Oct 15 2010
My family… we’re kind of geeky. ¬†It’s a good geeky, is there even a bad kind?
We definitely have an appreciation for all the really! ¬†cool! ¬†stuff! there is to learn in the world. ¬†As such, we like educational toys… toys that get kids thinking and exploring. ¬†So, we have quite a few Discovery Toys. ¬†We like them a lot. ¬†They are high quality and really get a lot of play time in our house. When Ali offered me the chance to try out the Star Explorer Kit I was quite excited because our family¬†really likes space. ¬†We got to take a look at the whole Space Exploration Set with the Jumbo Book of Space, too!
My son was so excited to take a look at it! ¬†There are so many awesome pictures and cool facts and wonderful things to learn. ¬†He was reading the star map for the Autumn sky and trying to find the things he knew already. ¬†He likes looking at the constellations and spying the shapes they hide.
When we pulled out the star seeker and set it up, he loved pushing the button and watching them light up! ¬†The constellation cards are made to show the details and sizes of the stars that they include and it is really neat to get to see them when the seeker’s light is on! ¬†The glow-in-the-dark compass added extra excitement as he was able to figure out which way was North, and see where it was going to be in the sky.
He tried it in the house for a while, in every dark room, then decided it might be a little easier to spot the constellations if we were outside. ¬†He “saw” lots of the constellations (despite the fully cloudy evening) and I sure had fun showing him the shapes and reading the constellation names with him. ¬†I am looking forward to getting out on a clear evening so that we can see what there is to see in the sky! ¬†Also, next time, I promise that I will get him properly dressed for the occasion (PJs and sandals weren’t really appropriate, though his choice) as he got chilly after two constellations and decided that it was more fun looking for the constellations in the darkened rooms of our house. ¬†Hey, whatever works…
The Star Explorer Kit is definitely on my wish list as something that I would want to include on a camping trip and the catalogue lists it for 6 years and up but I feel like there are elements (It lights up! ¬†You can see the shapes!) that can be enjoyed and learned by any age!
Ali is offering a giveaway of a gift certificate for $30 towards any purchase, with her, for Discovery Toys. ¬†There are a few ways that you can enter.
1) leave a comment here (or e-mail me), telling me about something that you like about space,
2) go, check out Ali’s facebook page and like it, tell me that you did,
3) go look at Ali’s DT site and let me know how you can get ahold of her,
4) tell me what you would do with $30 in Discovery Toys money (and not toy money, real money!!).
5) You can also get one daily entry just letting me know how much you would like to win this giveaway!
As always, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or comment to get your entries in!
Ali will be at the KamloopsParents.Com Kids’ Stuff Swap and Sale, so be sure to stop on by to check out her display and say hi. ¬†As well, there are some great specials going on right now with Discovery Toys. ¬†There are free books and extra awesome specials when you host a party. ¬†Now’s the time to get your Christmas wish list covered and why not do it for free! That’s how I have managed to get most of my DT stash. ¬†Love! ¬†It!
Comments and e-mails will be open for two weeks, until October 28th at 10pm. ¬†The winner will be contacted by e-mail and announced on the site. ¬†Good luck! ¬†And don’t forget about this giveaway, a fantastic gift for a new parent, running until the end of the month!