Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Travelin' Tot Giveaway Part One!

As you know, after Mighty Girl Art, we packed up and headed to the Mid West for a wedding. It was a 1000+ mile car ride and I thought I would share some swell things that we found to entertain our very active 4 yr old boy and keep him comfy during the trip.

We went to Michaels to restock his pencil case with a fresh set of crayons and washable markers for the ride. We got him a new sketchbook and a nifty lap tray for snacking, drawing and playing.

I bought a set of Gladware minis to use as snack packs for the road rather than storing large amounts of food in the cabin of our very small car.

In the packs were:
  • Trader Joe's Baked Cheese Chrunchies
  • Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cracker
  • Organic Ducky Crackers
  • Annie's Bunny Graham Friends
  • A combo of Trader Joe's freeze dried blueberries and bananas
  • Homemade trail mix of cashews, cranberries, and unsweetened carob chips
I packed our snacks and drinks in a small picnic basket behind the driver's seat. And put the larger boxes/bags for refilling in the trunk of the car.

I tossed a Peeper Puppet in my bag for an extra dose of cuteness and because we LOVE puppets! If you haven't seen the peeper in action, take a moment to do so now and you'll see why all the kidlets in my family are getting one for Xmas this year. Peepers are the brilliant creation of the award winning puppeteer, Hobey Ford. They're only 1.75 when you buy 17 or more so grab a bunch as party favors, stocking stuffers or to bring a bit of joy to all the wees in your life. They make a handy tool for pediatricians, dentists and photographers. You'll have a chance to win one of these wonderful toys at the end of this post.

I stocked Satchel's toy/book caddy with a few favorite books which include, this awesome Taro Gomi coloring book, and this Charlie and Lola book which is darling. I packed some vintage audio recordings of Mr. Toad, Peter Pan, House on Pooh Corner, as well as some Arnold Lobel audio books .

The Indigo Dreams cd by Lori Lite was perfect to listen to during the time he would normally have "the nap that dares not speak it's name". The cd is very soothing and is designed to promote relaxation.

As a boredom buster, I made a I Spy / treasure bottle filled with colored rice, found objects, plastic ants, a miniature clothes pin, a penny, a dinosaur, and a handful of colorful plastic charm beads from Michaels that included animals and all sorts of funky shapes. ( I colored the rice with food coloring) And for when all else failed, I packed the portable dvd player with some Charlie & Lola vids that I borrowed from the library as well as an early reader learning video.

Of course, I brought his soccer ball for some exercise during rest stops. And I packed this little travel potty for him in case of emergencies.

One of our traditions for long trips is to wrap little surpise gifts to be given along the way. We specifically look for gifts that can be played with in the car or at restaurants. This year, we chose:

The Zoom to the Moon playset by Imagiplay. It was an HUGE hit! The little fabric rocket zips up to become a carrying bag for little wooden astronauts and alien creatures. It's extremely well made, and truly adorable. It fosters imaginative play and it is portable so it's perfect for trips, restaurants and rainy day play. In Satchel's words, "It's slick town, Barnaby!"

You'll have a chance to win one of these at the end of this post!

The Scratch Magic Pad for creative play. There's no mess (for those who worry about such things)...kidlets just use the wood stick to scratch rainbow colored illustrations into the pad...again, another good choice for the road and restaurant distraction.

The Pop Zolo by curious toys - a funky little creative building toy that comes in it's own carrying case. They are like pop beads that stay together until taken apart. One of the beads is actually a little hook for clipping the creation to a belt loop or back pack. Portable and imaginative!

In less than two weeks we'll be leaving for our beach adventure and I can't wait to tell you all about the little goodies I have in store for that trip. Science experiments, beachy crafts, and wonderful tools for observing nature with kids. There will even be an amazing giveaway, so stay tuned...

And now what you've been waiting for - the generous folks at Imagiplay are allowing me to give away the awesome Zoom to the Moon Playset seen above!!! Or you can zoom over to their web store because...Imagiplay is offering a 20% discount to Mother Rising readers. Simply use the following coupon code - integrity09. The coupon code is valid for 30 days.

AND speaking of generous, the awesome peeps at Peeper Puppets are allowing me to give away one of their super cool peeper puppets. Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight on Sunday 8/23 and please specify which cool toy you are swooning for. The winner will be picked by random generator and announced on Monday 8/24. The first prize winner will get the Zoom to the Moon Playset. The second prize winner will get the Peeper Puppet. Good Luck.

* post script: we have some winners!

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posted by Wendy at 5:19 AM


Blogger mama to a and n said...

