Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Octopus and Sour Candy Giveaway

Just in time for Christmas shopping, I have two excellent products to introduce to you today that you might consider for your Christmas shopping list. These products are both a little complicated for toddlers, but I thought you might appreciate some gift ideas for your older children as well.


The first product is the K'NEX Collect and Build Amusement Park Octopus Whirl. K'NEX brands was founded in 1992 and is a leading construction system for children. The company has won over 200 international awards and American made K'NEX encourages children to "imagine, build, and play." K'NEX is a building set but are far beyond Legos. The parts fit together and then are able to move!

K'NEX just recently introduced two new lines to their products: Road Rig Series and Amusement Park Series. Your children can collect four motorized sets in each series. The Amusement Park Series is the only one I've had the pleasure of actually being able to review and I'm very impressed. There are four rides available within the series: the classic Ferris Wheel, Speed Coaster, Octopus Whirl, and Drop-n-Swing. If all four are collected, they can receive free accessories by mail. These are designed for builders 7 years and older.

I was given the opportunity to review the KNEX Octopus whirl and am very impressed with this toy. The ride measures 2 feet wide and is built with 454 rods, connectors, and bricks. It has a motor that spins the ride around. It is for ages 7 and up and retails for $20.00. This is a fun toy for the entire family to put together together. My 10 year old foster brother helped me to review this product, along with my 61 year old mother. I think my mother had as much fun putting this toy together as my little brother! She enjoyed it so much she said, "You can never figure out what to get me for Christmas. I actually really liked this. So much better than a puzzle." I never expected her to like it that much! My little brother absolutely loved it and after finishing it, is so proud to display it in his room. There aren't a lot of toys that can bring together a 61 year old and a 10 year old, so for me this toy is a huge hit. I enjoyed watching them converse about school, his dreams, and other issues as they put together the toy. It is so much fun but still allows for conversation while putting it together. I'm really impressed by the K'NEX committment to a child's education which is evidenced when you go to their site and find that they have lesson plans available for download to accompany their products. For example, the Amusement Park lesson plan teaches about mass and speed. This toy is listed as Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products and 10 Best Creative Products of 2008!

Upon going to the website, I was surprised to find that they also have products for our little toddlers. I haven't seen these up close and personal but am definitely interested in these products as I was very impressed by the KNEX product that I reviewed. Here are a few products by the KNEX company more appropriate for our little ones:

*Abbey Cadabbey Building Set; Appropriate for ages 2 and up



*Playground Pals


*Penguin Pals


Be sure to check out the KNEX site at http://www.knex.com/. Right now they are offering free shipping on orders over $75 and 10% off orders over $100.

The second product review for your older children is the Elmers Sour Factory Candy Kit. This was such a blast to play with! This kit includes everything to make sour liquid candy, hard candy, powder candy, lollipops and more. I thought the instructions that go with the kit were great. Throughout the project we learned all kinds of fun facts about candy. The time to make the various types of candy ranges from a couple of minutes to 30+ minutes. This is a good toy for both boys and girls. While some boys aren't drawn to cooking, they will appreciate the scientific side of making the candy. In fact, it may open doors to the cooking world for boys who may have not realized it can be a lot of fun. I certainly had a lot of fun with this project. My little 10 year old brother, mother, and 2 year old daughter all participated in this project. I have to admit that I was VERY afraid of how the candy would taste, but it was actually pretty decent. Below are a few pictures of their fun....

My little brother and 2 year old daughter mixing the ingredients to make marshmellows.

Even a 2 year old can have fun with this!

Fun for all ages-from toddlers to grandmothers

This product brought the whole family together for fun.

My little brother has never cooked anything before. In the name of science and promises of extreme sourness, he found he enjoys it.

He did learn ALOT about the science of candy making. For example, he concluded "citric acid is in almost all the candy." He also learned about how substances can change with heat.

Part of the fun was taste testing. Here, my daughter taste tests the sour liquid candy.
Here is the homemade pixiestix type of sour candy.

