Monday, August 16, 2010


I've got the scoop on another of my fabulous sponsors for BLOGMANIA today - Lakeshore Learning Materials.

There are so many things I love about this company but let's start with how it was founded.

Way back in 1954, Ethelyn Kaplan, an Omaha homemaker, decided to pack up her family and move to California to open a toy store. Talk about an unconventional move for a woman in 1950s America!  Initially, Mrs. Kaplan focused on selling toys to parents, but before long, local schools started calling her for art materials and other classroom supplies. Sensing an untapped market, she sold the store and started Lakeshore Learning Materials.

Lakeshore now includes more than 50 retails stores and an online store and is still run by Etheyln's sons and grandsons.  Every product they make is distinguished by its quality, safety, educational merit and play value, and is backed by their ironclad guarantee:  If you are unhappy with any item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund or exchange, no questions asked.  Who can argue with that?

One of my favorite things about shopping on the Lakeshore site is that you can sort products by category (active play, arts & crafts, block play & manipulatives, dramatic play, language, science, etc.) and by age or grade.  So if you're looking for language tools for toddlers, they're easy to find!  And the products that Lakeshore carries aren't only educational, but also tons of fun.  I love the Three-Way Tabletop Easel which also has a dry erase and chalkboard:

What kid wouldn't go nuts for this Indoor/Outdoor Croquet Set?

Gabrielle and Alaina love the Baby Bowling Dinosaurs.

And the Shapes Discovery Boxes.

I'll be adding the Stack & Learn Counting Board to the girls' birthday list.

Along with the Toddler Dress Up Trunk.

And you there's so much more on the Lakeshore site than just shopping.  They have an amazing selection of free resources, including printable flash cards, math puzzles, word searches, awards and more.  Your kids will love to learn with all of these great goodies.

I could go on and on about this company but let's get back to what this means for BLOGMANIA.  I'm very excited to announce that Lakeshore will be giving the winner of our WHOLE KID CABOODLE prize package a $50 gift certificate to their store!  And that's not all.  During BLOGMANIA, we'll also be announcing a coupon exclusively for AFOMFT readers that will allow you to buy one item at Lakeshore and get a second for half price.  Just in time for holiday shopping!  How great is that? 

You'll be able to enter to win THE WHOLE KID CABOODLE prize package, including the $50 store credit to Lakeshore, on September 15th & 16th here on AFOMFT.   To make it simple to enter all of the BLOGMANIA giveaways, there will only be one means of entry on those days but you can earn extra entries over the next month. Here's how:

You can do any of the following once and earn one entry for each that you complete.
You can also earn bonus entries daily by:
  • Tweeting this: @LakeshoreLM is giving away a $50 store credit during #Blogmania at @AFOMFT! September 15th & 16th - Don't miss out! #PPRO
  • Clicking here to vote for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs - Vote For Us @ Top Baby Blogs.  You can vote once per day per computer so if you vote every day or on different computers, be sure to note one entry for each one.
  • Blogging about this giveaway or mentioning it in your Facebook status including a link to this post.   
To record your bonus entries, YOU MUST FILL OUT THE FORM HERE.  You can fill out the form every day to record new tweets and/or votes on Top Baby Blogs.

PLEASE NOTE: Your entries will not show up as comments on this post but will be recorded in a spreadsheet that I will use when I draw the BLOGMANIA giveaway winners.  DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRIES AS COMMENTS.

For more information on BLOGMANIA including more sponsors and the other blogs participating, visit the Blogmania Central Website, "like" Blogmania on Facebook and follow @Blogmania2010 on Twitter.  You can follow all of the AFOMFT BLOGMANIA news HERE and stay tuned - we'll be featuring more of our wonderful sponsors very soon!

Images: Lakeshore Learning Materials

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