Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Because It's Christmas: Group 5 UNWRAPPED - North Star Toys' Paddle Wheel Boat GIVEAWAY

The next and final gift we are unwrapping is a terrific kid-powered Paddle Wheel Boat from North Star Toys! YOU can win this as one of the great gifts from Group 5 and an identical one has been donated the Relief Nursery of Collin County in Plano, TX.

North Star Toys was the perfect fit for our Because It's Christmas Kids & Charity Giveaway because of the very nature of what their products are made out of - honest to goodness non-toxic WOOD.

The little Elves at North Star Toys are hard at work, especially at this time of year, trying to make sturdy, beautiful toys that will please boys and girls both young and old. The owners of North Star Toys have been an absolute delight to work with and truthfully, their toys reflect that. They simply believe that children deserve beautiful, functional toys.

From the owners ~

At North Star Toys we believe that conscious parenting is one of the most wonderful and challenging responsibilities on the planet. It is our hope to support this important endeavor by offering simple toys that stimulate creative, imaginative play. We truly care about the toys we make and hope that they add to the nurturing experiences of childhood.

North Star Toys is also very conscientious about the environment. Being a family owned and operated business, they can make environmental sustainability top priority. They recycle both the paper they use as well as the packaging whenever possible and turn right around and print on recycled paper. They use vegetable-based inks for large printing jobs and their saw dust is used to supplement compost and for chickens. 100 percent of electricity that runs their shop comes from wind and/or solar energy. And their wood-scraps are even donated to schools for art projects and used for kindling - how's that for giving back?!

Each of these beautiful toys are loving created using only American hard woods then they use food grade mineral oil to finish the toys. That has to be part of what make them so beautiful! I have been so impressed by the wide variety of toys in their collection, all the way from their complete set of their Little Rollie Animals to the Happy Hybrid that would entertain children of any age.

As for the Paddle Wheel Boat - Yes, it really works. Powered by a heavy rubber band, the paddle wheel boat will go several feet on a wind up. It is 9-1/2" long and recommended for children age 3 and up.

We are giving this paddle wheel boat to my 7 year old daughter. Yes, you read that right - DAUGHTER. You probably remember, this is my daughter who loves to find out how things work. I can see her now, winding and twisting the rubber-band paddle wheel as tight as she possibly can and how she and her sisters will laugh and cheer as it propels itself across the water. Talk about a way to make bath time fun! The boat is again, extremely well made and smooth as can be. North Star sent along several of those thick, sturdy rubber bands so this should provide for hours of fun!

ENTER TO WIN A PADDLE WHEEL BOAT FROM NORTH STAR TOYS

Note: by entering this giveaway, you are actually entering to win all the toys in Group 5 The more individual posts you enter, the more of a chance you have to win the Group prizes. The entries will be combined from all posts and a winner selected, so you have a chance to win the Group prizes even if you only enter on one post.

To enter to win a Paddle Wheel Boat by North Star Toys:

  • Visit North Star Toys and check out all of the items.
  • Come back here and leave a comment telling us what you would like to see North Star Toys add to their line up of toys.


That’s it!

To earn extra entries:

  • Post our Because It’s Christmas button on your site (you can find the code for it on the right sidebar) - 5 EXTRA ENTRIES
  • Blog about this giveaway and link back here and to North Star Toys. (the links must be active/clickable) - 5 EXTRA ENTRIES
  • Subscribe to our updates. - 1 EXTRA ENTRY
  • Enter a Because It’s Christmas giveaway over at What's That Smell? and/or 3 P’s in a Pod and come back here and tell us which post/giveaway you entered on. - 1 EXTRA ENTRY PER POST/GIVEAWAY ENTERED

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, ie: if you blog about this, leave 5 separate comments.

Giveaway will run through Nov. 30th at noon central time and is open to the USA.

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This is the FINAL WEEK to enter the GIVEAWAYS both here and on 3 P's in a Pod for Because It's Christmas! Don't Miss out!

182 comments:

sito50 said...

