Giveaway: Beka Wooden Building Blocks $96 ARV {8.1; Cont. US} CLOSED

July 1st, 2011 by Dionna | 258 Comments
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This is a joint giveaway with Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Why We Love Heirloom Wooden Toys!

If you can believe it, Kieran has never had a set of wooden blocks. I mean, he did have some of those cheapy little alphabet blocks, but those don’t count. I have been drooling over real wooden blocks, but so far they haven’t been high up on my purchasing priority list. So I was in just a little bit of heaven when Kitty from HeirloomWoodenToys.com asked me if I’d like to choose something to review from her store.

Would I?! I held my breath and hoped she’d approve my request for the 36 piece Beka Wooden Unit Building Blocks, and she did! And I’m even more excited that we are going to giveaway another set to one of my readers.

When it comes to toys, I am that parent – you know, the one who requests no plastic/battery operated toys, the one who was ecstatic when my sister adopted a sea turtle in my our name for Christmas (instead of buying said plastic/battery operated toys), you get the picture.1 I’ve tried to invest in toys that are safe for Kieran and kind to the environment, so these blocks from Heirloom Wooden Toys are perfect.

The owners of Heirloom Wooden Toys “believe that children thrive when they play with simple, earth-friendly toys that inspire the imagination and spark long sessions of creative play.” Heirloom Wooden Toys is a family-owned business, and they enjoy providing natural toys to help limit children’s exposure to toxic chemicals, while helping them connect with nature and develop their own sense of play at the same time.

The husband-wife owners, Kitty and Alan, are also believers in other aspects of attachment parenting/natural family living – Kitty has even written about her own journey breastfeeding into toddlerhood here at Code Name: Mama!

Why We Wish We Had an Unlimited Beka Blocks Fund!

You want to know my main complaint about the 36 piece Beka Wooden Unit Building Blocks? There aren’t enough! I mean, there are enough for Kieran to build and create and use his imagination. But we want more!

Since we opened the blocks up last week, he’s used them to build cities (and even more fun, knock them down), build a pirate ship, build a castle (for his *cough cough* plastic knights and castle accoutrement), play a pretend game of Mario Brothers,2 and the list goes on. He’s played creatively both by himself and with a parent. He really is at a great age (at three years old) for getting into blocks.

Thanks to Tom, I have a super cute video of Kieran playing with his blocks. It’s a must-see, if only because the soundtrack is Kieran humming, plus you can see a 3 year old and a 33 year old using wooden blocks to play Mario Brothers. Classic.

The blocks are sturdy, solid and beautifully made. They are smooth, with rounded edges and no artificial finish. I can tell that they will last for years – if not generations. The blocks are made from natural hard maple in Minnesota. They are quite heavy – even with only 36 blocks, the container we have them in is fairly difficult for a young child to drag very far. You’ll need to either keep them accessible or have an adult get them out and put them away.

In all seriousness, I do wish that the blocks were more affordable. $96 is a lot to spend on 36 blocks when you have a limited toy budget. For a family who usually gets toys from thrift stores or garage sales, the price does make me do a double take. But they are obviously well-constructed, and if they do last for generations, they are a great investment. (And keep reading – Code Name: Mama readers can use a 10% discount code for the duration of this giveaway!)

BUY IT!

You can find Beka Wooden Building Blocks (in sets of 30, 36, and 68) and many more natural toys on the Heirloom Wooden Toys website.

And just for Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network readers, Heirloom Wooden Toys is giving a 10% discount on all orders from now through August 1, 2011. Enter code CODEMAMA during the ordering process.

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a set of 36 Beka Wooden Building Blocks, enter in the comments below! Contest is open to the continental United States only. (Our apologies international readers!)

REQUIRED ENTRY: Visit Heirloom Wooden Toys and tell us about one of their other products that you like and why.

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

This is a joint giveaway between Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only, and we’ll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do check out and enjoy both sites!

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so we can count them all):

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RULES:

  • Contest open to United States and Canada street mailing addresses only.
  • Contestants may enter at either CodeNameMama.com or NaturalParentsNetwork.com, but not both. Entries will be combined for the drawing of a single winner.
  • Leave each entry as a separate comment so we can count them all.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let us know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first required one.
  • We will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let me know: CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com

Contest closes August 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a set of 36 Beka Wooden Building Blocks for this review/giveaway. For our giveaways, we try to seek out only products we think you would find relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent. If we don’t like a product, we won’t be recommending it to you.

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Dionna, the reviewer of the Beka Wooden Building Blocks, blogs about natural parenting at Code Name: Mama and is also the cofounder of Natural Parents Network and NursingFreedom.org.

  1. This does not mean, of course, that we’ve managed to keep Kieran’s toys plastic-free. Far from it. But we do try!
  2. Kieran is limited to no more than 45 minutes of Wii a day – if it’s a Wii day – and so he enjoys “playing” Mario even without the actual game.

258 Responses to:
"Giveaway: Beka Wooden Building Blocks $96 ARV {8.1; Cont. US} CLOSED"

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  5. Abigail

    What a fantastic site– EVERYTHING looks awesome! I think the rocking boat looks like a lot of fun for my two boys. Also really like the kitchen set, since my older boy likes to play house and help out in the kitchen. I also think the pull-along snail sorter would be right up my kids’ alley.

    I recently purged out almost all our plastic toys, and have been building up the stock of natural-material toys. Like you, I have to do a lot of thrift store searching, though. Would love to win this block set!

  6. violetsouffle   violetsouffle

    Have longed for a learning tower for two years, and LOVE the wooden tea set. Those blocks are gorgeous but holy expensive!

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  10. Ida Mae   treeswillbend

    How to choose just one thing?? I am going to go with the Marvel Kitchen Island! Great site, but phew! pricey.

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  18. I LOVE the Deluxe Let’s Cook Kitchen. It looks like everything I want for H & P and I know they would absolutely love it! (They’d love the blocks too of course… :) )

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  22. Wow, what a great giveaway. I’ve been wanting a set of blocks like these for my daughter, but it hasn’t happened yet. Another item on the Heirloom site that is great is the wooden balance bike. Those bikes are an amazing first step into bike riding- the kids I used to nanny for had one and I was immediately struck with how it made more sense to learn to balance first and pedal later.

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