Monday, July 18, 2011

Guidecraft Crystal Beads/Shimmering Water Blocks Review {& Giveaway}


We love Guidecraft’s Crystal Bead Blocks, and Shimmering Water Blocks.

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Actually we love all of Guidecraft’s wooden blocks, including the wonderful Rainbow Blocks we reviewed a few months ago. The kids actually saw the photos of the “special” blocks on the rainbow blocks package and asked me if we would be getting those too.  Thankfully we did a few months later and they all LOVE these wooden blocks!



Both the water and the bead blocks are a hit and they all work well together with our Rainbow Blocks set.  Ladybug loves examining the special blocks…IMG_5392


Peeking through them is a favorite activity.  Here she is using the bead block, but she normally uses the water blocks as she tells me the color she sees.  IMG_5386


Of course stacking is always a popular use for any type of blocks!IMG_5381

She also enjoyed measuring her feet with the blocks!IMG_5399

I absolutely love these blocks and highly recommend adding any set of the special wooden blocks to your block collection.  I am very thankful that we had the opportunity to review these! They also have mirror blocks and sand blocks!



You can purchase the Crystal Bead Blocks and Shimmering Water Blocks on the Guidecraft site.  They also sell them on Amazon: Crystal Bead Blocks, Shimmering Water Blocks


Jolanthe is hosting the giveaway this month! Head on over to enter to win.

This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Roadtrip USA Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Congratulations #463 Kayla, you won!


We love USA geography around here! I had the honor of reviewing Erica’s Road Trip USA curriculum and I love it!!! Currently we don’t have time to do it all based on our other curriculum, but there are aspects that we are already doing and some we will be working in for next year! I was blown away when I opened the 363 page file and read through what was included, SO thorough! You can visit her detailed post to read and see all that is included! You can even download a free sample.

Right now we are using and loving these…image

We are going through the states in ABC order as we do on my USA Geography PowerPoint {which you can see on the computer screen in this photo}IMG_3357

Each boy is coloring a different page to create one joint notebook.IMG_3361

Another fun thing we have added in is finding photographs of different items on the coloring pages. Before we begin I do a simple Google Image search and copy/paste the images into a document to display for the boys as they color. This is their favorite part and even I am learning a few things {OK, many things}.

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You can purchase Road Trip USA for $18-instant PDF download, or $23 for a CD.


Erica is giving away an instant download of Road Trip USA to 1 winner!

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