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Cindy's Discovery Toys (Review & Giveaway)

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I am one of those mommies who likes to spoil their child. I can't help it. My son is so adorable, and even when he's misbehaving, he can do no wrong in my eyes! I am a sucker for wanting to get him a new little something every time we head to the store, or for every holiday that comes and goes. Easter is probably one of those times where I go a little overboard. My husband is a musician, and is usually working out of town Easter weekend, so I am solely in charge of the Easter basket. This year, since Balian is almost a true toddler, I am focusing a little bit more on filling his basket with relevant items that will further encourage his development and creative play.

I have the perfect little gift item, thanks to MBP friend, Cindy Madison. Cindy is an Independent Team Leader with Discovery Toys, a Direct Sales company focused on connecting moms with educational toys, books and tools for their children. Cindy joined Discovery Toys in 2006. Prior to joining, she had become a stay at home mom, but like many families who were used to have two full time incomes, Cindy soon began to realize that wanted to be able to contribute, while still having the freedom to be with her family. Someone gave a Discovery Toys item to Cindy as a gift, and as Cindy learned more about the opportunity through Discovery Toys, she called a local rep and got started with them, right away. Now, Cindy has the freedom and flexibility she's always wanted. She can work as much or as little as she wants, sharing her passion for learning through play with local hospitals, pre-schools, individuals, groups and organizations, etc. Discovery Toys allows Cindy to be her own boss and build her own team. This sets an incredible example for her children in the age of entrepreneurship. Cindy and her family also benefit from Cindy's involvement with Discovery Toys- the children certainly enjoy the amazing Discovery Toys, and Cindy is able to take her husband on an all expenses paid vacation every February!

 Cindy sent me a very helpful list of DT products that were age appropriate for Balian and asked me to select one for review, that I thought Balian would be interested in. I loved everything that Cindy sent to me, but finally decided on the Discovery Toys Try-Angle. Cindy had the toy ordered and sent to me before I even had time to blink!

 It's here! It's here! Our package from Cindy...

Balian loves to help me retrieve the mail and the packages from the front porch. He is certainly fast becoming mommy's little helper. He was intrigued by the package from Cindy, and knowing that we had to review it, I went ahead and let him help me open it. When Balian saw the Discovery Toys box and the picture of the Try-Angle on the front of it, he literally did his little 'I'm excited' dance, squealed and began 'jumping' (bending his knees, repeatedly) and saying, 'Yeah, Yeah!' This was one excited little babe! I removed the Try-Angle from the box, but set the box aside. I wanted to hang onto it, because it contained information about the toy. A fact sheet was also included with the toy, which I also saved, so I could look over it later.

 Front of the Try-Angle box- I love the vivid full color photos and info, right on the box!

Back of the Try-Angle Toy Box...

There was nothing to put together. The Try-Angle is one piece, and it is really a neat toy. It can be used lying flat, or folded up, making a triangle of fun and exploration! This is a colorful, five-sided toy... perfect to play with at home, but it's portable and also perfect when you're on the go! The Try-Angle from Discovery Toys has tons, and I do mean tons, of bells and whistles for endless learning fun! There are parts of this toy that twist, turn, slide, beep, and whirl!

I know this is a little blurry- just wanted everyone to see that Balian took off running with the Try-Angle still in its box! He was so excited!

Balian could not wait to get his hands on his new Try-Angle. I first gave it to him, lying flat. I placed it on the floor, and he began to explore the winding handle and the turning gears. After he and the toy became acquainted, I showed him how the sides of the Try-Angle flipped up, creating a triangle. Together, we placed the Try-Angle on the coffee table, and he explored the spinners, the sliders, the squeaking push button, mirror and more! Every time I looked at the Try-Angle that first day, I found something new! Balian played and played with the Try-Angle until daddy came home from work. Our first day with the Try-Angle was a Thursday, which is the day of the week that my husband takes Balian to his mother's house for dinner and play time, leaving me at home for four hours of uninterrupted work time. Balian was not about to head to grandma's house without his Try-Angle. I handed it to him, once he was secure in his car seat, and it sat in his lap, perfectly. He played with it the whole way there, and then played with it all night long at grandma's!

 Exploring the new Try-Angle, to see what it's all about... 
So many shapes, colors and sounds!

 Balian loved helping me fold it up into the triangle shape. 
This way, he could easily spin things!

 Getting the hang of it, now...

 Taking a break for juice and a cracker... but not without his Try-Angle!
See how easily it sits in his lap?