Making homemade sour marshmellow

Homemade sour gummy candy


This weeks giveaway is the KNEX Octopus Whirl pictured above. This is not the one featured and is brand new in the box.
Official Rules:IF YOU DO NOT LIST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ,IT ISN'T ON YOUR BLOG, AND THERE IS NO WAY TO LEAVE COMMENTS ON YOUR BLOG I HAVE NO WAY OF CONTACTING YOU. ALMOST EVERY GIVEAWAY, THE ORIGINAL PERSON DRAWN TO WIN CAN'T BE CONTACTED THEREFORE THE GIVEAWAY IS GIVEN TO THE NEXT NAME DRAWN.If I don't hear from you within a week, another name will be drawn and you forfeit your prize. 1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite K'NEX product. The website is http://www.knex.com 2. For a second entry, make a second comment about your favorite product offered by Elmers.3. For a third entry, Subscribe to my site/follow my site and make a post letting me know about your subscription.This contest is open only to those with a United States Shipping Address .This giveaway begins 11/19/2008 and ends 11/26/2008 11:59 PM Central Standard Time.The name will be chosen by Randomizer.org.
I always love hearing about how my reviews lead these wonderful stores to more sales. I'd love to hear posts letting me know you decided to purchase some items!
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176 comments:

MoziEsmé said...

What a fun giveaway!

And there is way too much to choose from on KNEX. I'm going with Lincoln Logs Collectors Edition...

Tammy said...

The Elmo's World - Bert & Ernie Building Set - would be adorable for my nephew! Thanks for the chance!

kbruson said...

My favorite Knex is the semi truck. My kids would love playing with these too!

AJ said...

I love the Sesame Street building sets!

AJ1014[at]gmail.com

smartshopper2 said...

My favorite K'Nex set is the
325pc Silver Edition Value Tub, it brought a big smile to my kiddos face!
My favorite item from Elmer's is their Extra Strength glue stick, we use for crafts, routine household stuff, etc. Thanks for the cool giveaway.

wisteria said...

The K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set is cool

Mia J. said...

I think the K'NEX Picture Bricks - Carnival Activities looks like fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

teachingtinytots said...

we love knex!!

mr linky is down i guess i hope they get it up soon for toddler theme !

Liz said...

I really like the road rig series that K'NEX is coming out with.

souldolphindream said...

My son would love to have the racers 20+ model building set.

THis would be a great activity that we could do together

souldolphindream@aol.com

agordon10 said...

we just got teh rivals collection

Sandy said...

classic lincoln log is my favorite mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Marilyn said...

My grandson would love the Space Explorers Multi-Model Building Set.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Stacey said...

I like the knex waterslide, we had tons of fun building it last year!

Stephanie said...

Zoomin' Buddies looks great!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

peg42 said...

My kids love Knex products. I know that they would love the K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster, of course Dad would have to help them build it. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

ky2here said...

We love KNEX. Bring on those Sesame Street building sets.

mverno said...

The K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set

Estelle said...

I love the Sesame Street products from KNEX. My son has the Elmo building set and he loves it. I thought he'd have a hard time putting it together because some of KNEX products look so complicated, but the Elmo set was simple and easy for my little guy to put together.

Estelle said...

My favorite Elmer's products are the creativity kits for kids. My kids got the soda pop activity kit for a gift and we had a blast trying out new flavors and experimenting. I wasn't even aware that Elmer's made products like that.

Cadmar said...

My son LOVES K'nex so much!!!
My favorite is the Motorized Madness Ball Machine, it looks really fun.

dcadmar at gmail.com

Julianne said...

My kids really like many of the K'nex sets. We have the ones for the younger kids and several sets for the older kids. I will choose the Super Structures 50 model building set as a favorite. Thank you for this giveaway! Love it!

Julianne said...

My favorite product offered by Elmer's? Do you mean Elmer's Candy, because if so, this was the only toy I could find, but I know they carry a lot of candy during the holidays. I know there is the Elmer Glue company, but I don't think they are related.

So I will have to go with the Elmer's Sour Candy Factory by Scientific Explorer company. Thank you!

chromiumman said...

love the knex waterslide

kathy55439 said...

Super Structures 50 Model Building Set.... they make really cool stuff

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Semi Truck!

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

reddon30 said...

