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Things I Love Thursday- Smooshies (and a GIVEAWAY!)

tilt  One of the things I find most frustrating at birthday and Christmas time is the lack of good toys for kids. Everything is full of bright lights, talking animals and all sorts of other bells and whistles, but my kids play with it for 5 minutes and are bored. It does nothing to stimulate their imagination or creativity. My kids will play with a box that they decorate with markers to look like a car for house on end. Anyone else think we are cheating our kids with the “toys” we give them to play with?

When the One2One Network asked me if I would review a new toy that stimulates kid’s creativity, I raised my hand high and yelled, “Pick me, pick me!!” The idea behind the toy is simple. Your child picks a body and then several body parts and they can create whatever they want. And all the parts are velcro so they can create or re-create as much as they want.The various parts are inexpensive so you can get a bunch and allow your children to create a multitude of creatures.

Smooshiesretail for $9.99 and extra parts are just $1.99. They are now available at JoAnn’s Fabrics and Micheal’s stores. In my paper, there are coupons almost every week for these 2 stores so you should be able to score and even better deal on this toy. What a great idea for a gift for your toddler or preschooler. And I have one to give away to you. If you are interested in winning, just leave me a comment below. So easy.

For an extra entry, participate in my Things I Love Thursday carnival by writing a post about what you love and link up with Mr. Linky below. Please read the guidelines and what that entails over here. As I said a few weeks ago, there have been a few posts lately that don’t really fit at all with the spirit of the carnival and if I find that to be the case, I reserve the right to delete it and you will simply be given one entry into the giveaway instead of two. Please don’t make me do that :) You MUST leave a second comment if you link into the TILT carnival as I will be picking the winner solely from the comments using Random.org. Make sense? Hope so and good luck!

Comments

  1. Smooshies sound awesome!
    .-= Myra´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday–Round Pizza Stone =-.

  2. Linked up with my TILT post!
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  3. I posted “Things I Love” for the first time. Thank you!
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  4. Here is my 2nd comment. Or wait… was that up there my 2nd and this should have been my first? Anyway, I would love the Smooshie!
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  5. This was my first Things I Love Thursday! Love your site!
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  6. That sounds like a really cool toy!!!
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..My Cloth Diaper Stash…Part 3 Prefolds =-.

  7. I linked up for Things I LOVE Thursday!!
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..My Cloth Diaper Stash…Part 3 Prefolds =-.

  8. nicolerenae says:

    Sounds like something my kids would like! Thanks!

  9. Holly says:

    This sounds like something my daughter would love.
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Lily Love =-.

  10. Buffie says:

    I participated with a link above.
    .-= Buffie´s last blog ..Lily Love =-.

  11. That sounds like a great toy for my girls, aged 1 and 3.
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  12. Those are cute! Never seen or heard of them before. My girls would love them.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: e-Mealz =-.

  13. Okay- TILT post is up.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: e-Mealz =-.

  14. I bought something similar at a consignment sale for my baby–when she gets older! Would love to have it for “eventually.” I spent my childhood playing make-believe in the woods and choreographing whole ballets for me and my sister. I hope my daughter will do the same!
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: The Bible =-.

  15. What a great idea! My husband and I are always on the lookout for educational/stimulating toys. Thanks!

  16. I’m with you on the toy thing… how hard can it be to make a non-battery-operated toy? Smooshies sound fun!
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  17. I linked up!
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  18. These are so cute! How fun.
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  19. I was just having this conversation with my friend!! So tired of receiving toys that my kids only play with for 5mins. We need educational, stimulating toys around here.
    .-= Laura H.´s last blog ..havin’ fun with the timer option =-.

  20. i’ve seen these before and they look really neat. thanks for the chance to win!
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..how i met your father: our love story, part xv =-.

  21. That sounds great! and like you said the fect that there are coupons all the time for the store doesn’t hurt!
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain =-.

  22. Paige says:

    Very cute idea! I will have to make a trip to Jo-Ann’s
    Paige
    .-= Paige´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursdays – Puppy Dogs! =-.

  23. I am linked up!
    .-= Rhen @yestheyareallmine´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday =-.

  24. The smooshies look great! Some of the body parts are just funny. :)
    .-= Rhen @yestheyareallmine´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday =-.

  25. Smooshies sound like so much fun! I’m in!
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Garden Tip: Sugar Water =-.

  26. (I clicked on the link and it just took me to Joann’s site…?)

    Do you remember the Smooshies WE had when we were kids? Did you ever have any of those?? I can’t remember exactly but I think they were called the same thing.

    Thanks for this, I’m sure my kids would love it!
    .-= Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt´s last blog ..Because vacation is supposed to be fun. =-.

  27. Those sound like fun! Thanks for letting me play along:)
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  28. I linked up for TILT!

    Also, do you have code for your TILT logo? I was wanting to put it on my sidebar … if you didn’t mind of course:)
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  29. New commentor here … hope to visit again soon :)
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  30. What a fab find! I would love it!
    .-= Amy @ Amy Loves It!´s last blog ..Yummy Mochas with Alyssa =-.

  31. Those are adorable! Hmmm, if I don’t win, I’m totally going to try to make one. But it’s ok if I win. I wouldn’t mind. :)
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  32. Linky McLinkersons.
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  33. Would love to have one of these for my girls!

  34. That would be fun for my 2 yr old!

  35. The toy sounds awesome!!! I hope I get picked :)

  36. Those are really cool–I’d love to win! Thanks!
    .-= Eos Mom´s last blog ..Tackle It Tuesday–messy counter =-.

  37. Linked up!!

  38. I would love to win – I’m betting my Girlie would love a Smooshie!
    .-= Jeni´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday – Magnetic Letters =-.

  39. I linked up a TILT of my own!
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  40. Brandi says:

    I would love to try these. My little girl would love them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Is it lame that if I won I would totally give that as a birthday gift instead of keeping it. Okay, so I am the world cheapest mom
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  42. Those are cute. Its nice that the accessories aren’t crazy expensive, and not really breakable either.
    .-= Staci @teaching money to kids´s last blog ..Book of the Week – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs =-.

  43. Those look like so much fun! Hope I win!
    .-= MommyAmy´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: Rhode’s Frozen Bread Dough =-.

  44. I participated in TILT. :)
    .-= MommyAmy´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: Rhode’s Frozen Bread Dough =-.

  45. Oooh! I forgot to add the comment for “I linked up” earlier!

    Jessie
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..Things I Love Thursday: The Bible =-.

  46. Rebecca says:

    Love the creativity aspect of a Smooshie! Looks great.

  47. I’m sad to say that Smooshies aren’t available in any stores where we live. There’s a list of stores on their site. My daughter really loves hers; I’d like to get her more parts. :)
    .-= Tara @ Feels like home´s last blog ..Swinging: The Rest of the Story =-.

  48. I linked up for TILT.
    .-= Tara @ Feels like home´s last blog ..Swinging: The Rest of the Story =-.

  49. i want to win!!!
    .-= kelsey´s last blog ..Holy Crap! =-.

  50. Cute! I’d love to enter.
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  51. Maura G says:

    Always looking for great toys – would love to win this!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. Sylvia says:

    Hope it’s not to late to comment–my kids would love this. So creative! Thanks!
    sylviarj at yahoo dot com

  53. I would like to win this for my boys.
    super_alba_star@yahoo.com
    .-= Alba Guevara´s last blog ..This weeks giveaways…July 20-24 =-.

  54. I just love these smooshies!

  55. SUMMER says:

    I would love to be entered to win please!! Looks fantastic.

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