow with your child.  My two-year old loves it for colors and making the easier patterns from the Tieramid Cards.  I think it is so great for developing his fine motor skills and early math skills. My four-year-old is able to work on more advanced pattern cards and can expand on colors into the primary and secondary colors as well as go further into early math skills and fine motor skills.  The Tieramid Circle Set is like a new toy every time you play with it.  It really allows your child to express their creativity and adults will love to play with it with and without their kids.  Each Tieramid® Creative Blocks™ set contains several individual pieces which fit together like a tiered pyramid, to make a cylinder. Tieramid challenges the mind and sharpens many physiological skills such as: perceptual, fine motor, dexterity, visual and cognitive skills. Your child, or grandchild, will spend hours manipulating Tieramid Blocks. Adults can play puzzles games to keep those grey cell exercised or to use Tieramid as an entertaining way to promote quality family time. Once you open your set, the shapes you can make are as endless as your imagination!

 

 
 

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Tieramid blocks are for a broad range of ages and abilities:
• With these nested blocks younger children learn hand-eye-motor coordination skills and physical relationships of “large and small”, “inside and outside”, “up and down”. They learn the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. They also learn the secondary colors of orange, green, and purple.
• Elementary school children enjoy building complex play structures, and play/practice adult roles. 
• Adults find it challenging to make visually appealing configurations or share games with children.

• People seeking rehabilitation can use Tieramid as a fun, engaging way to improve abilities.

2.Tieramid Creative Blocks can fit together or stack in an unlimited number of ways, both 2 dimensionally and 3 dimensionally. As cylindrical puzzle blocks they can be used for structured play. They are also designed to allow for open-ended play which promotes creative, imaginative thinking and problem solving. A child may associate the same yellow arch with a banana, a telephone, or even a smile.

3.Tieramid Blocks lay a foundation for math skills development. Each piece has a mathematical relationship to another based on a 1:10 ratio.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Then I realized some people are scared of clowns.

          

I don't want to make people sad.

I want people to be happy!!!

So I made a ladybug because the are lucky and make people smile.

Then I made a bird because they spread joy.

 

Then I decided to fish through the deck for something more complex.

I thought this wave was really neat.

Now we have come full circle.

Bulls-Eye Creative is sponsoring a give-away on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win the half circle or rainbow Tieramid Block Set. Thank you Bulls-Eye Creative for the review circle set and for sponsoring this great give-away on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

The Tieramid Spectrum Rainbow Arches curved, semi-circle building blocks from Bulls-Eye Creative offer endless hours of creative fun. This 7-tier set of blocks has 11 brightly colored pieces. Non-toxic inks. Winner of a 2005 award from Dr. Toy. Ages: 3+

 

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Milano Series Mia Tote Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I am back again with another review for a Milano Series Bag.  For my review this time, I chose the Mia Tote in Charcoal.  This is a large bag with lots to zippered pockets to keep everything organized and safe.  There is a large back pocket with velcro closure that is perfect for magazines, folders, journals or books.  The bag is made of high quality nylon that will stand up to most anything you can dish out. Everything is quality constructed so you know this bag will last.  Comes in lots of great colors.  I really love this bag, the straps are long enough to wear it over my shoulder which keeps my hands free.  I love all the zippered pockets that keep your important things secure even if your bag tips over or falls.  The bag looks stylish and smart and will handle most anything you need to carry.

With the Mia Tote you will never again leave the house unprepared. ..  Made of a high quality nylon, this fashionable purse zippers shut to keep your items safely contained while on the go with to two inside pockets, 1 zippered and 1 open.  The front of the bag is truly unique featuring 2 large zippered pockets, 1 mini zip pocket and 2 open pockets for easy access to your daily necessities.  The bag also features an extra-large back pocket for easy access to frequently used items.   The Mia Tote is available in Chocolate, Charcoal, Pear and Orange and measures 16 ½” tall x 15 ½” wide.

