Construction Building with Blocks and Tape

Dec 9, 2013

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Today's activity is part of an ongoing series, Exploring Reggio. Our co-creators for the series are, The Imagination TreeAn Everyday StoryOne Perfect DayTwodaloo and Racheous- Lovable Learning.



If there's one material that seems to be popular with children, it's sticky tape. My daughter, Maddie (aged 4) has gotten to the stage where she is able to manipulate sticky-tape to its advantage and therefore loves using it as often as possible. She is also big on constructions at the moment and loves taking recycled goods and turning them into something new.

For something a little different, I thought that I would combine the wonder that is sticky-tape with a variety of different blocks and shapes. This would allow her to take her general building with these materials to a whole new level, without that pesky gravity getting in the way!


 Materials: Various shapes and sizes of blocks and manipulatives. (We're using some of our Spielgaben here. See below for your chance to win a complete set!) and sticky tape (we used some fluro paper tape).


Manipulating sticky-tape and even adhering one piece of something to another (especially if it has more weight behind it than a piece of paper) can be more difficult than you think. There was so much hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills needed and I found her level of concentration to be very good.


As she could make items stand up that she never could before, she started creating things that she'd not tried before, starting with some people.



Having a variety of straight and curved edges encouraged her to investigate how these pieces fitted together, (if they even did) and test a variety of sizes, shapes and combinations. She wasn't thinking about learning about things like diameter and circumference but I could see the beginnings of understanding throughout her play and investigations.


The tape was used for both decoration and construction.


She was determined to make this thin rod stand vertically and worked on this for a very long time.


It took a couple of rods but she eventually did it!


I set up this invitation to play on a solid surface (a table top) and set it on top of our Ottoman to give a large flat space to work on at a good level for sitting on the floor. She was busy constructing for more than 2 hours.


Making this construction stand took a small amount of assistance by me. When she came to me saying that she could not make it stand, I had her look at the level that each of the rods would be sitting on and we compared this to things around our house like chairs and tables and how they stood up. Eventually having success brought her great joy.



She ended up with a whole playground set up, complete with people, seats, play equipment and more. This is an experience we will definitely be repeating, as adding in the tape gave a whole new world of scope and possibility for our constructions with blocks.



Join us in a fortnight for another Exploring Reggio post and don't forget to check out all the other great activities from our co-hosts. 

If you missed our previous Exploring Reggio posts you can catch up on them here: 
Exploring and Printing with Paint on a Mirror  
Enticing Literacy. Making and Writing Words
Painting Big (you've got to have a go of this!) 
Exploring Teen Numbers




Your chance to win a complete set of Spielgaben *This competition has now closed



We've heard how much you guys love the materials and now, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful blog sponsor, Spielgaben, we have one complete set of Spielgaben to giveaway to one of our lucky readers.

You can read what I have to say about the Spielgaben play set here and why I think there are some educational toys that are worth the money! Spielgaben definitely falls into this category. We just love our set and use parts of it almost every single day.
You can see how we used our set to learn about letters and sight words and also how we used it to help learn teen-numbers.


To Enter:       *****Congratulations to our Winner, Lindsey Yocum*****


Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, How would your family enjoy using Spielgaben? 



Conditions of Entry/Giveaway Details:
- Competition runs from Monday 9th Dec until 8pm Monday 16th December. (EMT + 11. Melbourne, Australia Time)
- Open to Australian, US and UK residents aged 14+ 
- Prize includes 1 full set of Spielgaben and postage to Aust. US or UK.
- The most creative comment will be selected. Chance will not play a part in determining the winner. The judges decision is final. 
- If your profile does not display your contact details, please leave your email address with the comment. You can't win if we can't contact you!
 Edit: We had such amazing responses to this which made it very hard to judge. Obviously there are so many deserving people and I wish I had 146 sets to giveaway. The final decision was made by myself and the team at Spielgaben. Thank you all for your entries.


Bonus discount code 
Pssst! For a limited time, if you pre-order your set of Spielgaben, Learn with Play at Home readers can enter the special discount code: " LWPH-2013 " for a saving of $45 AUD. This code is valid until 5th Jan, 2014.



Happy playing,
Debs :)








{Disclosure: I have provided the link to the Spielgaben site for your convenience as part of a paid ambassadorship with Spielgaben. All opinions in this article, as always are my own}

 


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146 comments:

  1. I love the look of concentration on your daughters face! What a great activity, my girls would enjoy this too. In our house I could see a Spielgaben set being used in a lot of different ways, for everything from learning activities to creating a Lalaloopsie land on the lounge room floor :D Our youngest has muscle tone problems and finds holding a pen or pencil too tiring, these blocks would be a fantastic way to help her learn her letters and enhance her writing and reading skills.

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  2. With two young boys at home, I think it would be able to engage their imagination so they can fight dragons, create fantasy lands and continue to learn and grow. Craft just doesn't grab them and these blocks would help their fine motor skills and take it to another level.

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  3. The activities are endless! We could do so much! We love hands on activities for learning colors, shapes, and beginning math. This set offers endless open ended play activities for us!

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  4. As a new homeschooling household at the preschool level, the possibility of play AND learning with these pieces seem limitless. My mind is overblown with possibilities in creating printables to go along with them, open play, math, and building. What a beautiful engaging product!

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  5. oh wow, Spielgaben sets are so beautiful and tempting! My kids would make gnome homes, towers, trap toys with them, made roads and paths and all sorts of wonderful things I can't even begin to imagine! And all the while, learning while they play :-) thanks for the chance!

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  6. I can just imagine the things we could do with the Spielgaben set and my son's trains! It looks like many of the pieces would work as freight, and I would love to take your idea with the tape and try adding his wooden train tracks. And I suspect the shapes would get used to make train pictures, and the long, skinny rods would get turned into rails.

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  7. My girls would love using the Spielgaben set to explore shape, dimension, design, form and colour, whilst perhaps designing our new dream home! Little artists are only limited by their imagination, and can change their mind at any time! I think I would need 2 - one for home, and one for school!

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  8. Oh wow! I love the open endedness of Spielgaben! My girls would both adore this set... and we also are on a roster for our rural playgroup activities so this would be fabulous for the group to explore! :)
    Thanks for sharing more great ways to use the set! :)

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  9. The possibilities for play are endless! I see our family enjoying learning and playing daily. Sitting at the kitchen table or spread out on the floor, daddy, mommy, and A would create imaginary worlds, learn colors and shapes, letters and numbers, and on and on and on! The set is so beautiful and enticing. I imagine playing with it would be the highlight of our day.

