Tuesday, August 28, 2012

HABA Launches HABAusa.com to Bring Beautiful German Quality to Kids Everywhere {My First Ball Track and Rainbow House Pegging Game Review & Giveaway}

While talking to a friend about her daughter's upcoming birthday recently, I couldn't help but nod when she said a line that I have repeated more than once: And the presents? My kids just don't need any more stuff.

But then her husband chimed in with an addition that struck me: Unless it's heirloom stuff. You know, really nice quality.

As a parent, it is difficult being on either side of the situation because we really all just want the best for our children. But often we end up wandering the toy aisles in the big box stores and opting for something that will hopefully be entertaining and fun, even if the small voice in our head is saying that it'll probably just end up discarded after a few weeks.

Which is why I love knowing that I can always turn to HABA.

HABA logo

Unmatched in their selection of unique, high quality toys, games, gifts and furniture, HABA offers the whimsical and innovative toys for babies, toddlers and beyond that reflect their European values of staying playful and environmentally-friendly.

While this company was founded in Germany back in 1938 and has been bringing amazing, award-winning products to children ever since, consumers here in America have mostly been relegating to finding them on the shelves of specialty toy stores.

However, this summer has changed all that with the introduction of HABAusa.com. Without needing to dig out your passport (and hope that it isn't expired), a few taps on your keyboard bring you to a site that is brightly colored, easy to navigate, and even offers sections on safety, product development, corporate philosophy, user videos and more.

HABAusa website

It's just too easy to get lost browsing the magical world of HABA!

I love the way that the new website helps narrow down their large selection so that you can find the product that will work perfectly for your young recipient — whether you have a previous notion of what that will be or not.

From specific categories (e.g. Wooden Blocks, Pretend Play or Outdoor Toys) to shopping by age, price or manufacturer, HABAusa.com starts with a broad range and quickly works to pinpoint more than a handful of items that are sure to be immediately loved.

My girls adore just about any way that they can dress that uses their imagination, so clicking Pretend Play, narrowing it to 3 - 5-year-olds and then to Costumes resulted in options that they would definitely enjoy.

Halloween costumes

Or maybe you're on the hunt for a small item for baby to finish off the wrapping of your baby shower gift? In less than a minute I had chosen Baby > 0-12 Months > Handcrafted Wooden Toys > $0 - $10 and came up with many that would be great to put right on top of a box instead of a bow or add to a basket of must-haves for the new little one.

wooden baby toys

As much as it was hard to tear myself away from looking at all of HABA's items that are designed with creativity and incomparable durability, the arrival of their Rainbow House Pegging Game and My First Ball Track - Basic Pack gave us the ability to see the high quality and entertainment value for ourselves.

HABA wooden toys

Perfect examples of why we have always loved HABA, both of these creative, interchangeable toys are made from beautiful beech wood and colored with water-based, non-toxic stains. The resulting pieces are not only vivid and bright, but are designed to provide endless play opportunities for children of all ages.

HABA review

There really is no right or wrong to the Rainbow House Pegging Game (retail price $39.99) and there isn't a limit on the number of creative stacking variations that a child can build and rebuild time and time again.

Match the colors, contrast them, stack them tall, keep them short... at first glance you might think that this game wouldn't hold that much interest, but it truly does.

Rainbow House Pegging Game

In the same way, the My First Ball Track - Basic Pack (retail price $69.99) gives kids young and old the ability to feel like a master builder. Each of the connecting blocks has two convenient dowel studs that easily connect to the bottom of the track pieces, therefore eliminating any frustration during the construction process or by accidentally bumping into the set and having it come crashing down.

Instead, it is simple to set or move each item into place and send the two bright balls rolling down... only to reach the finishing block at the end and give a cute ring of the bell!

My First Ball Track - Basic Pack

While both of these toys are easily manipulated by younger children (the Rainbow House Pegging Game is designed for 2+ and the My First Ball Track - Basic Pack is made for 18 months+) they have also captured the attention of both of my kids... and, ahem, I have to admit having spent quite a bit of time being enamored with them myself.

