8/1/12

Guidecraft Wood Balance Beam - Review

As a preschool teacher, I truly believe that large motor skills are one of the most important things we can provide for young children. With the world as dangerous as it is today, we need to be thinking more creatively about ways we can provide children learning opportunities to expand these skills in more indoor ways.
The Guidecraft Wood Balance Beam is the perfect indoor activity for large motor skills because it requires concentration and slow movements. Did you know that learning to balance is one of the activities proven to help children with ADHD focus better? You may often see children with ADHD rocking back and forth in their chair, and what they are trying to do is find a balance in their brain. Learning to walk on a balance beam provides that activity!
  
This beautiful six foot beam is made of birch and comes with two pegged feet. The beam is 2.8" wide, but for those children who really want a challenge, the beam will flip to its narrow side of 1.5" and fit right onto the pegged feet. My group is ages 2-5 years and although they are not yet ready for the narrower side, all of them have enjoyed many hours of play on the balance beam. 
My oldest girl is age 5 years and she challenged herself to leaning forward while balancing on one foot. Again and again, the children want to play on the wood balance beam. When they are finished, they just push the beam against the wall until the next time they play. Easy to store and lots of benefits for large motor skills, plus they are fine-tuning their social skills because they each have to wait their turn. I'm absolutely thrilled with this product and the children have approved it as well! You can purchase this beautiful wood balance beam at http://guidecraft.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Plus, one lucky Planet Weidknecht reader will win a Guidecraft Wood Balance Beam below!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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164 comments:

  1. I love the Deluxe Art Center
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  2. tactile turn n match.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  3. I like the block cart

    (jen487@hotmail.com)

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  4. Papagayo Table & Chairs Set, love it!
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  5. I like the Art Activity Desk.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  6. I love the Mission table & chair set!

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  7. I liket he Locking ladders

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  8. I'd like the Papagayo Table and Chairs.

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  9. I like the Deluxe Art Center...a lot!!!!

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  10. I like the Dress-Up Carousel - Pastel
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

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  11. love the Dress Up Carousel

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  12. I love the step up kitchen helper!

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  13. Would love to have the Construct-It - Early Builder - 95 pcs..

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  14. I love their hideaway country kitchen. It is so cute and perfect for boys or girls.

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  15. Jenny Stanek8/2/12, 7:37 PM

    I love the Sorting Food Trays!

    orangestar17@hotmail.com

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  16. Love the Deluxe Art Center!

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  17. The dress up carousel or the hideaway country kitchen. I can't decide!

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  18. Would love to add this balance beam to my curriculum!

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  19. Starr 8/2/12
    Would love to have the Deluxe art center! :-0

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  20. Too many to list! really like the storyboxes, the 3 shelf bookshelf, the hideaway kitchen!

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  21. I would love the kitchen helper--my granddaughter loves to help her daddy cook!

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  22. Oooooh! I'm drooling over the magneatos!

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  23. Love the Animal Train sort and match
    http://guidecraft.com/product/4329/G5082/_/Animal_Train_Sort_and_Match

    By the way, your link isn't right and I needed to be redirected. I think you are missing the : after the http.

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  24. The book display.

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  25. Shannon Stockton8/3/12, 5:43 AM

    I would love the Kids Rocker Chair set!!

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  26. kitchen helper, i have a little one who loves to make her own pizzas!

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  27. I love the dress up carosel, and the texture dominoes! They would be perfect for my classroom!

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  28. We are thinking about getting our kids one of their kitchens...they look so sturdy, and our son is rough on toys. Plus, I think it would hold up well enough to pass on to friends or keep for grandkids to play with one day. Or maybe donate to our kids' preschool. Really, I want everything on their site!

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  29. The Hide-away play kitchen... wow that is genius to have it all fold up!

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  30. I love the hide away kitchen, perfect for our small space.

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  31. I love the hide away kitchen, perfect for our small space.
    ddifilippo@optonline.net
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  32. I love this balance beam. Simple but the kids would love challenging themselves.

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  33. Love the deluxe art center!

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  34. Robin Ramli, M.Ed8/3/12, 8:27 AM

    The balance beam would be great in my pre-k classroom! It would give my kiddie much needed gross motor activity even when the weather does not cooperate.

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  35. So many quality items---I think I like the fraction action board the best. I would use it to encourage problem solving.

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  36. Love everything! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. I would love the Interlox set. My class would build some wonderful creations with them.

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  38. Magneatos! My kids would love them!

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  39. I would love to have some of the mini hollow blocks for my classroom!

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  40. I love the modular science center!

    Lisa

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  41. I love the Magneatos!

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  42. I love the story telling bags!

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  43. Mission Storage Bench with Baskets

    eg kaufman

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  44. I would love the puppet theater.

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  45. I would love the highrise step-up.

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  46. I LOVE the art activity desk! ctillack@verizon.net

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  47. I would love the Kitchen Helper. This would allow me to let them help more in the kitchen without worrying about them standing on chairs.

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  48. The Mission Storage Bench would be perfect in my daughter's room

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  49. I love the Center Stage Puppet Theater!
    ksworwood@yahoo.com

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  50. I love the sensory stepping stones, what a great idea.

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  51. Would love the Animal Train Sort & Match - so FuN

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  52. I have my eye on the Jr. Hollow Blocks and hope to get them this Christmas. :)

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  53. The balance beam. I have the perfect activity to tie in reading fluency while balancing!!

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  54. The balance beam. I have the perfect activity to tie in reading fluency while balancing!!

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  55. I have always wanted to have a reading loft in my classroom.

