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. Posted “Like” on both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook!

  2. My favorite thing to play with as a child was a giant chalkboard that used to be in a classroom. My sister and I would play “school” for hours on end and since I was the oldest I always got to be the teacher 🙂

  3. My favorite toy as a kid was the game of Operations because I always wanted to be a doctor! Well, in a way, that came true as I am a Mom of 3 boys and I am always fixing “Boo-boo’s”!
    This is an awesome giveaway! My 3 boys would love it!!!
    Liked “Simple Mom” on FB!

  4. Favourite toys were always Lego. I played with my brothers.

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

  6. The big tree in our yard was my favorite ” toy”. I loved to climb it

  7. I have never seen these toys before, look like great fun times

  8. My favorite childhood toy was Lincoln logs!

  9. My favorite toy was my dolls. Thank you for the chance to win.

  10. I also like SImple Mom on FB!

  11. GI Joe!!

  12. One of my favorites was my Holly Hobby Doll!

  13. Chatty Cathy — now doesn’t that date me! But my grandsons would love these giveaways.

  14. Kristin Lambert says:

    Playing mama to my baby dolls is what I remember loving the most. 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. I loved playing school/house with my stuffed animals.

  16. I like you on FB

  17. I would have to say that my favorite play thing was a record player and lots of little records. My sisters and I would act things out to the songs and would listen for hours.

  18. Kristin Lambert says:

    I like both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook!

  19. Hot wheels and logos! Even though we had babies, we played city for hours!

  20. Beanie Babies

  21. My favorite toy to play with was my bike. We would roam the neighborhood for hours finding all kinds of things to do.

  22. I loved the Sunshine Family dolls and the huge doll house that my mom made me from cardboard boxes!

  23. Barbies or dolls.

  24. When I was little my favorite toys were the old school fisher price little people.

  25. Funny enough, my favourite toy was one of these marble runs (not nearly as nice though!). My siblings and I could play with it for HOURS – so happy to see stuff like this back on shelves!

  26. My favorite toys were Barbies and Little People.

  27. I like Hearthsong on face book, and you were already a favourite 🙂

  28. As a kid I remember my sisters and I riding our big wheels down a big hill in the front yard over and over.

  29. I loved my dolls and barbies.

  30. Like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook

  31. I like both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook!

  32. My brothers and I played with Lincoln Logs over and over. Other than that we had board games and I had an eight inch doll. We didn’t have many toys growing up in the 50’s.

  33. I liked Hearthsong on Facebook & already liked you!

  34. Loved my Barbie Dreamhouse 🙂

  35. My favorite playthings were definitely my Breyer horses. I used them in ALL my games, and even took them outside and built barns and forts for them. Yeah, I was a bit obsessed with horses.

  36. I “liked” both your page and hearthsong’s on Facebook!

  37. My sister and I just loved to play with Legos when we were small! 🙂

  38. I like you both on facebook! Katy A.

  39. Stephanie Burnell says:

    Play-doh was a favorite and my mom would let us use many kitchen items to be creative. We could set up entire worlds we had imagined at our long table.

  40. Boardgames and art supplies were my favorite toys when I was little.

  41. I loved my barbies – it was such fun to dress them up!

  42. i loved my doll. she was huge with blonde hair….that i uh….cut off into a buzz at some point. but i loved her!

  43. my favorite, my toy horses!

  44. Stephanie Burnell says:

    Liked both on FB. Not sure how I missed you there, I follow on twitter. Now I have you both places.

  45. liked simple mom on facebook! not sure why i haven’t done that until now:)

  46. Dolls were my favorite gifts. Some years it was Barbie, some years it was Cabbage Patch. My son would LOVE this marble run!

  47. My play kitchen!

  48. “like” you both !

  49. My favorite toys were the girly dolls and tea sets. . . and things that weren’t toys like trees, books, crayons. . .

  50. might sound sad now…but it was pee-wee’s play house, but really it was where all my barbies lived. 🙂

  51. My favorite toy was probably the tape recorder with microphone. I recorded hours of myself doing news and weather reports and I loved to hear the sound of my own voice amplified in the speakers. 🙂

  52. I loved playing school with my cabbage patch dolls! I had an old chalkboard propped up against a chair and the dolls all lined up for their lessons!