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Pure Pearls, Lavender, Freshwater Pearl Earrings, 7.0-8.0mm & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I was recently asked if I wanted to do a review for PurePearls.com.  I gladly accepted and was asked to pick a pair of their AAA quality, Freshwater Pearl Earings 7.0-8.0 mm.  I choose the lavender color, freshwater pearl earrings in the 14K yellow gold. They recently arrived carefully packed in a white box which when opened revealed a black velvet hinged box that contained the beautiful lavender pearl earrings.  They are an impressive size, beautifully round and very good quality.  The pearl earrings came complete with an appraisal for $345.00. They have so many great pieces of Pearl jewelry on their Website.  If you are looking for a gift for your wife, daughter, sister, girlfriend, or yourself, take a look at their Pearl Bracelets, EarringsNecklaces, Pendants, Pearl Sets and Rings. We know that the recipient of a gift from Pure Pearls will just be thrilled so we are adding them to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.   

Pure Pearls is sponsoring a give-away on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their choice of AAA Quality 7.0-8.0mm. freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings in any natural pearl color.  Choose from white, pink, lavender or black and with either 14K Yellow or White Gold backs and posts.  Thank you Pure Pearls for the beautiful review earrings and this fabulous give-away!!!  Open to US and Canadian residents.  

                                       

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Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Airport Game Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I was thrilled when Wonder Forge asked me if I would like to review the new Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Airport Pre-School Game.  It’s a Busy Busy Day at the Airport and You’re the Pilot! Set up destination game boards around the room. Load your plane with your favorite Busytown characters and wait for the all clear for take-off. Then fly to faraway places like the beach, mountains, the city, and more. Collect souvenirs wherever you go. The player with the most wins! It’s out-of-your-seat role play fun! Learning Fun includes picture identification and matching, physical movement and imaginative play, as well as strategic thinking. Product Contents include: 4 Airplanes, 1 Airport Box, 1 Dice Tower, 16 Passenger Tiles, 16 Souvenir Cards, 4 Destination Pads, 2 Dice, and 1 Game Rules Manual.

This is such a fun game to play with little ones.  They get to move around and pick up the passengers and fly the plane.  The game is for ages 3 and up and for 2-4 players.     This makes a great gift for the pre-schoolers on your list this year.  We love it so much we are adding it to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Goody Double Wear Hair Accessories Review & Give-Away!!!

Goody is undoubtably one of the most recognized names in hair accessories.  Goody knows that women like the flexibility to wear their hair different ways based on what they are doing or the weather.  Goody Double Wear is a great accessory that allows you the option to wear your hair down or just pull it back in a pony tail or headband on a whim.  With Double Wear the black elastic hair band has gone through a sophisticated make over that allows you to wear the pony tail holder as a bracelet and the head band as a necklace.  With Double Wear you are ready to change your look anytime you want.  These are so great because you can just leave for the day with them on as jewelry and say the wind picks up and you want to pull your hair back, you don’t have to dig through your purse and hope you have something, the perfect hair accessory is your Goody bracelet or necklace.  They are available accented in gold or silver.  I was recently sent a variety of bracelets and necklace Double Wear products to review.  They are quite nice and the quality you would expect from Goody.  I love the options that the Double Wear products give you.  I am one of those people who always tries to be prepared, and these are just great to have on hand, I mean on your arm or neck for quick style or plan changes.

 

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Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 and Safe Sporter Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I recently had the opportunity to pick a couple of products from Kid Basix to review.   Kid Basix started a revolution when they rethought the sippy cup and created the Safe Sippy™ no-spill bottle from clean, non-leaching stainless steel. But while BPA-free products are still important to parents, the world is changing. Safety, value, the environment – they are all important now. And Kid Basix will continue to be at the forefront of that conversation as they rethink everything.  I chose the Safe Sippy 2 and the Safe Sporter.  I love that they are made of clean non-leaching stainless steel.  I can clearly see they are clean and fresh every time I use them.

I picked the Safe Sippy 2 for my two-year-old.  I like it for a number of reasons but some of the main ones are that it has handles so it is easy to hold on to for little hands, it has a dust cover so I can fill it and keep it in the diaper bag or insulated bag until he is ready to drink it and the top stays nice and clean.  However, the really  great thing about this sippy is that it is a 2 in 1 convertible sippy to straw bottle. This sippy grows with your child from a sippy to a straw sports bottle.

