GoldieBlox Review

GoldieBlox Review


{disclaimer ~ Educents provided the GoldieBlox for this review. Affiliate links are included in this post.}

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Recently we were sent the GoldieBlox Craft-Struction Box from Educents to review! This was pretty exciting since we had never had any experience with GoldieBlox!

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The Craft-Struction Box combines the best of crafting and construction for the ultimate open-ended play experience!

  • Builds spatial skills, engineering principles (prototyping), and confidence in problem-solving.
  • Perfect for ages 6+
  • Comes with 275+ pieces, including a poster, new construction pieces, stickers, and pompoms for the best crafting session ever!
  • All building pieces are compatible with existing sets.
  • Perfect gift for a curious and crafty kid.


My daughter wasn’t so sure what to think at first since she had never seen this. Once she realized what it was she got busy and spent hours creating!

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She chose to make the Leap Bot first and absolutely loved him!

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She made the Pom-Pom-apault next!

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I took several video clips of her in action and shared our thoughts as we built new creations. She shares her final thoughts at the end of the video. She’s gotten to be quite the toy reviewer!

My 10 year old loves these too, and sat by her building. When we get review items they are usually intended for one of our children and this was obviously sent for Ladybug. But he soon realized that this “girl” toy is not just for girls. He loves building and creating too!

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His car…

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Final Thoughts…

As we mention in the video, we love our GoldieBlox set! I definitely recommend this kit, but there are a few things to note. My daughter is 7 and had very little trouble putting things together or following the plans. She did have some trouble taking some of the pieces apart and had to bring them to us for help. We had to use a pliers on some, they were pretty tight. This didn’t bother my kids, as they like that their creations don’t fall apart easily. They were fine with needing a bit of disassembling help.

My daughter ended up making all of the creations outlined in the kit and several of her own creations. I ask her in the video if she would like more GoldieBox and she does! That’s the true test for me.

As a mom, I love the concept, love the creativity involved, and even love the challenge of sticky pieces.

You can buy the GoldieBlox Craft-Struction Box here on Educents.

See more GoldieBlox sets here!

One of their FAVORITE Toys ~ Magformers!

Magformers Review

{disclaimer ~ Educents provided the Magformers for this review. Affiliate links are included in this post.}

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Last year we were sent the Magformers 30 Piece Rainbow set to review and all of my kids fell in love. Since then, they have been played with SO SO much and my younger two kids have asked for more Magformers to add to their set. Imagine my delight when we were asked to share Magformers again and got two new sets to review for Educents!!! This time we were sent two new sets; Inspire Set and Magnets in Motion Gear Accessory Pack.

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I think she spent almost 2 hours playing with these on the day we opened them. I tried to take pictures of as many creations as I could, but even these don’t show all she made!

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You can see she loved adding the gears, I definitely recommend adding this set if you own some Magformers already. It is an inexpensive way to add an entirely new element of play.

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I took several video clips of her in action and as you will see, she got very into sharing her creations!


My 10 year old loves these too. When he came home from gymnastics the night we got them he was so excited and asked to build for a bit right away! He built this awesome cross!

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They play with these together a lot and now that we have more pieces, that goes much better! They made matching iguanas!

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I think my favorite recently has to be the puppy playground. She made a swing, a slide and a rolling ride for her puppies.

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Oh, and the skates. Love the skates.

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Final Thoughts…

I highly recommend Magformers. I was so skeptical in the beginning, mostly because I thought they were expensive for what they were. Now that we have had them for awhile {the first set of 30 we have had for almost a year}, I have changed my tune. Not only has she played with that set of 30 continuously, it was even one of the ‘chosen’ toys to bring to the beach this past summer! We only allow a few toys to be brought on vacation and the box of Magformers was a huge hit! She has only intensified her love for Magformers since adding the extra sets and is begging for one of the themed sets with curved shapes for Christmas, like this Dinosaur Set or this Deep Sea Set. Who knows? Her wish just might come true!

Magformers are a great gift idea because you can easily start small with the 30 piece set and it truly is fun all on it’s own. Adding to the set over time just makes the fun grow!

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You can buy the Magformers Inspire Set here on Educents.

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Q the Robot from EEME ~ Robotics for Kids

Q the Robot from EEME


{disclaimer ~ EEME is a blog sponsor and provided Q the Robot for this review}

I had seen EEME prior to them becoming a blog sponsor and honestly I avoided looking into robotics for my kids due to my own fears! It looked complicated and time consuming. Thankfully it was unavoidable when Q the Robot arrived in the mail for this review. I was a bit freaked out and my son was ecstatic! Originally I ‘assigned’ this review to my husband, again my fears overtaking me. He initially opened the box and was very impressed with the contents. I continued to be a bit freaked out by the loads of small parts.

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Well, my husband got busy, my son began begging and I gave in one day, fully prepared to have my day consumed with helping him. I can’t tell you how SWEETLY surprised I was once we logged into the instructions and I saw that this was mostly an independent thing!!!!  My son is 10 so he did need some help, but the videos are AMAZING.

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He was able to navigate it all on his own and ask for help when needed. I couldn’t believe how little he needed me!

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Little sister watched almost the entire time, she wants her own Q the Robot now!

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He completed the project over a period of about 3 days, working for about 3 hours total I would guess, maybe a bit more.

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Here’s a video I shared on Instagram of him using Q for the first time. He was so excited to see it work!

