Thursday, February 27, 2014

A LEGO Giveaway, My Gratitude, and A Request

LEGO MOVIE Super Cycle Chase


1 ARK Therapeutic Tran-Quill Pencil Set

Any TWO or THREE Green Toys Products at ARK Therapeutic's Toy Section (Made in the U.S.A.) Woo-hoo! (Total Value not more than $56)
Here are more Green Toy examples.  Pick any two or three of them from ARK not totaling over $56!

WHAT: A LEGO Giveaway, Some Gratitude, and A Request
WHY: My thanks to everyone for all the support during the holiday season. Thanks for shopping my links!  
THE REQUEST: Check Out Your Fave Toy Fair Posts, share it, plus it, like it, tweet tweet it, anything!!! AND... write comments about things that appeal to you or things you have questions about.
GIVEAWAY: What You See Above: Your Choice Between: LEGO MOVIE Super Cycle Chase or ARK Therapeutic Tran-Quill Pencil* or ANY 2 or 3 Green Toy Products at ARK (up to $56)

I like to think that the folks who read this blog are not your typical toy blog readers.  First, is there such thing as a typical toy blog? Second, readers here are not typical people. Nope, you're all special in your own way. What I gather from the people I've talked to who've told me that they've been keeping up with my Toy Fair posts are...

  • you have a child with special gifts and/or special needs
  • you have a child who LOVES to play
  • YOU love to play
  • you work in the industry of play
  • you may be all of the above
No matter who you are, I want to hear from you.  You can email me privately at toysaretools at gmail dot com too. If I missed something, if you have a question, comment on this post or any of the post below and I will read it.  All your thoughtful ideas and opinions will be considered for 2014.  And again, thank you all for using all those links to feed Toys Are Tools. Bookmark them please!  I love my affiliates. They allow for readers to send a portion of the shopping to TAT at no additional cost to them. Isn't that the coolest?

What you'll be commenting on for the giveaway contest.  Write your comments in that post.   The same contest widget should be there should you need to use it.

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Again Thank You For Shopping My LINKS!  Remember, if you're using Amazon, you can put it in your cart before logging out and if you happen to buy it within a month then TAT will receive a small commission!

But remember, shopping shouldn't be stressful so don't worry about TAT, make sure you are buying the right product at the right price!

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*If your fave product is not available on Amazon (LEGO only) or at ARK (Pencil or Green Toys) at manufacturer's suggested retail price when the giveaway is over, TAT promises a very worthy substitute, you won't be disappointed (hint: G.C. :)

Disclosure:  Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturers of anything mentioned here for the publication of this review.  The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised.  Heck this wasn't even a review. Let's just call all these posts previews.



  1. Awesome giveaway my son LOVES Lego! I am a new follower of your blog - and I absolutely love it! Thanks for the good read!

  2. I share your blog and reviews all the time! I appreciate that you introduce me to toys (errr ... "tools") that I otherwise would never have known about. We are huge fans of all manners of building toys (son #1) and board games (son #2).

    Honestly, anything that keeps them building / thinking / problem-solving / working / being creative / having fun -- and is not another VIDEO GAME -- is a great toy.

    Keep up the reviews -- I love your blog!!

  3. Love the GONGE products. The walking "pedal board" reminds me of a piece of equipment I once saw a PT using several years ago at my son's therapeutic preschool.

    The little girl was seated on a bike-like contraption, but had to propel forward by pedaling with her hands, using only upper body strength.

    I said, "Wow, that looks like fun!"

    The PT corrected me -- "This is work!"

    The kid was smiling from ear to ear as she pedaled herself down the length of the hallway.

    I said, "Well done, I think you've made 'work' into something 'fun.'"

  4. Jenn, you know I simply love Toys are Tools. I have to admit that I haven't been as active on this blog lately simply because I've been so insanely busy. Work. Home. Work and Work. It's been intense. But I love love love this page and what you share.

    Hopefully, things will calm down and I'll get to review all the great things I've been seeing in my inbox. I don't see it happening soon...but maybe eventually?

    You rock, Jenn, and don't you forget it!

  5. thanks so much for the confidence boost. I really appreciate it!

  6. eh, toys, tools, shmools, ohmigosh, I know what you are saying about the video games. when the LEGO movie video game came out, my kids said WAH! We don't have anything to play with that. (We only have a Wii... not Wii U) I think these kids are good with minecraft anyway, That's enough for them... the rest are toys!!! thank you for the kind words. I will try my best!

  7. oh wow, thank you!!! and no worries looking stuff over... I have a feeling that whatever Tester 1 likes may fare well in your home. Thanks for all your support!

  8. I hope all of our children will think of 'work' as something 'fun' High five to you on your Gonge comment. I nearly ran away with that red pedal thing.

  9. I'd love to see the new simpsons lego house set reviewed. (Gianna)

  10. I would love to see a review on some of the early learning packages (books, DVDs, etc) that are on the market now. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

  11. Jessica, do you have any examples? I would love to know more about what you are thinking of...

  12. I'm looking at the Crayola picture of the "melted" colors and wondering what it's about; it looks really neat. We love making art here :) (It says: "Attach!" "Melt!" "Display!"

  13. I would love to see reviews on toys that help encourage speech in preschool age children