Giveaway: Vortex Marble Run & Connectagons from Hearthsong

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I‘m back for another Home for the Holidays giveaway! We’ve got 15 giveaways across the entire network this week—all great gift ideas, perfect for the holidays.

So last year I was psyched to give my daughter a dollhouse as one of our giveaway items. This year, it’s the boys’ turn! I can’t wait to see their faces when they open this on Christmas:

This is a serious marble run. Specifically, it’s a Vortex Glow-in-the-Dark Marble Run from Hearthsong. This will be Reed’s main Christmas gift this year!

Not only that, Hearthsong is also including Connectagons in today’s giveaway:

These are going to Tate for Christmas—the girl loves to build things, so I know she’ll love them.

Together, these two items total a prize package of $100!

Learn more about these toys and how to win them.

So our marble run review took place at night, after the kids were in bed. We can’t spoil the surprise.

Needless to say, Kyle was happy to help with the review.

We both had a ball playing with this thing. It’s sturdy, easy to assemble, and limitless. It inherently fosters open-ended, creative play—my favorite kind of play.

Now, I wasn’t sure about the quality before it arrived in the mail, because I prefer wooden toys. But this marble run really is quality-made and sturdy. It’ll last us a long time, and our kids play with toys hard. Plus, I like that the sound effects are optional (I have a serious aversion to sound-making toys)—simply don’t include the batteries.

I’m also psyched to have a set of Connectagons in the house! My niece and nephew have a set of these, and my kids love playing with them when we visit. They also foster open-ended play because you can build anything with them—the only limit is creativity. Knowing Tate, she’ll probably be building a house or farm on Christmas morning.

I adore Hearthsong (really!) because they’re adamant about providing children with age-appropriate, wholesome, quality playthings. They care about kids being kids. You won’t find any icky toys here, and I love supporting a business that provides quality, family-friendly products at decent prices. Win! I’ll gladly point relatives to Hearthsong when they need gift ideas.

One Simple Mom reader will win a Vortex Glow-in-the-Dark Marble Run and set of Connectagons from Hearthsong!

How to win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: What was your favorite plaything when you were a child? (If you’re reading this via email, you need to click over and leave a comment on the post itself.)

2. For an extra entry, “like” both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook. Then come back here and leave an additional comment letting me know! (You don’t need to leave a comment on Facebook.)

This giveaway will end tomorrow, Thursday, December 1. I hope you win!  We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week.

Enter today’s other Home for the Holidays giveaways:

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. weeble wobbles (the old kind with the paper face inside the plastic shell).

  2. my american girl doll, molly

  3. I loved playing house, so my favorite toys were my dolls, tea sets and cooking sets.

  4. I had a baby doll and when you squeezed her stomach she made a sound like she was crying when the air came back in!

  5. I “liked” the Simple Mom and Hearthsong Facebook pages.

  6. I liked Hearthsong and I already like you on FB

  7. My cabbage patch kid doll, Maya Abby…Named my daughter after her but changed the middle name. Had lots of lonely and sad days as a kid. She was my comfort.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I have wonderful memories playing with LEGOs with my sisters growing up.

  9. My favorite past time was playing house and school as a child…sigh…

  10. I like ya on FB! Woo-Hoo!

  11. Most likely my doll house full of barbies. 🙂

  12. And now I like Hearthsong!

  13. My favorite play thing was a doll (Lil Miss Makeup) that my sister and I had to share because my parents couldn’t afford two. We never faught over it because we knew how lucky we were to have one to play with.

  14. I always liked Legos as a kid.

  15. Fav toy… Lincoln logs!

  16. When my siblings and I were ages 6-12, we all used to throw my aunt’s hand-me-down 45s onto our Winnie the Pooh record player. This was located in our unfinished basement, where we would “roller derby” around the loop on our key roller skates. What else were we to do in the 70s??? 😛

  17. Favorite plaything as a child? Well, I really liked dressing up the cat. She didn’t care for that so much though…. Other than her, I’d have to say my cabbage patch kids. Loved them.

  18. Liked Simple Mom and Hearthsong and Facebook.

    Thanks Tsh!

  19. Karina Savelio says:

    I like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on FB

  20. I loved my teddy bear that wore the cutest little pink sweater! 🙂

  21. My favorite toy as a kid was a building set like Legos that Sears made called Brix Blox. We had 3-4 sets combined which filled a huge bucket and we could make almost whatever we wanted. I loved them!

  22. And I “like” both hearthsong and simple mom on Facebook.

  23. I like both of you on facebook!

  24. …I like Simple Mom and Hearth Song on Facebook!

  25. My little ponies! Yipee!

  26. Liked both on FB!

  27. Anne napieralski says:

    My doll, Mandy. But any doll would do in a pinch:-)

  28. Sandy White says:

    I remember one time when my dad brought home some big boxes. We connected them together and made a huge playhouse.

  29. I liked both on FB:-)

  30. I loved playing with my brother’s legos when I was a kid. Open-ended toys are the best!

  31. I had a stuffed dog named Jogger when I was a little girl.I absolutely adored him. I named him that because he was a gray Boxer that was wearing a jogging suit, lol!

  32. I had many many horse figurines as a kid. I read every horse book in the library!

  33. I also like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on facebook!

  34. Kimberly D says:

    Holly Hobby Colorforms and Fisher Price Record Player

  35. Susan andrews says:

    Favorite play items – my barbie pool & old school tape recorder
    ** already a fan of simple mom & hearthsong on Facebook
    Thanks so much for a chance to win!!!