It's hard to say anything they should add; they have such cute toys. Maybe they could have some way of connecting the rolling animals so if a child has more than one, she can roll them together.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

sito50 said...

I entered Three P's in a Pod's Pegasus, Unicorn and dragon giveaway.

Nodin's Nest said...

Maybe they could add a some little buildings?

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wigget said...

they could really use some more construction vehicles with little people.

wigget said...

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entered what's that smell? All Star Buddies GIVEAWAY

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entered 3P's Glow Station from Crayola GIVEAWAY.

SeahorseLady said...

Great site! I like their cute Let's Go Walking Puppy.
I would like to see more pull toy animals like a lion or elephant.

mverno said...

building toys

Maja said...

let's go walking puppy

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Sweetpeas said...

Wow, so many great toys already, I'm loving this site! Maybe dollhouse furniture/accessories?

Sweetpeas said...

I have the button on my blog.

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Sweetpeas said...

I entered the Crayola glow giveaway

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Haba blocks @ What's that smell

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nature dicovery book @ what's that smell

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dragonrock castle

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duck pull-toy

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terra kids headlamp

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xeko panda @ what's that smell

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haba pull toy

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drift cars

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nana star

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let's go walking puppy

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helicopter

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all star buddies

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haba blocks @ 3 P's in a pod

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crayola scribble & sing

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planet pixies

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rosegarden palace

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nature discovery book @ 3 P's

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rainbow people mover

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crayons & sketchpad

Sweetpeas said...

Pegasus, Unicorn & Dragon

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shrinky dinks

artmarcia said...

I love the Rainbow Collection and would love to see more vehicles in this line.

artmarcia said...

I entered the Xeko Pals Giant Panda giveaway at What’s That Smell?

artmarcia said...

I entered the HABA Terra Kids Headlamp Giveaway at What’s That Smell?

artmarcia said...

I entered the All Star Buddies GIVEAWAY at What’s that Smell?

artmarcia said...

I entered the North Star Toys' Pegasus, Unicorn & Dragon GIVEAWAY at 3 Peas in a Pod.

artmarcia said...

I entered the Shrinky Dinks Holiday Fun from Creativity for Kids (Faber-Castell) GIVEAWAY at 3 Peas in a Pod.

theflyingacc said...

NOT HARD FOR ME TO SAY WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TO HAVE MORE OF>>>CARS!!!! EVEN BETTER, SPORT CARS! DASH IS EVEN SEEING TRUCKS AND WANTS TO HAUL THINGS IN THEM! AND>>> PULL TOY DOGS IN DIFFERENT BREEDS!!!!! AND THAT PADDLE BOAT IS WONDERFUL, HOPE WE WIN>>WELL, WHO WOULD NOT!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL CONTEST

souldolphindream said...

I think they have wonderful items but I would love to have a dolphin that rolls on wheels

thanks for the giveaways

souldolphindream@aol.com

ky2here said...

I'd like to see some soft wood like balsa wood for some airplanes.

ellen cunningham said...

I would like to see more fish or ocean related toys. My son loves fish. Thanks for the chance, sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com.

Shannon said...

More pull along toys.

cstironkat said...

I would like to see a set of wooden dogs and cats. Thank you,

cstironkat said...

I entered what's that smell? All Star Buddies giveaway. Holt loves Blitz the football.

reb said...

I would love to see anything frogs. I love frogs.

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Christina said...

I'd like to see a bicycle or tricycle!

jffryclough said...

they should make a space station suspended from a string

Christina said...

I subscribed to your updates!

Nad said...

They already have a great selection, but I'd love to see a Robot. My little boy is crazy about them right now.

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Nad said...

I suscribe.

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Nad said...

I entered the Glow Station from Crayola giveaway at 3Ps in a Pod.

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Stephanie said...

love all of their toys but would like to see a few larger items -- like maybe a cool teepee fort!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

PhotoBugBaby said...

Maybe some constructions vehicles or a car hauler w/little car :)

allancarol said...

construction vehicles

Sandy said...

more girl items

Jenn S. said...

A tank or some sea animals would be nice.

Anonymous said...

I also like the wooden camera.

