Magformers Discount + a Giveaway!

Magformers Giveaway

Now that Kelsey is in kindergarten, Ryan and I have gotten more snooty when it comes to her education. We want to make sure she’s getting the best education that she can – and with that comes the responsibility to make learning fun.

Kelsey loves playing with toys that allow her to build, construct and make things happen. Add that to the fact that my husband is pro “we need more women engineers in this world” and I introduce to you Magformers.

To me, Magformers is like a blend between building blocks, magnets and Legos, and they are designed to help kids with brain development. What a cool concept! Apparently, parents already know about these toys and I’m the last to the party because when I talked to some mom friends of mine they said, “My kids love those things!”

With that affirmation, Kelsey and I just had to try them out.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys

We were given the Magformers 100 piece Inspire set (with LED lights) for review. My daughter is a bit picky so I was hesitant at first, but this set is available in pretty pastel colors – colors that attract girls to them. You know, attracts, like magnets. Bad pun?

In all seriousness, I picked up Kelsey from school the other day and I had this box of Magformers waiting for her in the car. She immediately picked up the box, pointed to the front cover and shouted, “Wow! Mom, this looks like Elsa’s castle!”

When we started digging in, we realized 100 pieces is just the right amount. Some for Kelsey to play with and some to set aside for her two-year old brother to keep busy while she builds.

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Magformers Engineer Kids Toys for Girls

This particular set comes with two LED lights too so you can attach them to what you build and watch your construction light up (trust me, this is a really cool kid feature). The package comes with a easy-to-read idea booklet with cool things to build – from castles, to a hot air balloon, to Cinderella’s slipper! That one is my favorite.

Don’t worry if you have boys though – Magformers come in a rainbow-colored set that I’m sure has different building options inside that are more gender neutral. In fact, we’re giving away one of these rainbow sets to a lucky reader. More on that as you scroll down.

Magformers Kids Toys

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She was building the hot air balloon. Super cool because you attach the LED light to the “basket” at the bottom and watch it rotate between red, blue, green, purple and white colors. I think the light is the best part. She is so serious when she is thinking hard.

Magformers Kids Toys we love

They tell me this toy is good for ages 6 and up, but my daughter is 5 and loved it! When she started playing with Magformers she immediately said, “Mom. I’m going to do this every day.” I giggled. If only … Below are some perks just for following along. Please enjoy this promotion code when you shop on the Magformers website and a little product giveaway, all courtesy of Magformers.

20% discount, just for you!

I would 100% recommend this toy for others. In fact, I’m super pleased to share that Magformers is giving you 20% off whichever set you like! You just have to purchase by 9/3 and use BLOG20 discount code at checkout. Here’s a link to shop on their website. Discount code expires 9/3/15 and is only valid on the Magformers.com website.

Giveaway! Enter to win a 62 piece Rainbow Set ($99 value)

 

Magformers Rainbow Set

This is what the 62 piece rainbow set looks like and retails for $99. Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be entered to win the Rainbow Magformers. Enter with your email address or Facebook log in (this is only required so I can contact you if you win). Get bonus entry points for commenting on this blog post!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update 9/1: Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner, who was chosen randomly in partnership with Rafflecopter is TABITHA!! A huge shout out to Magformers for sponsoring this post and product giveaway. 

Ker Plunk! What’s Old is New Again

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ker plunk game for kids
ker plunk game for kids
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Do you remember Ker Plunk? I saw it at Target yesterday and had to have it. I loved this game as a kid. Kelsey and I spent all morning battling over a few marbles. For the record, this child is really good at this game. Her strategy? She only pulls out the “Christmas colored sticks” – so essentially, I’m stuck with all the yellows while she gets to choose between the red and green sticks. Hey, that might be the key to the game because she won nearly every time. She got a little feisty and confident after a few wins.

Kelsey’s Digital Photography Debut

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog“Mom. I’m getting good at this. I’m going to start bringing my camera everywhere I go, just like you do.” Can you tell that we’re related? I suppose I do take my camera along for the ride at every chance I get.

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog“See, Mom! Do you like it?” Lately, Kelsey takes her Vtech camera everywhere that we go! We were at Ikea this weekend. And so was the camera. I was getting ready. There was the camera. We were playing outside, yep there was the camera. Ryan and I were kind of surprised she knew what to do.

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She reviews every photo she takes, to make sure she’s satisfied with the way it looks, and to show off the photo with such pride. You should have seen her yesterday. She was taking pictures of stationary objects, but she would move them around until they were in a position that she liked. She did this with a chair, a ball and even took this artistic upward shot of the umbrella.

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog
Then, the inevitable happened. Colton saw how much fun she was having with this pink little “toy” so he took it from her. In her sweetest voice she kindly asked for it back. “Colton, can sissy have back her camera, please. Please, Colton can I have that back now?” The sweet talk didn’t work but it was pretty cute to watch.

This camera actually takes digital images that you can download to your computer with a USB port. It even has it’s own version of “photoshop” built into the camera so if she wanted to, she can add frames and shapes to her pictures. Here are some of Kelsey’s pictures from the weekend. And yes, she really took a picture of herself. I’m telling you, they watch everything you do.

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The Shopper Hat: Kiddie Toy for Summer

If you don’t have the Little Tikes Beach Balloon, I would recommend it. Kelsey’s Aunt Lauren bought it for her last year. You hook it up to your hose and it creates a big, balloon-like sprinkler in your yard. It’s so much fun. Kelsey loved running up to it, hitting it and then running away. A must-have summer kids toy.