GIVEAWAY – Hearth Song Exclusive Triplet


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I had planned on this giveaway having another post before it, but my delegated time for working in the last few days has been consumed by trying to get the site back up… for this giveaway. So, I’ll get to the assessment of your kids’ knowledge retention in the next couple days. In the mean time, you should be entering as many times as allowed for this:

Hearth Song is an unbelievable company dedicated to the seamless unity of play and education. Many of the toys they offer are open-ended with very little instruction. However, I venture to claim that all of the Hearth Song Exclusives promote a boundless amount of creativity and almost no effort.

That’s a pretty big deal. I have focused a lot of energy on trying to make learning fun… on trying to engage them in the creative process and getting them to activate that imaginative, this-is-what-makes-YOU-exceptional, part of the brain. It‘s incredibly refreshing and a little humbling to open these toys from Hearth Song and have that cognitive process stripped of all difficulty.

AND, one lucky reader will win this Hearth Song Exclusive triplet!

Here’s what’s included (and pictured):

Connectagons: I had my doubts about this product. Judging on the picture alone, I thought they looked like an overwhelming amount of flimsy discs that will likely be lost in a matter of days. 240 pieces of anything in a house with children is ambitious for a company to assume you’ll keep around, eh?

I became a huge advocate of connectagons in a matter of minutes. They’re NOT flimsy; they are made out of wood. The bright assortment of painted discs are thick enough to be sturdy, but Hearth Song made them thin enough to maintain an almost weightless state.

240 discs x 8 useable slots for construction each.< Honestly, I can’t watch my kids play with these. I’m on the floor with them and building away.

About the storage: I winced a little upon opening the outer packaging for the connectagons. I was thinking, “Okay, there are 240 little things inside this small box and I’m never going to be able to make them condense into this size again.” Ha! You open the cardboard outer box only to find a wooden inner box about the size of a cigar box. The top slides out from an inner groove of the sides only to reveal neat, happy little rows of connectagons stacked like poker chips. This alone sold me on the product. Toy-making genius, really.

Domino Race:
I definitely remember lining up dominoes vertically only to watch a fun trail of them falling down. But the dominoes I used were the rounded black dominoes… you know, dominoes. These are dominoes done the Hearth Song way. You can build bridges, stairs and ramps with the accessories in the pack. There is a marker for both the Start & Finish lines for kids to create a limitless array of tracks that only they can create… there’s no diagram on purpose. The awesome people at Hearth Song have donated both the original set of Domino Race and the Add-On Set accessory pack for this giveaway.  Don’t worry, they come with a drawstring storage bag.

Automoblox: Finally, I asked Hearth Song if they’d donate one of the many sets in their Automoblox collection. What I’m giving away is the A9 Compact. All of the Automoblox collections work together. If you buy one, it stands alone as creative building, and it helps young kids to get a better feel for how real things are put together. When you combine a few sets, it allows for a huge range of options that are all compatible and incredibly entertaining.

How to Enter for the (awesome) Hearth Song Triplet Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment in response to the question: When, and with what objects, do you see your kids thinking and having fun at the same time?

2. Subscribe! After you do, email me at simplekidsblog [at] gmail [dot] com with NEW SUBSCRIBER as the subject. If you’re already a subscriber, email me with “Current Subscriber” as the subject!

3.Post this on your blog, or update your twitter status, or join SimpleKids on Facebook and email me with “POSTED” as the subject and the link to where I can find it.

Five entries is the limit with all-of-the-above included.

This giveaway will end on Thursday, 12 February at 11:59 PM. You have plenty of time to spread the word and enter as many times as allowed.

If your friends don’t have kids, tell them to enter for the benefit of your kids.

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  1. My kids think and play when they draw pictures with markers/colored pencils/crayons on blank paper. They make up stories and cut out shapes and stage popsicle-stick puppet shows.

  2. I see my daughter thinking whenever she interacts with pretty much anything, whether it is attempting to use her pretend pocket knife to “modify” the puzzle pieces when they don’t fit the way she wants them to or attempting to create new recipes in her kitchen using whatever bits of stuff she finds around the house lately her mind is always in high gear.

  3. We love fractals! Fun, creative and learning all at once!

    And baking! Oh, Lord, do we love baking around here!

