GIVEAWAY + Coupon for Mama May I Learning Toys

The learning toys from Mama May I awaken creativity for the whole family. We recently received a bundle of the handmade wooden games for my 18 month old. These toys are the perfect tools to teach her basic skills about colors, puzzles, stacking, sorting, and assembling. That’s just the beginning of the lessons that Mama May I inspires!

Click the picture to visit Mama May I Shop

Click the picture to visit Mama May I Shop

From left to right, we’ve been playing with the Make A Match Farm Edition for toddlers, Bambino Bamboozles, and Little People Rainbow World. Hannah learns more about each toy every time she plays with the sets. I’m constantly amazed at the connections she makes between games, songs, sign language, and physical skills.

With toys like these, it’s easy to satisfy her growing hunger for knowledge. 

I like to let Hannah guide our playtime as much as possible. I’ll demonstrate skills I would like her to learn, offer assistance when needed, and provide gentle encouragement, too. Her cues show me what she would like to learn and when I oblige, she enthusiastically takes charge of the lesson. Here’s how our first experience with the Farm Animal tiles panned out:

Hannah noticed the new bag of toys immediately and set out to explore the contents. Her small hands fumbled with the bag until she looked at me and signed “please.” I opened it a little bit so that she could finish the task and she began pulling out tiles and setting them on the table. She quickly recognized that the tiles had animal pictures and sang her favorite verse of Old McDonald, “Ee-i-ee-i=o.” I pointed to a few animals and named them while trying to coax the sounds from Hannah. She offered “awooo” for the dog and “baa” for the sheep. She began to notice that there were two dogs, so I tried to show her more of the pairs. We turned the coins back and forth, moved them around the table, and then returned them to the bag.

Photo Source: Mama May I

Photo Source: Mama May I

A set like this offers open ended play opportunities for many ages. It’s great for identifying animals and sounds. Even swapping your question from “What does the cow say?” to “Who says Moo?” presents a new challenge for a child. Older children will enjoy moving the tiles around on a farm learning mat and imagining the job of the farmer or playing a memory game. Mama May I suggests this activity:

Need to put them to bed for the evening? Tuck them into their drawstring pouch for easy put-away. Or have you little one plop them into an empty tissue box – a game sure to inspire your little one’s growing fine motor skills with a rewarding clink. Clink. Clink. 

The Bambino Bamboozles hone fine motor skills and stack in surprising ways. This set is small, so I like to keep it in the diaper bag as a quick-fix to keep Hannah’s attention when we’re out of the house. How many ways do you think the set can go?

Photo Source: Mama May I

Photo Source: Mama May I

When I see rainbow toys, I immediately think of Mama May I. So many of the items in the shop feature classic colors. These sets are hand painted with child-safe paints, although Mama May I discourages allowing children to put these toys in the mouth. Sets like these are perfect for boys and girls. Children can learn colorful lessons while practicing balancing the tools. Flip everything upside down and start over for a new game or teach older children about complementary colors while mixing and matching the pairs. I love to watch Hannah explore games like this, but I am ever mindful of her tendency to put toys into her mouth. Some children are just wired this way, so having a fixed task like placing an object into a cup can help distract from that act. She announced her first color shortly after we played with a set: yellow!

Photo Source: Mama May I

Photo Source: Mama May I

Montessori learning can start at birth. There are items in the shop that feature bold geometric patterns in black and white to captivate young babies. Hannah and I love to play with the Tiny Tickler that I bought for Audrey this summer. I’ll wave the colorful ring around while tickling here and there on the two girls. Hannah giggles and says “Tick tick tick” while she plays along. This is one of the first toys she reaches for in her box of baby gear. Do you think that she likes it so much for the tickling sensation or for the enjoyment of playing with her sister?

I credit Jessica, the artistic owner behind Mama May I, as the inspiration behind teaching my girls Waldorf and Montessori lessons. Each toy in Mama May I has a vivid description of a lesson that you can share with your children. Let her guide you into a vibrant playroom filled with a million opportunities to learn.

GIVEAWAY and COUPON CODE DETAILS

Mama May I is offering Coupon Code ECOIN for 15% off your purchase through 12/14/12. Click here to shop now. You can also win a set of Rainbow People by commenting on this post! Simply click over to www.mamamayishop.com and let us know which toy would be perfect for your little people in the comments below.

You can earn two extra entries:

1. ‘Like’ Mama May I on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting us know!

2. ‘Like’ Eco Incognito on Facebook, then come back and leave a comment letting us know!

Contest is open to US residents only. We cannot guarantee prize delivery prior to Christmas. Winners will be announced 12/14/12 and contacted via email. 

Disclosure: I received a sample of each of the toys in the first photo in exchange for this blog post. This is a shop I’m happy to support through marketing because it is owned by my very talented friend. I’ve purchased toys for the girls on occasion and plan to continue that trend as they get older. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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59 comments on “GIVEAWAY + Coupon for Mama May I Learning Toys

  1. Sarah Hughes says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!! I liked Mama May I and already liked Eco Incognito. I think my youngest would love the Rainbow People. I think my oldest would too. The site is wonderful, such bright, beautiful and clean looking toys!!

  2. allie says:

    I like the sight and sounds cards.

  3. thebusybaby says:

    I liked Mama May I on FB and of course I already like Eco Incognito on FB 🙂 I think A would love the Bakery in a Box. She is getting a kitchen for Christmas so this would be perfect!

  4. Melissa pilgrim says:

    I looked the other night and “the family box” was very interesting. And super cute

  5. Melissa pilgrim says:

    I already like Ecoincognito on Facebook

  6. Melissa pilgrim says:

    I just liked mama may I shop on fb 🙂

  7. Heather M says:

    So fun! The counting Hives would be perfect for R.

