Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guidecraft 3-D Feel & Find World Icons {Review & Giveaway}

Guidecraft Moms{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Lisa M!}

Oftentimes one of my daughters will be talking (nonstop, most likely) and I find myself getting a little bit entranced by their eyes.

There is something about the wonder and curiosity of children that comes through in the twinkle in their eyes and the excitement over the picture that they've found in a book or the bug they see crawling on the window.

For me, it has always been important to encourage that inquisitiveness and imagination, whether through a walk in nature, singing a song, playing with a sensory toy, and more. And I can't think of a company that has made that more possible than the one and only Guidecraft and, most recently, their 3-D Feel & Find World Icons.

sensory toyContaining 20 different shapes with matching tiles, the concept of this wooden toy is simple yet fun: match the tiles to the symbols. Whether for individual or group play, children reach into the bag (or, in our case, dump them all out into a pile) and find the multi-colored shape that matches the cutout on the tile.

Just from seeing the bright pictures on the box, Little Sister B was clamoring for a chance to try out the Feel & Find World Icons for herself. Although the recommended age is 3 and up, I knew that at 2½ she would have no problem manipulating the chunky pieces.

wooden toyMade from eco-friendly rubberwood and stained with low VOC aniline dyes, the mix of colors caught our eye right away and Little Sister B seemed almost mesmerized as she looked at them.

Guidecraft toyAs we began to talk about the easily recognizable icons (based on symbols found in cultures throughout the world) and how to find pieces with the same colors, she instantly went to work finding the tiles to match with the hippo, car, sun, apple, fish, rabbit, leaf, bird and more.

matching toyAs more and more matches were made, Little Sister B got increasingly faster as well as more excited about her accomplishments. I loved seeing her succeed at pointing out which color was which and figuring out if the piece needed to be turned over or rotated to fit into the indented space on the tile.

fine motor skillsAfter putting the final piece in place, we were both pretty happy about her feat!

winningWe have since played with the Feel & Find World Icons after that initial afternoon and they have proven to continue to entertain and educate both of my girls.

Little Sister B has improved on her time for matching up all of the shapes with the coordinating tiles and Big Sister E has gotten in on the fun in a variety of ways. Working individually or together, we have stacked the pieces into a tower and then stacked them again while talking about patterns...

teaching patterns...we have sorted the icons by color and then sorted them again into piles with categories like Animals or Outdoors...

sorting by colorWhat initially struck me as a very simple toy proved to be much more! Just by pulling out this canvas bag and loosening the drawstring (I love that Guidecraft has made it so easy to store these tiles!) it has led to discussions about colors, size, differences and similarities, shape, the world and more and has encouraged practice, fine-motor skills, imagination, critical thinking and more!

Yet again Guidecraft has managed to take something classic and give it a twist to make their 3-D Feel & Find World Icons into something unique and entertaining. Each time that we have taken these out, my kids have been excited to put their creativity to work... and do some learning at the same time!

Plus, as I know that everything Guidecraft creates is safe and made of only the highest quality, this is an item that could be given as gifts for either boys or girls and last for years to come. Available directly from Guidecraft for $30 each (also found on Amazon for a little less) the Feel & Find World Icons are a classic sensory toy with a modern, fun twist.

And, thanks to the generosity of Guidecraft, one person will get to enjoy this great toy as well, because...

One lucky person will win 3-D Feel & Find World Icons from Guidecraft!

Guidecraft giveawayTo enter to win: Visit Guidecraft and tell me another of their amazing products that you love.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

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Giveaway will end on September 7th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to Guidecraft for providing 3-D Feel & Find World Icons for me to review as part of my participation as a Guidecraft Mom and for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Emily said...

My kiddos would love their Magneatos, as well!

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love the magneatos or screw block - the puzzles look awesome too!

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I love & wish I had the Deluxe Art Center.
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Helen Keeler said...

I'd love to have the 36 inch Multipurpose Storage - Red. helenkeeler@comcast.net

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We love the 4-1 Flipping Table Top Easel...thanks!

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I'd love their forward book cover facing bookshelf. Been ogling that for well over a year. :)

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Linder said...

I'm loving the stacking rainbow pyramid! Thanks for a great giveaway!

BonnieE said...

How to choose!! I think it will have to be the Rainbow Blocks, love them!

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The sand tray would be so much fun.

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My students love the screw blocks!

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I like the gross motor stepping stones.

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I love the TABLE TOP GREEK BLOCKS. All of there blocks are wonderful.

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Cathy said...

I've been contemplating getting the regular feel and find. So hard to pull the trigger.

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Erika said...

they have so many wonderful products it's hard to choose just one. But I'll go with their Fraction Action Board.

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SarahG said...

I like the Wooden Trucks Set.

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Martianne said...

Your guidecraft link doesn't seem to work, but I went to their site through google and would love Magneatos!

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I love the kitchen helper, I'm putting it on our wish list for Christmas! Thanks for the chance.

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Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints said...

I would love their Magneatos as my kids are totally in love with magnets right now! Thank you!

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Flintfamily6 said...

I like the art activity cart!

Stoufer Family said...

The Flower Match Garden Patch also looks like fun.

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The Deluxe Art Center looks awesome!

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I really like the Sit 'n Read storage Center!!

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My son would love all the puzzles. Thank you.

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Sara said...

I think the Magneatos are very cool!

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I love Guidecraft's Play Lofts!

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I love the table building blocks

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What is there not to love at Guidecraft?? If I had to another product, I really like their Rainbow Blocks.
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Michelle T said...

I would love to win these! Another great Guidecraft toy would be their Magneatos!

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I love Guidecrafts Animal train sort and match! My boys love it too!

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What's not to love on the Guidecraft site? lol I'm definitely loving the Jr. Hollow Blocks and just know my 3.5 year-old son would love them, too. These are definitely on our Christmas & Birthday Wish Lists!

Julie said...

Would love to win. I have always wanted a book display...I like the red canvas one on their site.

Brenda Garner said...

Love the Blockmate Farm Animals

Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

The Country Kitchen would be perfect for my almost 2yo daughter! I think I may have just found some prospective Christmas presents!

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Andrea said...

Me and my kiddos would love this giveaway! We also like the Fraction Action Board at Guidecraft.
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I like the fraction action board. I remember playing with something like when I was very small. The World Icon Feel and Find look great too.

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Kamilah said...

I love your Deluxe Art Center. It looks like a great place to store think as well as a great place for my little ones to set and be creative! The Magneatos look like something my children would enjoy as well.

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This looks like a great opportunity for both of my girls to learn from!:)

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