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judybrittle said...

How about some sort of puzzle using
their cute animal shapes or a shape sorter.

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Tonyag1 said...

Don't know if you have a Sub but that would be great.

vboackle said...

i am not creative so i do not know.

Dee said...

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clynsg said...

It's always hard to come up with 'what should we add' when there is already a very good supply of something, in this case toys. I can't really think of anything, except possibly expanding the number of toys in the pull and/or push category.

clynsg at yahoo.com

Dee said...

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clynsg said...

I am a subscriber.

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clynsg said...

Entered Pegasus, Unicorn & Dragon @ 3 P's in a Pod.

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Entered the Duck Pull Toy @ 3 P's in a Pod.

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Entered the Let's Go Walking Puppy @ 3 P's in a Pod.

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Entered for the Helicopter @ 3 P's in a Pod.

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clynsg said...

Entered for the Rainbow People Mover @ 3 P's in a Pod.

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Entered the All Star Buddies at What's That Smell.

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jennem said...

A fire truck. My niece loves 'em.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

tatertot374 said...

I love their toys. Maybe some bigger construction toys. My son would love that. Thank you
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Sharon said...

LOVE these items...would love to see more blocks and variety of blocks. Thanks

Sharon said...

have Because It's Christmas button on my sidebar. THANKS

Heather said...

My kids love animals, so seeing the animals of the jungle and animals of the sea expanded would be great.

kdkdkd said...

I would love to see a wooden advent calender, something built to last

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PhotoBugBaby said...

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I entered the Rainbow People Mover giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Jumbo Crayons and Sketch Book giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Shrinky Dinks Holiday Fun giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Pegasus, Unicorn and Dragon giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Crayola Glow Station giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Paddle Wheel Boat giveaway at 3P's :)

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I entered the Dragonrock Castle giveaway at What's That Smell? :)

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nannetterya said...

a wooden hockey stick with ball

Julie D said...

More construction stuff

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Erica said...

They should have a tractor.


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Amy said...

I like the horse and cart!

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Sonya said...

I would love to see some more girl friendly toys.

NesieBird said...

I think some more buildings would do.

windycindy said...

Hi, I would like to see some wooden puzzles and block sets! Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a subscriber! Thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

Hi, I entered the drawing on "What's
That Smell?" for the "All Star Buddies" Giveaway! Many thanks, Cindi
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donna444444 said...

I entered to win Haba Casalino fabric blocks at 3 Ps in a pod.
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I entered to win the Planet Pixie Dolls at 3 Ps in a pod.
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I entered to win the Rainbow People Mover at 3 Ps in a pod.
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I entered to win the Unicorn, Pegasus, and Dragon at 3 Ps in a pod.
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I entered to win the Shrinky Dinks at 3 Ps in a pod.
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I entered to win the Crayola Beginnings Scribble & Sing art station at 3 Ps in a pod.
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Elizabeth said...

Perhaps a dollhouse-type toy for the wooden people.

donna444444 said...

I entered to win the Sketch Book and 15 Short Jumbo Crayon set at 3 Ps in a pod.
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K. Cleaver said...

I'd like to see something like a Weeble Wooble.

donna444444 said...

I like the babies first toy.
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I subscribed.

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ssmina said...

please enter me thank you!

ssmina said...

looks like they already have a lot of great stuff, nothing to add, thanks!

Becca Ann said...

i like the Little Rollie Semi Truck

silverbele said...

Great toys but they could add buildings

Mia J. said...

I think it would be fun to have a hot air balloon or a jeep.

lilyk said...

I would like to see North Star Toys add play food.

lilyk said...

I entered the Oompa Toy giveaway at What's That Smell?

lilyk said...

I entered the Haba Fabric Blocks giveaway at P’s in a Pod.

silverhartgirl said...

I didnt see any wooden tops. i love tops

Gianna said...

I'd love to see play wooden cooking sets :)

Alyson, the 3 P's Mama said...

Thank you SO much for all of your entries!

The GIVEAWAY has now closed and no further entries will be accepted.

Please watch for the announcement of the winners soon!