  4. My kids love to help me cook! Sure it takes 2x as long, but we all have fun doing it. I love these toys!

  5. My children love K’Nex and Colorforms, and both seem to get their wheels turning. Colorforms are great for problem solving: what shapes do I need to make a car, an animal, etc. Both are wonderful open-ended play toys!

  6. What a great giveaway! My 3 year old twin boys and 6 year old son love to play together usually in the morning before my 6 year old heads off to school with our gears table. They think up all kinds of imaginative robots, machines, and structures. Also, Lincoln Logs are a big hit here. They love to try to recreate the pictures on the tub and have named all the horses and cowboys that came with the set.

  7. Tinker Toys, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Paper and accessories, books. My children love them all and I think they learn and grow when using them too!

  8. My son loves his marble run and also kinex toys. He is always thinking of new ways to make them into rollercoasters!!

  9. Great question! My toddler is extremely creative with lincoln logs-he even makes airplanes out of them!

    Julie’s last blog post..Better Than Roses

  10. Nothing beats a box of craft supplies!! Crayons and blank paper goes a long way with my kids! It’s great!
    Blocks and other stacking/building toys are also wonderful!!
    and Fisher Price little people have always been a winner, too!!

  11. Crafts and sand – I seee my kids very creative. Blocks and puzzles, too.

    They love all toys but can easily get distracted… Ha!

  12. My little guy is thinking of new ways to use his hotwheels and do crazy jumps and stuff.

  13. I love when I walk into my son’s room and he’s “reading” a book to his stuffed bear.

  14. I see my three year old really thinking in her kitchen set…. she is constantly thinking about what it is she could “make” or “cook”…. her favorites is cookies…. and I don’t blame her, they are fun to make.

  15. I have an adorable two-and-a-half year old son who is very observant especially when it comes to things that move. He is fascinated by things with wheels. He also has a teddy bear named Little Bear he loves to pretend play with. He feeds, punishes, and takes care of Little Bear. Sometimes, he tells me Little Bear is sick and needs to throw up, so I have to go get some towels for Little Bear! Thanks for the giveaway!

    bmcgregor72 AT hotmail DOT com

  16. My two-year old thinks when she plays with her food, her baby dolls, just about anything. She is in a constant mode of exploration.

    Elaine’s last blog post..My Funny Valentine

  17. My 5 year old spends HOURS upon hours with Playmobil. He resents having to take time out to eat or pee. I love listening to him narrating his stories, with different voices for the characters, and including new words and situations he has been recently exposed to.

  18. Well, my little one is only 7 months so it is just about anything. Today it was a piece of tissue and then my watch and lastly a book. I love how anything and everything to her is fun and interesting.

  19. I have two sons (5 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old). My oldest loves to play with puzzles and board games. Both love to play pretend, especially with superheroes. They both also enjoy cars. My oldest likes to build things with mega blocks, however, my youngest tends to tear them apart. Thank you for the opportunity. [2009|02|c395fe308f9ca141f05d21917bb617c8]

  20. When my children play together, they come up with the most imaginative games. Some of the usual subject are creating creatures out of kid’nex, building structures out of jenga blocks, dominos and legos, and playing teacher with their stuffed animals. One of their more unusual games is to build entire “stories ” out of their melty beads (the wax beads that you shape into a design and iron/melt together). They have an entire “family” of butterflies they have created and then use for storytelling.

    Kristen M.’s last blog post..Valentine’s Tune

  21. My 4 year old plays does a lot of thinking when he plays with Widgets and Blocks, but also has a lot of fun at the same time. He has a wild imagination and builds all sorts of things.

  22. My ds loves creating with his legos. He also has some kid k’nex that he really thinks through. I love seeing the creations he comes up with. It’s so cool. He’s recently gotten into bionicles and he takes them apart from the originals and makes them into whatever is on his mind currently. He also loves his Playmobil pieces. I can’t believe what great things those have been for him.

    What a fantastic giveaway! Some family will be so happy!

  23. Our slowly growing “dress ups” box is a great tool for imaginative fun. Thanks for extending the contest!

  24. Marble run! Lots of planning going on there, as well as trial and error runs to see if everything is designed well.

  25. Maureen D. says:

    My children play best together with a big box of paper, crayons and a little imagination. Your give away is fantastic, my children would love the domino race for sure!! I’ve eyed the connectagons for a while! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  26. Maureen D. says:

    I subscribed too!! Thanks!

  27. Epsilon is almost 20 months. She works very hard at her climbing right now. She very carefully decides where she wants to go, arranges appropriate (in her mind) stools, then climbs. She also spends hours pouring over her books and looking intently at the pages.

  28. My 1 year old daughter seems to really enjoy the “imagination” toys better than all of the loud electronic stuff. What really surprised me was that the toy that she uses the most imagination and thought process is her simple fisher price plastic blocks. It’s amazing to watch her learn to do new things with them. Who knew simple blocks could be this much fun! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway.

  29. puzzles and matching games….he loves these and I love watching him think about it, figure it out and get excited when he does!

  30. Big GUM (Heather) says:

    We’ve seen some amazing creativity and imagination come from play with construction paper (and basic tools like scissors, glue and/or tape) and also from open-ended toys like Legos (a current favorite with my two boys).

  31. My son loves to play with legos. I can just see his brain working and deciding where to put which piece.

  32. Both of my girls (almost 7 and 4) could make something out of anything. They love to create, create, create! They take any old household item – rubber bands, juice lids, tape, string, cardboard boxes, you name it and turn it into art. Some of the things they come up with are truly amazing!

    Their imaginations and ingenuity never cease to amaze me!

    (At the moment, my 6-month-old son adores watching his big sisters :)

    Thanks for a wonderful give-away!

    Kristen’s last blog post..Valentine’s Day, brownies, and some good music

  33. My 18-month old is a fanatic for pretend play lately. He loves to wear his little apron and play with his pretend food and pots and pans and it gets even better if i let him use the real ones. He stirs and even uses a hot pad to take off the lids of his pots!
    He also loves to build with his blocks- and of course knock them down again!
    His other favorite activity is playing in the water at the sink. I’ll fill up one side with warm soapy water and he scoops and pours and measures. He would do it all day if I let him!

  34. Last week, my two-year old grandson turned a plastic lawn sprinkler into an airplane (or helicopter) and a truck. He also loves to build things with Duplo blocks and MegaBloks.

    Sandy’s last blog post..Valentine’s Day

  35. Definitely art supplies or role playing with doll houses, trains, legos, etc. Also, anytime they are given wood or even cardboard boxes…they can create just about anything!

    I love hearthsong and I have wanted all of these toys for a while now!! :)

    Antonia’s last blog post..WFMW ~ Germ Prevention

  36. My older sons ages 6,9 & 10yo love to use wood scraps to hammer/nail together various creations. :)

  37. My little guy loves to play with boxes….climbing in them, on them, stacking them…’s a amazing what he does with an empty box.

  38. My son loves the usual creative manipulatives like play-doh and legos. But he’s also fond of taking shoe strings and “plugging” them into play telephones, our TV, and his toy dirt devil.

    Cayce’s last blog post..Open Houses

  39. My son is 18 months old now and he loves playing with magnetic letters that are on our fridge. He likes to put them in order.

  40. My kids are all very different in how the approach playtime. I love that about their personailites. I think my youngest dd is very intuitive with her approach to play – there seems to be an enormous amount of ‘things’ out in her area, but when i step back and watch – each thing she has gotten has purpose within her play, i learned to not worry about the mess and enjoy her imagination. And my youngest son, he is a builder and loves his Thomas, so for him he is all about creating the towns – and playing with the autos/trians….he has also just developed a real interest in puzzles…love that!
    Wonderful giveaway!! [2009|02|8f878ce53bb24fb31d052d2ed9e6e6a0]

  41. Meredith Covert says:

    Some of the objects that I can see my son (who just turned 4) enjoying while playing and thinking at the same time are: puzzles, board or card games, blocks, books. Another thing he uses a lot –is his imagination. He has a ball with his big ideas and creations. I’m sure I can think of some more things, but it’s late!

  42. Wonderful giveaway!

    My boys love playing with Zoobs, Legos, and Tinker Toys. The Zoobs are the most creative fun of the three, I think. It’s all about imagination.



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