For my 4-year-old I choose the Safe Sporter.  It is perfect for water at soccer and t-ball games and since it is stainless steel if we go to winter events it is perfect for hot chocolate.  I do not like putting hot drinks in plastic containers even if they are BPA free.  I think it is much healthier to use stainless steel for hot drinks and the outer TPR sleeve is great to grip and stays cool.  I like that everything is dishwasher safe and I love the high quality of these products.

Kid Basix’s full line of products includes the Safe Starter bottle, Safe Sippy, Safe Sippy 2 and the Safe Sporter.  If you are looking for a safe alternative to plastics you should take a look at the Kid Basix’s product line.

 

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Baby Gogo Doll and Moses Basket Review and Give-away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

It seems baby dolls have consistently been one of the most beloved children’s toys of all time. Children see parents with their baby brothers or sisters and want to imitate them in taking care of their own baby. Many dolls available today have so many features, like talking, crying, wetting diapers, even growing their hair! I myself am a fan of a simple classic doll that teaches a child to use their imagination to make their baby doll come to life, as it can be a great learning experience. I was sent a Baby GoGo Doll and Moses basket for review a short time ago from their manufacturer. I was pleased to find that this toy was a sweet, classic doll, that is perfect for inspiring natural, imaginative play!

Baby GoGo was recently reinvented for the 21st century, outfitted with cozy, gender neutral pajamas and a soft little blankie! In addition to the Baby GoGo doll and Moses basket, they also have a diaper bag and play outfit, with more to come! My niece enjoyed mothering her Baby GoGo doll, laying it in the Moses basket for a nap, covering it with the soft blankie, and watching as it closed it’s eyes and slept. A book is included with the doll, “Baby GoGo Goes Home” That tells of Baby GoGo coming home from the hospital to meet big brother and sister! The body of Baby GoGo is soft and huggable, but with more realistic face, arms and legs. It has long pretty eyelashes on it’s eyes that open and close! The Moses basket is colorful and sturdy, it has a small pocket on the outside, and is the perfect size for Baby GoGo, and includes a tiny fluffy pillow! The handles on the basket make for easy carrying, and I can imagine my niece will be carrying it with her everywhere, using her imagination and being a wonderful little mother!

Baby GoGo and accessories would make the perfect Christmas gift for any little girl or boy, especially if there is a new baby in the family. They can use their new baby doll and imitate mommy and daddy and learn to help out with the baby. Mommy Ramblings is adding Baby GoGo to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, because we know what a great gift it would make!

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Greenbuds Primrose Deluxe Organic 2 in 1 Crib Mattress Review & Toddler Pillow Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I recently connected with Greenbuds and they sent me a Primrose Deluxe Organic 2 in 1 Crib Mattress to review.   Greenbuds Primrose Deluxe Organic 2 in 1 Crib Mattress is designed with your child’s health, safety, and comfort in mind. The inner mattress core consists of 3″ of the purest, all natural Coconut Coir, providing a very firm support layer for infants, while another 1″ layer of all natural latex acts as a firm, yet more conforming sleep surface for your active toddler. The latex and coconut coir are encased in an Organic Cotton Cover Quilted with 100% Pure Organic Wool, which is removable, washable, and interchangeable. The wool acts as a Natural Water Barrier, and Fire Block, which are only some of its natural advantages.

I was immediately impressed with the cover on this mattresses, I truly have never seen anything like it.  The mattress has a bit of weight to it, definitely not flimsy.  It has two different sides, one for an infant and one for toddler.  After removing the plastic we tried this out in our son’s crib.  He quickly settled in at bedtime and slept extremely long the next morning.  I am not kidding, when I tell you that this morning when I heard him and went to get him up for the day he told me he did not want to go downstairs just yet. He then proceeded to snuggle up and rest for a bit.  I have never seen him do this so I am thinking this is one comfortable mattress and they should look into expanding to an adult line.  I am thrilled to know that the mattress and everything in it is all natural.  I worry more and more about the chemicals we are exposed to and have become very diligent in trying to eliminate as many as I can.  Given that a baby and toddler spends quite a few hours sleeping, it is important that they be on a healthy and non-toxic mattress.  Regular cotton mattresses are produced from cotton sprayed with pesticides, very often mixed with vinyl or other synthetic materials, Organic plants are free of bug repellents and harmful chemicals: the cotton that is used inside Greenbuds mattresses is completely pesticide free.