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  10. These are beautiful! I see endless hours of exploration, excitement and joy for my children with this set. And I can only imagine what my self proclaimed, 5 year old ' robotics engineer' would create with these!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  11. My 5 yr old boy is at the same stage with sticky tape, and I can imagine lots of fun would be had creating and exploring with just tape and these great materials! So many possibilities for open ended play! We would definitely share these with our playgroup which I coordinate in Aus, and see what they could come up with in a group situation :-)

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  12. Oh I had my heart set on giving these to my daughters for Christmas, but due to a budget complication it's not going to happen unless we win this competition!

    There would be endless playing with this set. Construction, imaginative play, exploring shapes, colours and numbers. So many endless possibilities! Thanks for a great competition!

    [email protected]

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  13. I'm not sure who would play with these more, me or my kids! The possibilities seem endless!

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  14. Two hours of concentration! That's the beauty of open-ended play. And these manipulatives (and I use that word intentionally, because they are so much more than 'mere' toys) are just beautiful. I've been wishing for a set since I saw your post where Maddie was studying letter formation. Thanks so much for the competition opportunity! The short answer is that we'd use them in as many ways as we can think of. By themselves, with tape, with playdough or with sand. To trace, to copy, to design or to count. To study shapes, colours, patterns or forms....

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  15. I'm right into 'mindfulness' so I think at first, we would just take the time to sit outside under our big tree and explore the look, feel, smell of all of the different items. Even the nice sound of wood touching! And I'm sure from there we would work out the next activity with them. :)

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  16. Oh wow! That's really great! I have 4 boys so I'm sure they would incorporate the Spielgaben with their lego and cars as well...What a great imaginative set! Looks amazing! Oh and what a great way to keep the kids away from the tv!

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  17. Oh WOW! Where do I even start with how we would enjoy one of these gorgeous sets.
    We are a home schooling family with 4 children ages 10, 8' 4 and 18 months.
    This set would be loved and used for many many years to come.
    Construction, imaginative play, maths concepts, working together, challenging their mind and inspiring creativity through play.

    Fun and Learning
    Rolled into one
    The joy of Spielgaben
    Is for everyone.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    [email protected]


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  18. I know the brief is creativity but I have to leave that up to my kids who are just oozing with it. I love stepping out of the adult world of dishes and laundry and into their world, a small physical window into their captivating minds of endless imagination. We love loose parts so I am always finding abandoned creations around the house, struck with awe and curiosity and excited to hear the story behind each one. Or sneaking up behind chatter and chaos to see it unfold into something magical before me as I try not to disturb the natural process. Or my selfish favourite, being invited into the process, such a privilege witnessing it from the ground up as the ideas tumble into new ones; the trials and tribulations, the concentration, the determination, the joy and success of a vision coming to life. They inspire me and this set would inspire them. They would love it.

    Thank you for a great blog and competition. I look forward to seeing what else your Spielgaben becomes :)

    [email protected]

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  19. Oh, I would love this set for my two boys! They are 4 and 8, and I can see many hours of cooperative play using this set.

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  20. I am a home school mom of two beautiful preschoolers Amber and Amy and I am always looking for manipulative s for learning. but times being that they are sometimes it is hard living on one income even though I believe this is what God wants for my twins. This would be wonderful
    Sincerely Carol WV

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  21. This looks like such as engaging resource for children. Coupled with a variety of natural items such as sticks, rocks, pinecones etc in a garden nook, it would be interesting to see each of my kids unique use of imagination and inquiry to explore imaginary worlds, and develop skills for learning such as problem solving, motor skills, patience and concentration.

    [email protected]

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  22. if i win these set, i'd give them to my nephews and nieces and i'm sure it will benefit them tremendously, especially for one of my nephew who is diagnosed with autism and currently undergoing constant therapy. By holding concrete objects in his hand, hopefully he is more encouraged to speak up. Language, numeracy, creative thinking, abstract concepts all packed in one. The ultimate open ended toy.

    unfortunately therapy cost A LOT, and buying "toys" are not the top priorities for my brother and sister in law. So if they can win these set, i'm sure they are beyond thrilled. Hours of play means less screen time and perhaps my sister in law can sit down and enjoy a cuppa (that is still hot), 4 kids under 7 is a lot of work.

    Thanks for sharing ideas on how to play with Spielgaben. Love love love it..

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    1. We would use the blocks for countless hours of creative exploratin through hand work! Many a cold day(and beyond) would be made soo much better with the wholesome addition of engineering and construction carried out with this block set. we could share.them with our little toddler art group(relatives and neighnkr kids, too) and mix mediums for more fun. build! thank you for the opportunity!

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  23. There are 3 children in this house who would all love playing with these.... Train set accessories, construction, small world play, loose parts (especially with mirrors), exploring shapes, pattern and number... So many possibilities it is mind blowing!
    [email protected]

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  24. Our family would enjoy using Spielgaben together! We love spending time together, but not all playthings or activities lend themselves to being fun and exciting for all members of our family. This is the sort of collection that we could all enjoy together - lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to have one of our own.

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  25. What we as adults see as a collection of blocks, rods and other assorted "bits", our children see as the building blocks of wonderous creations and the gateway to new and exciting games. I have three young children that are just beginning on their journey of discovery and imagination, and this sort of resource would be truly loved by each of them.

    [email protected]

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  26. This is right up Cammy's alley. We gave her some Washi tape for her 4th birthday, and she hasn't stopped creating since.

    What I love most about Spielgaben is that possibilities are endless, and I'd honestly just love to see how that extends my daughter and her creative mind.

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  27. My 3 year old son loves to build and create. He would absolutely love this set, and would spend hours with it I am sure!

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  28. My son loves to build and create, and he would LOVE this set. He is always seeking out various materials to use in his creations, so the Spielgaben set would be just the thing for him!

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  29. I love the look of the Spielgaben set. The possibilities are endless. They provide so much opportunity for creativity, imagination, special awareness and open ended learning. How I wish I could get my hands on a set for my family. I could just see us playing together with these for hours... absolute bliss!

    Thank you for sharing Spielgaben with us, I enjoy seeing how you and your family play with them!

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  30. A wish I have for all my children, and those to visit our home, is to have a safe space in which they are free to be whoever they want to be. The Spielgaben aligns to this in that it opens up and nutures the child's creativity which is constantly wanting to be free and explored. Allowing for hands on, full interaction in a real way is so inviting for the child to enter and where there is safe play in the childs world is a world in which they can be their full self.
    Sarah Murray
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  31. I backed Souelgaben on indiegogo and sadly had to back out when they couldn't deliver in time for Christmas. :(. Would love to get back in. Would use this for building spatial and numerical concepts with my preschooler.

