Giveaway: Glitterful Felt Stories story + travel board $22 ARV {12.1; US} CLOSED

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This is a joint giveaway with Hobo Mama Reviews 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.

WILL TRAVEL special event: I am featuring a few special travel items for review and giveaway that I was able to use on my trip with my three-year-old son and eight-year-old niece this summer. If you win, you’ll have your items in time for December holiday travel or Christmas gifts!

Glitterful Felt Stories Caps for Sale on airplane

Glitterful Felt Stories is offering our readers a giveaway of a travel flannel board and felt story of the winner’s choice!

Glitterful Felt Stories features incredible hand-crafted felt boards and story characters that are sure to spark your child’s imagination. If you remember Flannelgraph stories from childhood Sunday school classes (anyone?), this is similar in concept but in a child-usable size and child-oriented themes, generally from children’s literature or songs. The felt characters stick to the flannel board and can be rearranged at will. Felt boards make a wonderful tool to keep children engaged and happy during a long wait — such as on a trip, in a waiting room, or at a restaurant. They also make storytelling fun, because it brings the characters to life, letting you or your children “act out” the story in a tactile and visually satisfying way.

I (Lauren) actually won a Glitterful Felt Stories prize in another blog’s giveaway (thanks, Katydid and Kid!). I was so impressed with the quality and care that went into making these one-of-a-kind pieces — and of the potential for child amusement on trips — that I contacted the owner, Shelby, and asked if she’d mind if I did a giveaway on my own site as part of my travel theme. As you can see, she agreed to give the same prize I won to one of my readers!

When I received my travel board and story, I couldn’t resist opening it right away instead of waiting for our trip. This almost proved fatal (ok, not really) — it’s just that Mikko took to it so strongly I wasn’t sure he’d let me put it away until the trip! He even loves wearing the travel roll like a cape (no, truly) with the ribbons that close it tied around his shoulders, flying around the house like some sort of pirate superhero. Yes, that’s an unorthodox use of the travel board, but kids’ imaginations are priceless like that. I love when a product is open-ended enough to allow for such diverse interpretations of use!

Glitterful Felt Stories pirate travel roll

Untying the portable travel roll. We chose pirates. Arr! The exterior, when rolled, is a fun fabric, and the other side is high-quality felt. The stitching seems really solid, and the fabric feels plush. You can roll the felt pieces up in the board and tie it with the attached ribbon so you can take your stories with you! The size of our travel board is 10.5 inches by 17 inches, so a perfect lap or airplane tray size, as I can attest.

Glitterful Felt Stories checking it out
We went with
Caps for Sale as our felt story. I simply couldn’t resist, because Mikko has that book memorized and yells — no, seriously, yells! – “Caps for sale! Fifty cents a ca-aap!” the whole time you try to read it to him, which cracks me up no end.

If you’re familiar with the book, you can see Glitterful Felt really went all out on including every item you need to retell the story: the tree, the peddler, the monkeys, and all his colored hats, including his own. The only problem I have is fitting all the pieces on the travel board!

Glitterful Felt Stories putting hat on monkey
Mikko puts a hat on a monkey.

Glitterful Felt Stories putting hat on boy
I put a hat on Mikko. (I’m like that.)

Glitterful Felt Stories airplane picking out monkeys
Here Mikko is, happily playing monkeys on the plane ride.

Glitterful Felt Stories portable felt boardBesides the folding travel boards, Glitterful Felt Stories also offers wall-hanging and aluminum-backed flannel boards for use in a home or classroom (or a home classroom). They would also be great for a library story hour or playgroup. For most families, I think the patented travel boards would get the most use, because you could use them for storytime and then tuck them away; plus, you can bring them with you whenever you want a story and playtime on the go! They have some new larger-size versions if you get a character-heavy story as I did!