Those are so neat, I love the Zoom to the Moon Playset. Too bad it is almost my dd's birthday not my ds, I have had to give up buying early I always forget about the gift hidden away or accidentally let them see it and ruin the surprise! I may have to order the Pop Zolo for my daughter, it looks just right for her love of clipping things to her backpack.

7:12 AM  
Blogger CLAUDIA said...

I swoon for any of the cool toys you mentioned (but especially have my eyes on the rocket ship)! Thanks for all the great ideas.


7:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Our little astronaut-in-training would love the zoom to the moon set!

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am flipping out over the peepers. So much potential!! Even if I don't win I see myself buying a peeper or two. I even downloaded the video.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Cheryn said...

you are superb at the job of mamahood.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Zoom To The Moon playset is so imaginative and practical, I think my little practising astronaut would be ... wait for it ... over the moon about it.

I also love the simplistic awesomeness of the Peeper Puppets!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Hollie K. said...

Thanks for the travel tips Wendy! I'm going on a road trip this weekend and I am definitely headed to Micheal's for that lap tray.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous sofie said...

Wow! What a great giveaway! I love them all, but am in awe of the peepers. Thanks!

10:07 PM  
Blogger MamaFeelgood said...

I, I mean, my son would enjoy either of these toys but the rocket ship is cool

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Michelle M said...

Handy tips, thanks for sharing. I think the Zoom to the Moon playset would be a winner with my 3 yr old son, he is getting very imaginative with his play and loves having little toy people to talk to (and boss around!).

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Renuka said...

Me too Wendy, add me to the list . I loved all the toys esp the moon one and the eye puppets.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh gosh, I love them both, but I think my kids would enjoy the peeper puppet more. So hard to choose, though. You have some GREAT ideas!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

i like the zoom to the moon best


4:08 PM  
Anonymous Angela G. said...

Love the Peeper Puppets! Satch is so blessed to have an awesome mama like you...sounds like you must have traveled well....

4:18 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I love the Zoom to the Moon Playset

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9:03 PM  
Blogger Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

So cute! And your ideas are awesome.
I especially love the astronaut set.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

Hi Wendy

You thought of everything to make for a smooth trip. Thank you once again for introducing me to so many fun and wonderful products.

What a generous giveaway as well. Ohhh, that's exciting.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back Wendy! Our family would just love a few of those peppers as we begin this year around the world and starting to pack our goodie bags!
love, Ginger, Raphael, Zeal & Anjali on the road!

11:19 PM  
Blogger Potato said...

I liked reading your travel tips- we just had a car trip and pastels kept my 3 year old occupied for two house straight (but oh the mess!) That rocketship looks amazing. I've got a giveaway going on right now too if you want to join in over there.

3:07 AM  
Blogger Shana said...

Great suggestions! I love the Taro Gomi coloring book, kinda big, but full of fun drawings. I can't wait until Maia shows interest in Rosie Flo's coloring books! Audio books are a great idea as well as the pop zolo and the zoom set! Always great ideas :)

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Stacy (Mama-Om) said...

Wow, these are great ideas!

I'd love the Zoom to the Moon kit for my boys!


2:55 PM  
Anonymous devon said...

cool post! both the zoom to the moon set and the peepers puppets would be big hits with my kiddos! (i personally really like the zoom to the moon set!) :) i also really liked your snack pack tip! we just took a trip and i had all the big bags of things taking up precious space in the back seat--will def do snack packs on the next trip! thanks

12:01 AM  
Blogger Radiant said...

zoom to the moon would be a huge hit here. i love the peepers too though! very cool!

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Diann said...

This looks like a fun toy for my little princess! I also went to the site and like the bead mazes as well!


4:57 PM  
Anonymous Emily B. said...

What great travel ideas. And I LOVE the peepers. Here's hoping we win! Thanks for always being an inspiration. I have gained a great deal reading your words.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Lagean Ellis said...

I,too, like the Zoom to the Moon playset.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Carmelle said...

Our little guy would love a Peeper Puppet. He recently 'discovered' puppets and they have opened up a whole new creative opportunity to play pretend.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa R said...

Play at the zoo set

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Pearla said...

I will be traveling with two preschoolers in December overseas. This post gave me some ideas. Thanks for those and for the giveaways too. I am reluctant to pick one as one of my daughters loves puppets, always has. And the other is just getting into space and rocket ships play/pretend. So I am sorry but i'd feel I'd be favoring one over the other :) I'll take my chances haha

10:37 PM  
Anonymous feryal said...

Hi Wendy,

Thank you very much for sharing so many fun and wonderful product.You and your ideas are awesome!

Selin's Mother

12:34 AM  

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