2016 Holidays, Education, Kids, STEM Learning

Guidecraft STEM IO Building Blocks and Related App

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: IO Blocks from Guidecraft


Not your ordinary block or connector set. The IO Blocks are designed to offer endless creativity in building anything from vehicles, buildings, people, animals and more. They come in 6 colors and 12 specific and unique shapes that all fit into each other in different angles.


My son can’t put these STEM blocks down. He is 8 and we have the 114 piece Guidecraft IO Block set and this one allows for open creativity. Guidecarft also has an IO Blocks vehicles, IO Blocks Race Cars, IO Blocks Boats, IO Blocks Minis as well as this 114 piece set and other sized sets including a travel set. This makes finding the perfect building block for any child at any age easier by having these varieties.


There is an accompanying app with the Guidecarft IO Blocks. Inside the box is a tracker card to have out when in the app. When you find the creation you want to build, simply aim your phone onto your tracker card and bring your creation to augmented reality with building directions. You can turn the card in directions to view the creation from all sides as it slides the pieces apart to show you how to build.


My son built a catapult. It was not in the building app, but it was on the back of the box and by looking at the image we found the pieces to be able and construct our own catapult. It is a lot of fun to flip and rotate pieces as we connect them to change the look of your creation. They stick well into each other and won’t easily come apart.


Guidecraft is known for STEM play and learning products. From building blocks to building rods and magnets, STEM will be at the forefront of the building process. Yet, these building toys are so much fun that the kids hardly know they are learning too. Visit Guidecraft to see STEM play available for all ages.

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2016 Holidays, Gift Guides, Kids

OgoDisk RAQ Outdoor Play #HolidayGiftGuide

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This year we bought a toy hauler for ATV riding but also to do standard RV camping. I had spent the spring buying stuff and stocking it for the summer. I had thought that I had all we needed until the first camping trip that my son invited a friend along with. They got bored fast. I did not have enough outdoor fun packed in the RV. At home when we have groups of kids like at the holidays and celebrations, I have a deck box full of fun outdoor play. Gifting outdoor play for the holidays will help you tremendously when they want to get outside for any reason or on road trips and need entertainment available.


OgoSport has products that both encourage outdoor and indoor play. The OgoDisk RAQ is an outdoor toy and so much fun. It comes with 2 paddles and a Flux ball. The paddles have large handles that are easy for any hand to grip and adds some extra power to your swing. It has a sort of trampoline-like bounce to it when in contact with a ball. The Flux Balls have removable black tails so it’s up to you whether you want them on or not.



Head to OgoSport to see the full line of products. You can buy online or find in many specialty toy stores and museum shops near you.

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2016 Holidays, Gift Guides, Kids

A Schleich Gift for the Dinosaur Fan #HolidayGiftGuide

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Schleich Dinosaur Puzzle Set

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Since 1935, Schleich has brought children playable figures. What began as action figures has now turned into dinosaurs and horses as well as familiar characters like the Peanuts and Snoopy. The design of the products and the creation of the required tools are done in house. This way they can control the initial vital steps of creating a new product.

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For the dinosaur fan, there are some fun figures and sets from Schleich that are sure to make them roar on their holiday morning. There are individual dinosaur figures of all species and these figure and puzzle pad sets. I have the new Mini Dinosaur with Lava Field Puzzle. The puzzle is a simple platform to help creativity flow as they play with their figures. Pair the puzzle sets with their dinosaur and cave play set for full action.

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You can find these sets at many retailers as you shop for the Holidays. Most likely you owned Schleich play sets yourself as a child and you can now pass on the fun with your own child.

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Visit Schleich to see all of the available play sets and figures.

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