Aside from having your child inhale the toxic fumes straight off the mattress and having the risk of exposing them to respiratory tract inflammation and many other allergy and health concerns, these toxins create chemical emissions that get stronger with time. These harmful off-gases permeate throughout the room, causing further contamination to our environment. Various childhood disorders have been directly linked to those chemicals that children have been exposed to from birth.  Other chemicals and materials, such as formaldehyde, polyurethane, and pesticides and herbicides, used in the production of the mattresses are just as dangerous. Formaldehyde irritates the skin, eyes, nose and throat and can cause cancer as well. People with asthma are particularly sensitive to formaldehyde particles in the air. Polyurethane is not a natural product. It is produced through the combination of harsh and powerful chemicals, and has been known to increase irritation and decrease airflow in rodents. Pesticides and herbicides were created with a lethal purpose: to kill pests, insects and weeds. Eaten or merely inhaled, they can actually alter our DNA, and thereby cause cancer. They can also trigger ADD, mental illnesses, behavioral problems, and autoimmune disorders, as well as damage the central nervous systems

I breathe easier knowing my baby is sleeping on a natural organic mattress and so does my son. Greenbuds has a complete line of mattresses, mattress protectors and sheets for toddler beds, cribs, cradles, bassinets, mini-cribs and round cribs. Greenbuds also carries very popular toddler pillows.  If you are looking for all natural, quality constructed mattresses and bedding for your child, then take a look at Greenbuds, you will be glad you did.

 

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Greenbuds Toddler Pillow is the purest, most comfy little pillow for a sleepy toddler’s head to rest on. Composed of 100% Organic Cotton zippered Cover, with 100% Pure Organic Wool Fill. The wool is first encased in a thinner cotton cover, allowing the top cover to be removable and washable. Greenbuds has also determined the perfect size and height to enhance comfort and promote spinal development.

Size: 8″ x 20″

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New Kideo, Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics and The Night Before Christmas: Special Edition DVDs Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

 If I asked you to list some of your favorite childhood books, books that you loved and  now share with your child.  Timeless classics that delight generation after generation of children.  Well, I bet more than a few of your favorite books are in the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD Set.  This great set includes 100 award-winning faithfully adapted Storybook Classics that are brought to life in this comprehensive 16 DVD collection.  From the Maurice Sendak Classic Where the Wild Things Are, to the beloved adventures of Curious George and Corduroy, parents and children alike are sure to enjoy these classic treasures, featuring celebrity narration from Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, James Earl Jones, and many more!

I was sent this terrific set to review and I have to tell you they brought back wonderful memories because with my older kids we belonged to some club, I can’t remember what is was called though I can clearly see the hard white plastic VHS cases they came in.  My older kids loved seeing Corduroy, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Snowy Day, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Drummer Hoff, Whistle for Willie, No Roses For Harry and so many more.  Well, they were just as big of a hit with my 2-year-old and 4-year-old.  They wanted to watch Curious George first and then move on to How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?  What a great way for us to sit together and see a story that I have read to them over and over again come to life.  If you are looking for great wholesome, quality entertainment for your child you should definitely check out this DVD set.

 

Now, as the holidays are fast approaching, I will aptly tell you about a special edition DVD of The Night Before Christmas and more classic holiday tales.  12 beloved holiday stories come to life on 2 DVDs, with narration by Jane Curtin, Anthony Edwards, Christopher Lloyd, and others. Winner of 4 Awards including ALA Notable Video.  This is a great collection to get you all in the holiday spirit and is available at WAL-MART for the unbelievable price of $7.50.

Collection Contains:

*The Night Before Christmas
*The Twelve Days of Christmas
*The Clown of God
*Great Joy
*n the Month of Kislev
*Merry Christmas, Space Case
*Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
*Too Many Tamales

Plus 4 Bonus Stories!

*The Little Drummer Boy
*Max’s Christmas
*Morris’s Disappearing Bag
*Sam and the Lucky Monkey

BONUS FEATURES

Spanish Version of Too Many Tamales

 

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