8/16/11

Review and Giveaway - HearthSong Connectagons

When I was young, I loved to build things. I had a set of blocks and a set of log cabin logs, and I also remember building lots of things with glue and popsicle sticks. HearthSong has created an award-winning building set called Connectagons that I couldn't wait to share with my daycare kids. I gathered them around me at circle time and told them I had a new toy to share with them. They were immediately captivated.

I showed them the box of Happy Faces Connectagons that I had chosen. There are currently nine different Connectagon themes at HearthSong, including Fairy Garden, Under the Sea, and Treetop. I chose the Happy Face ones because they are slightly larger and thicker, made especially for young children. I showed the kids how to connect them and then put them on the table for the children to explore.
Before I turned the kids loose on the new toy, I broke down the word "CON-NECT-A-GON" and had them repeat it. It is important to me to expand their vocabulary and this new word was a complicated one, but they mastered it. Then one of my toddlers immediately began lining them up in a row, very typical for this age group. We talked about the colors of the Connectagons, then sorted them by color. We also observed how some of the faces were different.
My five year old immediately began to connect the pieces by turning them in an alternating pattern. They are made of wood so they will certainly hold up to the many hands that will play with them here. As the three older kids worked on connecting them, I asked them where they thought the name Connectagons came from. A four year old girl said, "It's a shape like a hexagon." The five year old boy said, "Because it's a connect toy." I was impressed they broke down the word that easily. They must have an awesome teacher.
One of the four year old girls immediately made a flower. Then she stood it up on its side and announced it was a ferris wheel. Have I mentioned enough in my blog posts that I absolutely, positively love open-ended toys? My personal favorite was this rocket a three year old boy constructed. 

PSST...I saw some special offers on the HearthSong Facebook page and Twitter page today!
GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited that HearthSong said I get to give one lucky reader a set of Happy Faces Connectagons! I'll take entries until midnight August 27, 2011, then choose a winner via random.org. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. You must be at least 18 to enter and win, and as always you must follow my blog via email, GFC, or RSS. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a set of Connectagons at no charge for this review. My opinions are always true.


51 comments:

  1. The Rainy Day Glider would be a blast!

    jandplee@att.net

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  2. Jaxon and Cannon would love the Magneatos!!

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  3. Well don't those look neat! I love seeing creative toys for kids that actually stimulate the mind instead of just the senses (i.e. flashing, beeping, wailing, etc!) I have so many flashing singing toys around my house that I start to go nuts after a while... especially when the batteries start to run down and they start going off at random! LOL

    Stopping by from voiceBoks to show some comment love! Have a wonderful week!

    Smiles, Jenn www.misadventuresinmotherhood.com

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  4. My kids would love the rocking seesaw

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  5. they would love the Teaching Cash Register
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  6. I so want the Natural Canvas Kid Teepees!

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  7. OMG the Incred-a-ball is SO SO cool
    bonnyejean at gmail dot com

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  8. My kid would love the qwirkle

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  9. I think my daughter would like On-the_Go animals set also

    trustjesus7771 at yahoo dot com

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  10. would love to get their Woodland Fairy Home and Fairy Dolls

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  11. I would love to have the Travel Easel Set and Cap It Off Jewelry Kit.
    lyndaclark81(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I really like the Giggle Buddy -- thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. My kids would love the backyard safari net.

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

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  14. The On-The-Go Animals look fun too!
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

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  15. The kids would also like the Citiblocs® Wooden Building Blocks Sets

    pamfreecycle at gmail dot com

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  16. My kids would also love the incred-a-ball!!

    camisolesandcammies@gmail.com

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  17. Gina Ferrell8/19/11, 4:24 PM

    My kids would love the Geometric Climbing Dome and act like monkeys on it.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

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  18. I like you on Facebook and my kids would love the rocking see saw! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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  19. My daughter would luv the new Hugglepod!

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  20. I like the straws and connectors set

    sweepymummy [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  21. i love the hugglepod!
    damiesmom at ymail dot com

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  22. I would like to have the Super Fun Stilts.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  23. allison, psychopathicpyro@hotmail.com8/20/11, 12:09 PM

    My son is 1 and loves stacking and knocking things over so i know he would absolutely adore the eco-friendly building blocks. Surprisingly he doesn't have any building blocks yet.

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  24. My daughter would love the teaching cash register

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  25. My son would love the stilts.

    astormer@comcast.net

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  26. I love the I Believe Bracelet

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  27. My son would love the Giant Floor Puzzles
    sgrantrn(at)live(dot)com

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  28. My daughter would love the Mini Kitchen
    tomokofive at gmail dot com

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  29. the monkey balance board is awesome too

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

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  30. My kids would love the Bio Sphere Mini Ecosystem!

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  31. My boys would love the Rocking Seesaw.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  32. The GeoSafari Talkin Microscope also looks awesome.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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  33. My kids would love the incred-a-ball:)

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  34. we have the perfect tree for the round n round tree swing! would love one of them

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  35. The kids would love the personalized lunchboxes
    stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  36. My kids would love the Super Water Slide With Arch
    ericka082 AT gmail DOT com

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  37. Just seeing Hugglepod on the front page got me excited about doing my daughter's room. It would be perfect for her reading corner.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. I think the flying monkey slingshots look like fun

    Lm-save at yadda dt net

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  39. I like the flying monkey slingshots.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  40. My kids would really love to play with the Touchdown! Giant Football!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. My children would love to get the Nonskid Indoor/Outdoor Hopscotch Play Mat

    fooks213(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. My kids would also love the Art Caddy from Hearthsong. reejen at comcast dot net

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  43. Also love the Mini-Kitchen! How cute!

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  44. My kids would honestly never come inside if we had this in the backyard: The Wurlybird Flyer
    tracyschultz@yahoo.com

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  45. Mini Critter Kites all sorts of great things here

    kendraco22 at yahoo dot com



    http://sweeps-kendra22.blogspot.com/

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  46. Ooo I love this! http://www.hearthsong.com/Adventurers-Tropical-Tree-House_p1309_S2006_D1403_C5306.html

    langleylove at gmail dot com

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  47. I think the Incred-a-ball would be a lot of fun.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  48. We'd also love the Spiro Bouncer.

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  49. art caddy ty.
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  50. My kids would love the Incred-a-ball!
    cinderwhims at gmail dot com

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  51. oh me oh my there is so many things I would love!!! I really love the texture paint brushes! :) That would be fun for my daughter.

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