The ferris world looks great...my kids would love this.

Stephen said...

i like the semi truck too :)

mclorijo said...

Elmers Sour Factory Candy Kit
Would be a great kit ...

Jean said...

I like the classic lincoln logs

idahomom said...

love the Knex roller coaster.

Susan said...

My son would absolutely LOVE the dueling racers! In fact, I'm going to put it on his Christmas list right now.

rosabarto said...

I like the Complete Amusement Park Combo Pack.We can all do that.It looks challenging


Rosa Bartolucci
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tawnda said...

the semi-truck for me... my hubby used to drive otr so the kids (and he...) would love it

sweetsue said...

My favorite is the Wild West Frontier Lincoln Log set. I loved Lincoln Log when I was a kid, and am happy to see they're still popular!
smchester at gmail dot com

vboackle said...

i like the penquin pals.

littlelatina said...

my favorite is the Elmo K'Nex

redron said...

K'Nex set is the
325pc Silver Edition Value Tub

Smooshy said...

the sesame building sets!

mogrill said...

My kids would go crazy over the Motorized Madness Ball Machine!

Brandy said...

My 7 year old son LOVES K'nex. I think he would love this giveaway.

From the K'nex site I like the super mega structure 50 build set.

denyse said...

My boys LOVE KNEX. They would spend hours w/ the racers 20+ model building set.

LIDARKSIDE said...

I like the ferris wheel.

Christina said...

My favorite at K'NEX is the Super Structures 50 Model Building Set!

Christina said...

My favorite Elmer's kit is the ELMER'S SCIENTIFIC EXPLORER PAPER RECYCLING FACTORY!

Christina said...

I subscribed!

kmbennet said...

The roller coaster. Thanx for the contest.

Erica C. said...

I used to love all the K'Nex roller coasters!

tritty74 said...

I like the construction equipment from Knex

tritty74 said...

I'm a subscriber

tritty74 said...

Their Bubble Gum Activity Kit looks neat (elmers)

judybrittle said...

I just love the Cookie Monster & Hooper's Store Building Set. That looks so cute.
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judybrittle said...

The Elmers product I like is the Princess Shimmer shop.
judybrittle at aol dot com

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
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jennmalan said...

love the knex roller coaster. we love playing with them in our house. my kids build all kinds of stuff

K. Cleaver said...

I'd say that Semi Truck is my favorite as my son would love it.

K. Cleaver said...

I'm also a subscriber!

drming said...

My grandchildren would love the K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set.

SparetimeCrafts said...

knex are such fun toys!
My favorite would have to be the Supper grover building set.

Jeswan1@msn.com

Pinkadot said...

I like the Spiral Coaster.

Carol said...

Abby Cadabby Building Set is cute. My granddaughter was abby for Halloween.

miriama said...

I like the amusement park set.

DOODLEGIRL said...

K'NEX Picture Bricks - Hometown Activities

Missesprincess said...

I love the entire KID K'NEX series ~ they are adorable. The country friends are uber cute. I love the Super Grover as well.

idahodad7 said...

The Knex Roller Coaster is awesome.

Tonya said...

i really like The K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set

Millie said...

The Elmo's World - Bert & Ernie Building Set - would be my pick. Thank you for giving us a chance to win such a great gift!

Millie said...

From elmer I like the recycling kit! thank you for giving us a chance to win :)

Ardy22 said...

Elmo K'Nex is really neat. Lots of super products

weable68 said...

I like the knex racers

Julie D said...

K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster,

Julie D said...

Elmer's Recycling kit

Christine said...

I like the dueling racers.

Kari said...

Fun stuff! My son would love that sour factory!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!!

sissy76 said...

Creepy Creatures Tub was what my boys picked as their favorite KNEX

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
racers 20+ model building set would be wonderful

pauline15 said...

Well, I checked out the site, and loved the fact that they had theme breakdowns as my son loves the amusement park models. There are some that are just scary (a six foot ferris wheel!!??!) but the Serpents spiral coaster looks awesome!
pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

dhunt said...

like the knex waterslide, we had tons of fun building it last year!

Angie said...