Here are some examples of the felt stories that Glitterful Felt Stories offers, to give you an idea of the range:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Glitterful Felt Stories
Felt stories based on beloved children’s books, such as
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom from the children’s rhyming alphabet book of the same name

Glitterful Felt Stories There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
Felt stories based on kids’ songs, such as “An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”

Glitterful Felt Stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Fairy tales and other familiar stories such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”

Glitterful Felt Stories Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Nursery rhymes like “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”, complete with mama and doctor

More strictly educational versions, such as safety and civic themes (911, fire safety, recycling):
Glitterful Felt Stories Stop, Drop & Roll Fire Safety

alphabet and number recognition:
Glitterful Felt Stories counting fun with numbers

and life cycle lessons:
Glitterful Felt Stories The Life Cycle of the Frog

And if I’m itching to relive my Flannelgraph days in earnest, there are religious and holiday-themed stories, too!
Glitterful Felt Stories Noah's Ark

They even sell cute little glove puppets to make story or song time even more interactive!
Glitterful Felt Stories Five Crazy Chickens Glove Puppet

And I thought this was a marvelous idea for young children and particularly for children with special needs who could use a visual aid for performing routine tasks. They offer Picture Learning Stories that outline the steps needed to complete a certain task, such as getting ready in the morning, going to the potty, or using good hygiene.
Glitterful Felt Stories Getting Ready in the Morning

Anyway, that should give you an idea of the wide range you’ll have trouble choosing from if you win!

BUY IT!

Glitterful Felt StoriesYou can buy any of these items online from GlitterfulFeltStories.com, FunFeltStories.com, or their Etsy shop.

Portable folding travel boards are $12 for the regular size, $14 for the larger. Aluminum and wall-hanging boards range from $14.99 to $19.99.

Felt stories generally start around $7.00 (although some are on sale for even less), and most are in the $10-$14 range, depending on complexity. Some of the felt pieces are “printed,” so the pieces are a laminated and felted drawing (that’s what our Caps for Sale ones are), and some are entirely cut out of felt and decorated with felt and glitter (hence the name!). I think they’re all pretty dang impressive and seriously cannot imagine how they manage to make and sell such a variety at such low prices. Glitterful Felt is family owned and operated by Shelby Barone, a former preschool teacher and mom to three young children, and three employees. Seriously, how do they make these custom products so fast and so professionally? It’s a mystery to me!

Shipping in the U.S. runs $9.95 for a felt board, $2 for one story and $0.50 for each additional story, plus a $1 handling fee. There is free U.S. shipping on orders over $50. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll find they often offer shipping promotions and free stories with purchase. International shipping starts at $5 for one story and $0.50 for each additional story.

WIN IT!

Glitterful Felt Stories travel board Glitterful Felt Stories Five Green and Speckled Frogs

For your own chance to win a felt story and a regular-size folding travel felt board of your choice from Glitterful Felt Stories, enter in the comments below! Contest is open to the U.S. only. (Sorry, everyone else! There are more international contests on the way, for reals.)

MAIN ENTRY: Visit Glitterful Felt Stories (or any of the other shops mentioned above) and tell us which felt story you’d love to win! I’ll warn you, it’s going to be tough to choose.

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 with Hobo Mama Reviews, the review and giveaway arm of Hobo Mama, and Natural Parents Network, a site co-founded by Lauren of Hobo Mama & Dionna of Code Name: Mama and intending to bring together those interested in attachment parenting and a natural lifestyle. 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):

RULES:

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  • Any questions, let me know: Lauren {at} NaturalParentsNetwork.com

Contest closes December 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a free Glitterful Felt Stories story
and travel board as a giveaway prize.
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Lauren blogs about natural parenting at Hobo Mama and is the cofounder of Natural Parents Network.

10 Responses to Giveaway: Glitterful Felt Stories story + travel board $22 ARV {12.1; US} CLOSED

  1. Krista

    These are so fun! I would love to have the Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom story board for my son. He looooves that book!

  2. April Manis

    I would love to win “Old Mac Donald had a farm” story board :)

  3. Krista H

    love the fish lives in the ocean one! how fun

  4. Monica

    My DD would love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

  5. Lily Shahar Kunning  

    Entry #1:
    My the story I’d like to win is Stone Soup! I loved that book as a kid and purchased it for my son when I was pregnant!
    http://www.glitterfulfeltstories.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/26323/subcatid/0/id/470088

    Entry #2: Fave travel board:
    Frogs!

    Entry #3: Hearted on etsy! (user name: lillitushahar)

    Entry #4: subbed to Natural Parents Network via email.

  6. Semi-crunchy Mama  

    I would love to have Goodnight Moon as it’s the last book we read before bed each night.

  7. MonicaYB

    LOVE them! So cute, and so hard to choose! I would probably have to go with Old McDonald Had a Farm, since my son LOVES animals, especially farm animals right now. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  8. Kelly

    Love all of these–love the number recognition a lot!

  9. Kelly

    I “liked” glitter boards on FB.

  10. Kelly

    With my ninth child on the way and a lot of traveling, we would LOVE to have a set!