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  32. Oh my goodness how we would use them! Every day, learning while we play, from the moment they arrive at our home until the children head off to college.

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  33. i would use this set in out homeschooling activities! I think my kids would learn so much and have loads of fun doing it.

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  34. My 6 year old and 3 year olds would love this!! I think I would allow them mostly open-ended play where they can simply use their imaginations to use the box how they want. I know that I could find many many ways to turn it educational but for the most part I want them to lead the way.

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  35. My 6 y son would love this. He loves constructing anything and everything. What a lovely set, which should encourage lots of creativity. I know my daughters would join in two. How could they resist?

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  36. Oh darn, I do not have a witty comment but I can tell you at my house they would definitely have hot wheels add to them for playtime:) this is one of the coolest products I have seen this year. Highme[email protected]

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  37. This would be a perfect addition to our homeschooling curriculum! I'm going to start homeschooling in January with my 2.5 year old, who, beyond a doubt, is one of the most creative, imaginative, and precocious kids I've ever met. Having this set would not only with "educational" lessons, but also enhance her imaginative play - which takes her everywhere! Now, instead of playing with the recyclables, she could play with "real" toys!

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  38. This looks such fun and I like that the little ones don't realise that they learn quite a lot as well. This would really help my two littles as they both need some help with their motor skills.

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  39. This would be such a great addition to our homeschool. Basically, we don't have any specific learning through play kits. I give my kids cheerios boxes and cardboard boxes to cut up and play with. We do blocks and outdoor play. Construction kits are excellent. I think this world needs more kids like this where there are no instructions. Kids are learning when kids are having fun.

    Thank you for this giveaway. Have a great week!

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  40. I'd love this for my little ones although I suspect even the older one would enjoy playing with it too. They all enjoy building things but the two little ones need more help with their motor skills. I just love the look and feel of wooden toys and I think children enjoy this as well.

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  41. Wow, what a fantastic opportunity! A Spielgaben set is like gold. I am preparing to homeschool my daughter and this would play a huge part of our everyday learning. You could cover so much whilst still naturally learning. The colours, textures, shapes and possibilities are amazing. Then I could also see a major extension to our play fairy land taking over the whole house. I love watching the ideas you and your kids come up with to use this set. So inspiring. Thank you :-)
    [email protected]

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  42. There is so much we could do with this as home educators! They fit our Montessori approach perfectly. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  43. We have a 10 year old and a 3 year old. Sometimes, it's all we can do to convince the 10yo that the 3yo is not annoying, 24/7. But, there are these magical moments when we put out JUST the right play things -- a light table, for instance -- and the magic happens. They gravitate towards it independently. And then, poof, they are exploring together. The 10yo invites the 3yo to explore what yellow and blue do when placed together. They gleefully exclaim about color mixtures or common discoveries. I imagine that Spielgaben would provide other such magical moments of synergy between the big and the little in this house.

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  44. Great idea. I'm just starting to explore these types of activities for my 20-month-old. She would love the different shapes to play with and we haven't tried any lacing or beading activities yet. It would be great to do that with these toys. [email protected]

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  45. This is a great set!!!! How much fun can a family have using these blocks for learning and spending time together!! Too many today rely on other things to occupy time with children!! I have a very dear friend that lives in Turkey and has a great daycare where she teaches young children to speak different languages, social skills, imagination, etc... She uses so many different tools in her teaching. I would love to surprise her with this. She is a wonderful person and so caring. I can definitely see her using this on a daily basis to help the children she teaches!!!!

    [email protected]

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  46. Thanks to your previous posts, I have been swooning over a set of spielgaben for some time. As a homeschooling mom with best friends in early childhood development and Montessori education, I go giddy over the shapes, colors, material, and variety available for creative play. My oldest son is a pure "puzzle-brain" who builds and engineers at a constant clip. My youngest son is quiet, intuitive, and spatially senstive who is not complete unless he creates something every day. I am a professional fine artist and graphic designer, so it would be a fib to say I don't want to play with these myself! And, my husband has a background in aerospace engineering with a keen eye for mathematical application and structural value. What a way to bring together all of our passions. My biggest dilemma with such an investment would be what life to give it when the boys grow out of it. Save it for the grandchildren? Or pass it to the careful hands of our favorite Montessori guru?
    [email protected]

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  47. Thanks to your previous posts, I have been swooning over a set of spielgaben for some time. As a homeschooling mom with best friends in early childhood development and Montessori education, I go giddy over the shapes, colors, material, and variety available for creative play. My oldest son is a pure "puzzle-brain" who builds and engineers at a constant clip. My youngest son is quiet, intuitive, and spatially senstive who is not complete unless he creates something every day. I am a professional fine artist and graphic designer, so it would be a fib to say I don't want to play with these myself! And, my husband has a background in aerospace engineering with a keen eye for mathematical application and structural value. What a way to bring together all of our passions. My biggest dilemma with such an investment would be what life to give it when the boys grow out of it. Save it for the grandchildren? Or pass it to the careful hands of our favorite Montessori guru?
    [email protected]

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  48. Thanks to your previous posts, I have been swooning over a set of spielgaben for some time. As a homeschooling mom with best friends in early childhood development and Montessori education, I go giddy over the shapes, colors, material, and variety available for creative play. My oldest son is a pure "puzzle-brain" who builds and engineers at a constant clip. My youngest son is quiet, intuitive, and spatially senstive who is not complete unless he creates something every day. I am a professional fine artist and graphic designer, so it would be a fib to say I don't want to play with these myself! And, my husband has a background in aerospace engineering with a keen eye for mathematical application and structural value. What a way to bring together all of our passions. My biggest dilemma with such an investment would be what life to give it when the boys grow out of it. Save it for the grandchildren? Or pass it to the careful hands of our favorite Montessori guru?
    [email protected]

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  49. The real reason I'd like to win? I want to play with it :) Just looking at the picture of the box makes me want to run my hands through the pile of rings. . . my boys, 3 & 5, are typical active, lego-loving, battle-creating boys. I would love to have a product that would help them sit down with me and direct their energy to creative, mind-expanding tasks and teach them how to focus and allow deep concentration during play.

    Thanks so much for offering such an amazing giveaway!

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  50. Open ended play, math skills, construction, problem solving...there are so many possibilities!

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  51. We WILL enjoy our set! We are so excited to receive ours in the next few weeks! I would love to be able to give this set to a friend and use it as an opportunity to advertise this amazing educational toy!