  53. And I liked SimpleMom and Hearthsong on FB, too! That marble run looks so cool for my son!

  54. “Liked” Hearthsong on Facebook – Already “liked” Simplemom. . . 🙂

  55. Liked simple mom and hearth song on FB!

  56. My dolls, which I brought into trees.

  57. Loved to play with LEGOs and Barbie. Also, loved playing house with my little sister. Never had a marble run but ALWAYS wanted one. It looks so c!ool

  58. Like and liked on facebook!

  59. my fav toy was a stuffed monkey.

  60. I love playing with dolls.

  61. Making forts with bales of hay in our barn. Or, the dress-up box!

  62. I loved anything my older sister loved, since she was so cool! Play doh and dress up clothes were our favorites.

  63. When I was a kid I loved playing with my dolls! Thanks!

  64. Loved Tinkertoys. I kept them in my Dad’s old briefcase!

  65. My favorite toy would be the bike I got in the 3rd grade. Never will forget it.

  66. I loved Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys as a kid. I also liked to play house and playing with my mini wooden kitchen.

  67. I liked on facebook!

  68. I love companies that are committed to letting kids be kids but in an age appropriate way! Thanks for bringing our attention to this company. My favorite play toy as a child was my plastic toy kitchen. I would play “restaurant” for hours and hours on end!

  69. My favorite toy were all my older sister’s Barbies!

  70. I loved playing with playdough (and still do!) and Mr. Mouth – so much fun. We love Hearthsong too, thanks for the great opportunity!

  71. Just ‘liked’ both FB pages. I follow your RSS & didn’t realize you have a FB page too. That’s great, thanks!

  72. I had lots of favorites, but if I had to pick just one, probably my American Girl doll.

  73. I loved Barbies and my Barbie Dreamhouse. I also remember playing outside a lot. We had an awesome playhouse, a trampoline, a swingset, bikes—you name it! We loved being outside.

  74. I love Hearthsong too! The toys they carry are so much better than what you find in the big box stores.

    My favorite toy growing up was….I can’t say that I really had a favorite toy as I loved playing outside!

  75. Valerie D. says:

    Matchbox cars! 🙂

  76. My favorites were Barbies and arranging the furniture in the doll house my grandfather made.

  77. My favorite toy was my dolls!

  78. Someone else mentioned it, but I also loved my Weebles. We had a very cool Weeble treehouse with a little swing for the Weebles that we played with incessantly…my mother swears she still has it in the attic somewhere, but she hasn’t been able to locate it. I sure would love to see that thing again!

  79. I actually remember having a marble run as a kid that I loved! I was looking at the Discovery Toy one, but may have to switch to Hearthsong!

  80. I loved Legos. (They were my brothers.) We had soooo much fun together!

  81. My favorite “play thing” (if this counts) was my sister! She and I could play make believe for hours.

  82. I still have my favorite, a stuffed dog – I wanted a real one.

  83. I loved my cabbage Patch doll, I still have it today 🙂
    I also loved to color in coloring books.

  84. We loved Fisher Price people! Not the big chunky ones you get now, the small wood or plastic ones. Played with them everyday!

  85. I was a book nut, but I also loved my teddy bear, Honey… enough that she came to college with me! 🙂

  86. christina.vd says:

    My favourite toy was less of a toy than household objects (an old rusty pipe, a bag of beans) that I dressed up or incorporated into my make-believe stories. What can I say, I have a vivid imagination…

  87. liked hearthsong on FB, already like you 😉

  88. My holly hobby doll.

  89. I had an old Barbie townhouse from a neighbor. I would play with it for hours. I loved that it had an elevator!

  90. My favorite plaything was my doll. A Madam Alexander doll I got for Christmas when I turned 5. We also liked tinker toys and legos.

  91. I liked you and Hearthsong on Facebook. 🙂

  92. Oh, I adored my Little people schoolhouse. It even had a little bell that rang. I still remember the hours I played with that!

  93. Steph sutton says:

    I loved to play with cabbage patch dolls and the care bears. 🙂

  94. Cabbage patch kids! 🙂

  95. I like you both on facebook.

  96. I remember getting a bike for Christmas and riding it all over the neighborhood.

  97. I remember I used to spend hours playing “store” with my cardboard food stand and fake food 🙂

  98. Weeble woobles. It was a grocery store. Lovedit till my mom made me give it to a poor kid and made me play with her with it. I just sat and cried.

  99. Probably our Barbies. My sister and I had a small collection of them, and we played with them everyday! Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. I like simple mom on facebook.