Now, Balian is 17 months old. This toy is intended for ages 6 months+. I love how the Discovery Toys Try-Angle can be used with babies- during tummy time, etc. It's perfect for their stimulation! I also love that it's perfect for a 17 month old! There are lots of activities within this toy to keep a toddler busy. We have been using the Try-Angle as a learning tool as we try to teach Balian colors and numbers, as well as sounds and new words. Balian is pretty perceptive, and picking up on new things each and every day (he really amazes me!), so I am thrilled to have a toy at my disposal that will help me, as I work with him, but that he can play with and learn from on his own, too!

Here are some of the great features of the Try-Angle:

Helps to:
Develop small motor skills- encouraging baby to move, twist and turn as they reach for moving parts on the toy.

Identify shapes, colors and patterns.

View and recognize self in the mirror.

Listen for different sounds, and experience cause and effect as parts move.

Experience different visual stimuli in each activity center or window.

Grows with baby from tummy-time to sit up play, to table top play!

 I have been so impressed by the Try-Angle, that is has me really wanting to try even more Discovery Toys. I have seen how much Balian enjoys his Try-Angle, and I can only imagine how well he would like some of the other toys. There are lots of toys available for ages 1-3 to choose from!

Here are a few toys that are on my list for Balian...

Working Trio Dump Trucks

Hammer Away!

Block It!

Discovery Toys offers toys, and learning tools for babies, toddlers and older children. Also available are resources for parents, such as books and CDs to use with their children. If you're looking for a gift for a special child in your life, why not give them a new learning toy that will aid and encourage their exploration and imaginative/creative play! Discovery Toys is perfect for birthdays, play time at home, classrooms, and more! If you've never experienced Discovery Toys with your child or a child in your life, this is the perfect time to give them a try!

Want It? Buy It!

You can purchase all of the above featured products from Discovery Toys by visiting Cindy's Discovery Toys website, or by contacting her to place an order. The DT website is very helpful, and provides parents, grandparents, teachers, etc with lots of information about each and every product. However, if you need assistance, or have questions about a product, just contact Cindy. She is so passionate about her business, and is a very sweet person, whom I have thoroughly enjoyed working with. Cindy would so be glad to share information about the Discovery Toys opportunity with you. I was kind of surprised to see that there were no DT reps listed for my state- NC. You may also be wondering how you can earn free toys from DT by hosting a DT Party! Whatever your area of interest with Discovery Toys, Cindy is ready to speak with you! Be sure to become a fan of Cindy's Discovery Toys on Facebook, so you never miss an update!

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win a set of Discovery Toys' Measure Up Cups (12 months and up)- which just happens to be one of Balian's favorite toys! We play with these colorful stacking, nesting cups in the tub, in the sand, and all over the house! They are great for learning colors and numbers, and teaching patience, too! Just use our easy Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win!

Special thanks to Cindy with Discovery Toys for allowing us to experience the Try-Angle in our home, and for offering the Measure Up Cups as a giveaway for our readers!

Good luck to all who enter!


Disclosure: Other than the above featured toy, which I was sent free of charge from the sponsor, for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

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  1. i think education toys are important because it helps them learn new thing at early ages

    1. So true! It is wonderful when kids learn as they are playing and having fun!

  2. My little one would love this! He is a busy body!

    1. So many things to do and discover! Kids play with Discovery Toys in the most creative ways!

  3. Thank you for the great review, Ondria! You really captured the toy's versatility and I love how you describe Balian's experience with the Try-Angle as he discovers and plays. I can picture his little mind figuring things out! You are a great mom!

    1. It was such a pleasure for me to write this review, Cindy! Balian just absolutely loves the Try-Angle, and I am in love with Discovery Toys! Thanks so much for this recommendation! :)

  4. i love educational toys cuz kids are little sponges
    i entered scentsy layers and didn't get it in box

  5. I love educational toys because they keep my son entertained and engaged much longer than toys that don't teach him anything or stimulate his mind. He would love the Try-Angle!

  6. My son has Autism, so toys such as these are particularly important. In general, educational toys are important because I believe children learn better when learning is made fun...what's more fun than toys!?

    1. Thank you for your comment Randi. I just posted our Autism Toy Guide and Special Needs Toy Guide on my facebook page you might want to take a look at. All of our products are identified with specific learning areas that they are especially beneficial in developing. There is a guide specific to areas that children with autism might need to focus on and one for other special needs.

  7. Learning through play is so important!!!

    1. I agree- and playing with your kids is one of the best things you can do for them!

  8. Children learn through play much better than any other way. Super important for them!
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

  9. I love watching my kids playing with educational toys instead of zoning out to the tv.!

  10. I think it's important because they are learning and growing in leaps and bounds as little ones :)

  11. Play is a great way to encourage children to learn. I love educational toys. I love seeing my kids having fun while learning!!!

    Ohradishes44 at gmail


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