January 30, 2012

Crazy Awesome: Coloraturo Blocks (and a Giveaway!)

****Giveaway is closed! Congrats to Jane Little, our winner!***

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I'm always delighted to support companies that are all about promoting open-ended and creative play.  Especially companies who are also well-versed in the benefits of Reggio Emelia (my hands-down, current favorite early childhood education philosophy).  So when I was contacted by the folks over at the Learning Materials Workshop to see if we wanted to test out their new set of blocks, I jumped at the chance.

You know we love our blocks.  A lot.

Learning Materials Workshop creates highly colored, very unique sets of blocks.  At first glance, they don't look like anything exciting.  Here's the Coloraturo:

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Um.  Ok.

But it only took Raines about 2.3 seconds to see the myriad of possibilities in this little set.

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He made houses….

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And train tracks…

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And little pyramids.  He was very proud of the way they fit together just so:

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And he tried his hand at stacking….

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Until his brother came along.  You know how this is gonna end, right?

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Yup.

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We're having a little trouble with sharing over here.  I get it.  Sharing sucks.

After that, R got a bit frustrated and we put them away.  The stacking ability is really cool, but the blocks are thin, and have to be stacked just so in order to stay up.  Totally pissed him off.

But the next morning?  They were the first thing he asked for. 

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And after many more falls, he finally got it higher – all by himself.  The kid was PROUD.  And so was I.

The verdict?  These blocks were (and continue to be) a hit.  The colors and unique shapes really draw him in…yet they are simple enough to promote all kinds of open-ended play.  Even Pax gets in on the action – just basically fitting two pieces together, taking them apart.  Fitting them together, taking them apart.  Etc.etc.

A huge thank-you for Learning Materials Workshop for sharing their fabulous Coloraturo blocks with us!  I'm now a huge fan.  The Coloraturo set retails for $75.  

Onto the giveaway!

The Learning Materials Workshop is offering one reader the Curvilinear Set.  This set retails for $50, and looks like a bridge-builders dream.  

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R would go nuts.  Learning Materials Workshop says:

Children combine soft, flexible, clear tubing and hard, stable, rectilinear blocks and dowels as they explore, construct, and compare structures. Topological forms that curve, twist, and stretch are contrasted with fixed angular shapes—enriching language and encouraging mathematical thinking and cooperative problem solving.

Oooo…fun.

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If you'd like a Curvilinear set for your little one, here are the ways to enter:

You will get one entry for likes, three entries for sharing.  Then leave a comment telling us how you've entered.  And please:  leave your email address (or blog or something) when you leave a comment.  We've been having trouble getting in touch with giveaway winners because they left only a name.  (Amy?  Which Amy?  Amy L?  I'm Amy C…??)  Too much mom-brain on all sides of this coin.  :)

UPDATE:  When inputting your email, you can just use the "Your Information" box while commenting.  You don't have to put it in the comment field itself.

We'll pick a winner on Monday, Feb 6th at 6PM EST.

xo,

S

ps.  And HEY!  Give me some props on the photos, would ya??  With the exception of the last pic…I took ALL of the pics!  All by myself!!  Really!  Granted, I realize that the last pic (taken by hubby) is still the best one…but mine aren't bad.  Thank you again, Ashley Ann

 

 

74 Comments
  • Carol W
    January 30, 2012

    Liked you on FB
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  • A Facebook User
    January 30, 2012

    Done and done. Shared, liked, and liked. I only wish you were also giving away the Coloraturo. LOVE.

  • Carol W
    January 30, 2012

    Liked LMW on FB
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  • A Facebook User
    January 30, 2012

    Liked both of you on Facebook, and shared the post. Awesome giveaway! anne (dot) chaconas (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • Tamara Watson
    January 30, 2012

    I shared the contest on Facebook.

  • Tamara Watson
    January 30, 2012

    And I already liked you on Facebook. :)

  • Tamara Watson
    January 30, 2012

    And now I like Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook too!

  • Angela tximeleta33(at)gmail(dot)com
    January 30, 2012

    I would like to play with those blocks! I shared the contest on Facebook.

  • Angela tximeleta33(at)gmail(dot)com
    January 30, 2012

    I already Liked Ain’t no mom jeans on FB.

  • Angela tximeleta33(at)gmail(dot)com
    January 30, 2012

    I liked Learning Materials workshop on FB.

  • Molly F.
    January 30, 2012

    Like, like, like.

  • mary
    January 31, 2012

    Liked on facebook.

  • Beth LaMois
    January 31, 2012

    Oh my gosh!! these are so cool! My son is only 6 months, but will LOVE these when he gets a little older! I liked the post on FB, and shared it as well. I also liked the learning materials workshop on FB.
    bethany.lamois at gmail dot com

  • Kristen
    January 31, 2012

    done and done. shared this baby! I love the evil picture of your baby, that is a perfect moment. good job capturing.

  • Tamar
    January 31, 2012

    Liked both pages on facebook!

  • Sakina
    January 31, 2012

    I like you both on facebook – and have shared the post!
    Sakina
    saku_1 at yahoo dot com

  • Teri Stewart
    January 31, 2012

    I like you on fb!

  • Anitra
    January 31, 2012

    Already like you on FB. Love the pictures, especially the one where the baby has the evil gleam in his eye. I see that same look when my one-year-old gets his hands on big sister’s toys…

  • JulainaB
    January 31, 2012

    already like you on FB.

  • JulianaB
    January 31, 2012

    neat blocks! A little pricey for me, but love the chance to win them! My sons would go nuts about them. Thanks!

  • Anitra
    January 31, 2012

    Shared this on FB!
    (oh yeah, my email is anitra AT alum DOT wpi DOT edu)

  • Clarissa
    January 31, 2012

    I shared this post on Facebook.