K'nex brings back memories of my brother's sets! These items are now being handed down to my sons. My oldest is very intense and loves to "create." I think the motorized ball machine would even keep the youngest child mesmerized.

herkygirl97 at hotmail.com

lorides said...

my daughter has the elmo knex and she loves it

Tanya W. said...

road rig series that K'NEX would be great for my boys!

tesashel said...

I like the Complete Amusement Park Set from K'Nex. It's awesome.

ellie said...

I think my little grandson would be nuts about the K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set. Thanks for the giveaway!

Just Like Mom's said...

The Space Explorers Multi-Model Building Set is great.

:) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

fluggy said...

The knex roller coaster is my favorite

Thank you

tlcfromtn said...

Creepy Creatures Value Tub looks like lots of fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

braaisjo at gmail dot com

tlcfromtn said...

The boys would really enjoy the Elmer's Magic Science Wizards. I didn't know they made all that stuff!

braaisjo at gmail dot com

kal said...

I like the Ferris Wheel. My daughter would like Abby Cadabby.

Ashley said...

I like the Elmo and his Piano building set.

julied said...

My son likes the Racers 20+ Model Building Set. He loves cars of any kind.

julied said...

I just bought Elmers craft bond tacky glue last week. We used it for a Girl Scout troop craft project. I needed it to dry quick so the girls could take it home right away. It worked perfect, and with very little mess.

Tracysweetangl said...

I love the Knex 325pc Silver Edition Value tub!

SeahorseLady said...

The Cookie Monster & Hooper's Store Building Set also looks like fun.
Thank you for the very nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

SeahorseLady said...

Elmers also now has a great Hannah Montana Art Gear Case. My niece has this on her Christmas list.

Laura said...

The Zoomin' Buddies would be perfect for my nephew. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Joseph Boltz said...

My favorite K'NEX product is the K'NEX Swing Ride.

jjboltz@gmail.com

paula h said...

The Cool Construction 10 Model Building Set looks like fun!

jennem said...

My favorite K'Nex is K'NEX Picture Bricks - Farm Activities
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

jennem said...

My favorite Elmer's is the 3D Washable Paint Pens.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

pitaharmon said...

Motorized Madness Ball Machine is the one that caught my boys eye.
harmonden[at]wowway.com

CanAmBlond said...

My favorite K'NEX product is the Sesame Street Building sets, especially Elmo. Thanks for the chance to win.

dvice said...

I like the Cookie Monster & Hooper's Store Building Set

Kimberly L said...

The Complete Amusement Park Combo Pack looks great

brn2lisn(at)gmail(dot)com

MCJunkie said...

I love the Space Explorers Multi-Model Building Set.

MCJunkie said...

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Jodi said...

I really like the sesame street building sets for the younger kids.

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justicecw said...

The KNEX dueling racers look fun! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

My favorite Elmer's product is the big 32 pack of finger paint....fun!!! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Cherie J said...

Knex Semi Truckis one I think my son would find cool. Thanks for the contest!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

rosannepm said...

My kids loved Knex. The waterslide is one of our favorites
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rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber
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rosannepm said...

Favorite products from Elmers would bethe creatviity kits
rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

I like the Elmers creativity kits for kids
rosans4@comcast.net

gkstratos said...

I like the K-Nex Cool Construction 10 Model Building Set.
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gkstratos said...

My favorite Elmers product would be the Sour Candy Factory.
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Zoomin' Buddies!

augrim said...

The Motorized Madness Ball Machine looks like K'NEX's best.

sherri419 said...

The Elmo Pet Vet Set sounds great for little ones!!! Plus, everyone loves Elmo!!!!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

sherri419 said...

2nd Entry-From the Elmer's site, I hate to say this but my kids would love the Disgusting Science kit!!!! What can I say????

sherri419 at gmail dot com

cpullum said...

My daughter likes the Zoomin' Buddies!!! There products are awsome!

Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot0com

Stephen said...

cool semi truck :)

bison61 said...

the Elmo Sunny Days Building Set is very cute

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Casey Becher said...

My son would love the K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster. Thanks!!

Andrea said...

My son would love to have the SawBlade Thrill Ride.

lisalmg said...