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  56. I would like the canvas book shelf

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  57. Center Stage Puppet Theater is neat too!

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  58. Can certainly use any of these wonderful items. Thanks!

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  59. Art Activity Desk..!! Thanks for your generosity!

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  60. I have just the right spot for the white bench with storage in my classroom. The students would also like the balance beam.

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  61. I have just the right spot for the white bench with storage in my classroom. The students would also like the balance beam.

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  62. My kids would love the All in one Play Kitchen.

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  63. Would love the dramatic play center for the kiddos!

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  64. I love the storytelling kits!

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  65. Magneatos - perfect fit for our classroom :)

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  66. Everything looks wonderful! I love the loft!!!

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  67. the hideaway kitchen is great

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  68. The balance beam!, but also hope one day to get a storage unit for dress-up play.

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  69. Jr. Rainbow Blocks - 20 Piece Set is another item I would love from that company

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  70. I would love to have the Center Stage Puppet Theater for my boys!
    -Heather S
    raisingmypadawans at gmail dot com

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  71. I love the Farm House table!

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  72. the center stage puppet theater and the dressing carousel in pastel
    debbie jackson,
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  73. the multi match sensory disc. butterflykisses-childcare@hotmail.com

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  74. Tammy Rowland8/4/12, 10:28 PM

    I love the nutrition trays....

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  75. I also love their Single Canvas Book Display. Thank you!

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  76. Wooden grocery products

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  77. The fraction manipulatives and the step stool and everything, really.

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  78. I'd like their mission storage bench with baskets.

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  79. I like the center stage puppet theater.

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  80. Fantasy? I'd love their loft!!!

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  81. The balance beam is much nicer than the duct tape "beam" we currently walk!

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  82. I love the Step Up Kitchen Helper

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    Ldsmom2201 (at) yahoo (dot) com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  83. The deluxe art center. Thank you!
    candicesweeps at yahoo dot com

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  84. I like the Deluxe Art Center - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  85. I just love the construct it early builder. Thank you!

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  86. I'd love to have the Step Up Kitchen Helper.

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  87. Love to have the Dress Up Carousel!!

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  88. I really love the step up kitchen helper, my almost 3 year old would LOVE it!

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  89. I love the Mission Bookshelf.

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  90. I love the magneatos. My children would have so much fun with them

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  91. great beam would love it!

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  92. I would love this balance beam for a classroom!

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  93. Universal Storage Center ---- *drool*

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  94. love the Multi Match Sensory Disc

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  95. I would love the Pirate Ship Rocker-cute!
    Susan Chester

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  96. LOVE their Deluxe Art Center, now if we just had room for it...LOL

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  97. Moon & Stars Toybox

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  98. we would love to play with the Center Stage Puppet Theater

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  99. LOVE the Deluxe Art Center!!

    cherriesjessilee at gmail dot com

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  100. I love the Center Stage Puppet Theater

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  101. I would love to have the Deluxe Art Center! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  102. The Kitchen Helper would be very helpful! :)

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  103. I really like the Deluxe Art Center!

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  104. I would like the science center

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  105. I would love to have a loft in my classroom. More room, and the kids would love it!

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  106. I would love to have the Art Activity Desk.

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  107. Market Loft would be so awesome to have in the classroom!

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  108. The Art Activity Desk. Christy E

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  109. love the red canvas book display

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  110. I like the Steve Light Hansel and Gretel Storytelling Set.

    Paula Michele Hafner

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  111. The deluxe art center is awesome

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  112. I like the Marble Maze Balance Bases and I have to say this is a great giveaway- coming from a PE teacher :)

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  113. i like the Deluxe Art Center

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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  114. Cheryl Rahkonen8/9/12, 11:56 PM

    I would love to have the Nordic Rocker.

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  115. I would love to have the Kitchen Helper among many other wonderful Guidecraft items! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  116. I'd love to have the Single Canvas Book Display.

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  117. The canvas book display would be awesome to have!

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  118. KAMIESTEVENSON8/11/12, 12:30 AM

    I LOVE THE LOFT!

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  119. I like the Marble Maze balance bases!

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  120. I love the Market Loft!

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  121. I have a little artist so the art desk would be great!

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  122. I like the Art Activity Desk.

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  123. Pirate Collection Rocking Chair
    weta1972@yahoo.com

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  124. I LIKE THE PUPPET THEATER.. THANKS LISA:0)
    cuddleyvt57@yahoo.com

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  125. Block Mates Dinosaurs.

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  126. I like the step up kitchen helper.

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  127. like Deluxe Art Center

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  128. I love the All In One Play Kitchen

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  130. I like the Deluxe Art Center

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  131. I would love to get the All In One Modern Kitchen - Jill
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  132. I would love the moon and stars travel cart. It is a great piece. :)
    Dru Wallace

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  133. I like the tactile turn-n-match!

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  134. I'd love the Hideaway Country Kitchen

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  135. like their Magneatos Jumbo Mstr Bldr Set - 296 Pcs


    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  136. I love the art activity desk, too. Thanks.

    asketcher2 at hotmail.com

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  137. So many goodies! But I really like the sensory stepping stones.

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  138. I would love the multi match sensory discs!

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  139. Block Mates Dinosaurs are cool

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  140. I like, High Rise Step-Up - Espresso

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  141. i like the Royal Tabletop Puppet Theater

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  142. I also like the deluxe art center

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  143. our daughter would also love the balance bases

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  144. The locking ladders!

    PDWinner523 at gmail.com

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  145. The Deluxe Art Center would be great in our house!
    heatherpooh [hotmail]

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