K’NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Giveaway

Last year, my daughter got the K’NEX Mighty Makers Fun on the Ferris Wheel Set, which we assembled together and have been happily playing with since.  My son was part of the fun, but I guess since the set is kind of pink, he knew that it really belonged to his sister, and he was a tiny bit jealous.  Well, his year was just made because he’s now the proud owner of the K’NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Building Set!

K'NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Set

 

The Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Set comes with 347 colorful pieces, including a car, a launcher, and enough parts to make a track that’s more than 13 feet.  It’s certainly large, but let me tell you that when a child puts time and effort into building 13 feet of a roller coaster, he feels like a very accomplished little boy.  There’s a sense of pride there that you just don’t get from winning at a video game.

Follow the included instructions or experiment with your own configurations.  Once it’s all put together, you propel the car with a slingshot style launcher.  There are no batteries required here because it’s a totally interactive experience.  Motorized sets are fun, but I have to admit that I really prefer this manual situation a lot better.  My son is challenged as he figures out how to propel the car so it makes it all the way through the track, and my kids love taking turns trying to outdo each other.

Like other K’NEX building sets, this is more than just a fun afternoon.  Both building and playing with this set stimulates your child’s imagination and curiosity while encouraging an understanding of STEAM concepts.  They’ll also be clicking their ways toward better spatial awareness, problem-solving, and fine motor skills.  There’s nothing better than an engaging toy that helps your child grow.

K'NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster

Something else I love about K’NEX is that they’re the only construction toy company committed to manufacturing in the United States.  All of the rods and connectors in this set were made right here in the USA, Pennsylvania to be exact.  The car and launcher are, however, made in China, making this 99% US made, which is still a lot better than most toys I come across.

The K’NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Building Set is recommended for kids 7 and up, and although the color-coded instructions are easy to follow, I think some 7 year olds are going to need help putting the track together.  That’s fine by me though, because I love constructing K’NEX sets with my kids.  It’s like working together to build a big 3D puzzle that we get to play with when it’s done.  We’re having fun and making memories!

You can pair the Infinite Journey Coaster with the K’NEX Clockwork Coaster and Revolution Ferris Wheel to create your own miniature theme park!  That’s our ultimate goal, but for now, my son keeps his coaster next to his sister’s ferris wheel, and watching them play together is just wonderful.

K’NEX is generously offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win an Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Set!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 12/28/16.  Good luck!

K'NEX Infinite Journey Roller Coaster Giveaway

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Gemmies Design Studio for the Girl Who Likes to Shimmer

If you want to make a little girl smile this Christmas, give her something pretty and sparkly. If you want to make a little girl smile, feel good about herself, and maybe give you a ginormous hug, give her something that she can use to create pretty and sparkly things.  If you’ve already got a little girl in mind, I’ve got the toy for you.

Gemmies

The Gemmies Design Studio brings some bling to beading crafts.  Your child’s fine motor skills will be put to the test as she makes shimmering 3D crystal creations by clipping and connecting Gemmies crystals.  Use the included templates to make adorable animals, beautiful flowers, rings, bracelets, and more.  Get really creative and skip the templates entirely to create something straight from your imagination.  Either way, what you get is a glittering masterpiece that your child will be so proud of creating.

Gemmies Design Studio

With over 500 pieces, including crystals, rings, spacers, templates, and more, the Gemmies Design Studio comes with every tool you need.  The base not only provides a building platform, but it features a drawer with multiple compartments for sorting and storing your beads and bands.  After you’ve built a fabulous Gemmies creation, display it on the stage, and then watch them really shine.  This studio’s got it all, but if you’re little girl is a crafting queen like mine, they do offer expansion packs so you can keep your crystal menagerie growing.

Gemmies Tool

When you first give this a try, it might seem more complicated than you expected, but don’t fear.  The directions are pretty easy to follow, and once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s all smooth sailing from there.

Gemmies Ring

What I personally like best about Gemmies, is that it helps develop dexterity and encourages them to focus on a task.  I love to watch my kids concentrate on something and follow a project through to completion.  If I happen to get a sparkly penguin out of the deal, that’s just a bonus.

To learn more, head over to MakeGemmies.com.  You can purchase Gemmies there or at retailers like Amazon (Prime shipping available) and Target.

Note:  There are a lot of small parts in this set, so make sure that there aren’t any really little ones around while you’re crafting.  The beads are so pretty that they’ll definitely capture the attention of a toddler.


I Finally Found a Hoverboard that Doesn’t Scare Me, and this One Turns into a Go Cart

Did you hear that?

Oh, that was just the sound of calendar pages flying by at Mach speed. Don’t ask me how it’s December already, but it’s here, and that means I’m quickly running out of time to do my Christmas shopping. For your sake, I hope you’re further along than I am.

I was thinking the other day about how to buy gifts for my family this year, and it occurred to me that it might be nice to find something the entire family can enjoy. Of course we’ll do individual gifts, but I love the idea of a fun present that will give us all something to share or an activity to do together.

I also have a suggestion for the perfect toy to bring the family together: the Jetson V6 Hoverboard!

Jetson Hoverboard

It’s been a couple of years now since hoverboards came onto the scene, which means designers have had a lot of time to refine and perfect. The commitment to innovation is obvious with Jetson products, especially this next-generation model.

