Saturday, March 1, 2014

Learning Through Play Giveaway & Ogo Bild Pod Review!

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This review is part of Natural Parents Network's Learning through Play Giveaway! "Play is . . . the way that children make the world their own, exploring, making sense of all their new experiences, and recovering from life's upsets." {Larry Cohen, Playful Parenting} It is also well-established that children learn through play, which is why we've gathered some creative and fun products and websites to share with you and your children. The Learning through Play Giveaway features nine amazing products for kids of all different ages and interests. I'm featuring one of those companies in my review below. When you get done reading my review, please click on over to the full Learning through Play giveaway post (live on March 1), where you'll find information on all of the goodies you can win. In total, we're giving away products worth $738!
Even if you don't win one of our fabulous prize packages, please consider spending part of your educational budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses and independent authors, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling. Without further ado, here is my review - thank you for reading and entering! (Check back here on March 1 when our Rafflecopter widget will be live and ready for entries.) 

What it is
The OgoBild POD is a building set comprised of 12 rubber balls with 12 holes in them and 30 plastic tubes with rounded knobs on the ends designed to fit into the holes on the balls.

Who made it
Ogo Sport, an innovative toy company started by a pair of graduates of the Pratt Institute of design hoping to make high-quality toys that encourage creative, open-ended play for all ages!

Our experience
We love it! In fact, it inspired us to make our first ever video review:

Basically, OgoBild POD is a fun toys with lots of possibilities that is fun for preschoolers on up. My whole family loved building different shapes and sizes of structures and playing inside them. At one point my husband, preschooler, baby and I were all playing inside a fort we built from the OgoBild POD all together!
While my 4 year old son is slightly below the recommended age range, he was able to build simple shapes using the OgoBild POD all by himself, and with my help build complicated structures.
I also love that it is washable plastic, so I can take it outside this spring/summer and make a fort to picnic and play in. 
We did have a slight problem with a defective pole, and I included a picture so you can see that it is sharp inside and probably a choking hazard for babies (who are not the recommended age for this, but may be playing inside the fort their older sibling built!), just so you know to watch out if one of yours breaks. The pole that broke from my set broke the first time we used it, so it was clearly defective and not a product that just got worn out faster than expected. The others have all proven very sturdy. 
I was extremely impressed with Ogo Sport's customer service. Within a few days of notifying them of the defective piece, I had a replacement from them! 

Pros
Fun
Easy to build with
Easy clean up
Flexible
Great customer service

Cons
Can't build squares/cubes
Knobs have sharp end if out of tubes

The bottom line
I definitely recommend the Ogo Bild kit to families who love engineering, building, and playing in forts!

Buy it
You can buy the Ogo Bild Pod directly from Ogo Sport, from many specialty toy stores around the nation, or from Amazon.

Win it
Ogo Sport is giving an OgoBild POD building kit to one lucky reader of Crunchy Con Mommy and the Natural Parents' Network! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!
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Learning through Play Giveaway: Enter March 1 - 31, 2014!

$738 ARV; United States residents only

Enter below in our Rafflecopter widget - the main entry is simply to tell us which prize you'd prefer. a Rafflecopter giveaway For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just tell us with your entry. Tweets must be a minimum of 24 hours apart — you can return to update your Rafflecopter entry without losing any of your previous entries. Your Tweets must be unprotected (publicly viewable). You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one. Rafflecopter will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes, and a representative from NPN will send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you enter so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner, we’ll draw a new name at random. The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email; otherwise, NPN will select another winner. No purchase necessary. Entrants must be age 18 or older and be residents of the United States. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners agree to hold Natural Parents Network and the giveaway hosts harmless for any problem with receipt and/or use of prizes. Winner must contact the product seller or manufacturer directly if there is any problem with the prize or prize delivery. Winners are responsible for any taxes or customs fees related to prize winnings. NPN and the giveaway hosts reserve the right to publicize the winner's first name. Void where prohibited by law.  

Contest closes March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 
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