They're so colorful, easy to use and well made that it's simple to see that both of these toys display what HABA is known for: quality, creativity and the durability to last for generations to come!

Now with the ability to purchase them right from HABAusa.com (you can also use the store locator to continue to find these products in hundreds of stores from coast to coast), it is even easier to bring home the award-winning items that will be a perfect gift or educate and inspire your own children for years to come.

Thanks to HABA's generosity, one person will also be able to enjoy the individuality, style and value that comes along with their amazing items, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of the Rainbow House Pegging Game or My First Ball Track - Basic Pack from HABA!

HABA giveaway

(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A big thank you to HABA for providing a Rainbow House Pegging Game and My First Ball Track - Basic Pack for me to review as well as the choice of the two items for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

200 comments:

Janet W. said...

A product that caught my eye is the Cow Carola Picture Cubes Puzzle.
janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

Ledford Land said...

The arts and crafts stuff caught my eye, especially the Springtime Butterflies Tack Zap Maxi Hammer Game

cherriesjessilee at gmail dot com

Carolyn said...

I like the Ballino Rattle

Trisha said...

I love the ball tack...my kids would love that.

latanya t said...

Arranging Game Corner to Corner

J @ IHeart-Motherhood said...

My daughter would love the Doll Pram, White with Hearts

rookieabh said...

Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon - amazing!

Kaysha said...

My son would love the dress up, particularly Captain Charley!

wigget said...

i like the On Duty Tack Zap Maxi Hammer Game

Nancy said...

I like their Japanese Architectural Block Set.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Sandy VanHoey said...

I like the moover doll pram

SueZH said...

Im a bath toy fan. I like the shape set.

Cassandra Eastman said...

What caught my eye was the Pretend play costumes! My 3 year old would love to pretend to be a Pirate or a Knight!

john said...

NELE Doll

skyrobinson said...

I'd like to have Bambini Animal Threading Beads.

skyrobinson@yahoo.com

marymichelotti said...

My niece would love the Cody Clip-Clop Pull Toy

marymichelotti(at)gmail(dot)com

Dave said...

the aircraft swing for babies looks awesome

Rebekah {honeyandcheese} said...

I really like the ball track, and I'd also like to try the Colori Stacking Ball.

amber marie said...

Summer Butterfly - Area Rug

Country Cookin' Mama said...

My kids would like the dress up clothes!
cozycreations07 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the ball track I am not sure who would like it more my son or husband.

Anonymous said...

Marble Ball Track Building Det looked interesting. rkmarsh at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

love the dress up!
adinatm(at)aol.com

Hoa said...

I also like the Caro Lini Play Tent - foldable.

alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kathy Davis said...

I love the Dolls Buggy.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Amylynn said...

My son would love this toy...
http://www.habausa.com/products/preschool-toys/kids-woodworking-kits/on-duty-tack-zap-maxi-hammer-game-77-pieces.html

darce said...

Love the Meadow Area Rug.

Kathy said...

I like the doctor's suitecase

Jenny Sims said...

The Cow Carola Picture Cubes Puzzle looks like a blast!

debbiekl said...

Love the Block and Tackle!

B. Wilson said...

classic duck pull toy. SO cute.

Kathy Davis said...

FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Tracy said...

tha animal upon animal game looks neat

Colleen M said...

I also like their Chef Stovetop Set.

colljerr at comcast dot net

Bunny B said...

love the Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large)
bunnybx at gmail . com

coliebear said...

I like the bouncing beetle rattle.
lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristin B said...

I love the Aircraft Swing!

Jennifer said...

i like the baby wooden push toy, police car.

Chelsea said...

the Big Optics Workshop caught my eye! My preschoolers would love that!

ossmcalc said...

I would like the Pattern Mosaic (Large) for my grandson.

Thank you,

Christine Womack
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

A FaithFull Heart said...

The arranging game corner to corner caught my eye.

Regina said...

