Marble Runaround Giveaway from Hearthsong! (CLOSED)

We are big fans of HearthSong, and this is not the first time we’ve had an opportunity to review their wonderful, high-quality toys.  This time, HearthSong sent us the Marble Runaround, consisting of 45 vividly patterned wooden blocks with groves and holes for 10 marbles to occupy and “run around.”  It’s a perfect toy for my son, as it combines his love of building towers with wooden blocks and his love of marbles.  A fun and open-ended toy that requires no batteries! As soon as we opened it, the boys (aka my husband and son) quickly went to work.

We have chosen to do a Montessori-inspired method with our preschooler, and this toy is a wonderful support of that.  It is visually appealing, enhances spatial thinking, and develops his eye-hand coordination.  Another great thing about this set is that you can combine it with just about any wooden block set to engineer a monstrous design.  You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. The possibilities are endless.  The hardest thing has been to keep the 8 month old away.  She finds theses blocks extremely appealing.  (I mean, who wouldn’t, right?)  As soon as anyone builds a towering structure, she crawls over to it and knocks it down.  (Sigh.)

Today was a particularly rainy day, so this toy was a perfect indoor toy to keep little hands busy while sparking some creativity and imagination.  

It also keeps adults busy, too!  And teenagers – we had a family over for dinner last week and their high school senior decided he wanted one for Christmas.

Cons:

  • The 100% cotton drawstring toy sack is just big enough to fit all the pieces, which means if you add to the set, you will need another storage method.
  • No pouch for the marbles.
  • It’s not a big enough set for 2 kids, in my opinion, but you can certainly buy 2 or add to it with blocks
  • It’s difficult for my 3 year old son to build by himself.  He can’t make elaborate constructions but can do small and simple runs with a bit of help with the finishing touches (i.e. lining up the blocks just right for the marbles not to get caught).  Granted that this is meant for kids ages 4 and up, I can see where even the 4 year old would have a little trouble with it at first.

With the holidays approaching, you might want to start thinking about making your purchases for that special child in your own life.  I personally enjoy the convenience of be able to shop at home (in my pajamas if I so desire!), avoiding holiday crowds and bad weather.  And HearthSong has a great online selection!  Browse their Fall CatalogHearthSong Exclusives, and Halloween items, and be sure to check out the Deal of the Week and their Clearance Sale for savings up to 65%.

Buy: Purchase the Marble Runaround, a HearthSong exclusive,  for $29.98.  Add the drawstring bag for an additional $6.98.

Win: HearthSong is generously offering one of my readers hours of fun-filled family entertainment with a Marble Runaround of their own!

HOW TO ENTER:

There are lots of ways you can win! Just make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry. If any of the required steps for are missing, ALL of your entries/comments will not be valid. Make sure you have included your email in your comment, so that I have a way of contacting you if you win. Bonus entries can be completed after the mandatory entry.

MANDATORY ENTRY

To enter, visit HearthSong and leave a comment on this post letting me know something from their Halloween collection catches your eye. This is required and must be done before the extra entries!

BONUS ENTRIES

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  4. Tweet about this giveaway. You can tweet once a day for an extra entry every day. Copy and paste: WIN a Marble Runaround from HearthSong @VillageofMoms http://bit.ly/bYunyo #giveaway #win (1 extra entry, daily)

***Giveaway closes October 8th @ 11:59 EST and winner will be chosen via Random.org. Open to US.***

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    part of your group on facebook

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    katklaw777 says:

    I like the Halloween Countdown Calendar…what a fun idea.
    Great giveaway, thanks.

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    I subscribe via email.

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