Monday, February 28, 2011

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Giveaway & Review: Ravensburger "Katie Camper's Holiday Friends" Included in the Hyatt Resorts Toy Box [CLOSED]

Ravensburger has been in business for over 100 years, making all sorts of products for children and adults alike. We were sent Katie Camper’s Holiday Friends, an 11 piece set of toys for kids 1 ½ and up. This unique, battery-free toy includes a friction-powered camper, similar to the WOW Harry Copter's Animal Rescue previously reviewed for our "Kid Driven Toys" series.  Also included are two friends, a boy, a girl, and their dog. The camper is packed with lots of features and opens to reveal a cozy home with a bed, mirror, and spot to eat. Unhook the magnetic trailer and lift of the removable tent to open the lift gate, which has a barbecue grill. It also has a picnic table, dog food/water bowl, and more. You can sort the luggage in the overhead compartment, which is also a simple shape sorter. This set has so many additions, interesting pieces, and parts that it’s fun to play with for all the children I watch; from age 1 ½ to 9.

I find this toy to be really amazing. It is very durable and well-made and will last for a long, long time. I love that it is battery-free, but I have to admit that the friction-powered vehicle is a little loud with a house full of kids. Nonetheless, they love it and I think it’s a great toy as well. Everything fits together nicely and is easily transportable for them to move around the house with it. The play set may be 11 pieces, but it is all self-contained.

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Because of how transportable the Ravensburger toys are, they have been chosen by Hyatt Resorts and Toy Tips to participate in a unique, sanity saving program for traveling parents with children. From a recent press release about the Hyatt Resorts Toy Box program: “Filled with an assortment of age-appropriate toys and games for children age toddler to tween, the Hyatt Resort Toy Box has everything a family needs to make their vacation enjoyable. Toys were carefully chosen based on age, educational value, and special circumstances. Each toy also features a "scorecard" that combines Toy Tips researchers' observation of enjoyment and development skills. Each researcher uses an original survey written by psychologists so results are accurate, independent and academic. The total score is weighted and calculated into an A through C- rating scale and Toy Tips only reports on toys with these ratings.”



You can learn more about the Hyatt Resorts Toy Box program and the other Ravensburger toys that have been selected by visiting Hyatt.com. You can learn more about Ravensburger on their website, www.Ravensburger.com or shop for toys at the Ravensburger Shop.

Thank you to Ravensburger for providing us with a complimentary product sample to base this review upon and for providing an additional product for our contest prize.



What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a Katie Camper's Holiday Friends Play Set (ARV $49.99).



Limitations:
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 WOW friction-based toys offered by Ravensburger. Then leave a comment telling me the name of the one toy you think would be the most fun for a preschooler (aside from the toy reviewed in this article). 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.


2)  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.


3)  For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.


4)  For 1 extra entry, "Like" Ravensburger on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Facebook profile.


5)  Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.


6)  Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.


7)  Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


8)  Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


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


Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, March 21st, 2011 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!