Friday, December 16, 2011

Endless Imaginative Building with Roylco Straws and Connectors {Review, Giveaway & Coupon Code}

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There are certain toys that appeal to some children, while there are others that... not so much. Whereas some prefer large motor, active play and others opt for the quiet reading of books, there is one category that is universally loved: building.

I don't think that I've ever met a child (or adult, really) that can sit down in front of construction items and not be pulled to imagining, designing, creating and building their inspiration. Your creativity just can't be stifled!

So what's better than building? Building something BIG! A tower is great... but a house or a rocket ship or a boat that you can really climb into is better! Up until recently my kids were using typical construction equipment (e.g. chairs, couch cushions, bedsheets, etc), but now we have found something even more fun: Roylco Straws and Connectors.

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewAn extremely simple concept, these Straws and Connectors are exactly what their name implies: straws and connectors. The ingenious design is intuitively easy to use, as by attaching a connector at the end of a straw, you are on your way to building something small or large - the only limit is your imagination!

Roylco Straws and ConnectorsAs soon as a package of 400 Straws and Connectors arrived, I had no doubt that they would be put to creative use for quite some time to come.

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewA collection of brightly colored classic straws and connectors, it didn't take long before the kids and I were turning the individual pieces into our own masterpieces. I immediately noticed the versatility of this toy, as children can work alone, in pairs, in groups and with parents to design and build whatever they can imagine.

Even better, the straws are bendable, flexible and can even be cut to your desired length. As the connectors can join six straws together at 90ยบ angles, you aren't limited to standard boxes or lines, you can turn any sort of abstract shape into a curve, wave or more.

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewAlthough Roylco recommends theis product for ages 4+, Little Sister B had no problem carefully pushing a connector into a straw...

Roylco Straws and Connectors review...and being extremely proud of what she could create.

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewWhile we've had a great time making small, simple works of art, we've also used the Straws and Connectors to make large, creative, climb-inside-for-some-fun objects. Some mornings Little Sister B and I will make a house for her and her stuffed animals...

Roylco Straws and Connectors review...and some days we will use the included instructions (or follow the downloadable instructions online) to really construct something incredible.

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewHow often does a kid get to help build their own race car and then really take it for a drive?

Roylco Straws and Connectors reviewWhether you have a child in your life that has aspirations of being an architect or just one that would enjoy building and playing with a fort, rocket, truck, train or more, Royclo Straws and Connectors would be a gift that would last long after the holidays. There's nothing more you need than a set of pieces and a space large enough to contain your imaginative results!

Available directly at Roylco.com or online at Amazon for $36.99, the 400 piece package of Straws and Connectors has been a big hit at our house and will be sure to provide a great deal of fun for kids everywhere. But, wait! For an even better deal, enter the coupon code STRWS20 on a purchase from Roylco and receive 20% off until December 20, 2011!

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to build and create endless structures in 2012 as well, because...

One lucky person will win a 400 piece Straws and Connectors set
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To enter to win: Leave a comment telling me what creative project would be built first with these Straws and Connectors if you win.

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Giveaway will end on January 6th at 11:59pm CST. By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to these official rules. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. 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. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and must be 18 years of age or older.

A big thank you to Roylco for providing a 400 piece set of Straws and Connectors for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Linda W. said...

My son would definitely try and make a rocket ship! email subscriber walk9@att.net

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A rocket ship!

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Pretty sure my son would want to make a rocket ship first! He is really into rockets and airplanes right now!

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My grandson would love something like this! He would probably want to make the race car, a rocket ship, and a house just like you did. Looks like a lot of creative fun!

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My son would love to make the race car and race around the house! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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My kids would make a fort
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Elif said...

Oh yea, we would be making a rocket ship for my son! Then for my three daughters - a castle! What a neat toy! This is one I will buy if I don't win and I can already think of nieces and nephews who would love this for a birthday gift! Thanks for the review!
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I think the race car would be one the girls would like to make, they are always driving boxes around (and dad loves his NASCAR)

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My sons would LOVE to make the space ship

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Coriander Warren said...

My daughter would probably try to build a castle...my son a rocket ship

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My son would probably build a rocket. He loves them.
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We'd make a huge fort.

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I think we would start with a square structure such as a house.
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We would love to make a fort!
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Rocket ship for sure!

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I'm pretty sure my grandsons would build the rocket ship. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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LaurKnotter said...

My son would love this and would probably build a fort!

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Laurie Harrison said...

How fun! I love your pictures. My grandkids and I might try building something using their instructions but we might just add and add and add and see how long we can make a straw!
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My daughter would love to make the house!
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me & my brother would definitely try to build the rocketship!

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My girls would love to build a Princess or Fairy castle or a ship!

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I would take this to the kids I work with at an after school program. I predict their first project would be a fort.

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My daughter would love to build a castle for her princesses
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We'll build a giant knight.

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My daughter would build all kinds of forts!

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I'm sure the first thing would be the rocket ship beings we all are into Space and NASA stuff...

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My husband and daughter would be all over this sucker. I think she'd request a castle or tent for pretending to camp. Thanks!
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We would build a stage for the girls to put on their nightly "shows"!

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My grandson and I would build the rocketship!
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