Learning through Play Giveaway CLOSED

Enter to win one of 8 prize packages from companies dedicated to helping your children learn through play!

Written by NPN Reviewers on March 1st, 2014

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learning through play

Welcome to Natural Parents Network’s Learning through Play Giveaway!

“Play is . . . the way that children make the world their own, exploring, making sense of all their new experiences, and recovering from life’s upsets.” {Larry Cohen, Playful Parenting} It is also well-established that children learn through play, which is why we’ve gathered some creative and fun products and websites to share with you and your children.

The Learning through Play features nine amazing products for kids of all different ages and interests. From music lessons to exciting math games, we’re excited to introduce you to these fun tools kids can play with to relax – and learn! In total, we’re giving away products worth $738!

Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prize packages, please consider spending part of your gift-giving budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling.

Without further ado, please keep reading to learn more about each company and prize, and by sure to check out the full reviews (linked in each summary).

Happy playing, and good luck!


Prize #1: One YEAR of lessons with LearnPianoLive.com (Full Review at Code Name: Mama)


What a Lovely Sound! Children’s Book from Starr Meneely (More at Code Name: Mama)

A Combined $310 Value!

Learn Piano Live Screenshot

LearnPianoLive.com offers piano students of all ages the opportunity to have weekly live lessons with a living, breathing (and personable!) piano teacher. And not only do you get live instruction from a real teacher, but there is also time for questions and feedback during each lesson. The best part is the price – you’ll get more lessons per month from the comfort of your own home for a fraction of what you’d pay for traditional lessons. Read the full review to learn all about the experiences of Dionna at Code Name: Mama and her 6-year-old son, Kieran, who has loved learning songs like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Let it Go” from Frozen.


Prize #2: One YEAR of access to DreamBox Learning: A $120 Value! (Full Review at Code Name: Mama)

Dreambox Screenshot

DreamBox Learning, a “virtual math tutor” designed for pre-K through 5th grade students, offers families (and schools) an adaptive learning technology that teaches kids a variety of math skills through fun and challenging games and stories. Their technology features continuous embedded assessment, and it is the only adaptive learning platform “that has the power to deliver millions of different learning paths, each one tailored to a student’s specific learning needs and level of comprehension. The result is an effective, engaging, and highly individualized learning environment for every student.1 Read the full review to discover how DreamBox has become the favorite homeschooling tool of Dionna at Code Name: Mama’s 6-year-old son – he loves to play DreamBox almost as much as he loves playing with Legos!


Prize #3: KinderFeets Bike: A $109 Value! (Full Review at Hobo Mama)


Derived from the Dutch for “children” and “bicycle,” a Kinderfeets is a wooden push bike designed to ease the transition to pedal-powered bicycle at a toddler’s comfort level. The creator wanted his son to be able to cruise once he became confident enough, so he broke the push bike mold and added footpegs. Knowing kids love to get dirty, he added a removable seat cover that can go in the wash with the rest of the laundry. Other push bikes have inflatable tires that go flat, interrupting the fun. But Kinderfeets’ tires don’t require air. Plus, Kinderfeets’ colorful chalkboard finish provides a reusable canvas for children to exercise their creativity. Read more at Hobo Mama‘s review.


Prize #4: OgoBILD BITS Series 1 and Nexus from OgoSport: A $66 Value! (Full Review at Natural Reviews)

ogobild nexus

Ogosport’s OGOBILD Nexus Kit is a great toy to help children discover the fun of movement, engineering, and creativity through building. The kit contains 90 different pieces that all attach to each other (along with other Bild kits) to create whatever a child can think of: from cars and planes to dinosaurs and aliens.

Ogosport toys are designed for active and imaginative play. The toys are created to be interactive without requiring the use of batteries, and they leave plenty of room for exploration. The toys are designed to be used at different levels, depending on the age of the child. Read the full review at Natural Reviews.

Prize #5: OgoBild Pod from OgoSport: A $50 Value! (Full Review at Crunchy Con Mommy)

ogobild pod

OgoSport was started in 2004 by two graduates of the Pratt School of Design who were hoping to make high-quality, battery-free toys that encourage open-ended, imaginative play for all ages. The OgoBild pod certainly fits with that mission: the poles and balls that make up this kit are easy to connect and have nearly endless creative building possibilities for indoor and outdoor play. You can read more about the OgoBild Pod and why the engineering kids in your family will love it from Crunchy Con Mommy in her full review here.


Prize #6: Make Your Own Chocolates, Gummies, and Chewing Gum Kit Set from Glee Gum: A $42 Value! (Full Review at Code Name: Mama)

Glee Gum

Glee Gum is a small business with a big heart. Their “commitment to environmental and social justice is twofold. First, [they] closely monitor the environmental and social impact of [their] own business practices. And second, [they] create products and curricula that help children think about environmental and social issues in innovative, interesting, and developmentally appropriate ways.”2 Glee Gum wants your family to have fun creating some fun (and pretty healthy!) candy. Win one each of the Make Your Own Chewing Gum, Make Your Own Chocolate, and Make Your Own Gummies candy kits. Read more from Dionna at Code Name: Mama about how Glee Gum inspired two semester-long classes for her local homeschooling cooperative!


Prize #7: My Chickadee Children’s Carrier from My Chickadee Designs (Full Review at Momma Jorje)


What a Lovely Sound! Children’s Book from Starr Meneely (More at Code Name: Mama)

A Combined $32 Value!


Janina from My Chickadee learned to sew when she discovered she was pregnant with her daughter. She now creates diaper bags, wet bags, totes, reusable snack bags, and a miniature carrier for children. This wonderful carrier lets a child carry their doll or plush toy just like you carry your child. This child-sized baby carrier makes a wonderful gift for a child welcoming a new sibling! My Chickadee products are easy to clean, machine washable, and are lead & phthalate free. All of the products offered by My Chickadee are designed by a mom and made in the USA. Read the full review at Momma Jorje.


Prize #8: What a Lovely Sound! Children’s Book from Starr Meneely: A $10 Value! (More at Code Name: Mama)

What a Lovely Sound

If nature made music, what would it sound like? And if you were used to the sounds of the city, would you be able to hear it? In “What a Lovely Sound!,” Melody Jane, a little girl from a big city, is accustomed to hearing “[b]uses whirring, cars beeping, motorbikes roaring, [and] taxicabs rushing . . . .” So when she takes her first trip to the countryside, she is stunned by the silence she finds. But what she discovers is music to her ears. Dionna at Code Name: Mama and her family loved What a Lovely Sound! – it inspired them to stop and listen to the music in their own backyard and local park. What music can your family discover? Read more about Children and Creativityfrom author Starr Meneely.


Learning through Play Giveaway: Enter March 1 – 31, 2014!

$738 ARV; United States residents only

Enter below in our Rafflecopter widget – the main entry is simply to tell us which prize you’d prefer.

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You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, but you do have to complete the first mandatory one.

Rafflecopter will pick the winner through Random.org after the contest closes, and a representative from NPN will send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you enter so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner, we’ll draw a new name at random.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email; otherwise, NPN will select another winner.

No purchase necessary. Entrants must be age 18 or older and be residents of the United States. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners agree to hold Natural Parents Network and the giveaway hosts harmless for any problem with receipt and/or use of prizes. Winner must contact the product seller or manufacturer directly if there is any problem with the prize or prize delivery. Winners are responsible for any taxes or customs fees related to prize winnings. NPN and the giveaway hosts reserve the right to publicize the winner’s first name. Void where prohibited by law.


Contest closes March 31
at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


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