Life’s Building Blocks

December 12, 2008 by  
Filed under books, giveaways, kids, product reviews

Life’s Building Blocks is the brainchild of a couple of very innovative parents, Vikash and Juli Sanyal, who having spent years coaching young kids and observing interaction between elementary age children at school and at play felt passionately that there was a need for character building products that would be fun for kids and easy for parents to use. So with the help of character and game development experts, they developed an award-winning line of character education tools that every parent wants, and every child needs.

Introducing . . . Zaki the Chameleon, a lovable, talking, plush character. Research shows that children respond to other children so the company has placed Zaki in the midst of the Spruce Street Six — a group of best friends in the third grade. Through actual storytelling, chapter books and activity books, the close friends who make up The Spruce Street Six are faced with many of the common ethical challenges that confront every child. Each adventure highlights the strengths, weaknesses and virtues of each of the children that are highlighted. The Spruce Street Six share a bond that is extended to children, helping them to learn how to make better ethical decisions.

We received Zaki as well as the chapter & activity books to review. At first we were a little surprised since he doesn’t look like the normal plushies we have in our home – cutesy and pretty. However, I think his unique look and colors is what gives him character. My girls loved him and they enjoyed listening to his stories and watching his fins change colors. We love this because it puts emphasis on the important moral building parts of the story.

The chapter books were great because Girlie Girl is at that age where she’s just starting to read independently. I had to help her with a few words but she was able to do most of it herself. She’s getting to be such a big girl. *sigh*

As for the activity books, these were great for when Girlie Girl was on break from school. It was a fun way to reinforce Zaki’s stories and to learn the right response to various ethical situations. My daughter loves games and puzzles so this was perfect for her. She was having so much fun that she didn’t even realize that she was also learning in the process.

Zaki turned out to be a welcome addition to our plushie family and taught the girls so many important values. We’re so glad he’s here!

You can get your own products from Life’s Building Blocks with 20% off your purchase of $15 or more. Just use the code island20 when checking out. Deadline is Dec 31st.

Win it!

Life’s Building Blocks has generously donated the winner’s choice of either Zaki the Chameleon, the chapter books, or the activitiy books to one lucky winner. To enter:

  • Stop by Life’s Building Blocks before midnight, Dec 20th and check out all their cool products.
  • Then come back and mention which one is your favorite. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified on Dec 21st.
  • The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize.

For extra entries, you may do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each extra credit that you’re doing.

This giveaway is open to US addresses only.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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127 Responses to “Life’s Building Blocks”
  1. 101
    julie l says:


  2. 102
    Harli says:

    Zaki the storytelling chameleon!

  3. 103
    Peggy Gorman says:

    I like the game What would Zaki do? and of course I love Zaki too

  4. 104
    Marion B says:

    The Spooky Mansion chapter book sounds fun!

  5. 105
    Veronica Garrett says:

    What Would Zaki Do? Board Game is my favorite.

  6. 106
    kathy pease says:

    i love the what would zaki do board game

  7. 107
    Ana says:

    Jessica the brave

  8. 108
    Brenda S. says:

    I like the activity books.

  9. 109
    Angel says:

    activity books

  10. 110
    Bev says:

    I know my little granddaughter would love Zaki. I like the board game, too. Thanks for having the contest and Happy Holidays!

  11. 111
    Renee We says:

    If my STRONG WILLED SON learns self-control he will go far in this world so Self-Control Activity Books should help him.

  12. 112

    I like the What Would Zaki Do board game.

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  13. 113

    I subscribe to your feed.

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    Your button is in my sidebar.

  16. 116
    Donna K says:

    I would like the virtue activity books.

  17. 117
    Donna K says:

    I am a subscriber

  18. 118
    Donna K says:

    I put your button on my blog.

  19. 119

    I subscribed in google reader

  20. 120

    I want the What Would Zaki Do board game.

  21. 121
    Gianna says:

    Zaki the storytelling doll :)

  22. 122
    Janet says:

    virtue activity books. ty 4 the awesome giveaway and 4 the entry:)

  23. 123
    Lily Kwan says:

    I love the Storytelling Zaki talking plush doll!

  24. 124
    Lily Kwan says:

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  25. 125
    mrs.hatfield says:

    please tell me how to give zaki more stories??????? my daughter got 1 for christmas & knows every1 of them .

  26. 126
    cheryl says:

    my daughter got ZAKI for christmas & we would like to know how to add more stories

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