The Clara doll caught my eye

Carrie Phelps said...

I like the HABA Building Blocks

Brooke T said...

Aircraft Swing

Teh Doll said...

The Pirates Lock and Sock Finger Puppets

Anonymous said...

i like their bear ben mini mobile! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Tarah said...

I like the Bead Abacus Stacker and Sorter

Tarah
livinglifeinmotion[at]gmail.com

Robyn said...

The discovery wagon looks like an awesome toy!
fiestyred-head@live.com

Kristen said...

I like the MOOVER Baby Truck Red.

Whitney said...

I like the Clara doll.

Amanda said...

I like the Click-clack Ball Track.

Lori Thomas said...

My son would love the Henry Haba dress up items

Terra H. said...

I like the Blossom Sky Play Tent. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

freddie said...

I really like their Food Balance Toy. dwelchert@yahoo.com

Kerry said...

I love the bright colors on their toys. The photos on their website draw me in because they are so bright and vivid.

debijackson said...

the arranging game corner to corner or the domino starter set debbie jackson,
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

Faride said...

I like the Wrist Rattle Flitter Flatter

Kimberly said...

Nele Doll
Kims2312@verizon.net

ivy arrington said...

I like the Blossom Sky Play Tent

Tanya M said...

Among other great items I really liked Shopping Net Vegetables.

cupcake mama said...

I love the pull toys! Especially cory the caterpilar!
Rafflecopter:Mechele JOhnson

mogrill said...

I like the discovery wagon.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

Brett Monster said...

I like the bear ahoy baby pull toy

brandy said...

doctor case

Unknown said...

i like the discovery wagon

catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

amy beth marantino said...

i like the Arranging Game Corner to Corner Item Code: 2382

Heather McDougle said...

i like the balance toy

Trasina said...

Love the Geo Shape Tack Zap

Tiffany Overton said...

We like The Doctors Bag!
tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

the costumes mamotts

jules said...

one thing I liked was that all their toys are well made and the price is very reasonable.

movaly1 said...

Japanese Architectural Block SEt

movaly1 said...

Japanese Architectural Block SEt

julie c said...

I like the Marble Ball Track Building set. It's a toy that the whole family can enjoy together !!

Connie Gruning said...

I love the Biofino Cake Set. So cute!
Connie Gruning
CGruning at aol(dot)com

janetfaye said...

I like Paulina Suitcase Set.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Pickled Pandas said...

I love the play food grill set

Les Galloway said...

I love their A Dream of Flowers - Area Rug. It would be great in my playroom!

Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie

Jo said...

I like the Click-clack Ball Track!!
jofo120 at yahoo dot com

Jessica said...

My daughter would love the: Flower Burst Doll Chair

girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

Patricia Williams said...

I like the Marble Ball Track Building Set (large).

Nikki said...

I also like the First Counting Fun Threading Beads :)

Danielle Davis/Grady said...

On Duty Tack Zap Maxi Hammer Game! :)
Thank you!
Suchaproudmama @ yahoo.com

Nicole said...

I like the shopping net with veggies!

bill elliott said...

I like the Discovering Ball Paletti

Ann Fantom said...

I would like to get the Geo Shape Tack Zap set.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Leslie Rigsby said...

I like the fantasy blocks.

Familyof5 said...

I like the Clutching Toy Cotti Pure Nature - Organic Soft Rattle

xuanthaohkus(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie Rose said...

I love all the dress up options and the doll pram!

Rochel S said...

I love their Doll Pram! The site is very easy to navigate1

Stacie Clark said...

The Click-Clack Ball Track caught my eye. In addition, I am impressed by the website's vibrant colors, and how the toys seem to be designed speciically for little hands with developing motor reflexes. Very nice!

Marianna said...

Animal Yatzi Mini game

Lloyd Family said...

i love the doctor's suitcase
http://www.habausa.com/products/pretend-play/doctor-post-office-playsets/doctors-suitcase.html

jenny lloyd

Zak said...

