Saturday, November 1, 2008

Heading to Grandma's for the holidays?

The biggest challenge I've had with Connor as he gets older is finding toys to occupy him when we travel especially to

the grandparent's house where we stay sometimes a week at a time and he usually doesn't have much to do.

Alex Toys is a frequent stopping point for us when it comes to toy shopping and I've been eyeing the Alex Play Mat for awhile as I've been slowly leaving toys over at my mom's house for Connor to play with but finding a good place to store them is the issue as they are trying to sell their house so the last thing she wants is a toy box in the living room until the house sales. So finding toys that do double duty but be entertaining enough to keep his attention is important. He has recently gotten obsessed with cars and other hand toys so when I saw the play mat I knew we had to have it for going to my parent's house. The Alex Play Mat is of course a classic play mat when flat it features a town scene so kids can drive their cars around town but the part I like most is when they are done it folds up into a nifty little tote that is big enough to hold quite a few toys. I find it very useful for storing our toys at my parents house and when its time to come home and switch out some toys I can just grab the tote and bring it home, refill it and bring it back. At only $15.99 per play mat I am really tempted to buy two more one to keep here and one for his aunt's house where he goes when I'm at school.

We've just started playing with puzzles as well but thus far Connor's puzzles have been wood and they tend to take up a lot of space in his toy storage bin so I knew I had to find something lighter and smaller for using ad the grandparent's house as we are working on very limited storage space. Plus I just don't like to pack a wooden puzzle in our luggage I have enough stuff to carry already. The Touchable Puzzles over at Alex Toys is light, incredibly affordable and really adorable. Each Touchable Puzzles set comes with two puzzles and at $9.99 a set you can't beat the price. The puzzles are made of a textured foam and the pieces are big and brightly colored so its easy to find them if your child is anything like Connor and they end up spreading the pieces all over the floor those bright colors and different textures tend to keep their attention a lot longer as well. We have had these puzzles for a month or so and when we first got them Connor was about 17 months old and thought he was really interested in them he had a tendency to want to bend the puzzles in half which though it doesn't actually hurt them the pieces don't go in as easy when the base of the puzzle is warped so I would have to bend them back and put something heavy on them. It seems though over the last month Connor has hit a developmental milestone and is now really getting the hang of using them instead of just bending them. The age recommendations is 2+ and I believe that's pretty accurate though toddlers past the teething and chewing age will really appreciate the textured pieces long before they are able to put the puzzles together.

If your looking for some great Christmas toy ideas defiantly check out Alex Toys their toys are very reasonably priced and we have been ecstatic with all of the toys we have from them thus far!

I have a set of Touchable Puzzles to give away to one lucky reader!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Alex Toys and tell me what toy from their collection other than the two I mentioned here you'd love to give someone on your christmas list!
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Dec 15th at midnight!

170 Comments:

Sarah S said...

How fun! We have that Alex mat and love it. I think the Alex kitchen set is pretty cool too.

Sarah S said...

I also subscribe via google reader!

Jesica said...

My kids would really enjoy the Deluxe Cooking Set

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber

Kristie said...

We could use the Bag For The Tub.

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Nad said...

We'd love to have lots of backyard fun with the Jungle Croquet set.

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Nad said...

I'm a suscriber! =)

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Jen Mc said...

I like the "In My Kitchen", although my son is still too young for it.

Jen Mc said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Stephanie said...

Like the It's a Match Game.
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melanie said...

I love the Craft Kit- I love that it's ages 2 and up. My 2 year old loves to do crafts and so often they are only for older kids. So I was excited to see all of the craft supplies they have for younger kids.

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Brian M said...

My kids would love the Completer Cook Set.

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patty said...

I love Round the Farm and Count Out Loud Froggy for my granddaughter!

Sandy said...

would love the kids cooking set mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

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stampedwithgrace said...

you're on my sidebar :)

stampedwithgrace said...

the tabletop easel look great!

jbubolz-miller said...

super parachute party- so cool!

jbubolz-miller said...

subscriber

tutugirl said...

Would love to see my kids try out the Monkey Balance Board.

reb said...

I love the Cuddly Kids - Lexi doll.

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valerie2350 said...

the giant weaving loom looks fun!

Deanne02 said...

I'd love the Bathtub Car Wash for my son!

wigget said...

my favorite is the learn to dress monkey

wigget said...

subscribed!

Crochet by Momma J said...

I love the Home Tweet Home!

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VickeC said...

I am a subscriber


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VickeC said...

I like the Hold It All - Fish,this is great for when I have my grandsons over an its bath time,thanks


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Finamoon said...

Oh! I love the Busy Bee Discovery Flower or the Busy Ball for my littlest.

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Finamoon said...

I have subscribed!
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Diane Kidman said...

Can I have the little boy on their home page??? Oh, just kidding. But he's so darling! I'd love one of those puppet theaters. I had one as a child and loved it. (Gotta say those play mats look incredible too.)

jassmg2024 said...

Love the deluxe cooking set

jassmg2024 said...

I subscribe

Melissa B. said...

