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It’s More Than Just a Box

With a room full of toys kids find entertainment and fun in the simplest places. We received a large package about 2 weeks ago. The contents were emptied and the box was set to the side for recycling. Shae jumped in it and asked for markers. For the next 2 hours she drew on the box and “drove” it around the living room and kitchen. It’s become her car. She still has it, tucked neatly into a corner of her room and refuses to let it go.
fun with a cardboard box
It’s just an example that fun doesn’t have to cost anything.
drawing on a cardboard box, kids playing with a cardboard box
As a 16 year old you would think Sabreena is passed the make believe stage. She’s not. She told me about these HUGE cardboard boxes that the music department had from a recent delivery. Her and her friends got into the box and thought of how they could get it home to build a clubhouse. She said they were large enough that a handful of teens could sit cross-legged comfortably. Their plans were foiled when the teacher cut up the boxes shortly after. But it just goes to show that with a little brain power kids can make up their own fun without batteries, screens or accessories.

A child’s imagination is their greatest commodity. Give them a simple thing like a cardboard box and see what happens, what does that box become.




Too Cute for Words, GummyLump Toy #Giveaway

gummylump-brand-ambassadorShae’s greatest loves in the world are of course ME, her pillow pets and her play kitchen. The play kitchen is over 2 years old but gets used every day. We’ve been slowly switching out the original plastic and flimsy food and accessories for high quality wooden play food and toys that are made to last.


KidKraft Kitchen Playsets are fun to look at but are constructed to last many many years making them heirloom toys. The quality put into the creation of all of their products is top priority for the KidKraft team and that dedication to excellence makes them a leader in creative and imaginative playthings.

I’m a little bit of a baker and Shae loves to help so of course we got the KidKraft Baking Set for review. Not a single switch to turn on and no batteries to replace. You can see for yourself how she makes the mixer “mix” her ingredients. The utensils are realistic, the mixer is simple but looks just like mommy’s and the cookies look delicious!

As a GummyLump Mom-bassador I want to give a LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! reader the chance to win a KidKraft Wooden Kitchen Toy Accessory. The winner get to choose from the Mixer, Blender or Toaster. Let me know which set you prefer.

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Holiday Wishlist 2010 – Melissa and Doug Review and Giveaway

Most of you probably know we love Melissa and Doug Baby and Toddler Toys in a big way.  I would almost say in a stalker kind of way, LOL.  We have had Melissa and Doug toys in the house since Shaun was a baby and he is now seven.  I can’t even tell you how many things Shae has from the lemonade stand to numerous play food sets.

Something about Melissa and Doug toys just draws me in.  Back over the summer we were at Border’s and I saw a huge section of items and we bought Shae the pizza set.  I liked the pizza set so much I went back two days later and got her the birthday cake set.  Melissa and Doug toys are built with imagination in mind for the little ones and big ones who will play with them.

We are excited to have received for review the Purse Fill and Spill and the Mailbox Fill and Spill for our two nieces.  They are still babies but the thought of them growing up with Melissa and Doug toys like Shaun and Shae did is a really cool thought.  The toys are quality made and will last a long time no matter how hard you beat them up.

Here is a brief description of the Mailbox Fill and Spill:

Soft plush mailbox full of happy greetings for your baby. Peek inside through the see-through back panel, raise the flag and open the door to remove your mail. Find envelopes for many special occasions with removable stamps and other treats. Put them in, take them out, it’s always good news. Constructed of high quality fabrics and plastic for durable play. Recommended Ages: 2+ years

Here is a brief description of the Purse Fill and Spill:

Everything necessary for the little girl on the go! This soft play set includes a cell phone that chimes, a key ring with keys, a change purse with coins, and a compact with a child-safe mirror. Everything is easily removed and replaced into a charming purse with a purple handle. Constructed of high quality fabrics and plastic, this durable set will provide hours of pretend fun! Recommended Ages: 18+ months

If you have children on your holiday list this season check out Melissa and Doug as they have a great selection of baby and toddler toys and you can be sure they will have something for everyone.

Melissa and Doug is giving one lucky Look What Mom Found…and Dad too! reader a chance to win the mailbox fill and spill and the purse fill and spill.  Head over to Melissa and Doug and tell me what other products you like and if you win who will get this prize.

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