  • Clarissa
    January 31, 2012

    I like you on FB

  • Clarissa
    January 31, 2012

    I like Learning Materials Workshop on fb.

  • Jennifer
    January 31, 2012

    I “liked” ANMJ, LMW on Facebook and I shared this post on FB! :D These blocks are AWESOME! jennifermlawson at gmail dot com!

  • Susana
    January 31, 2012

    LOVE these! Would love to win! Question: If I put my email in the “Your Information” section to submit a comment, will you have it? Or do I need to write it in the comment itself?

  • Wan
    January 31, 2012

    Shared, liked and liked. Off to check out the Coloraturo set now.

  • rachel
    January 31, 2012

    I liked! I shared! Very interested in this set.

  • Jess Z.
    January 31, 2012

    I liked Learning Materials on fb.

  • Jess Z.
    January 31, 2012

    I liked you on fb :)

  • Kelly Camacho
    January 31, 2012

    Shared the post and liked Learning Materials (have already liked you guys!) My kids would love these blocks!
    keliel@msn.com

  • shiloh o'rourke
    January 31, 2012

    our boys would love these!! http://www.familyoforourke.blogspot.com

  • Marie P
    January 31, 2012

    Thanks for the great toy (and learning) idea! Shared the link, liked your blog, and liked the company.

  • Andrea Milam
    January 31, 2012

    Shared this on Facebook! Hope to win for my little guy!

  • Abi Hoffman
    January 31, 2012

    Liked both sites! My fingers are crossed!

  • Beth Peterson
    January 31, 2012

    Liked Aint no mom jeans on facebook

  • Beth Peterson
    January 31, 2012

    Liked Learning Materials workshop on fb as well!

  • Brooke
    January 31, 2012

    I like ANMJ on FB!

  • Brooke
    January 31, 2012

    I liked Learning Materials Workshop on FB!

  • Brooke
    January 31, 2012

    I’m sharing this on FB!

  • Steph
    January 31, 2012

    Shared the link on Facebook! Awesome toys:)

  • Cheryl N
    January 31, 2012

    I shared this on FB and liked Learning Materials and Ain’t No Mom Jeans. Love the blocks :)

  • Sarah
    January 31, 2012

    I liked Ain’t No Mom Jeans on Facebook.

  • aly
    January 31, 2012

    I liked Ain’t No Mom Jeans on FB…and I totally think the mischievous smile/pre-block smash photo is the best one. :) Wonderful job!!

  • Twila Owen
    January 31, 2012

    i like anmj on fb!!!

  • Twila Owen
    January 31, 2012

    i like learning materials workshop on fb. Such beautiful stuff!

  • Twila Owen
    January 31, 2012

    shared on fb!

  • Jane Little
    January 31, 2012

    I liked anmj on fb.

  • Jane Little
    January 31, 2012

    I liked the Learning Materials Workshop on FB.

  • Jane Little
    January 31, 2012

    I shared this post on FB.

  • Lindsay H
    January 31, 2012

    I like Ain’t No Mom Jeans and Learning Materials Workshop on FB and shared the post! (are we supposed to leave a comment for each entry? It didn’t seem like it from the instructions and I didn’t want to spam you…)
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  • Cara
    January 31, 2012

    I liked you on FB!!

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    January 31, 2012

    I liked Learning MAterials Wkshp on FB!!

  • Cara
    January 31, 2012

    OK, so I blanked out and forgot to put my info on my posts…. please delete the prior ones!!
    I liked you on FB!!
    cwendel (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Cara
    January 31, 2012

    OK, so I blanked out and forgot to put my info on my posts…. please delete the prior ones!!
    I liked Learning Materials Workshop on FB!!
    cwendel (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Seunga yu
    January 31, 2012

    Liked Learning Materials on fb

  • Jamie B.
    January 31, 2012

    I “like” ANMJ on Facebook.

  • Jamie B.
    January 31, 2012

    I “like” Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook.

  • Jamie B.
    January 31, 2012

    I shared on Facebook!

  • Jolie
    February 1, 2012

    Shared on Facebook!

  • AmandaBryce
    February 1, 2012

    Oh my gosh! I love those Coloraturo blocks! I liked Learning Materials on facebook :)

  • AmandaBryce
    February 1, 2012

    I liked ANMJ on FB as well :)

  • AmandaBryce
    February 1, 2012

    I shared the giveaway on FB :)

  • Vicki
    February 1, 2012

    I like you on FB.

  • Vicki
    February 1, 2012

    AND…I like Learning Materials on FB

  • Mary
    February 2, 2012

    I liked Learning Materials Workshop and ANMJ on Facebook. Email is marynelson7304 at yahoo dot com. Fingers crossed!

  • Kati G
    February 3, 2012

    Shared on facebook! We heart blocks.
    The pictures with the evil imminent toddler destruction face are priceless!

  • Hannah
    February 3, 2012

    I liked both pages on Facebook. My facebook name is Hannah Avery.
    -Hannah Avery
    hannahavery85@yahoo.com
    Great pics! Your little boys are adorable, and those blocks look like so much fun!

  • Shannon
    February 4, 2012

    I liked ANMJ and Learning Materials Workshop on FB and shared the FB post. zolar16 at hotmail dot com.

  • Katie K
    February 4, 2012

    Liked ANMJ on facebook!

  • Brea
    February 5, 2012

    Shared!

  • Brea
    February 5, 2012

    Already like you on Facebook!

  • Brea
    February 5, 2012

    Liked the Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook!

  • Amy Oppie
    February 6, 2012

    I like ANMJ on facebook

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