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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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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Mega Bloks Skylanders Giveaway

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under children, giveaways, toys

Build your favorite pirate with eight legs and no pegs, then swap bodies to create ultimate combinations with Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Wash Buckler. Control the forces of evil by building a magnetic robot hero, then swapping bodies to create ultimate combinations with Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Magna Charge.

These super-sized buildable heroes with special micro axises let you pull them apart and swap with other Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ heroes. Create the perfect combinations to defend Cloudbreak Islands and stop Kaos’ evil plans!

Ideal for ages 5 and up!

Connect with Mega Bloks and Skylanders:

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a Mega Bloks Skylanders prize pack which includes Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Wash Buckler and Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Magna Charge?

To enter:

  • Just  mention in comments before midnight,  April 15th why you want to win this. 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 Mega Bloks on Twitter.
  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win a Mega Bloks Skylanders prize pack! @kailani #giveaway @MegaBloks http://islandlife808.com/?p=38066
  • Already a fan of the Mega Bloks 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 Mega Bloks who provided the complimentary prize pack.

 

 

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VTech InnoTab 3S – The WiFi Learning Tablet (Giveaway)

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under children, electronic, giveaways, toys

With the holidays fast approaching it’s time to start making those lists of who was naughty or nice. For me, after reviewing the VTech InnoTab 3s I know what all the “nice” kids on my list are getting!

Being the tech junkie that I am, I have always had a fondness for educational electronic toys for my girls. And believe me, they pretty much have them all. So when I was asked to review the VTech InnoTab 3s I wasn’t really sure how this kid-friendly tablet could be different from what we already have. I was wrong. The most notable difference is the VTech Kid Connect feature. This allows my girls to use their tablet to text as well as send voice messages, pictures and stickers to my cellular phone/tablet . . . in real time. Being a flight attendant, I’m away for half the month so this feature is invaluable to me. My younger girls do not have cell phones so this is the perfect way for them to stay in touch with me whether on I’m on a different island or as far away as Japan.

Here are some other notable features included with the InnoTab 3s:

  • Kid-safe internet browser with VTech pre-selected and parent-approved websites and secure Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 5″ color touch screen
  • E-Reader and Story Dictionary
  • MP3 Player
  • 4 GB on-board memory
  • Memory expandable up to 32GB with micro SD card (sold separately)
  • 180° 2.0 MP rotating camera / video recorder
  • Wonder Cam with over 55 photo effects
  • 20 total Apps included: Art Studio, Magical Bean Stalk game, H2O Go! Game, calculator, clock, calendar, friends list, notes and more.
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and AC Adaptor (a $34.99 value) and 2 styluses

One of the things that I really appreciate is the option to be able to download and install apps online. This saves me a trip to the store and has come in handy on those days when I needed a little something to keep the kids entertained. Nothing like a brand new book or creative activity to give Mom a little peace and quiet.

I also like the shape and feel of the InnoTab 3s. It’s bulky enough for Kaila’s (4) tiny hands without being heavy. And the kids love that rotating camera! It allows them to sneak up on me and take a few photos for their library. LOL!

Here are some views of our InnoTab 3S so you can see how awesome it is for yourself!

 

 

 

 

So this holiday season, check out one of the hottest gift items on the market . . . the VTech InnoTab 3S! Just $79.99 for the holiday season!

Connect with VTech:

WIN IT!

How would you like to win a VTech InnoTab 3S just in time for the holidays?

To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, November 30th what your favorite feature is. 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 InnoTab 3S! @Kailani #giveaway http://islandlife808.com/?p=37842
  • 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.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for VTech who provided the complimentary item in exchange for my honest review.

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