The Learn To Dress Monkey looks great for keeping little hands busy.

Tranquility said...

I think the See-Thru Stories look fun!

semtaylor said...

I am a subscriber

semtaylor said...

Color And Cuddle Washable Doll is what I would give to my niece. This combines 2 things she loves..A cute doll and coloring. Thanks for the giveaway.

lorides said...

my girls would love the cooking set,thanks

Jenn S. said...

I would love to get the Rainbow Rollers set for my nephew.

furygirl3132 said...

I really love the Sticker Factory and would get it for my 6 year old daughter who loves stickers and would have a blast with this. Thanks so much for a fantastic giveaway!

Eloise
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furygirl3132 said...

I am also a subscriber. Thanks again!

Eloise
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C and C girl said...

There are so many to pick from but my favorite is the My Tabletop Easel

C and C girl said...

I am also a subscriber

melanie said...

I blogged about you for an extra chance:

http://ourhappyhappenings.com/2008/11/giveaway-everday-monday-edition/

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Brenda S. said...

Like the It's a Match Game.
Thanks!!!

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agordon10 said...

super parachute party is awesome

Dianneo said...

I lake Catch & Stick Monster Mitts safe for boys playing indoors. Thank you for the great contest.
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mverno said...

count out loud froggy

Maja said...

See-through stories for my son

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Maja said...

subscriber

Becca said...

My sister is great about sending hand-made birthday cards, so I think the My Card Kit would be a fun project for she and her toddler son to do together.
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peg42 said...

I love the Learn To Dress Monkey. So adorable! Thank you so much for this giveaway.

clenna said...

I would love to give the Hold It All - Fish to my grand daughter so whe can keep her toys organized in the tub.
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Dee said...

I like the Car Valet! Thanks for the chance!

Dee said...

I subscribe!

Veronica said...

There are so many wonderful things to choose from, but I particularly love the learn to dress monkey. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Gianna said...

I love the In My Kitchen :)

Shannon said...

I like the car valet.

Tanya W. said...

I like the Ez Weavy Totebag!

judybrittle said...

I like the It's A Match game. Thats really a great game and they use food related items on their matching cards. Thank you so much!
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judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
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jenny said...

wow i love to win this and weill i like to get the tin tea set and i give it to my little one to use with her toy kiction. thanks

katy said...

There are a lot of neat toys I think Rylee would like. I like the Zoominoes; I think that would be fun for us.

Dree said...

My niece would love the "My Playhouse".

Dree said...

I'm a subscriber. :-)

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

My Daughter would Love the Sticker Factory!

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I am a subscriber!

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drming said...

My Grandson would love the Completer Cook Set

gibson777 said...

the complete cook set would be nice for my niece

sweetsue said...

I would love to give my two year old granddaughter the Goldilocks & The Three Bears Finger Puppet Set-it's one of her favorite stories!

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sweetsue said...

I'm subscribed!

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Alexia said...

We're buying the boys a play kitchen for Christmas and I'd love to get the Kid's Cooking Set to go along with it!

Skywaywaver said...

I like the Hold it All Whale and Fish for all of those bath toys. I would give this to hubby as a joke, since he is going insane with all of the stuff in the tub. ;)
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tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I like the Busy Bee Discovery Flower for my daughter. Thank you!
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pipasmom said...

I love the Jungle Croquet and the Monkey Balancing Board. I ordered the Alex Toys Parking Garage for my son for Christmas and I can't wait until he opens it!
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Cherie J said...

I love the Super Art Table With Paper Roll. Thanks for the contest!

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Cjnedrow said...

I like the Learn to Dress Monkey!
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Shelly said...

Paint A Pinwheel looks like fun

Shelly said...

I am a subscriber

kdkdkd said...

the Monkey Balance Board is my boys kind of toy. Those puzzles look wonderful and I love the art supplies at that site!

Teresa690 said...

My five year old daughter would love the Color a Messenger bag in the crafts area. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Becca Ann said...

I like the My Collage Farm!

Sharon said...

I LOVE the Hold It All Whale...great item...thanks for entry!

Sharon said...

am subscribed. thanks again!

Jenna said...

I like the craft kit. It is perfect for my nieces who are ages 2 and 4. I am sure they would both enjoy getting this for christmas!

gkstratos said...

The Deluxe Cooking Set is very cool
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Andrea said...

I'm liking the art studio with easel. Cool... my son is really getting into that stuff. =)

Andrea said...

Your button is on my site.

Karen said...

My son would love any of the items.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

cstironkat said...

Holt the fort builder would love Pirate Pop-Up Tent Play Set. This would keep him occupied for hours. Thank you.

M.A. said...

What an honor it would be to give some special little someones the Super Art Table With Paper Roll.

Jenny said...

My daughter would love the water shakers!

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Jenny said...

You are in my feed list on my blog!

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Amanda said...

I like the playhouse. It looks really great.

- Marybeth I. said...

Color A Messenger Bag - that is so cute!

