For my second review in the series, I received Guidecraft’s Geometric Puzzle Board. Since there are six reviews for you all, I’ll try not to be too repetitive, but there is some information about Guidecraft I’d like to include for all newcomers to my blog.
Started in 1964, Guidecraft is an award winning company that has over 580 educational toys and furnishings. The company’s mission is to create beautifully crafted wooden products that allow children to use their minds and imagination while having fun.
Guidecraft guarantees the quality and workmanship of all their products, and are about complete customer satisfaction. They also design and test their products to meet or exceed mandatory safety standards set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to insure the safety of children playing with their products.
The Geometric Puzzle Board says on the website it’s for 9 months and up, but on the box it says for 18 months and up. This is a bit confusing, but upon opening it, my opinion would be that it’s for 9 months and up. The puzzle board is for children to learn colors, shapes and sizes. I’m going off of my daughter Rosemary, who is over 6 months, and I think she’ll be ready for this toy soon.
When I received the toy it came in a nice and sturdy box to avoid being damaged. Inside, the puzzle board was wrapped in plastic to secure the toy from being banged around prior to opening.
When opened there is a small amount of assembly, if you can call it that. There are five color coordinated stickers that needed to be applied to the bottom of the puzzle board where the puzzle pieces fit. I actually stuck them on before I even noticed there were directions included that told me what these stickers were for. This took me literally one minute to do.
There are five pieces to the puzzle. All five are different colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, and green) and are all different shapes (oval, round, square, rectangle, and triangle.) There are matching slots on the board where the pieces fit (with matching colored stickers on the bottom of the board) and there is adequate room for the puzzle pieces to fit in nicely. The puzzle pieces have 2 inch high, easy grip handles. The two inch handles are perfect for little hands to be able to grasp well enough to hang onto and fit in the puzzle.
The quality of this puzzle is excellent. The colors are extremely vibrant and I saw no markings on them at all. The wood is very durable and smooth so I really feel this toy will last even for my future children and I’m not worried at all Rosemary may get splinters. I think this puzzle is great for learning shapes and sizes and I look forward to Rosemary using it this summer.
In all honesty, I’ll probably give the pieces to her before she’s 9 months to start playing with. The colors are so bright, I think she’ll love them even before she can understand about what shapes they are.
I would really recommend checking out the Guidecraft website and catalog to see some of the great educational toys they have for your child today! You can purchase the toys directly from the Guidecraft website. For more reviews, Guidecraft also has a blog where you can find many other reviews from people just like me.
If you like what you’ve read about the Geometric Puzzle Board, and think this toy would be great for your child, Guidecraft has graciously offered one of my readers a free Geometric Puzzle Board!
Main Entry – To be eligible to win the Geometric Puzzle Board, you must go to the Guidecraft website and return here telling me what product your child absolutely must have (other than the toy being given away). There are so many, I just know you’ll find something your child would love. That’s it. Leave that in a comment along with your email so I may contact you if you’re the winner.
Extra Entries – These entries are not mandatory, but are for those readers that wish to increase the chances of them winning the Geometric Puzzle Board. You must do the Main Entry first before these extra entries to be eligible to win. You can do any or all of these extra entries, so please don't feel like you have to do them in order either. Remember to leave a separate comment for any and all entries and to leave an email address so I can contact you.
1. Follow my blog publicly via Google Connect (over on the right side bar). You must follow publicly in order for this to count. Current followers just have to write that you already follow me. (2 entries, leave two separate comments for this one) Please let me know what email and name you are following under.
2. Follow Guidecraft on twitter; please leave your twitter name
3. Fan Guidecraft on facebook; please leave your facebook name in the comment
4. Follow the Guidecraft Blog, please let me know what email and name your are following under
5. Follow me on twitter
6. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning both myself and guidecraft. Please leave a URL where I can check that you tweeted. This can be done once a day to earn many extra entries. Leave a URL for every tweet please. You may copy and paste the following tweet to make it easier:
"Enter to #win a @Guidecraft Geometric Puzzle over at @AMamaStorkKnows http://bit.ly/c8wK9q #giveaway RT"
7. Blog about this giveaway. Please leave a direct URL to the blog entry. (2 entries, leave two separate comments)
8. Add my super fancy, new button to your blog. (2 entries, leave two separate comments)
That's a lot of ways to enter! Do as many as you like, but please remember to do the main entry first. Good luck!
Giveaway is open to entrants in the U.S. only, and ends on May 14, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A comment number will be drawn at random from random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear back, another winner will be selected.