Monday, November 29, 2010

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Holiday 2010 Giveaway: Melissa & Doug Wooden Workbench or Princess Castle [CLOSED]

products for twins TWINtuitive Product #29

I chose this Melissa and Doug Pretend Play Workbench from Gummy Lump, one of the leading online retailers of wooden toys, to feature as a "TWINtuitive Product" because this toy promotes cooperation and collaboration between more than one child through pretend play. Although the work surface is ample for two children, our twins still needed to share the tools and some of the parts. One social skill they both need to work on is teamwork. Usually they each want to make their own creation and will not tolerate anyone else contributing to their project. This toys allows both twins to build something wonderful together and gives each the opportunity to support the other's ideas. Nothing pleases me more than to hear one twin say to the other, "That's a great idea!" or "Wow! You did a great job!"

This workbench by Melissa & Doug was packed very well. It does require adult assembly and each piece was individually wrapped. My husband assembled our workbench without any assistance in approximately 20 minutes. The only complaint I have is that the stickers labeling each part were difficult to remove. You may need to resort to using some Goo Gone.

This set comes with all the wooden tools and hardware your child needs to build many creations. If your child needs a little help with some project ideas, there is an included booklet with step-by-step instructions to build things, such as various vehicles.

This toy not only appeals to our nearly 4 year old twins, but also to our nearly 7 year old son. His favorite thing about this workbench is the working vise.

Since this toy was assembled, all three of our children have played with it daily. It is a great toy to keep anxious hands busy and is sturdy enough to endure endless hours of play. If you happen to be prone to headaches, you may want to hide the hammer . . . just for a day or two.

For a limited time, the Melissa & Doug Wooden Workbench toy is on sale for $79.99 (regularly $99.99) on with Free UPS Ground Shipping on orders over $50.

Thank you to Gummy Lump for sending us a complimentary product sample to base this review upon and for providing a second product for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Melissa & Doug Wooden Workbench OR a Melissa & Doug Folding Princess Castle (winner's choice).

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of wooden toys offered by Gummy Lump. Then leave a comment telling me the name of one toy you would love to give as a gift to a child in your life. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

For 10 extra entries, make a purchase on . Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with your order number.


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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!