The Jetson V6 Hoverboard is the first of its kind, because it is controlled by a smart phone app. It’s also equipped with several awesome features (including Bluetooth capability). You can play music on the board’s built-in speakers, customize the board’s LED lights, and you can select different modes based on ability and experience (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). Users can also manually set the max speed, as well as customize the sensitivity and driving force/acceleration of the hoverboard, which is an excellent way to ensure the safety of younger riders. It runs up to 10 miles per hour, so once you’re comfortable riding, you can really zip around!

Jetson Hoverboard App

The smart phone app does more than just guide the hoverboard. [Read more…]


Family Games & Puzzles for Serious Family Fun

Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of the family huddled around the dining room table playing Trivial Pursuit or working hard to finish a 1000-piece puzzle.  I always knew that when I had a family of my own, I’d continue that tradition and help my children create those same wonderful memories.  Spending that kind of quality time really strengthens family bonds, and oh yeah…games are tons of fun!  So, this is a list of games and puzzles that I discovered this year and just had to share with you guys.  Put them under the tree or just pick them up for future family game nights.

 

Suspicion
Suspicion Game
Ideally suited for ages 10 and up, Suspicion can be found at Target for an unbeatable price. The main premise of the game is that you’re invited to a masquerade party at the estate of an art collector by the name of Baron Whitetooth. Unbeknownst to the Baron, you’re really a world-class jewel thief who accepted the invitation in an effort to steal priceless jewels! You’re not alone in your plans though, for among the regular guests are other crooks who have the same idea about the Baron’s collection. You’ll make your way through the mansion, pocketing gems and using the power of deduction to unmask the other crooks before they catch you!

Ticket to Ride First Journey Ticket to Ride: First Journey
Ticket to Ride First Journey takes the classic version of the game and makes it more accessible for younger players, so the entire family can be included.  It’s less complex than the original, but it’s not any less fun!  Players of all ages will have a blast building routes while taking in major monuments across North America. Included is a revamped game board, 80 Trains, 72 Train Cards, and 32 Ticket Cards. The first player to complete 6 tickets is declared the winner!

Emoji Cards
Emoji CardsEmojis are all the rage right now, and this party game takes full advantage of the silly fun!  In this game, emojis and charades collide for an insanely good time for your whole family.  Use the emoji cards to get players to guess pop culture references, and enjoy some laughs along the way.  There is a bit of PG content here, so take that into consideration when deciding if it’s appropriate for your younger ones.

Madd Capp “I Am” Puzzle Series
MaddCapp I Am Puzzles
Puzzles are a fine solitary activity, but they’re even more fun when you complete one as part of a team. The “I Am” puzzles by Madd Capp Games are the most unique puzzles I’ve come across in a very long time. These head-shaped puzzles are die-cut and poster-sized once complete.  Visually, these are quite realistic and absolutely stunning.  You’ve got to see one in person to fully appreciate it, but trust me; they’re impressive.  Each Puzzle comes in a five-sided box that looks very cool but is still easy to store.  Inside the box, you’ll find “Fun Facts” about your chosen animal as well as an image reference to help you complete your 550-piece beast. Puzzles in the “I Am” series include I Am Lion, I Am Tiger, I Am Wolf, I am Eagle,  I am Buck, I am Bear, and I am Panda.

Bingo the Puppy Board Game
Bingo the Puppy
Your little animal lovers will fall in love with this game. Similar to regular Bingo, this is a great family game if you have some younger kids at home.  The little ones will especially love to watch Bingo bounce, tumble, and roll over while trying to match his spots to the ones on their Bingo boards.  The first player who gets 3 chips in a row wins the game!

Cobble Hill Family Puzzles
Cobble Hill Family Puzzles
These gorgeous puzzles are the perfect gift any puzzle-loving person on your Christmas list. At first glance, they might appear to be your average 400-piece puzzles, but there’s a surprise here.  Each is made of a combination of small, medium, and large pieces with the intent that people of different ages can all enjoy doing the puzzle together.  The large pieces are best suited for little ones and are located on one side, while the small are located on the opposite side and the medium are in the middle. Cobble Hill Family Puzzles are fantastic for your next scheduled family evening!


Stocking Stuffers for Kids Giveaway

When I was younger, stocking stuffers were typically small, inexpensive gifts, and more often than not, they were some kind of candy.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with edible gifts, but the world of stocking stuffers has really grown since then.  There are so many unique and interesting options available now, that the stocking can be just as exciting as what you find under the tree. This year at GameOnMom.com, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite fun Stocking Stuffers for Kids, and now we’re giving you a chance to win some of them!

Stocking Stuffers for Kids Giveaway

The lucky winner of our Stocking Stuffers for Kids Giveaway will receive a bundle of incredibly fun toys that are sure to delight any kid on Christmas morning.  The package has an approximate retail value of $90, and includes the following items:

  • Scen-ties adds a fun twist to common hair elastics with their patented ‘stretch & sniff’ capability. Stretch ’em, sniff ’em, wear ’em!  Winner gets one package each of Bubblegum, Strawberry, and Cotton Dandy.
  • Holiday Specs have special holographic lenses that miraculously transform Christmas lights into magical figures of snowflakes, snowmen, & even Santa!  Winner will receive four pairs of these amazingly fun glasses.
  • Surprizamals are cute, cuddly, collectible animals that love to hide in Surprizaballs, so you never know which pet you’ll get.  Winner receives 3 Surprizaballs from their Cuties series.  Maybe one will be the ultra rare!
  • Whiffer Sniffers are collectible, scented backpack clips that are perfect for gifting, trading, and collecting.  Everything else just stinks!  Winner will receive three clips from Series Three.

Enter to win this super fun Stocking Stuffers Prize Pack via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck! [Read more…]