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His completed Q the Robot! He had fun using the light to drive Q around and he loved the process overall. This was an excellent project for Krash on so many levels. Not only did he learn scientific skills, he got to practice his focus and processing skills while paying close attention to the details in the videos. If he didn’t listen and apply what was said, his robot wouldn’t have worked! For this reason, I am planning to continue these types of projects with Krash. It is a fabulous way for me to work on this area with him, with the added bonus of learning about robotics and electronics!

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Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Over in the Ocean Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits 

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent  “Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef ” for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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  • The award winning book Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes
    • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
    • Create Your Own Coral Reef: Use the clay, sea creatures, and sea life provided to create your own coral reef. Let the beautiful artwork from the book inspire your clay creations.
    • Coral Reef Sticker Scene: Use repositionable stickers to create different coral reef scenes
    • 3 Dimensional Fish and Seahorse Ornament: Use puffy paint to create a 3D fish and seahorse decoration.
    • Sea Creature Bingo: Players take turns picking a card from the pile and calling out a sea creature. The player with the sea creature on his or her board collects the card. The first player to cover three sea creature spaces in a row gets bingo. 
    • Painting with Stencils: Use the stencil with watercolor paints to create a beautiful underwater scene with coral, seashells, and sea creatures.
    • Sea Life Exploration: Use your senses to explore the starfish, coral, and seashells included in this kit.
    • Starfish Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the top and bottom of the knobby starfish. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the starfish fact board to learn more.
    • Starfish Painting: After exploring the starfish, use watercolors to paint the starfish.
    • Coral Observation: Use your eyes and hands to explore the coral. Record your observations on the sheet provided. Read the coral fact board to learn more. (Size, type, and shape of coral may vary.)
    • Coral Painting: After exploring the coral, use watercolors to paint the coral.
    • Clay Imprints: Use the starfish, sea creatures, and seashells to make beautiful, detailed imprints in the clay. You can choose to create a keepsake with the clay by painting the imprint and letting the clay air dry.
    • All Around the Octopus Game: Select a sea creature pawn and travel around the octopus, collecting seashells along the way. The first player to reach the finish first wins!
    • Sea Creature Dominoes: Players take turns matching the sea creature dominoes end to end. Be the first to match all your dominoes and win the game.
    • Songs – Three Little Clownfish and Five Little Seashells: Use finger puppets and seashells to sings some fun songs about clownfish and seashells. These songs are a perfect accompaniment to the book.
    • Sea Creature Memory Game: Players take turns flipping over one number card and one sea creature card to find a match. The player with the most matches wins the game.

    Here’s a picture of it all out of the box!

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I organize the printables in a binder and keep the other stuff in the box as we work through the unit.

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Activities From Our Box…

My mom {Nanee} comes over once a week to hang out with us and Ivy Kids boxes have become a bit of a weekly tradition.  Nanee happened to come over the day after this one arrived and they dug through it together and chose some crafts to do right away, after reading the book!

Puffy paint sea creatures kicked off their fun together!

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She LOVED making coral out of the clay, painting real coral, and creating a coral reef – all with Nanee! During one of their activity days, my mom asked me if I had told my blog readers how much she loved these boxes!  She highly recommends them for grandparents who love to do things like this with their grandkids!

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I tend to do more of the school-y stuff with her.  We played BINGO together! You can see her using the ducking from the Make Way for Ducklings kit! We pretended the stuffed owl and the duck were playing too.

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She loved the coral reef creature memory game! Since she is beyond learning numbers and number words, she focused on learning the names of the different sea creatures while we played.  I love how the activities can be adapted across many age/ability levels.

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The octopus game was a big hit also, she loved the real shells that were included!

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Stenciling sea creatures was another favorite activity!

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We continue to just LOVE Ivy Kids and are thankful to have these boxes!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit and Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

Evan-Moor Geography Books Review

Evan-Moor Geography Review

{disclaimer ~ Educents is a blog sponsor and provided the 5th Grade Geography book for review, I bought the K-2 book on my own}

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As you may have seen in our 2nd and 5th grade curriculum choices posts, we are giving Evan-Moor Geography books a try! We had great results using Evan-Moor Science books last year and I decided to simplify geography this year.

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When I bought the Beginning Geography book I wasn’t completely certain about my choice, but as I began planning I was excited about my choice. Now that we are 3 weeks in, I am confident this was a good choice for her this year! It is low-prep {mostly no-prep}, simple, engaging and educational.  We did a much more high-prep geography last year with our study of the United States and other countries so I wanted to change things up this year. This workbook is a perfect fit!

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Once I realized I loved her book I began looking at what Evan-Moor had for 5th grade and stumbled upon the book we are using. Educents sent me the 5th grade book for review and it too has proven to be a great fit! My video below explains more about why I love this book for my 5th grader. It also is low-prep, simple and educational.  I won’t say he is quite as enthusiastic about his book but most 5th grade books aren’t nearly as exciting as 2nd grade workbooks!

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Sometimes it is easier for me to show you, so I made a video sharing our yearly planning guide and a peek inside of each book.


As I mention in the video, I created year-at-a-glance plans for each of these books.  I like to see what the year will look like and keep a master record of where we are at. I build my weekly lesson plans {I only plan one week at a time} off of these master plans.  You are welcome to download my plans if you are using these same books! Just click on each graphic to download the PDF files.

Evan-Moor Beginning Geography Plan     Evan-Moor Daily Geography 5 Plan


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You can buy Evan-Moor 5th Grade Geography here on Educents.

You can buy Evan-Moor Beginning Geography here on Educents.

See more Evan-Moor products here!