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Sillycone Inc. {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.
For Christmas last year, I was trying to come up with a quick, fun, inexpensive gift that my four-year-old could give to his (23!) friends at preschool.  I, of course, took to Pinterest and found the genius idea of using broken crayons to fill silicone trays and make into new crayons.  I tell you, it was meant to be — I had picked up a silicone tray with 24 Gingerbread men at a yard sale for a quarter, and who in America doesn’t have extra, old crayons that need a new life?  Everything was right there in my house, and we had a great time making these funky, mixed-colored crayons for preschool friends.
Since then, I’ve been hooked on this idea, especially for the holidays.  I found another silicone tray with hearts for Valentines’ Day and another one with leaves for the fall season and Thanksgiving.  The crayons are easy to make and are fun to give or use at home during each holidays, but they also are fun for baking or freezing ice.  (Another I’m on the hunt for a shamrock silicone tray at the thrift store tomorrow…
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Sillycone Inc. specializes in these amazing silicone trays that have won my heart, and even better they make them in educational letters, numbers, and symbols for extra learning fun.   All Sillycone trays “are FDA-tested and oven safe up to 550°, and freezer safe down to -50°. They cool within minutes of being removed from the oven, and cook with a perfect evenness every time. They are dishwasher safe, and do not retain odors or flavors even after prolonged and heavy use. Best of all, they fold easily for compact storage in a crowded kitchen.”
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We were shocked the other day to open the package and find all of the numbers, letters, and symbols to try out at our house!  We’ve already used the Letter Trays for a fun bath time activity (thanks, again, to Pinterest): food coloring frozen in water to make ice cubes to toss in the bath tub that melt and make colored water.   We love it!
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We’re excited to use the Numbers Tray in a couple of weeks for my youngest son’s 2nd birthday (already?) and for my ___ birthday (already??!).  :)  Sillycone gives great suggestions to use jello, chocolate, or wax for candle burners in any of their trays for an interesting twist.
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And, they also offer just ONE STATE in a silicone mold — Ohio!  (#Camille!)
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Sillycone Inc. is giving one of our Dandy readers a set of the Letter Trays — enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 16th, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Sillycone Inc, but all opinions are strictly my own.

The Learning Journey {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Being a parent is so much fun, but also a big responsibility!  I often feel the pressure of being the source to point fingers at when my child misbehaves, lacks manners, or becomes disruptive.  It is also exciting to be the person who beams when my child does something new and has learned a new ‘trick’, like being able to sing the ABC’s, pick out colors, and count!  I am really enjoying investing my time and energy into these little humans, and helping them learn and grow into knowledgeable people!  TLJI_logo_landscape_bg

I have been on the hunt for educational games and toys that will help me as teacher and help my son as a student to learn new things.  I can’t exactly make flash cards or sit him down to a textbook just yet, but I can introduce games and puzzles that will stretch his mind and increase his knowledge.  One such game is our new 4-in-a-box 123 puzzle from the Learning Journey.

yhst-97790102288617_2244_22558881This puzzle set is pretty fun, and has several built-in learning features.  Just like the title, this set has four different puzzles in one box.  The first puzzle that makes number 1 consists of two pieces.  The second puzzle for the number 2 is a four-piece puzzle, the third puzzle for the number 3 is a six-piece puzzle, and the last puzzle that incorporates all the numbers is an eight-piece puzzle.

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When we pulled out this puzzle for the first time, we didn’t realize that the numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 were on the back of the pieces, and we were all a bit confused as to what the numbers meant, and why the number 2 was underneath all the pieces for the “1” puzzle, and why the number 4 was underneath all the pieces for the “2” puzzle.  I think it is a confusing feature on the puzzle for very young children who are new to puzzles, but I can see how this can be developmentally appropriate as the child grows.  As their capabilities increase, more features can be explained and talked about.

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The puzzle pieces are nice and sturdy with vibrant color and no peeling edges, and just the right size for toddler hands.   The finished puzzles measure approximately 12.5in x 8.5in.  This is a perfect ‘starter’ puzzle for little minds, and I’m glad it comes in a nice box that stores the pieces.

The Learning Journey has all sorts of fun games, puzzles, and electronics.  Here are some I have my eye on:

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So many fun educational toys and games!

One lucky reader will receive their own 4-in-a-box 123 puzzle set from the Learning Journey!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, March 15th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by The Learning Journey, but all opinions are strictly my own

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