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. I had a marble machine that I loved!

  2. Oh my gosh, I had a set of “connectagons” when I was a kid (although I don’t know what they were called then– certainly nothing that snappy)! I loved those things, but most of play time was spent with stuffed animals and rubber stamps.

  3. As a child, I loved playing Anne of Green Gables with my sisters! That, and house…so I loved playing with dolls and dress up clothes!

  4. I like you both on fb.

  5. I like both on Facebook.

  6. The only thing I have vivid memories of playing with would be my Barbies.

  7. Favourite play things as a kid would’ve probably been my Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kid. I would also love playing with other kids Playmobil…

  8. i liked playing with legos and my cabbage patch preemie.

  9. My favorite thing to play with was my dollhouse. My friend and I would play with it for hours. I just got it out of the attic for my girls to play with.

  10. I was a book reader!

  11. I liked both pages on facebook.

  12. I loved books like the littles and the borrowers. I liked to make minature versions of things out of found objects.

  13. Cabbage patch kid dolls!

  14. I just liked Hearthsong on Facebook. I already liked you.

  15. My Barbie dolls.

  16. Okay…I am going to totally date myself…but I loved my Ms. Beasley doll. She is still in my attic!

  17. Sharon Kruk says:

    I loved my Cabbage Patch dolls when I was growing up. Endless hours of fun!

  18. Liked you both on facebook!!

  19. Caroline Cebula says:

    Had to be myu Barbie’s, for Christmas one year, my mom sewed a entire wardrobe for our Barbie’s, made furniture and let’s not forget that they drove a TONKA jeep, much better for beach outings than a pink RV 😉

  20. My favorite plaything(s) was a play kitchen….along with the accompanying dishes, play food, etc.

  21. I seriously loved My Little Ponies.

  22. And I liked Hearthsong and Simple Mom on FB.

  23. Loved my cabbage patch doll.

  24. Kristy Boyd says:

    I had a great dollhouse growing up and had a blast playing with that for years.

  25. Cristi Gray says:

    My kids would love these toys! I liked both on facebook.

    By the way, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Organized Simplicity! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

  26. My doll house.

  27. My favorite toy as a child was a raggedy anne doll that was just as tall as me.

  28. I was a Barbie girl!

  29. Sharon Kruk says:

    Liked both pages on Facebook…thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. I loooooved my Lite Brite for a long time, that thing was amazing!

  31. Jennifer H. says:

    Lots to choose from, but I think my favorite was the Old-School Little People house.

  32. I “liked” both of you on facebook!

  33. I don’t remember a certain toy, but I do remember turning my whole room into a fort with blankets and sheets!

  34. I was a play-in-the-woods kid. But I also loved marbles and my bike. What a great giveaway. Fingers crossed!

  35. My favorite thing to play with when I was young were my Sunshine Family dolls. They were so real, and I loved the sandals they wore, their 1970’s clothes, their camping set. They were great for imaginative play and I built houses for them out of blocks, played with them in the yard, and took them on trips. I am pretty sure they are out of production, but I wonder if I could find mine in my mom’s basement? 🙂

  36. I like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on FB. Have long liked both in real life, too. 🙂

  37. My favorite was play doh.

  38. I loved my Barbie dolls.

  39. My favorite thing to play with as a kid was my log cabin playhouse. My little sister and I practically lived in that thing!

  40. My favorite plaything as a child was Barbies. I’m not a huge fan of them now, though!

  41. I just “liked” Hearthsong on FB, and I already “liked” Simple Mom!

  42. I “Liked” Simple Mom and Hearthsong on FB!

  43. I always love3d Lincoln Logs and tinkertoys! Thankfully, my kids do to!

  44. I LOVED legos, and I would play with them for hours and hours.

  45. Our radio flyer red wagon. So fun!!

  46. I already liked Simple Mom on FB and I just liked Hearthsong.

  47. I ‘liked’ both simple mom (long ago) and hearthsong (today) on facebook.

  48. I had a set of Connectagons that I loved! But my absolute favorite toy was probably a toss up between a big set of wooden blocks that we had, or our big set of Duplo — I loved building stuff with either of those.

  49. I already liked Simple Mom on FB, but I just went and liked Hearthsong too!

  50. My favorite toys (other than books) were tinker toys and little people – my brother and i would set up a whole village and play

  51. My daughter has been begging for some Connectagons! As a child I loved making clothing for dolls and playing school.

  52. I now like both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook

  53. it’s funny, we used to get the Hearthsong catalog when I was a kid and I always loved looking through it. I got a set of tiny wood-sprite dolls and loved them for years! (They’re probably still in a box somewhere). That and Legos were favorites of mine. 🙂

  54. Probably my Cabbage Patch doll!

  55. Just liked you both on FB!

  56. I used connectagons once at a friend’s house- so fun. I didn’t know what they were called, and I really wanted to get them for our son. I’m so glad I saw this post!