The Terra Kids Assembly Kit Beetle caught my eye!

Becky said...

I want the Pirates Treasure Play Tent for the boys. The boys put up a "tent" made of sheets and chairs in my living room at least once a week and this would be so much easier.

sue said...

Love the first blocks. Thank you

Liz said...

Animal Upon Animal is an awesome game, so this looks like a blast!

http://www.habausa.com/products/games-for-kids/family-games/animal-upon-animal-here-we-turn.html

Rhonda BZ said...

LOVE these toys!

ellen_levickis said...

love the ball tracks!

Alena Telford said...

Antiquity Architectual Blocks

Francine said...

Zippy Scooters Domino Game

Stephanie said...

I love the colorfulness of all their toys and that you can search specificallly for outdoor toys.

Raina Buchholz said...

I love the my first ball track-my 7 month old would love it! All of their stuff is so colorful!

Jennifer T. said...

I love the Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon. My little guy would love it as well.
jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

Darcie Decided said...

I love the Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon

Sonya said...

Love the Cow Carola Picture Cubes Puzzle! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

jcarrturq5 said...

The Butterfly Dream soft cattle caught my eye.
jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

MissMannah said...

I like the Ballino Rattle

Erika P. said...

I love the Moover Baby Walker Natural.

Auri Lae said...

I love that you can find not only details about what materials they use, but also where they source them!

http://www.habausa.com/materials/

Jessica said...

I really like the doll buggy.

tranch said...

I like their Japanese Architectural Block Set.

Darlene said...

The Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon caught my eye.

owen.darlene@gmail.com

Stevie said...

The Animal Bingo Game & The Squirter Crab w/ Water Funnel

Tamar said...

Arranging Game Corner to Corner

Chelsea Saulpaugh said...

I love the Nele Doll.
http://www.habausa.com/products/dolls-and-accessories-for-toddlers-1/soft-doll-nele.html

Ace5123 said...

I like a lot of their blocks. I also like the color pegs color picture.

Heidi said...

I like the Stickerworld Princess. Thanks.
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

MissieFaye said...

Terra Kids Assembly Kit Beetle - my niece would love this.

Theresa said...

I really like the Marble Ball Track Building Set

cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Theresa said...

I really like the Marble Ball Track Building Set

cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Theresa said...

I really like the Marble Ball Track Building Set

cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Darlene said...

I like the Annie Doll

owen.darlene@gmail.com

Jenn said...

I like the Cozy Chicken - Reversible Egg

ann said...

They have been inventing toys for over 70 years now

ReggieMann said...

I like the Geomix wooden puzzle

Kelly H. said...

I like the flower burst doll bed.

Gala said...

I like Mermaid Bath Book with Mermaid Squirter

Gianna said...

MOOVER Rocking Horse Red.

fancygrlnancy said...

Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large) (Nancy Partin)

jmajor4870 said...

the Doll Pram would be great for my granddaughter

Elvira Prunn said...

Cow Carola Picture Cubes Puzzle

kathy pease said...

I like the Nele Doll she is so cute

http://www.habausa.com/products/soft-doll-nele.html

maria elena said...

the hammer game or aircraft swing =]

Carole Ingram said...

Basic Building Blocks (Starter Set)

RJ said...

Love the Allez Hopp Rattle

rjwhiggins@aol.com

nicolesender said...

I like the Arranging Game Corner to Corner.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Laura Unger said...

I like the duck duck rattle, as my youngest son would love it. He seems to enjoy chewing on wooden toys.

GW said...

Like the Magic ABC Duel it seems like a good educational game for a child.

sweetsue said...

I love the Diego Dragon Pull toy-so adorable!
Susan Chester

ericrachelringer said...

The "Animal upon Animal" balancing game looks educational and fun. Their products are very well-made!

Laura Ward said...

I like the Arranging Game Corner to Corner, overall I really like the bright colors. Eye catching and modern.

Jennifer said...

I like the A Dream of Flowers Area Rug

(jen487@Hotmail.com)

Jenny Stanek said...

