Friday, August 30, 2013

HABA Sand and Water Toys Provide Fun Year-Round {Pat-A-Cake Bake Set Review & Sand Toy Truck Giveaway}

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I'm not sure what this says about my personality, but I dislike the sand.

Don't get me wrong, I'll take the opportunity to relax on a lounge chair on the beach anytime, but it's the sand itself that typically ends up bothering me. How is it possible that it never seems to come off? And why oh why does it have to get under my fingernails the minute that I touch it?

My kids, on the other hand, rank sand up there on their list of Most Awesome Things Ever and have never passed up the chance to dig and play and imagine with it... provided that they had great sand toys, of course. Sit them down with only sand and they'll look at you like you asked them to count every grain, but give them a bucket and a shovel and they'll dig right in.

Which is why when I heard that one of our favorite brands, HABA, had added a variety of sand and water toys to their already-fun collection, I had no doubt that all future sand play would be a true adventure of digging, patting, pouring, sifting, measuring and dreaming.

HABA sand toys

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

As we have never met a HABA product that we haven't loved, I took one look at their colorful sand and water toys and knew without a doubt that the Sun Bistro Pat-A-Cake Bake Set would result in all sorts of creative masterpieces.

HABA Sun Bistro

Providing little sand cake bakers with everything their hearts desire, the Sun Bistro Bake Set includes a mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cup, pie tin, plate, strawberry mold and fruit stamp — all perfectly-sized for little hands and big imaginations!

HABA Sun Bistro review

With zero instruction required, I handed over the Sun Bistro Pat-a-Cake Bake Set to Big Sister E and Little Sister B and they went immediately to work preparing our next meal in their sand table.

My little chefs were thrilled to mix...

sand toy whisk

...pour...

sand toy measuring

...and create all sorts of meals for me to sample. Were we in a restaurant? Going on a picnic? At home whipping up dinner? It didn't matter, there were always plenty of delicious sand treats to enjoy!

Of course we did find that using completely dry sand didn't result in sand food that stayed very well-formed...

HABA sand pie tin

...but that has never stopped how seriously my bakers take their work.

HABA Pat-a-Cake Bake

Plus, by simply adding in a little water (this set would be perfect to bring to the beach!) we found that our cookies, pies and cakes came together even easier. The results are just so cute and fun!

HABA Pat-a-Cake Bake review

HABA was already a trusted name in our house for quality wooden toys, but the Sun Bistro Pat-a-Cake Bake Set (retail price $21.49) has expanded that adoration even further! I love that my kids can be creative with both their minds and their hands and that this set can be used by nearly any age (HABA recommends it for 3+) and still bring interest and use at home, at a park, on vacation and more.

I have no doubt that we'll be playing with these baking tools for years to come and keeping them in mind for gifts for friends who enjoy the sand as much as we do. Head over to HABAusa.com (you can also use the store locator to find their products in hundreds of stores from coast to coast), to bring home the award-winning fun that HABA provides to educate and inspire the children in your life, as well as connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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

One lucky person will win their choice of HABA Tanker Truck, Sieve Roller or Shovel Excavator sand toy truck!

HABA giveaway


A big thank you to HABA for providing samples for me to review as well as the choice of  sand toy truck 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.

117 comments:

coliebear said...

I like the abc sand molds.

Janet W. said...

My grandson would enjoy the Animals Little Hand Puzzles .

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Thank you for the giveaway!! I enjoy your blog!

ken ohl said...

my nice would love the animals little hand puzzles. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Laurel said...

I really like the basic building blocks.
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BrunoDogg2 said...

My kids would also love the Play Tent Magic Forest!

Marisa said...

My kids would love the Castle Blocks set.

Fari said...

I like the On the Farm Discovery Puzzle

aperry said...

I like the first blocks

walk9 said...

The marble ball track

walk9 said...

The marble ball track

Darlene said...

Another toy I love is the Aircraft Swing

Rebecca009 said...