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  52. we love beautiful things...and Spielgaben is the ultimate collection of beautiful things. There is nothing like the touch of wood and natural materials to inspire. We are a family of builders and artists and are passing on those passions to our young children. This would be a welcome addition to our homeschooling household.

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  53. This set would be like heaven to my house full of builders and tinkerers, not to mention mommy has an affinity for it too! Crossing my fingers for this one ….

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  54. I have three blessings that I homeschool. They love creating, building, and inventing. Each has their own take on things. They would be fascinated and inspired by this set. I would love to see what they come up with!

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  55. We just created a Montessori room for the kids and I am trying to stock it with educational, imaginative, sturdy, well-made learning toys. Spielgaben represents these traits plus a whole lot more! We would love a set! Thanks!
    [email protected]

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  56. We would love this! My son is just starting to get into blocks, and he would get such a kick out of this set!

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  57. I have been drooling over this set. So many possibilities for use as play and learning "toys" and tools. We'd use daily for play and as math manipulatives. My 4 and 5 year olds would squeal if they saw this set!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  58. Being a homeschool mum with 3 boys ranging in ages (3 -9yrs) I think the Spielgaben set would be the only item currently on the market that could be used by all for play and education. There also seems enough parts for everyone to use it at the same time too! Endless possibilities! Would sooooo love to win this! x

    P.S I really enjoy your blog & email updates. Thanks for all you hard work Debs.

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  59. Golly!
    Soooo many ways to use this amazing set!
    Well obviously at this time of year we would use the geometric shapes to make snowflakes and other Christmas decorations. We would tie them (or tape them!) together with string and hang them to learn about symmetry and weight distribution and balance.
    I would hide the shapes in tinsel and blind fold my daughter. She could then use her fingers to find the shapes and describe them and see if she an match them using just her sense of touch. I'd put in some surprises like a bowl of jelly too! That would be lots of fun!
    Then I would cut up some thick yarn to make noodles and we would use the sticks as chopsticks because my daughter is fascinated by them! We would 'cook' the balls and shapes to be the other ingredients and would have a floor picnic to help my daughter's dexterity and vocabulary describing the imaginary tastes and textures.
    We would play hoopla with the hoops as my daughter struggles a bit to throw so we would draw targets or have small things to throw the hoops over.
    The balls would go brilliantly with the toilet roll towers my daughter likes to build. We could build a ramp from toilet rolls and the blocks down the stairs and see which shapes rolls and which shapes get stuck.
    Then there are beautiful necklaces and crowns using the beads to to go with her dressing up games. We could see who can thread the most beads in a minute! We could look around the house to see what else we could thread - maybe a tea strainer would make a pretty pendant?!
    Or the beads would be an amazing caterpillar, cover it in a cloth cocoon and use the shapes to make a beautiful butterfly. Pop!
    We can build bridges for her cars and trains to go over and under to help her learn about size.
    How many shapes does it take to build a tower as big as her bike?
    These are just my ideas. I'm certain my daughter would come up with loads more that wouldn't even cross my mind!
    These are such an amazing set which give so much opportunity and really do grow with the child (and get handed down!).
    I've shared your blog (even though I don't want anyone else to win these!) :)
    Shona
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  60. We are a first year homeschooling family and I know my son would love this product! I would love to give this to him to see what he could create with this. I love that it is hands on and this would totally keep his attention. It is also great because I know that once he would outgrown it it would still be in great condition to pass on to his niece and nephew who would love this as much as he would!! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome product!!

    [email protected]

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  61. I have a preschooler and an 11year old who would both love this set. They create fairy and dargon worlds with natural things, household goods, and other toys. I love that this is open ended and the possibilities are limitless. I would love to see what they would create with it. Thanks for the chance.

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  62. I would incorporate them into our daily preschool activities! I also think they would be great as creative / free exploration!!!

    What an amazing giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

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  63. We recently attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in search of games, toys and activities that would further engage my 2 daughters (particularly my 3 year old). Although there were lots to see and do there, I didn't find what I was looking for. With that said, we are in desperate NEED for this set. My 3 year old is very bright and gets bored with things fairly quickly. I try my best to make homeschool interesting and fun for both my 1 year old and 3 year old but it seems to be getting more challenging. I can't even imagine all the wonderful possibilities that set would provide for my family. Being new at homeschooling, this would be a true blessing.

    Thanks

    [email protected]

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  64. We would absolutely love to add this to our homeschool! Both my 3 and 5 year would just love this! Thanks for the chance to win! [email protected]

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  65. We recently attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in search of new games, toys and activities that would further engage my two young daughters (particularly my 3 year old). Although there were lots to see and do there, I didn't find what I was looking for. With that said, we despeartely NEED this Spielgaben set. My 3 year old is very bright and gets bored with things fairly quickly and being new at homeschooling, this poses it's challenges. I can't imagine all the wonderful possibilities this set would provide for my family. It would be a true blessing.

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  66. It was definitely love at first sight! From its classy wooden storage casing to every vibrantly colored block and manipulative, Spielgaben is surely a keeper! The list on how we can enjoy learning through play using this set is endless, especially for my curious and eager to learn 3yo girl. It is so easy that daddy can play along. :)

    [email protected] gmail.com

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  67. We'll let our imaginations go!

    Karene.grad [at] gmail

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  68. Spielgaben toy fun
    Creative inspiration
    Possibilities

    Shapes
    Play
    Imagination
    Exploring
    Learning
    Gathering
    Art
    Being together
    Engaging
    Natural

    These are the reasons why our family would enjoy this gift. I am the mommy of two young girls ages 4 and 2 (Hopefully another one in the not so distant future). I have been looking into ways to encourage learning through play and spark their creativity. I love that there are cards to help me get started, although I'm sure my children with instinctively know how they want to play with them. Thank you. [email protected]

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  69. We would love to play with this set, my 4y old and me. We would build anything we can imagine. Combine it with animals and we'd have a zoo, we could make bridges and buildings. Add a few cars and it would be a garage, or even a city. Playing is learning all the time. Play matters.

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  70. I would love to offer these to the children in my classroom.So Here is a poem:
    Play is important, play is fun.
    It lets the imagination run,run run!
    the kids would work their minds and hands- the things they could build would be grand!
    If open ended play is the test- Spielgaben toys are the best!
    [email protected]

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  71. Blocks, blocks, what do you see?
    A wonderful world, created by me!
    Full of towers and bridges,
    smokestacks and ridges.
    Mountains with goats,
    dragons by motes.
    A farmer and his crew
    Mom, what does a cow chew?

    Now that our oldest is going to be a big sister, again!, she's going to need some fantastic activities just for her! I love to watch her create her own worlds with rocks, bowls and all the small objects she can gather. She has a fantastic imagination! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Kari
    goplantatree(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. I think Spielgaben is so cool. I have a 4 year old and an 18 month old and we just started working on a classroom to homeschool montessori style in. I can see spielgaben fitting into our schooling in so many ways. Lacing, building, making 'tracks' for the balls to roll down, color sorting, shape sorting the possibilities are really endless. The bonus for us as a family is that my four year old can do more complex activities and utilize the smaller pieces while my 18 month old can build simple towers. Crossing my fingers we win!! ([email protected])

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  73. how WOULDN'T we enjoy this?! All 3 of my daughters would be thrilled, aging from 2-9years i can see them loving this together! I can see hours of play/work time bundled up in that box. This is an amazing product, our home would love it!

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    1. i need to add: because of their age range, anything that they can play with together is miraculous. Sure, the little one might knock down a building or two, but where would we all be with out a Godzilla or two? perhaps the ONLY thing missing from this set is that costume. :)

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  74. I would LOVE this & it goes without saying that every parent on here would find endless possibilities with it. Good luck everyone. If I won this I would donate it to my local pre-school, who are already amazing but this would be a fabulous priceless addition to their materials. My daughter & son would have soooo much fun & learning with this at home but by donating it so many other generations of children passing through the pre-school would benefit as well as themselves. Children are the future :)

    [email protected]

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  75. We would find so many ways to play with this gorgeous set!! Ive loved reading your posts on Spielgaben so far! :)

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  76. These blocks are so beautiful! I would use them with my construction crazy 6 year old, and in my pre-k class. This is my kind of toy....beautiful and open-ended. Thanks for the give away! Fingers crossed.

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  77. I would give this set to my only grandson, so he can build his own house while daddy is building their house.

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  78. How would my family enjoy using Spielgaben?
    Two ways:
    1) Creatively
    2) Ingeniously
    Oh wait! There are two more:
    3) Imaginatively
    4) Enjoyably
    Oops, there's more! Like the possibilities:
    5) Endlessly

    And that's all BEFORE the children have gone to bed ;-9

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  79. These look amazing!! My kids would Love these so much!!

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  80. My 3.5 year old twins would spend endless hours creating sculptures, buildings, vehicles, architecture, etc with this phenomenal set and then we would share it with their 22 classmates at their reggio emillia philosophy based preschool where I also teach and they would interact with their classmates, working cooperatively, developing and creating ideas for creation. The possibilities are endless and I would be a catalyst for igniting their imaginations but it is the children who would be the creators-- it is open ended and I am confident that with each opportunity to play with Spielgaben, they would find that learning is enjoyable and exciting. This product is magnificent and we would be blessed to own it and share with our classmates at school as well as enjoy it in our home.
    [email protected]

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  81. I think a simpler (read, quicker) question to answer would be how wouldn’t our family enjoy using Spielgaben because, quite simply, the possibilities for creative, imaginative play, and therefore learning and development are endless! With three children under four our family really could make the most of the full life of the Spielgaben, utilising it over many years to come and to its maximum potential for learning and discovery and allowing each of my children the opportunity to explore and grow with it, both individually and together, through cooperative play.
    Based in the UK, I want a different education for my children, one which nurtures their innate curiosity and natural love of exploration and learning, and most importantly, one which values my children for the individuals they are. Under new education policies, our government allowed different types of schools to be set up by individuals, ‘free schools’, and I was so excited when a Montessori school opened in my town and was accessible to my children, however after numerous disasters with management/leadership, the school is at real risk of closure before Christmas and so, with no alternative to our poorly designed, testing and results-centred curriculum, I would dearly love to home-school them and so a tool such as the Spielgaben would be both an invaluable resource and a wonderful beginning to our home-schooling journey.

    [email protected]

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  82. My son really enjoys building with blocks but he especially enjoys the more complex pieces. He loves creating really ellaborate constructs out of Lego's and blocks, but I feel like he would like the added variety these blocks and pieces would provide. He is a visual and kinesthetic learner and he prefers learning letters by putting pieces together to form the letter and then arranging then alphabetically, or learning to count by grouping or matching them together and then putting them in order. He does great with puzzles and matching shapes and colours. He would have so much fun creating and learning with this product! In general this would be a fantastic addition to our learning toys. I also love that they promote fine motor play!

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  83. We have a couple of boys who would love to use these!

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  84. Possibilites to play and learn would be endless! Love that both my kiddos could play with it together!

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  85. Rose are Red
    Violets are Blue
    My 4-year-old daughter who loves all things building will be thrilled with this awesome set!
    Okay, so creative it is not. But it's true! :)

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  86. This would get an insane amount of use in our house. My girls would go crazy with all the little parts to manipulate and have fun with open invitations too!

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  87. We would use it outside, inside, in the under covered area, at Nannie's house and Gran's house and probably take some to school. It would be used for art, literacy, math and science, perhaps even music too!

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  88. This would be a great addition to other manipulatives we use at home. We're always looking for things that are open-ended. I love how the wood comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors, esp. the natural wood color.

    My kids have a big fascination with construction. We're in the middle of learning about mazes which has expanded to how cities are like mazes. We try to get creative with supplies since our budget is tight and one of the things we do is go to the local hardware store and get scraps of wood. I sand down most of the wood but the kids get to help sand down the edges. After we're done, we use chalkboard paint on the wood. We've drawn buildings, animals, people -- we even started using them to make signs. I just love how a piece of wood can open an entire new world to children.

    Thank you for the chance to win!! (^_^)v

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  89. My girls (nearly 5 and 2 years) would have so much fun with if they won this set. They currently love to sit together and build small buildings out of blocks, but if they had a set like this they could construct a little town for their small dolls, tunnels for their cars, a palace for their princesses and whatever else they dreamed of making.

    [email protected]

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  90. I can see Miss 7 and Miss 4 producing amazing creations of architecture, imaginative worlds, real life, art and more. I can see them developing and consolidating their maths skills, for homework assignments and purely for fun. I can see Mr 2 wandering in and casually messing it all up, the girls getting upset and annoyed but, wait, I can also see Mr 2 sitting quietly sorting and matching colours, testing shapes and sizes. I can see them all creating, learning, sharing and playing for years to come.

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  91. Spielgaben-

    S pielgaben is
    P ractical, long lasting, gender neutral, an
    I nspirational learning tool from technical architecture to a simple home for Peppa Pig.
    E nticing for my 3 munchkins, whether
    L earning Mathematical, Art and Science concepts. It will
    G enerate creativity and a sense of their own quirky styles.
    A magical way to tap into and develop their varying abilities,
    B end it, challenge it and re-create it.
    E ngaging mum and dad for some great family fun.
    N umerous treasured childhood memories await...

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  92. My two young children would love playing with these now as they are in the process of discovering shapes, forms, textures as well as learning how to manipulate materials and objects. I would set them out some muffin tins or other containers and leave them with tongs to transfer items from one place to another, challenging their minds as they investigate how the different properties of the materials effect the way in which it can be moved. They would also enjoy refining their motor skills with lots of different threading activities using string, wire and pipe cleaners and any other number of threadable materials. Stacking and lining up are also favourites with my two and I can see them sorting the pieces into jars by shape, by colour or even by size. Another thing they would do to investigate these wonderful pieces would be to observe the motion of the different shapes and forms as they slid them down their large cardboard tubes into baskets. The open endedness of the Spielgaben set means the possibilities are endless. As my toddlers grow I envisage them using their imaginations to create and construct whatever their hearts desire. By this time they will have a lovely understanding of the forms and the properties of each of the items and will soon become masterful at using them in ways that work to construct the most brilliant formations they can think of. The opportunities truly are endless and I look forward to watching my children grow with the set and can't wait to see where their minds take them.

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  93. Tahnk you for the ootprpuinty to win one of tsehe stes.
    Hfoeulply you can raed my coenmmt. It's my way of bineg caertvie by mxiing up the midlde lerttes of wrods. hehehe

    My llttie gril wluod lvoe, lvoe, lvoe scuh a set and it wulod no dbuot gorw wtih her oevr tmie. Arpat form her biudlnig wtih the boclks I can see her tsetnig and exeripmetnig wtih wighet, garivty, meurasmnet, ptatrnenig and so mcuh mroe. It wluod aslo be stihmoeng she'd use wehn fnrides cmoe oevr to paly. Tsehe bilrlnat stes aollw for oepn edend lraennig!

    Thank you. :)

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  94. From the first day i have read about SPIELGABEN on Facebook,I got inspired so much and cannot wait until i get a set for my child who is 3.5 years old now. She would love doing different activities with the gorgeous bright coloured toy and what more.. I do run a Family Day Care and take care of a bunch of children who will be much more excited to share and play with SPIELGABEN!!! LOVELY..COULDN'T IMAGINE A PERFECT DAY FOR THE KIDS AND MYSELF WITHOUT SPIELGABEN!!! (Send my prize information to this EMAIL I.D: [email protected]) :-)

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  95. Wow! What a beautiful set! I've never seen anything like it! My boys would use this in a million ways - building towns to surround their train tracks, building cages for toy zoo animals (this has been a favorite activity lately :). And I know I would end up borrowing it from them to use with the preschoolers in my occupational therapy practice at school. They would LOVE these - they're into building castles and towers right now! :)

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  96. Arranging. Building. Counting. Dividing. Enquiring. Finding. Grouping. Hunting. Imagining. Joining. Keeping. Lacing. Multiplying. Numbering. Opening. Painting. Queuing. Rolling. Stacking. Tracing. Unpacking. Varying. Wriggling. Yarning. Zigzagging.

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  97. My boys, a toddler and a preschooler, would love building with these. What a great way to stimulate their imaginations!

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  98. We would love to win this set, it would be great for home schooling. As a family (myself, my husband and our 20 mth old) will be going out to South Sudan to work for a charity flying in aid, doctors, and supplies to vulnerable and isolated people. We will be there for at least 4 years so the opportunity to win something this comprehensive to school our daughter and also the other local families when my husband starts teaching in Juba would be great. The learning possibilities are limitless!

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  99. Over the past 24 hours I have spent time thinking of something creative, that I could set up using Spielgaben components for our daughter (almost 3). The chance of winning a Spielgaben is worth putting brain time into. The set looks so beautiful and could do something more than beautiful for our daughter now and in future years.

    I thought about how we could incorporate the components into the various activities that she loves and I came up with many different ideas. All the components are crying out to be held, manipulated and played with. Ideas linked to being outdoors, imagination, music, art, stories, active play, and the list goes on.

    We are currently having fun setting up indoor obstacle courses - using planks, boxes, stepping stools, mats. Often we are a particular character. Sometimes we have to think of a way to get past the sleeping dragon, over the river, rescue someone from a canyon etc. Most of this is driven by our daughter.

    My idea is to use components from the Spielgaben set to enhance our obstacle course. I can see: The sticks and blocks as trees, houses and characters. The woollen balls on string hanging down as we go through a tunnel -avoid touching a different colour each time.The rings to throw onto the same colour mat as you balance on a step. Gathering a particular shape as you slide down a plank. Matching objects to unlock doors. Using a semi circle to hooksame coloured hoops from the ravine. Building towers the same height as a step before you can climb on it. The list of play ideas is endless and the actual learning going on staggering.

    However, what I know from experience is that no matter how creative I think I am, nothing compares to the inventiveness of our daughter. The other day she spied two bread shape cutters (safe for her), immediately they were sea turtles needing returned to the ocean. She picked up a coat hanger, hooked the cutters and guided them back to the sea (sofa). Suddenly the cutters were on a shop counter (upside down cardboard box) and she was encouraging me to buy these beautiful shoes.

    So yes I would set up invitations for her to play and explore the many components of Spielgaben, using my ideas, the play guides and fellow bloggers, and I know that she would engage and enjoy these activities. However I would love to present her with the components and let her dive in and allow her own creative juices flow. I wonder where we would end up.

    Thank you for this chance to win, but more importantly for the play we are going to do tomorrow based on the idea I had. elsiescot(at)btinternet(dot)com

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  100. Wow, thanks to your amazing ideas, I have tons of ideas for play! Fine motor, construction, color sorting, building, imagining :) My son now has become more able to concentrate, so I know this would provide hours of learning play :) Thanks for hosting!!

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  101. I have a 5 year old with an engineers mind so I would love to see what he would come up with to build. My three year old is currently into building letters out of objects, so I imagine she would have fun with the curved and straight blocks

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  102. I would build a massive robot and a timid chicken from our Spielgaben set. The robot would be called Tiddles (after my cat (God rest his soul)). The chicken would be called Moon (after my daughters favourite orbital sphere). Tiddles and Moon would have a fight among the ruins of a desolate block based post-apocalyptic pyramid and archway obsessed society peopled by armless and legless cuboid monkeys.

    The cuboid monkeys would have bought about their desolation by not playing enough. Moon would be a shining chicken in armour, come to bring the order of geometry based creative play to a fallen world. Tiddles would be the baddy who wouldn't let the shapes sort themselves at night and thus must be stopped.