My boys love Knex! My favorite is the 6-Foot Double Ferris Wheel! Thanks for great reviews!
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

lisalmg said...

My favorite Elmer's product would be the Disgusting Science Kit. Sounds like so much fun!
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

lisalmg said...

I subscribed to your feed!
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tigger210 said...

My favorite is Super Grover. I really like the Sesame Street characters! Thanks!
skstigger@hotmail.com

Amy said...

amywill5918 (at) gmail dot com

Cookie Monster & Hooper's Store Building Set cute set for toddlers

Amy said...

I like the elmers 3 pocket reusable art smock artwork is messy for older kids but for toddlers!

Bakersdozen said...

I love the 6-Foot Ferris Wheel. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kristi said...

My son would love the K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coast. He loves K'NEX.
Please enter me - skullaria at gmail dot (com)

katco64 said...

Other have said it and I have to agree that Lincoln Logs are just awesome! All KNEX toys are so neat and really are fun for us big kids too.

Thanks so much for the chance to win!

katco64 at aol dot com

katco64 said...

That Sour Candy Kit is so great! I had no idea Elmers made anything liek that. I really though the coolest thing was the glue sticks. :)

Thanks so much :)

katco64 at aol dot com

Kattzzz said...

Off road 10 model set--for the grand boys.
kk1lewis at aol dot com

cathy2406 said...

My favorite products are the thrill rides as they challenge my daughters imaginations the best.ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

Tonysopranogirl said...

The K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster looks like it would be fun for my six year old son to build. That boy is already showing all the signs that he is going to be building great things one day!

Jennifer R said...

Great products....way too much to choose from but I love the Lincoln Logs Collectors Edition...

Lynn H said...

My son has always LOVED ALL the Knex products.

LH said...

My son has the Knex roller coaster and thinks it is sooo cool. Great contest.. thanks!

purango said...

The Puppy Pets set is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

arvard said...

The grandkids would love the Bubble Gum Activity Kit.

Lori said...

racers

ktwdg said...

I love KNEX

Audrey said...

I like the knex waterslide

Steph said...

My favorite was K'NEX Education: Kid K'NEX Transportation.

Candie said...

I saw the dueling coasters at Toys R Us. I drooled imagining the fun the family would have trying to put it together

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Jinxy and Me said...

The K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster looks super fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jinxy and Me said...

I also subscribed to your feed in my Google reader!

Qwill said...

My son would love the Serpents Roller Coaster SEt.

judycc said...

My daughter would love to play with this.

klp1965 said...

i like the Super Structures 50 Model Building Set

LadyJemima said...

The Waterslide looks super fun! K'nex is always great for a good time!

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blueviolet said...

The double ferris wheel looks like quite the contraption!
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blueviolet said...

How can I pass up the Elmer's disgusting science? I can't!
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blueviolet said...

I'm subscribed too!
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bev said...

I didn't know they made so many sets. I think my grandchildren would love the Sesame Street building sets! Thanks for having the contest!

Gianna said...

I love the K'NEX Racers 20+ Model Building Set :)

donna444444 said...

I want to get the Ultimate K'NEXpert Combo Pack
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memetu said...

LINCOLN LOGS are always my first choice.

donna444444 said...

I subscribed to your feed.
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donna444444 said...

I like basic Elmer's school glue.
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Helen said...

I love the Cool Construction 10 Model Building Set.

Samantha P said...

the K'NEX Serpent's Spiral Coaster is soooo cool!

Samantha P said...

also a subscriber!

Taylor said...

The Sesame Street Products. skyxsky27[at]gmail.com

ReinyDey said...

K'NEX Double Ferris Wheel is our favorite.

ReinyDey said...

Favorite Elmers product is the Light Magic Jungle Adventure.

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ReinyDey said...

I subscribed to your feed in google reader.

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Heather said...

K'NEX Swing Ride is my fave. Thanks!

Heather said...

I like the Gold Painters ColorCutter from Elmers.

lilyk said...

I love the Sour Candy Kit!

Professional Mommy said...

Wow! This was a popular giveaway!Just like Mom's is the winner. Congrats and I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving.