Magnetic Fun with GeoSmart (Giveaway)

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under children, featured, giveaways, toys

This giveaway is now closed.

When it comes to construction kits, my kids and I have always loved magnetic pieces because they’re easy to connect and tend to have a very strong bond. This is exactly what we found in GeoSmart.

We received the Lunar Rover ($49.99) to try out for ourselves and the kids couldn’t wait to get started. This construction kit came with 30 magnetic pieces in 5 different geometric shapes and 2 sets of wheels.

What I noticed first was the high quality feel of each piece. They were smooth, sturdy and colorful . . . but most of all, the magnets held a very strong bond.

Kids love to tinker and parents will feel secure with GeoSmart’s patented double-lock safety system. Each magnet is encased twice to ensure the building piece and not the magnet will be visible to young fingers. This sets a high bar for safety in magnetic construction toys.

There are images of 2 different versions of the Lunar Rover that the kids could make that actually move along the floor . . .

But they were also able to use their imagination and construct other types of  creations.

What I really liked about GeoSmart is that it encourages creative thinking, eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Some of the designs were not easy since the pieces instinctively connected to each other when they were in close proximity. It was up to my kids to figure out how to get just the right pieces together without everything connecting all at once. They found that it was sometimes easier to construct their vehicles flat and then bring up the sides for completion.

However, what really impressed me was how strong the magnetic bond was. We’ve played with other magnetic toys before but nothing could beat this . . .

All in all, the GeoSmart Lunar Rover was a big hit with my family. In fact, my kids have been playing with it every day since we’ve completed this review. That’s how I know that we have a winner with GeoSmart.

GIVEAWAY

One (1) lucky winner will receive a 23-piece GeoSmart Solar Spinner ($29.99).

To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, November 30th who you’d like to win this for. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow An Island Life on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win a GeoSmart Solar Spinner . . . perfect for the holidays! http://islandlife808.com/?p=38690
  • Already a fan of the GeoSmartUSA Facebook page.
  • Already a fan of An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Pinterest.
  • Follow me on Snapchat.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

Open to US residents only.

And the winner is . . .

aThis post was written for GeoSmart who provided the complimentary item for review and prize giveaway.

 

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The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! (Giveaway)

May 29, 2014 by  
Filed under books, children, giveaways

ABOUT THE BOOK

While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess.

This is the sixth adventure in the adorable, sparkly, sweet Very Fairy Princess series from celebrated children’s book author Julie Andrews (best known for The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries) and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

In this new tale, the end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can’t help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She’s also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym… what if her new teacher doesn’t let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess!

Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle.  A perfectly delightful addition to your child’s bookshelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of MusicMary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children’s book author for over thirty years, and her works include MandyThe Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children’s book author, editor, arts educator, and theater professional, and author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has coauthored many books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon’s GiftThe Great American Mousical, and the New York Times bestselling Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, a book for families to treasure and share.

Connect with The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

WIN IT!

How would you like to win the entire 6-book series of The Very Fairy Princess for your child’s library?

To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, June 12th who you’d like to win this for. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

Open to US residents only.

This post was written for Little, Brown who provided the complimentary prize pack.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Giveaway ($25 VISA Card)

May 7, 2014 by  
Filed under children, entertainment, gift cards, giveaways

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.


 

Starring Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart with new music by Bryan Adams.

Explore the Land of Oz 

Legends Of Oz World is free to play, and fun for Oz fans of all ages. In Legends of Oz World, Dorothy sends you and your trusty companion Toto to save Oz! With the help of some familiar faces, you will discover the many secrets of Oz and why things are not quite the way they used to be. Through puzzles and quests, you will find out what is plaguing the wonderful world of Oz and work to restore its luster.

  • Help Dorothy and friends save Oz from a mysterious new villain
  • Customize your character
  • Look after your very own Toto
  • Go on exciting quests and play mini-games

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN in theaters May 9

WIN IT!

 

How would you like to win a Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return prize pack including $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters, T-Shirt and a Family 4-Pack of Mini Posters. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, May 21st who you’d like to see this movie with. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

Open to US residents only.

This post was written for Clarius Entertainment who provided the complimentary prize pack.

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Celebrating Easter with VTech

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under children, giveaways, toys

With Easter just a few days away, now is the time to make sure you have those baskets stuffed with lots of candy and other goodies. And what’s better than some cool items from VTech? I know my kids love their InnoTab games and other fun toys. We recently had the opportunity to check out some of their latest releases and had a blast!

InnoTab Games

Doc McStuffins: If you’re familiar with this television show then you know how adorable this character is. Dottie aka Doc McStuffins aspires to be a doctor just like her Mom. So she does what any child would do . . . play doctor with her stuffed animals and toys. However, these are no ordinary objects . . . they magically come to life! So you can just imagine how much fun the InnoTab game version is. Here you can take pictures and decorate them with stickers and stamps, play games with the characters, read about Doc and Lambie in the ebook and even color along in the Big Book of Boo-Boos . . . all while learning about math, reading, creativity, and being healthy.

Sofia the First: We found this InnoTab game to be geared for a little older crowd since you have to navigate your way around the screen in a problem solving quest. There are also fun games, an interactive ebook and creative activities. This cartridge also allows you to take photos and decorate them with themed stickers. Kiana really liked this game since she’s a big fan of the television show. What I really liked was how the screen displayed the images in bright sharp colors. It made learning fun!

Now if you have boys then you’ll want to check out the VTech vehicles . . . perfect for Easter baskets!

Go! Go! Smart Wheels: We found this fun toy to be perfect for tiny hands. It’s light-weight and the rounded edges makes it easy to handle. When you press the windshield, the toy talks and sings short phrases and songs. We had the Bulldozer vehicle and said things like “B” is for bulldozer, Let’s clear the road, and I’m Bob, this is my Bulldozer.

Switch & Go Dinos: Remember Transformers? Well, these dinos are kind of like that but even more fun because they talk, make sounds, and even educate your child with interesting facts about their specific species. Built for small hands, these dinos turn into vehicles in just a couple of easy steps. This is very much appreciated since my girls can sometimes get frustrated when they have a hard time completing a task. We were lucky to be able to check out Fray the Ankylosaurus because we’ve never ever heard of this dino before. However, after a few clicks of the button we found out that his tail is as long as his body, he used to live in North America and his head is super hard.

So if you’re looking for last minute basket stuffers check out the various toys from Vtech! Your kids . . . and your dentist . . . will love you for it!

Connect with VTech:

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a VTech prize pack which includes all of the above items? To enter:

  • Just stop by VTech before midnight, May 3rd and check out their huge line of toys. Then come back and mention in comments which one is your favorite. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
  • Follow An Island Life on Twitter.
  • Follow VTech on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win a @VTech prize pack! @kailani #giveaway http://islandlife808.com/?p=38099
  • Already a fan of the VTech Facebook page.
  • Already a fan of An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Pinterest.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

Open to US residents only.

This post was written for VTech who provided the complimentary items in exchange for our honest opinions.

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