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Lakeshore Learning Materials Review and Giveaway: Great Gifts for the Kids

Now the nights are dark and cold we have switched from outdoor activities to indoor activities before bed.  Its all too easy to turn the TV on and veg out but with two impressionable kiddos at home we're making a concerted effort to turn to old fashioned board games for our family entertainment.  As a kid I had only a fraction of the toys my children have today.  Many were board games which engaged us for a lot longer than the toys of today.

Lakeshore Learning stores offer fun toys and art materials that engage young minds.  Lakeshore started with one person taking a chance. In this case, it was Ethelyn Kaplan, an Omaha homemaker who decided to pack up her family and move to California to open a toy store back in 1954.  Initially, Mrs. Kaplan focused on selling toys to parents, but before long, local schools started calling her for art materials and other classroom supplies. Mrs. Kaplan listened to her customers. Sensing an untapped market, she sold the store and started Lakeshore Learning Materials.

Browsing through the Holiday gift section there are so many fun and educational toys to choose from.  We love the Don't Let the Bugs Fall Game.  I'm not sure how it happened, but my 4 and 6 year olds were able to complete the game with Mommy losing both times. 

This magnetic dart game is super-easy and super-safe for my kids to play! Six plastic darts have magnetic tips that easily stick right to the board - we had a good time laughing at darts that missed the board completely.  After a few tries we were able to rack some points up. 

Watching TV is not an everyday occurence now as I much prefer to hear the laughter from my children or the excitement when they win a game.  Visit a Lakeshore Learning Store this Holiday Season.

Purchase your holiday gifts at the Lakeshore Learning Materials online store here for an automatic 25% discount.  Or visit a Lakeshore store and don't forget to print your 25% coupon here.

Lakeshore Learning Materials has kindly offered (1) Freebie Junkie Reader a Lakeshore learning materials $25 Gift Certificate. Simply enter to win through the rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: Although I received this product for free from Lakeshore, the opinions reflected here are my own and were not influenced by the company or the fact that the product was free.
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fancygrlnancy said:

So many great things.. maybe the Sight-Word Soup - Level 1 or the cookie counting game.. or the one you got looks fun too

Trisha Burgess said:

I love the dot art paints!

Cheryl W said:

I would choose the Shop & Play First Foods Set.

Tiffany Drew said:

I would get two Create-Your-Own Volcano Kits, one for each of my kids :)

Anonymous said:

The Lakeshore Big Tools.

Christy said:

I'd buy the Pet Vet Center

Domestic Diva said:

I'd get tempra paints.

degood said:

I would get the Count-With-Me Talking Cookie Jar

Anonymous said:

I would get the Light & Sound Super Trucks - Complete Set

Jacqui Odell said:

count with me talking cookie jar

daivabaum said:

Light & Sound Super Trucks - Complete Set

star122802 said:

I would get the " don't let the bugs fall game" I pretty much like everything on their site.

CDM said:

The Hand Held Digital Microscope!

Anonymous said:

Stack & Count Learning Board


toddler - pre-k
18 mos. - 4 yrs.

Crystal mexico

Unknown said:

Suncatchers Painting Kit

Anonymous said:

Dot art painters

Carmen Q
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Anonymous said:

Zoob car designer!!
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coliebear said:

I would get the magnetic alphabet fishing set.

sindy murray said:

I would get the create your own volcano kit!
smlionlamb at gmail dot com

petchk79 said:

I love the little hands kitchen set, I know my daughter would love it because she loves to help me in the kitchen

Jessica said:

I like the pet vet center

Unknown said:

I like the melissa and doug sushi set
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Sherry said:

I like the Pet Vet Center.

ashleynicole said:

pet vet center maybe

Sharon Schoepe said:

I'd get Cut & Play Sandwich Set
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cocorricco said:

Rain Forest Habitat & Animal Collection

Maria M said:

The Programmable Rover Robot!

kara hobgood said:

the truck set and rainbow scratch paper! :)

nicole said:

like the pet vet center

LauriD said:

I would like to purchase the Don't Let the Bugs Fall Game and Bean Bag Learning Center

latanya t said:

Light & Sound Super Trucks - Complete Set

Bonnye said:

My daughter would love the Pull-A-Scarf Discovery Center

Angela K. said:

the mini bowling set would be great for my friend's child

Cujo hmb said:

Our son wants the Volcano Kit.

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Chip said:

I love the Pet Vet Center - Jill L

Anonymous said:

I like the Wild Physics & Cool Chemistry Lab
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holly_young_2225 said:

I would buy the Space-Age Ant Habitat

Roseanne A said:

The dot art paints look cool! My girls would love them!

michelleplummer said:

I like the busy baby activity cube and the feel and roll bumpy balls.

Rebecca said:

I would love to get the bingo games for my little ones!

Beth R said:

My son would love the lights and sounds super trucks. Thank you

Jessica Snook said:

I would get the Alphabet Giant Stampers.

Scarborough Lane said:

Oh wow, so hard to decide!! My daughter would love the Pet Vet set, but I saw lots of art material my other daughter would love too. I think I'd be spending more than my certificate for sure lol. Thanks :)

Unknown said:

My Daughter would love the ant habitat!

skbaron said:

I'm not sure what I would get, I saw so many things I know my kids would love! The doctor's set & the fruit & vegetable cut up set both caught my eye!


maxfate said:

My Boys would love the Sink the Boat! Water Play Kit!

Anonymous said:

I love the space ant home... very cool

Elena G said:

I would get the Giant Polydron Builders.

Anonymous said:

I Would love to stock up on some of their arts and crafts supplies like the ink pads, paints etc.

Crystal Mexico

Susan Reynolds said:

Pet Vet Center. 3 of my boys want to be Vets!

Marthalynn said:

I would buy the Lakeshore Wrist Ribbons - set of 12!

Unknown said:

I would buy the Little Hands Kitchen Set
Connie G
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Anonymous said:

Hi. I would buy the cash pack for my daughter & activity cube for my son. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays!

Unknown said:

I would get stamps for my daughter

Tylerpants said:

My kids would love the Create-A-Creature Dough Builders! tylerpants(at)

Anonymous said:

They have great puzzles. Wild Animals Beginning Jigsaw Puzzles is on my wish list for my girls.

hideemiller at gmail dot com

trixx said:

I get the Blast-Off Rocket Racer, how fun!

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