I love the HABA dolls!

orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

Saver Sara said...

The Nele doll is cute

Karen F said...

I like the flowers rug

Andrea said...

Love the dress up!

Kirby McCauley said...

Love the shopping net with wooden vegetables!

Julie G. said...

I love the My First Ball Track

Candice said...

I like this tent:
http://www.habausa.com/products/blossom-sky-play-tent-free-freight.html
Thank you

AngelWinner said...

Shopping net vegetables

Nadene Adams said...

I like the Animal Den Play Ball

Mandy Haynes said...

My son would love Ball Track - Supply Pipe!

TaraMetBlog said...

Very cute!

polly said...

i like their sand & water outdoor toy

Wendy said...

I like the Click-clack Ball Track.
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

Michelle L said...

I liked the Airplane Infant swingy.

micheal dale grim said...

i liked the aircraft swing,that was neat!!!

EMMAHORTON said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM

I LIKE THE Marble Ball Track Building Set (Large

Jodi said...

American Indian Horse Lanu

paula michele said...

The Baroque Architectural Blocks look fun!

Paula Michele Hafner

amanda said...

i like the Shopping Net Vegetables

Jen H said...

I know my daughter would LOVE the American Indian Horse Lanu

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

1001 Nights Magnetic Arranging Game
vmkids3 at msn dot com

ewhatley said...

love the Marrakesh Room Tent

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon

lowville04@yahoo.com

Lindsey M said...

I love the launch tower for the marble track

Teresa Thompson said...

Sorting Game On the Farm

ltlbitone said...

We like the Doctor's Suitcase
ltlbit1@hotmail dot com

Mellanhead said...

Arranging Game Corner to Corner

Kendra Warstler said...

1000 and One Treasures

RichardStephanie Linza said...

The costumes are darling!

JACLYN said...

The Bead Abacus Stacker and Sorter look like fun for my youngest son!

Jodi Kershuk said...

Love the Bead Abacus Stacker and Sorter

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

I like the Colored Building Blocks Set.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

MELINA said...

Bead Abacus Stacker and Sorter

Lisa R said...

MOOVER Rocking Horse Natura> it reminds me of something back in the day when I was a kid

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

Renee Walters said...

Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

Lena said...

I love all of the play food my kids would love to play with these they look pretty real!

Heather said...

I learned that for over 70 years HABA has been inventing high quality toys which reveal a world of fun and learning!

cassandra said...

I really like the Doc HABA kit, its adorable :)
fb: Rab pom

Angela Neynaber said...

I like the Fantasy Blocks.

susansmoaks said...

my family would enjoy the 1001 nights magnetic arranging game
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Lana Bradstream said...

I love their costumes!

lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jennifer Peaslee said...

The Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon caught my eye!

degood said...

My preschooler would like the Magnetic Arranging Game Zoolino

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

amy16323 said...

i like the drs bag
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

jessica schueler said...

I like the Ghostly ABC Learning Game
schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

The Riebeek Family said...

I love: http://www.habausa.com/products/aircraft-swing.html

michelle riebeek

Lady Nolife said...

I love the Terra Kids - Multifunctional Backpack

~Kelly said...

I like the marble ball track.

Amy_M said...

The Carpenter Pixie Walker Wagon.

Amy C.
amybabya79 at yahoo.com

Beth Palacios said...

My daughters would love the Doll Buggy.

Melissa V said...

i like the first blocks set....super fun!!

bergiejrfhe at yahoo dot com

Sarah Yurga said...

My Very First Games - Shapes & Colors looks fun for my 6 month old
sarahyurga@yahoo.com

Melissa Nix said...

I really like the Marble Ball Track Building Set.

Tylerpants said...

My daughter would love the MOOVER Rocking Horse Natural. Super cute! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Alisha L. said...

I think my son would love the Discovery Wagon.

lilyk said...

I love the Paulina Plush Horse!

brich2222 said...

want their Starter Set with Water Seesaw


ardy22 at earthlink dot net