HABA has so much cool stuff! I have long wanted their Ships See Saw Swing when I saw it on a pinterest board for playrooms, but in all actuality I would be able to get (afford) their MOOVER Doll Pram - soooo cute!

Unknown said...

i love the A Day with Paul Fabric Picture Book

d schmidt said...

Another fantastic item is 3 x 4 = Swat!

SueZH said...

Color buttons pegging game is something my granddaughter might like.

Kathy Davis said...

My granddaughter Nellie would love the Nele Doll.
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Unknown said...

I like the Baby's Sand Set

Joanne said...

The Aircraft Swing would be enjoyed!

Laurie J. said...

My son would love the Castle Blocks!

Heather Dawn said...

My boys would love the Big Optics Workshop!

ReviewsSheRote said...

love the Knights Play Tent

InTheKnowWithJoJo said...

My boys would love the Castle Blocks Set

The Screenwriter's Wife said...

I love the Clara baby doll - that's my daughter's name. :)

Rebecca Orr said...

The Moover Rocking Horse would be a big hit with my toddler.

KentuckyCooking said...

My daughter would like the Annie doll.

Lilly said...

The Biofino Sandwich would be cute for my son's play kitchen.

Chelsea said...

My kids would love the 1-2-3 Dragon Counting Tin Game to Go

HydeKayla said...

I think my son would like the Magic Forest Rabbit Stacking figure.

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Colleen Maurina said...

I would also love to have their Chef Stovetop Set.

Unknown said...

My kids would enjoy ABC Sand Molds

Growl Tiger said...

My son would like the Bathing Bodo Dragon in a Bucket Squirter

Unknown said...

My kiddos would love the animal puzzles!

Anonymous said...

The game All Your Animals

Anonymous said...

My kids here would really like the bucket with the valve for the sandbox. Indeed, water and the sandbox go together like ladies and chocolate! They would like this!

Unknown said...

My daughter would love the dolls and clothing on their site!!

Kayla said...

I love the First Blogs! My daughter would love those.

Unknown said...

would like A Dream of Flowers - Area Rug

Unknown said...

The Ahoi Treasures Game sounds like fun

Unknown said...

The animals little hand puzzles

tweetyscute said...

My nephew would love the Clack Clack Rattle

Unknown said...

I would like Pushing Car Walker Wagon

Linda said...

I like their ABC Sand Toys.
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Patricia Wojnar Crowley said...

My niece would love the Princess Glove Puppet!

Jennifer T. said...

I like the Building Blocks - Starter Pack Domino.

Kathy said...

I'd love to have the Nele Doll.

Unknown said...

would love to have the Baby Chloe doll

Carrie Phelps said...

There is nothing cuter than seeing my granddaughter in her little dress with her purse over her arm sitting in the sandbox! She's such a girl that also loves to get dirty, she would love the ABC Sand Molds.

Megan Parsons said...

My kids would love the Terra Kids - Telescope

mecarolks said...

I like the On the Farm Discovery Puzzle

Unknown said...

the first blocks would be great

kdrae said...

My daughter would love the Nele Doll.

Naomi A. said...

My daughters would absolutely love their wooden food toys - I loved them so much growing up!

Unknown said...

Eeny Meeny Miny Zoo Building Blocks

freshsamanthaaa said...

I think the MOOVER Dump Truck Natural would be a perfect Christmas gift.

Victoria Nyquist said...

My nephew would absolutely love the Helicopter Assembly Kit! He loves planes and anything that flies and I know he would enjoy this so much!

Tamar said...

I love the 3 x 4 = Swat! game.

laurie nykaza said...

The kids would enjoy ABC Sand Molds to use at the beach

Unknown said...

My daughter would love the Mermaid Bath Book with Mermaid Squirter.

tina reynolds said...

I really like the MOOVER Rocking Horse Red

Terra Heck said...

They'd like the Airplane Assembly Kit. Thanks.
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Anastasia said...