  8. Heather M says:

    I already like you on FB.

  9. I love the bakery i a box. but really- this is an awesome shop all together. I’ve bookmarked them & plan to contact them about wholesale opps.

  10. Lauryn says:

    I think my kids would have a blast with the Little People Rainbow World! They look like so much fun:)
    And, I already like you on FB and just headed on over to like Mama May I!

  11. Jenny K says:

    I like the colored cups and balls! Thanks!

  12. Heather says:

    Love the Story Starters!

  13. Heather says:

    I like Eco Incognito on FB!

  14. I like both on FB and I think these educational toys are perfect for little ones….as being a Montessori teacher I love them all.

  15. willowreedy says:

    Love the sensory box!! Both of my kiddos would have so much fun with that!!
    Ps. I can’t find the code for the 15% off? I’ve read the post over and over, I think I may be missing something. Sorry! It’s late!

  16. EPCollet says:

    My little guy would love ‘pocket place’ – he’s 5 and has become so skittish about being alone! I love the idea of a simple cast of open-ended characters he could bring with him! Plus, their sizes and colors would make playing with his younger brother fun as well. Great toys!

  17. EPCollet says:

    PS: I ‘liked’ both facebook pages as well.

  18. willowreedy says:

    Like both on Facebook!

  19. Leah says:

    I’d love a set of the monster matching game for my 3 year old :).

  20. Leah says:

    I’m a “Mama May I” fan on facebook!

  21. Leah says:

    New facebook fan of Eco Incognito!

  22. Lisa says:

    I would buy a fiddle fab–I wish I had known about these before!

  23. Lisa says:

    Facebook fan of “Mama May I” shop.

  24. Amy L says:

    Facebook fan of mama may I

  25. Jessica P. says:

    I love the ‘my big little people.’ They’re so sweet!

  26. Jessica P. says:

    Facebook fan!

  27. Amy L says:

    Love the explore with me sensory box… Have already purchased for Christmas!

  28. Stacy says:

    I think the acrobats look like lots of fun for my little man 🙂

  29. I have a BUNCH of the website on my want list for both my 1 year old and 3.5 year old. I think I’m going to get the counting lights for my daughters and their cousins

  30. liked mama may i already on FB 🙂

  31. Rachel B says:

    Wow I am loving this store! I love the wooden toys, the natural colors and fabrics and the sensory activities that remind me of my Montessori days. There are several things that caught my eye: the Fairy Friends set for my almost 5 year old, a fidget for my about to be born baby, and I know my 2 year old would love the Make a Match set. Thanks for sharing this with RM! I Liked Mama May I and Eco Incognito on FB. 🙂

  32. Sarah C says:

    I adore the colored cups and balls. I can imagine him playing with those for hours, practicing scooping and pouring. A great toy for little hands! I love the sensory box too – at the moment we just used a tub, but I love all the accessories such as the scoop and tongs.

  33. Erin says:

    I liked Mama May I and Eco Incognito on Facebook.

    My B would looooooove the rainbow people! Heck, she’d love the whole lot! 🙂

  34. Kate says:

    Liked both on Facebook.
    Mama May I has all sort of fun stuff!

  35. Carmela says:

    Liked mama may I on FB

  36. Carmela says:

    Like Eco incognito on FB. I think my daughter would have fun playing with the Explore With Me Sensory Box

    Melai0028@yahoo.com

  37. Sarah Untersee says:

    I think my little one would love the farm matching set! He loves animals!

    I also like “mama may I” on FB.

  38. 2plus2mom says:

    I already liked Mama May I, and now I like you, too! Have had my eye on these for a while…maybe Santa will bring them to our house?

  39. Meredith says:

    I already follow you on FB, but I now followed Mama May I too! These toys look fantastic! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway 🙂

  40. Kaitlynn says:

    Just liked both on FB, great products & blog. My son would love the make a match Dino set 🙂

  41. Rachel says:

    Already liked MamaMayI- love her stuff!

  42. Rachel says:

    Now I like Eco Incognito too!

  43. I’ve always “liked” ecoincognito but now I “like” mama may i and I positively drooled over her shop. I love anything wooden and as a former montessori teacher, I would have loved to have filled my classroom with these creations. For my own tot, I’d love the rainbow people and the sensory bags. neat!

  44. Abigail Bolin says:

    I just discovered Mama May I a few weeks ago- I love everything in her shop! I just ordered a few things for my girls the day before this coupon out- I wish I had waited!
    I’m already a fan of her FB page and I will go like yours as well!
    My girls would love anything in her shop but I’m personally in love with the rainbow houses!

    • ecoincognito says:

      Thanks for your entry! I’m sorry you found out about the code right after placing your order. I can guarantee that Mama May I toys are still worth every penny 🙂 She also has special ways of rewarding her best customers, so keep in touch and chit chat with the Facebook crowd.

  45. Abigail Bolin says:

    I’ve now liked your page, too!

  46. mariko snook says:

    It’s so hard to choose a favourite! My 2-year-old daughter would love the Silkies and I can see her playing for hours with the Fairy Friends set. My 5-year-old son would definitely be into the Story Starters set or the Shoot for the Rainbow set. I love the toys in this shop! Thanks for introducing me to Mama May and for linking through Rising Moon Midwifery! Now I have a new blog and a new shop to follow! 🙂

  47. mariko snook says:

    I like eco incognito on FB!

  48. mariko snook says:

    I also liked Mama May May I on FB!

  49. Nichole says:

    I’ve seen the Philly matching set on Etsy before and loved it! Didn’t know there was a world of other toys, too. The flip mats are awesome.

  50. Brittany says:

    I love the Rainbow Nest. Adorable toys.

  51. Hello i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace,
    when i read this piece of writing i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible piece of
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