Monday, December 13, 2010

The Orb Factory '3D Ocean Magic' Review & GIVEaway


Welcome to my very first review and giveaway!  I am very excited to tell you about a Canadian company, called The Orb Factory, that makes educational toys for children.  It was kind of fun for me to be asked to do this review because I actually bought one of their magnetic mosaic kits a couple years ago for my classroom.  My more artistically inclined students have enjoyed using the magnetic pieces to make a variety of designs during their free time.  Now, they've introduced products using stickers as well.  Connor and I tackled the kit shown in the picture on the right.  It's called Sticky Mosaics 3D Ocean Magic.  As you can see in the picture, Connor was quite enthralled with it all.  Granted, he's a bit young for this particular toy (Ages 5+) so it was a mommy-assisted activity.

Once we opened up the box, Connor dug in and started to organize the sheets of stickers.  While the activity was too advanced for him, he was able to talk about the colours with me and was an excellent helper.  He took the square stickers off the sheets and handed them to me to apply to the numbered pictures.  This is how I discovered that most of the stickers were quite forgiving and could be unstuck and re-stuck without too much trouble.   The board itself is solid and I know this because it withstood my child sitting on it.  The stickers are vivid and brightly coloured and the finished product was "pretty" and "nice" according to Connor.



I took a couple pictures of the part we finished together so you can see for yourselves.  The set also comes with some 3D glasses and it looks pretty neat with the glasses.  It kind of reminded me of those 3D picture books that were really popular several years ago.

Here's the picture once we finished it! (We left the other fish for his older cousins to finish. I think this would be a great activity to keep kids busy at Christmas.)

A close up!
Look at all the pretty colours Mommy!

Now to the giving part of this giveaway and there's a lot of it!  The Orb Factory is going to give away one of their toys to a lucky reader (your choice from their website).

In addition, they are going to give a toy for every Facebook "like" they get to the IWK Health Centre, a children's hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I know the Maritime mommies will love this and hopefully get lots of friends to participate in this giveaway and in "liking" the Orb Factory on Facebook.

Finally, here's how to enter!

1. Comment on this post and tell us which toy is your favourite from The Orb Factory website.
2. "Like" The Orb Factory on Facebook and mention my blog on their page or "like" the post about my giveaway.  (Remember this will also mean one toy being donated to the IWK hospital!) :-)
3. Follow The Orb Factory on Twitter.  You will need to make note of this in the comments.
4. "Like" A Sophisticated Mommy on Facebook and "like" or comment on the giveaway post.
5. Follow my blog so you don't miss out on any future giveaways! Please write this in the comments as an entry.

This giveaway contest will be open until Friday, December 17th.  However, keep in mind that they will continue to donate a new toy for every "like" until December 23rd.

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51 comments:

  1. These are pretty cool! I like the Blinglets!

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  2. Totally Fairies! Cute. :)

    Any yeah for the IWK!!! My kids were both born there.

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  3. The girls and I LOVE these! There is a set for younger kids where they match the shapes and colors. Adria and Layla are quite proud of themselves :)

    I think Eliza would love to try out the Magnetic Mosaic Jewels set.

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  4. I follow your blog :)

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  5. my 3 yr old loves arts and crafts, we can blame Mr. Maker, he'd love this

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  6. Ive never sen or heard of this before. Really cool!! My 3yr old would love this!!

    Chantelle

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  7. The Blinglets is a cool kit.
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  8. I like Orb Factory on facebook (Debbie W)
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  9. I follow Orb Factory on twitter @mommakoala
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  10. I "Like" A Sophisticated Mommy on Facebook on I liked the contest post and commented (Debbie W)
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  11. I follow via GFC (Koala)
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  12. Love the Christmas set! Perfect for my kids to do.
    nightblue20@hotmail.com

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  13. My favorite is the Magnetic Mosaics® Jewels kit.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  14. I like Orb Factory on facebook and liked the post about your giveaway.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  15. I am following The Orb factory on Twitter
    megankayden
    mnegankayden@yahoo.com

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  16. I like you on facebook and liked the giveaway post.
    megankayden@yahoo.com
    Alisha K

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  17. I am a follower of your blog.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  18. I would love to get the 1/2 " cubes so cute

    catokayyou21@gmail.com

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  19. I like the blinglets for my daughter!

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  20. Liked the orb factory of fb and posted (as A Shoppersquest)

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  21. I liked you on fb and commented (as a shoppersquest)

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  22. I follow the orb factory on twitter (as couponkat)

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  23. The Blinglets would be a perfect gift for both daughters!

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  24. Following the Orb Factory on Twitter (IowaHell)

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  25. I like the Mosiac Jewelry Boxes

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  26. I liked the Orb Factory and also posted

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  27. I liked you on Facebook and posted as well

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  28. I like the Sticky Mosaics® Heart Box

    babygirl92699@yahoo.com

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  29. I love the All Stars mosaic on their website!! YAY for toys for the IWK - my little boy was born there 8 months ago :) And my sister is a nurse there too!! Awesome that they are doing this at this time of year!

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  30. I also liked Orb Factory on FB and am putting this in my status so more toys can go to the IWK!!!

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  31. I like the My first mosaics stickers.

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  32. I like My First Sticky Mosaics - Pretty Things!

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  33. I follow your blog and love reading it!!

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  34. The 3D Pixie Magic is on my daughters Christmas list!!

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  35. I also `like` Orb Factory on facebook!!

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  36. I also am a fan on your facebook!!

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  37. I like the Blinglets! My 5-year-old sister and I would have fun with these!
    wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

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  38. I Follow The Orb Factory on Twitter. (giantsis)
    wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

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  39. The Sparkling Princess,
    sensibaughbme@ymail.com

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  40. "Like" Orb Factory on FB as Terri S.
    sensibaughbme@ymail.com

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  41. "Like" A Sophisticated Mommy on FB as Terri S.
    sensibaughbme@ymail.com

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  42. Following The Orb Factory on Twitter as giveawayaddict.
    sensibaughbme@ymail.com

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  43. i like the Magnetic Mosaics® Jewels
    feh79 at yahoo dot com

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  44. I like the My First Picture Maker!
    chenvacation at gmail.com

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  45. I lik The Orb Factory on FB & said you sent me

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  46. I follow orbfactory on Twitter (tmy56)

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