    Our daughter on the other hand will undoubtedly take great joy in throwing everything on the floor thus creating a catastrophic mine field of feet-maiming agony with which to bless me and my wife as we frantically locate the laptop charger so we can continue our research into which educational system least compromises our peculiar brand of idiocy. Our daughter will, without fail, very much enjoy playing with whatever packaging you send the Spielgaben in.

    tamzinlowe(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  103. My youngest son Jacob, who has just turned four,
    Loves uses his hands, to construct and to draw,
    Then there's Josh, who is seven, and builds things so high -
    He once built a tower of blocks to the sky!
    And Sam, my mathematical genius, at only age ten,
    Would calculate, surmise, and investigate Spielgaben.
    My children, so different, so creative, so wild,
    Spielgaben, creating "Smarter Play, Smarter Child".

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  104. My three year old would enjoy exploring the various little parts!

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  105. As the single mother of a very bright three-year-old boy, I'm constantly looking for new ways to challenge and allow him to explore his creativity and to further develop his fine motor skills. I would love the opportunity to incorporate the Spielgaben set into our school and play! He loves every activity I throw his way and is always finding new and interesting ways to use the toys we already have, so I think the Spielgaben set would offer endless opportunities for him to explore. I can see him setting up his own baseball field and game (his favorite sport thanks to his uncle), or using the pieces to set up a pretend world where he can act out his stories of witches and superheroes and build his towers. I can't seem to find any limit to my son's creativity and I would love the opportunity to give him something which would allow him to build and develop everything that he can think up.

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  106. What I love about this toy is that it is so gender-neutral -- I have a daughter who loves to build and construct things, but she is getting to the age where she doesn't want to be playing with her brother's things. This would appeal to her and offer her new challenges (I lust after those beautiful curves!). Her older brother, who is also construction crazy, would just love it, too. (And, I must confess that I am also a preschool teacher who brings as much Reggio into my classroom as well ... so once my littles have outgrown this at home, I am sure it will find its way to school to be loved by many, many more!)

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  107. I don't know if I commented already, but I would love to win this. Just starting homeschool, I am still feeling my way around. I have avoided purchasing any curriculum because I want the boys to discover learning again. I want to follow their lead and imagination and guide them in learning as we go. This set would be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling family.

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  108. I feel like a child in a sweet shop when I look at images of Spielgaben sets, I don't know which pieces I would pick up first, and I'm pretty sure they would feel as good as they look. I don't know if I would make a flat picture or build a tall creation. I don't know if I would make a beautiful tessellating pattern or a crazy picture. I don't know if I'd line up the pieces or spread them out all over the floor. I might just tip them out, mix them up and then enjoy putting them back in the boxes before maybe taking some photos of them. All this before I've even shown the kids or the husband! I just think that if looking at pictures of Speilgaben makes me feel so excited I can only imagine how excited my kids would be if they had a set and the learning opportunities are just endless. You Speilgaben people are true genii x

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  109. My son would love taping & constructing with this set. He's 3, and an engineer in the making! Marciprinz at gmail dot com

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  110. My family would love these creative tools! My little man is fascinated by the world around him and would attempt to eat them currently, but his big sister and dad would have hours of fun constructing cities, imaginary worlds that her toys can live and play in.

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  111. I am a mother who is quite new
    On this journey of learning with my younger two

    Spielgaben is not a toy that would be pulled out every now and then
    This is something to be treasured, and played with quite often

    We don't own a lot of toys and materials, that are hands on
    Spielgaben would be beyond a blessing, passed down to a granddaughter or grandson

    Most enjoyed would be the time spent together, creating, building, imagining
    Surely bonding us together, giving us hearts that are quite gladdening

    The invested time will not only give my children and I sweet memories
    But will educate and equip them throughout the many centuries

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!
    I surely hope you will stop, consider, and pick me! ;)

    Email: [email protected]

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  112. We'd love a Spielgaben set in our house. Packing up would be just as much fun as playing with it! i.e. flipping & rotating the blocks to make sure they fit (like a puzzle), and grouping different items by colour and type. Am I dreaming? :)

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  113. To build and play and create. For my little guy to imagine and realise what he can do without having been told what it should look like by an instruction or package that takes his creativity away. I love the idea of open ended creativity and play for him to explore and learn. What a great way to PLAY.
    [email protected]

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  114. The possibilities are endless with Spielgaben blocks, will share as I have some at home x

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  115. We would build the ultimate dinosaur obstacle course. Or a dinosaur circus. Either way, plastic dinosaurs will be involved and it will be awesome.

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  116. Wonderful giveaway!
    My two girls would spend hours playing with this stuff. They'd be building the most interesting houses in attempt to lure fairies inside. aluminium (at) gmail (dot) com

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  117. Ooooh! LOVE this set! My fear would be that the short people in my home would use the set to take over the world--ahh! On the flipside, perhaps we could use it to train them to use their creative engineer brains for good :)
    Thanks for the giveaway offer!
    April
    crbly(at)Hotmail.com

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  118. I'm not sure about being creative, but I can sure be honest. I am a single mother of four boys, age four and under. My oldest (4 y/o) son has sensory processing disorder and suspected high functioning autism. My 3 y/o identical twin boys are both Autistic. My 18 month old son has sensory processing disorder and is showing some early characteristics of autism. Each of my children is in two different types of therapy per week, which has us at therapy every day of the week. The three older boys have IEPs in preschool.

    I have made it my goal, and my passion, to provide my boys with a learning environment at home that allows them to create, explore, and learn the way their minds want and need to. Not the way the school needs them to in order to "test age appropriate" and not the way their therapists want them to. I do everything I can to provide them with open ended play invitations. I have had my eye on this set for a long time, but the price tag has kept me from getting it. This set would give my boys a priceless opportunity to let go of the structured expectations of school and therapy and delve into their own worlds to express themselves the way they want to. It would also be a great tool to help influence language from my son Connor who is one of the 3 year old twins (will be 4 on the 28th) and only recently began talking.

