Thursday, May 28, 2009

Story Time Felts review & giveaway

Have you noticed that the less a toy does, the more a child imagines and explores as she plays with it? Besides the general annoyance of loud toys, I really do think Sweetpea gets more out of the ones that do less. That's why I was really excited when Karen Clark of Story Time Felts sent me a sample of their Girl Dress Me Bear to review. As a huge fan of paper dolls and fashion plates growing up, I was so excited to introduce the Dress Me Bear to Sweetpea. She loves it just as much as I'd hoped she would!

The Dress Me Bear comes with 20 pieces of clothing and four weather scenes for the window. So far while playing with Sweetpea and her Story Time Felt we have worked on our colors, matching colors of various clothing items, placement of clothes in the correct location, and the appropriate clothes for different types of weather. In addition, the open ended nature of this toy allows her to use her imagination to create stories and practice her every growing vocabulary.

Prices are very reasonable (there are many options available for under $30) and this is a toy that can really grow with your child for many years. It's also something we will likely take with us on trips to keep Sweetpea occupied - the felt itself keeps her occupied for long spans of time, and flipping it over provides her the perfect surface for playing with coloring books or "reading" her books in the car.

Karen was nice enough to offer a $25 gift certificate for one lucky reader - just visit the Story Time Felts site and let me know your favorite product, or a suggestion if you have one and don't see it featured on the site. I'll draw determine a winner using on June 14th - make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!

For additional entries (each additional entry should be a separate comment) you can:

*Spread the word about this giveaway on Twitter and leave the link to your tweet
*Stumble this giveaway and leave a comment letting me know your user id
*Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave me the link

Thanks again to Karen for sharing her great products with us - good luck, I hope you win!