  57. LEGOs and my bike 🙂

  58. I like both you & Hearthsong on fb

  59. My favorite plaything as a child were my dress-up clothes!

  60. Favorite toy was light bright 🙂

  61. Christina P says:

    We had a set of marble works that we loved! I’m sure the Vortex would be a hit. Also, does anything really beat legos?! Love them, too!

  62. My favorite toy was DEFINITELY my American Girl doll, Kirsten Larson!!! Whenever a girl turned 9 in our family (there were six of us girls, only 2 boys …) she would get her own American Girl doll that following Christmas. I remember agonizing over the catalog determining which one I loved best! I think there were only five dolls at that time: Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, and Molly. But I just loved the coziness of Kirsten’s cabin and her little Swedish furniture! My doll fell apart many, many times and visited numerous doll hospitals, including the American Girl one … Sadly they have just recently discontinued the Kirsten doll, but just before they discontinued her I sent mine in for a revamp and now she is as sparkly and shiny as new! (My husband thinks she is creepy …)

  63. Megan Miller says:

    Tinker Toys were my favorite as a kid! And Barbie.

  64. Nicole Dufendach says:

    Nerdy answer, my favorite playthings as a child were books. Second, my American Girl doll!

  65. Megan Miller says:

    Also, I liked you both on FB!

  66. liked hearthsong and simplemom on facebook

  67. I loved cabbage patch dolls when I was little.

  68. Just visited your Facebook page and *liked* it! Thanks for posting this giveaway …. 🙂

  69. My favorite toys when I was little were dolls!

  70. I loved playing outside, building elaborate forts or miniture cities or sandbox or swingset. Wait, I still love playing outside!

  71. the doll house my Dad built for me, which my own girls play with whenever we visit grandma and grandpa!

  72. I have liked both Simple Mom and Hearthsong on Facebook.

  73. I remember playing with My Little Pony a lot when I was little….

  74. Denise Cinnamond says:

    I liked my Strawberry Shortcake and Cabbage Patch dolls.

  75. I “like” Hearthsong and Simple Mom on Facebook!

  76. My favorite play thing was probably dolls… we loved to play school with them.

  77. I’m a Simple Mom and Hearthsong fan on FB.

  78. Denise Cinnamond says:

    I already liked Simple Mom and know like HearthSong on FB 🙂

  79. My dolls from baby dolls to Barbie.

  80. I like Hearthsong and Simple Mom on facebook!

  81. D'Lynne Esplin says:

    My favorite toy was my cabbage patch doll. I named her Misty. She might have already had a name, but to me, she was Misty. I have “liked the page HearthSong on facebook and simplemom. Thanks

  82. Jennifer Berg says:

    I loved lincoln logs when I was a kid

  83. I like Simple Mom & Hearthsong on FB.

  84. Jennifer Berg says:

    I liked both Simple Moms and Hearthsong on Facebook

  85. I had a marble run by Discovery as a kid and it was the most amazing thing ever, no joke. My mom still has it after several moves (Dad was military) because she knows I’ll want my kids to be able to play with it some day. We spent hours designing new tracks and testing them.

  86. Definitely dolls! Especially my Fisher Price Mandy & Jenny dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids! I would get up extra early on Christmas morning to have a Christmas for them!

  87. My favorite was definitely Legos!

  88. My favorite toys as a child were my strawberry shortcake dolls. They were fun for imaginative play and small enough to take with me to Grandma’s! 🙂

  89. I used to love a box of cloth I could dress up in.

  90. I like Simple Mom and Hearthsong on FB

  91. I have liked both on facebook.

  92. Any type of art or craft supplies. I could spend endless hours working on projects.

  93. I loved my Cabbage Patch doll, Stella.

  94. Hanna DeMaster says:

    My closest friend was my Rainbow Brite doll.

  95. I loved reading when I was a child, but my husband would answer this with a loud DOMINO RALLY. He just found a vintage glow-in-the-dark one on Etsy. He’s over the moon.

  96. Hanna DeMaster says:

    I like SimpleMom and Hearthsong on Facebook.

  97. I loved my barbies.

  98. Like you both on FB.

  99. I loved my barbies. I made furniture out of whatever I could find in the house like checkbook boxes for beds, etc. When I was younger the pots and pans and silverware entertained me on the kitchen floor while Mom worked in the kitchen.

  100. LiteBrite, and Legos, back when Legos were just bricks, not fancy sets! 🙂