  36. Kimberly D says:

    Already liked you, but liked Hearthsong on FB

  37. Amy Van Dyke says:

    I loved any and all board games! I still do! My husband and I can reconnect over a game of cards instantly. 😉

  38. I loved playing with dolls if any sort. Little strawberry shortcake type ones or regular baby dolls.

  39. Aimee Jongejan says:

    By far my favorite thing to play with as a child was my electric piano. I loved that thing! I made up so many fun songs and used to play for hours. I think my parents liked it because I could plug in the ear phones and they didn’t need to listen to my playing.

  40. I love Hearthsong! My favorite as a kid was playing board games, like Sorry and Monopoly.

  41. I loved cabbage patch dolls.

  42. I loved dolls and lining them up in our family heirloom baby bassinet.
    Thanks for a chance to win these fun toys!

  43. Aimee Jongejan says:

    I like both on facebook. Oh, and to add to my last comment, I also loved my roller skates 🙂

  44. I liked both Hearthsong and simple mom on FB

  45. My favorite play thing as a child was my wooden play kitchen that my mom hand painted for me.

  46. My favorite toy as a child was my fisher price chalkboard with stencils.

  47. Already liked Simple Mom on FB, now I like Hearthsong too! Thanks again!

  48. We loved the Muffy VanderBear dolls. My sisters and I each had one and we would spend hours playing together with them.

  49. I grew up in the country & most of my play was outside where I my imagination helped me be an astronaut or circus performer in the big maple tree or a cowgirl using my dad’s saw-horse, a burlap bag and a rope. My favorite doll was a “walking doll” with a wardrobe that included a “mink” coat.

  50. I liked Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook!

  51. Liked on fb too.

  52. My favorite was always my barbies and the barbie house. I could play with these for hours!

  53. Lauren Kappel says:

    Those two items I could dress up and play “house” with… dolls & my cat…

  54. Barbie , was my favorite .

  55. I have liked both Simple Mom and Heartsong. Thank you so much!

  56. My favourite plaything was Lego. Still is, actually!

  57. Liked both on Facebook

  58. Barbies, my two sisters and I would play for hours!

  59. I loved my Lincoln Logs when I was a kid!

  60. I loved Tinkertoys when I was a kid.

  61. Awesome! I was a stuffed animal girl!

  62. I liked Simple Mom and HearthSong on Facebook.

  63. We loved playing with Legos and barbies. We would even build Barbie furniture with the Legos. I think I was 14 when I finally quit “playing” with them. My grandmother collected barbies and made clothes for them and we would always get a fancy dress for our Barbie each Christmas. As for the Legos, I still get on the floor with my girls and build with them.

  64. I loved pretend play as a kid, especially anything in the kitchen!

  65. Liked both on fb as Sue Ellen’s Lilla Rose Page!

  66. I like you and hearthsong on Facebook.

  67. DeDe Smith says:

    My favorite toys were My Little Ponies and Breyer Horses! I would love to have these Connectagons for my kids!

  68. DeDe Smith says:

    I liked both on Facebook!

  69. My Grandaddy built our wooden dollhouse. You could actually lift the roof and put furniture/dolls, etc. in it how you wanted, and then replace. It had real windows with shutters!
    Loved it SO much!

  70. I liked ya both (already like you! <3)

  71. I loved stuffed animals.

  72. Sara Schmachtenberger says:

    I loved my Weebles and the Weebles Tree House. 🙂

  73. Sara Schmachtenberger says:

    I like both Simple Mom and Hearthsong. 🙂 This looks like a fun product, thanks!

  74. My Little Ponies!

  75. I loved tinker toys!

  76. It was one we had at school. It was a marble run type thing. I can’t remember what it was called but it was made of connectable tubes in primary colors and it was fun.

  77. I loved playing with Legos, my dollhouse, and Strawberry Shortcake miniatures!

  78. I loved my porcelain dolls.

  79. I remember hours of fun with a set of big cardboard “brick” blocks. My brother and I would build forts and hide from mom.

  80. Liked both on FB!

  81. facebook likes (check! and check!)
    : )

  82. I loved my Sunshine Family … a family of hippy dolls complete with a house and furniture and crafts, like macrame, that you could accessorize with. And I realize I just gave away my age by admitting this! 😉

  83. Favorite-est toy as a child–my Pianosaurus (did anyone else have these???). It came with a book so I could use the color-coded keys to read and play music. Oh the fond memories.

  84. My favorite was play food. My siblings got me toy boxes of food for my birthday one year. Definitely my favorite as a kid.

  85. Great giveaway!
    My favorite play thing was boardgames… especially the game called Trouble.

  86. I’m a LIKEr on the FB pages of Simple Mom and Hearthsong 🙂
    Hope I win 🙂

  87. My Easy Bake Oven!! So fun!

  88. My favorite plaything was my Cabbage Patch Doll – Libby Milly.

    I “liked” both Simple Mom and Hearthsong.

  89. Does my sister count? Lol. No seriously, we played dolls, blocks, dress up, rode bikes… didn’t really matter what we were doing. We did practically everything together! Our imagination was the best plaything!

  90. My favorite plaything as a child was a Madame Alexander baby doll named Elizabeth.

  91. I like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on fb!

  92. I like both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

  93. My favorite thing(s) were my barbies…by far! I seriously had to have over 100 of them, and I STILL remember most of the names I gave them!

    Thanks for hosting such awesome giveaways!

  94. I loved my Strawberry Shortcake dolls and the millions of accessories that went with them. I still have them all!

  95. I had an old record player with a tv type screen on it that you inserted a film strip and followed along to a book (LOL!) That was my favorite!

  96. My favorite was always my baby dolls.

  97. Honestly, as a kid I remember playing with a wooden marble run that my mom played with as a little child. I loved that thing. It’s the first thing my own kids run to at grandmas house. I would love something like that in my own house. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  98. I like simple mom aNnd hearthsong on FB

  99. Marbles! I had some beautiful ones too!

  100. I loved playdough the most and stikkle bricks