My boy would LOVE the Moover dump truck!

Unknown said...

My daughter loves to play chef, so I think she'd like the ice cream scoops and cones for sand play.

Unknown said...

They would love the Bear and Little Max Finger Puppets.

Nicole said...

my daughter would love the American Indian doll and horse

Unknown said...

With video games these days, it's sad to see that children do not play with dolls as long. I like the Cosy Aquini - 13 inch Doll, Blonde with Pigtails - Gotz (2013). Thanks. gahome2mom

Unknown said...

maxi muffin in floral outfit with brunette hair is so adorable!

Kimberly said...

I like the HABA Nele Doll

Unknown said...

My son would love the airplane swing.

Unknown said...

The Chef Stovetop Set.

Karen Delaney said...

My grandson would love the garden rake

Stephanie - Couponing Momma said...

My youngest daughter would really like the Nele Doll.

Treesa said...

We would like the Ahoi Treasures Game

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Unknown said...

I like the Water Friends Angler Set!

Unknown said...

I like the Pushing Animal Cackling Cathy.

Unknown said...

I like the ABC Sand Molds. They would be great for my kids to use now that they are learning sight words.

renee walters said...

My kids would love the Play Tent Magic Forest! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Unknown said...

I think the block and tackle would be fun to play with.

Anonymous said...

I would like the Airplane Assembly Kit.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

My son would love the Airplane Assembly Kit, as well as the prize you are giving away today!
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Anonymous said...

My son would like the frog sand play set of 6.

Unknown said...

The Cow Carola Picture Cubes Puzzle is one of my faves. My toddler would like it since it is both a puzzle and blocks.

Jan Lee said...

My niece would love the First Blocks for her son :)

Jan Lee said...

The link to "Like HABA" on Facebook goes to HABA on You Tube.

Francine Anchondo said...

My Very First Games - Constructing and Piling Zoolino

Jennifer said...

I like the sand drill.

Kristen said...

I like the red Moover Truck.

robyn paris said...

i like Mini Muffin - 8 inch Doll, Blue eyes with Floral Outfit - Gotz

Natalie said...

My girls love Haba! The colorful letter blocks look fun.

Unknown said...

The on the farm stacking cubes

Darcie K said...

I love the Annie doll

Bo said...

The Viking Duck and Ship Squirter bath toys are so cute!

Unknown said...

The Castle Block Set

Shelley P said...

My little girl would love the Baby Chloe! So adorable!

Unknown said...

I like the toddler puzzles

Melinda said...

My son would love the castle blocks.

Dave said...

the abc sand toys

DC said...

The wooden building blocks.

cman said...

Castle Block Set.

Unknown said...

the Nele Doll is adorable. I like that one

Crystal K. said...

My daughter would also like the Airplane Assembly Kit.

kathy dalton said...

my grandkids would love the
Pushing Car Walker Wagon

MELINA said...

my son would like the Airplane Assembly Kit

Deb S. said...

Skylar would love the Antiquity Architectural Blocks.

wins4me said...

My granddaughter would love the Castle Block Set

captainliss40 said...

I like the Arranging Game Corner to Corner.

Kathy Pease said...

i like the Blossom Sky Play Tent

susansmoaks said...

i like the Frog Bath Book with Frog Squirter

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blew415 said...

Baby Lucy

michedt said...

I think the Zippy Scooters Domino Game looks fun.
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Tylerpants said...

The MOOVER Rocking Horse Red is super cute! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Unknown said...

I have 2 nieces who love playing in the water & sand.They'd love the Role Play-Dishes & Grocery.They'd love everything on there.This sand toy is so cool!Thank you :)

Breanne said...

7 Piece Ballerina Doll Clothing for 18 inch Gotz dolls

Unknown said...

My daughter would love Leo the Hound Playset because she loves dogs. So cute!

trixx said...

I like the ABC Sand molds

Unknown said...

I like the Monza Game