- Marybeth I. said...

your button is on my sidebar and you are on my blogroll for extra entry

littlelatina said...

my oldest would love the super baking set and my youngest would love around the farm

poodlemom said...

In my kitchen and around the farm would be great for my granddaughter! Thank you!

caseydeuce said...

I love jiggly piggly for my son and the deluxe cooking set for my daughter!

caseydeuce said...

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TheAngelForever said...

I love the Learn to Dress Monkey. It would be great for my little guy to help with his fine motor development. Thanks for the great giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

I subscribe to your feed in my Google Reader :)

Lisa said...

My Art Desk for my daughter

nancy said...

The Deluxe Pottery Wheel would be a fabulous xmas gift!

Kari said...

I think the the Monkey Balance Board looks really cool!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!

Brooke Lorren said...

I'd like to get a Simply Needlepoint kit for dd.

Christine said...

We love Alex toys. Our current favorite is the Pirates in the Tub set. My son has the best time playing with this set!

Michele said...

The Color and Cuddle Washable Pony is a great idea! I can see lots of kids really having fun with that.

Thanks so much!!
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Michele said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks so much!!
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amy said...

I like My Giant Busy Box and My Creative Center


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jnmacdonald said...

The Funny Bunny blocks would be a great gift for my daughter.

Betty N said...

I think my 3 year old grandson would like the ABC zoo. He knows some of his letters and I think he would also enjoy playing with the animals.

Kandyland29 said...

Love the Alex Kitchen set!

rosannepm said...

The Giant Busy Box and the Deluxe Cooking Set

Erica said...

I would love to get the Busy Bee Discovery Flower for my sister!

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Rebecca said...

I would love to give my kids the Tub Tunes Symphony. They love to take baths together and with three insruments there would be one for each of them, so no fighting! Which is really a gift for me, LOL!
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bison61 said...

the boys would like the Shaving In The Tub

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silverhartgirl said...

My son would love My First Words for christmas

Julie D said...

I like the parking garage and the hopscotch mat.

Julie D said...

I have your button on my blog.

Tamara said...

Learn To Dress Monkey and My Giant Busy Book wold keep my grandson busy for hours.
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Tamara said...

I am a subscriber.
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Casey Becher said...

my son would love the parking garage!

kristilb19 said...

Hold It All - Whale is sooo cute! I'd love to win! It would help me out so much for Christmas!
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Brimful Curiosities said...

We need new bath toys. The Water Drums look fun.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I subscribe.

Sarah said...

I love the rainbow rollers! That mat is amazing, too.

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Anonymous said...

I like to do crafts so the "go paint a kite" craft.

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Chelle said...

Wow, so many good toys there! I love those puzzles!

I also really liked their finger puppets and the tea/kitchen sets!

Great contest! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jessica said...

My fave is Bubble Beater With Bubbles

TRACI DENNIS said...

I really want this for my children,im a single mom and its a little hard!

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Kat said...

the sea creature tub grippers are on their way to my house!!

janetfaye said...

I would like Pirate Pop-Up Tent Play Set for my grandson.

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

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walters123 said...

I like the super art table with a paper roll.

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walters123 said...

I am a subscriber

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justicecw said...

I would love to get the floor standing theatre for my son! Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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Leane said...

I would LUV to give my son the Giant Floor Puzzle--farm. This looks very fun and educational. Great giveaway from a great site! thanks

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Jill said...

The giant floor puzzle looks fun-and you can never go wrong with the supersoft dough, thanks!

Jill said...

I'm a subscriber, thanks

Ashley said...

I like the craft kit for my family!
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caseykelp said...

i like the Hold It All - Fish from bath toys...thank you for the giveaway

caseykelp said...

i am a subscriber

noreen said...

deluxe cooking set would be perfect for both my girls

vboackle said...

the giant busy box.

ky2here said...

I really like 'draw like a pro',

Julie said...

I really like the Wooden Stringing Sets - String A Farm.



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Ashley said...

I love, love, LOVE the Learn to Dress Monkey!

Stacy said...

The ABC Zoo looks super cute.

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JulieB said...

I'd get the rub-a-dub Fairies in the Tub bath set for my daughter - oh, the fun she'd have with this!

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Homemaker said...

The "Count Out Loud Froggy" bath toy looks fun! My son is just learning to count and this would be a great learning tool while he is having fun!

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Ardy22 said...

My little one would have fun with the Completer Cook Set

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Anonymous said...

Love the creative center!

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Anonymous said...

I am an email subscriber.

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Buki Family said...

the monkey balance board looks fun!

yellowlabs said...

My Art Desk

ellen cunningham said...

I like the color and cuddle washable doll. Thanks for the chance.

klp1965 said...

i subscribed

klp1965 said...

i love the Hold It All - Fish
USD$ 13.99

wwe11 said...

I love the Craft Kit. Thanks for the chance to win.
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Steph said...

My favorite is the Jungle Croquet.

dvice said...

I like the My Playhouse

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Car Valet!

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Lisa said...

I love the Squirters For The Tub - On The Go.

Lisa said...

I am a subscriber.

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