    I can be found on Instagram at: @ashrodman4

    My email address is: [email protected]

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  119. I homeschool my son with Down syndrome. He learns best via mediums that allow him a hands on approach where he can see and do verses trying to comprehend the abstract. Then after he masters the concrete he can move on to the abstract. Thank you for this opportunity.

    hods6mom (at) gmail (dot) com

    Tammy and Parker
    www.prayingforparker.com

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  121. What a truly exquisite toy. My daughter would absolutely be blown away. She gets very immersed in construction with blocks and toys and she would be entranced by this set. She has a disability and so everything takes a little longer, but I can see how she is improving her practical problem solving skills and self-confidence when constructing. She would thrilled and put the Spielgaben to very good use for a long time. in the mist at gmail dot com

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  122. What a truly exquisite toy. My daughter would absolutely be blown away. She gets very immersed in construction with blocks and toys and she would be entranced by this set. She has a disability and so everything takes a little longer, but I can see how she is improving her practical problem solving skills and self-confidence when constructing. She would thrilled and put the Spielgaben to very good use for a long time. in the mist at gmail dot com

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  123. I would gift this to my younger daughter who just became a nanny to some young children.
    lisastassforth at sbcglobal dot net

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  124. I honestly have no idea what my boys, ages 3 and 5, would use these for... Young children are blessed with this incredible way of looking at the world in a way we lose as we grow older. This summer I looked in our garage on a day I had to catch up on yard work and thought, "Well, there's chalk, small bikes, and some balls. Maybe this would keep them entertained for 30 minutes?" Let me just say, they spent 3 HOURS making traps for animals, creating a camp site to sleep, and ways to cook their animals for survival. And they used all sorts of stuff I never thought of in they way they did. Each day I stay home with them I am amazed at this world they create with little to no direction from me. And my husband and I are so blessed to be a part of it. So, you ask the question, "How would our family enjoy using Spielgaben?" and the answer truly is "I have no idea!" But I also know that whoever is lucky enough to own a set is giving their children the best gift any of us can give a young person- the opportunity and permission to be creative.
    Ellen
    [email protected]

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  125. It's hard to get my little boy to concentrate on doing anything. Spielgaben might appeal to him because he could use these simply blocks to build up many abstract figures with his imagination. This awesome toy could cultivate his hands-on skills too. As parents, we also could have lots of fun by playing Spielgaben with kids or just by ourselves. Because as adults, we need necessary exercises for our brain too.

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  126. My husband and I are about to embark on a new chapter in our lives with the birth of our first baby at the end of January. As a Kindergarten teacher, I understand the countless benefits of open-ended play and I know my family would enjoy engaging with limitless possibilities. Over my teaching career, I have seen first hand the stifling impact that plastic, battery-operated toys, one-directional toys have on young minds. We would love the opportunity to raise our child with such a wonderful resource from the beginning of her life.

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  127. My soon-to-be homeschooled son would love this set. He loves building and this would be perfect! -Amanda Ladd Kent

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  128. My daughter loves to build and this would take it to another level of imagination and learning.

    [email protected]

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  129. I have two kids - 5 and 2 years old. I think they will enjoy playing with this set. Maybe mommy and daddy will join them - we love playing together. Thanks for the opportunity!
    [email protected]

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  130. Spielgaben will give both kids and adults in our home equal opportunity to use their imagination and creativity. It will be really fun to switch off all the gadgets in home and have creativity competitions everyday where both the teams will have lots of fun and imagination & creativity will win with open ended opportunities with Spielgaben..

    email - [email protected]

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  131. I love the open ended possibilities of this product. I would love to win!

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  132. With 4 children under 9 we would use this everyday :) What a blessing to be gifted something so wonderful.

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  133. I am a mother of two daughter and I teach English at a kindergarten in Turkey. I know you want people from Australia, US or UK but luckily I have relatives in Sydney, Australia. If I win this give-away, they can help me receive it :) Believe me it would make me really happy to use this wonderful set in my classrooms. And also, ıt would be a great holiday season gift from you :)
    Thanks a lot...
    My mail address is: [email protected]

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  134. Hi there, I don't think the competition would apply to me as I work in a preschool in Ireland but I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blogs, I have discovered some amazing ideas including this one. We don't have Spielgaben equipment but it's a great idea use some smaller construction materials with tape. I think our kids would love it and it would be a great way for some of our children who are more into large-scale constructive play to further develop their fine motor skills! I also think it would be a great way to introduce more constructive play to some of our children who may prefer table-top fine-motor play! I cannot wait to see how the kids react to this!

    Many Thanks,
    Amy Keller ( [email protected] )

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  135. I would LOVE this set! I'm a preschool teacher/director at a non-profit school and we have a limited budget for new toys each year. This would be an amazing edition to our educational toolbox and a wonderful way to show parents how their children learn through discovery-play! I'm gonna be a grandma soon too and this set would be an amazing gift for my grandbaby that would have playvalue for YEARS!

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  136. Dear Mama and Dada,

    As the chaotic 2013 holiday season comes to a head and the new year approaches, I've been inspired to make my very first New Year’s resolution. It’s my understanding that a resolution is a challenge that invites change. As I’ve listened in on conversations I know that mama wants to lose the tummy bulge that she says is a loving reminder of carrying me in her tummy. Dada wants to finish the bathroom remodeling project that began while I was growing in mama’s tummy (and I’m three years old!). So what is my 2014 resolution going to be?

    I challenge us to complete the 2014 Spielgaben Simplification Challenge. That’s right! This challenge invites us to box up the hoard of battery operated, plastic pop-up, and blinking entertainment smorgasbord of toys and replace them with the truly wholesome, all natural, Spielgaben set that effectively engages imaginations of all ages.

    I challenge us to start small with a one month commitment. For one month, Spielgaben materials will be my only toys. They will be OUR toys. Our gateway to play. I challenge you to play with me. Become a part of my imaginary worlds. Ask questions. Recapture your own youth.

    Mama and Dada, do you accept my challenge?

    Your loving son,
    Colton ([email protected])

    Note: I'm only three so here is my mama's email address ([email protected])

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  137. I would really like this set for my 3.5 year old. I really want to introduce the book Iggy Peck Architect and I think that this set would be really useful for free play so that he can learn what works for building (on his own). I like the variety of shapes in this set because it allows for trial and error and lots of options for alternative solutions to problems. I'd also like to show him that drawings can become buildings. I'd also use them to find shapes (and hiding letters) in the illustrations of his picture books, then moving on to art books, particularly abstract expressionist sculptures as we'd be able to trace the work with the blocks, tape it together and then lift it off the page. I'd also like them for "drawing maps" and building villages.

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  138. This set would be absolutely amazing in our home. We have an 8 year old, a 2 year old and a 1 year old. This is such an amazing learning and exploration tool with endless opportunities that all three can enjoy together or seperately. The fact that this is age appropriate for all three of them is what stands out the most to me. We will begin homeschooling the two youngest when the new year begins and this would be the perfect set to help with that experience! Learning through play is the best because they never get bored.
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  139. We would do everything imaginable with a Spielgaben set aside from eating it. We've found that eating wood is rarely educational. [email protected]

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