Monday, May 30, 2011

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Kindergartner-In-Training: ALPHIE Toy Robot

I am a child of the 80’s, so I remember having an Alphie the robot toy of my own. When I was given the chance to get an Alphie for my 4 year old, Quinn, to try, I was more excited than he was. Alphie was THE toy to have when I was a kid, and I just knew Quinn would love having one as well.

I was right. From the first moment he laid eyes on Alphie, he was excited. He has played with his amazing, fun learning toy daily since he opened it. Alphie by Playskool is funny, interactive, and teaches children a variety of lessons from alphabet to music to matching. Quinn has already learned a ton from Alphie and I am very pleased with the way Alphie “teaches”. I have to admit, I have been caught playing with Alphie myself because he’s so cute, comedic, and engaging.

Alphie is recommended for children ages 3 and up.  He comes with 30 double-sided cards that cover much of what a preschooler needs to know as a very basic foundation for kindergarten.    Alphie Booster packs are available to purchase separately.  This toy runs on 3 "AA" batteries, which are included, so your child can start learning right away.

You can find Alphie at most major retailers including the Hasbro Toy Shop, Toys "R" Us, Walmart, Target, and He retails for $39.99.  Also, if you own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can snag the Alphie Learning Adventures iTunes App for free on the iTunes website.

Thank you to Hasbro Playskool for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive an ALPHIE Robot (ARV $40).

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:
Leave a comment telling me who would get to learn from ALPHIE if you won this contest. 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 10 extra entries, sign up to receive email updates from Hasbro. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did.

4)  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.

5)  For 1 extra entry each, follow Playskool on Twitter and/or "Like" Playskool on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

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

7)  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.

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

Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, June 13th, 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!