Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide Museum Tour Toys Plus $30 Gift Certificate Giveaway

I was provided the  below mentioned products in order to provide an honest review

   Often as parents we take our children to experience fun places like museums and science centers.  The excursion is often fun and educational.  As your leaving there is a gift shop that you'd love to purchase your child products from but for what ever reason your not able to.  Maybe they are closed or maybe you just don't have the money.  Later you'd like to get that great product, but don't want to drive down town to just purchase it.  Well, recently I was introduced to Museum Tour and its the place to find all these great products without having to drive across town.


Volcano KitAnteater Bug Vac

   The Museum Tour website and catalog was developed by a former museum director.  After being an educator and president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry she realized a need for helping parents find great educational products often found at museums and science centers.  After all parents are a child's first and most important teacher.  The Museum Tour website makes it easy for parents to create fun learning opportunities for their children beyond the museum and science center walls.  They have a large assortment of great educational products.


     I was sent a couple of items to represent what Museum Tour carries.  First we were sent the Ultimate Volcano Kit.  Volcano's are really something that is not easy to teach about since it is not something that many people have seen in real life.  Plus I wanted this item because I thought it would be a fun activity for Jayden and John to do together.  My husband has been working over time lately and doesn't get to see the boys much.  They started out with painting the ceramic volcano.  It was so fun watching them paint together and decide what color to put where.  Then they let it sit and dry.  After it was good and dry we used the provided powder and volcano color along with vinegar.  The volcano can be erupted over and over if you want.   The set also includes 3 genuine volcanic specimens (a real geode, obsidian arrowhead, and floating pumice).  It also has an activity booklet that includes some different challenges.


     The second item we received was the Anteater Bug Vac.  Now Jayden is always interested in bugs.  He always wants to capture them.  I knew he's love this product.  It is actually shaped like an anteater and it is a small vacuum that sucks up bugs into its long nose.  Then they fall into the bug cup that is in his belly.  The bug cup is easily removed and even has a magnifying glass on top.  You can use it to observe your captured bugs and then release them again.   This product I had a little trouble with at first.  When I contacted the company they found out that the manufacturer said you have to use specific batteries.  I had never heard of this, but figured it was worth getting the specific batteries.  We received some of the Kirkland brand batteries and honestly I was surprised that the bug vac worked.  I had never heard of certain brands working or not working in products before.  I had been using energizer so not just some random batteries.  Either way the batteries worked.  Jayden went on a bug hunt.  It took a while cause it was getting cold outside, but then he found a small baby cricket.  He quickly vacuumed him up.  It was so easy to use and then his new found bug was in the Anteaters belly.  We removed the bug cup to get a closer look.  The magnifying glass helped to show more details of the bug.  Then after we looked at him some we let him go.  Jayden was then on a hunt for more bugs.  He really is having a great time with this toy.  Now he wants to go bug hunting every night.


     Museum Tour Toys are educational and fun.  With the holidays upon us it is a great time to get those products you saw at the museum or science center, but were unable to before.  They would make great gifts.  Museum Tour Toys has a large selection of great educational products to choose from. You can shop their site by age or by product type.

Buy it: Ultimate Volcano Kit $19.95 and Anteater Bug Vac $19.99

Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama reader will win a $30 Gift Certificate to Museum Tour Toys.

Enter in the Giveaway Tools form below! This giveaway will be open until 12/15 at 11:59PM (MST).  Open to US.

Thank you to Museum Tour for sponsoring this post & giveaway
 I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure

21 comments:

  1. The LED tropical jungle is really cool. It's so hard to pick just one, everything is neat.

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  2. I like the young scientist series project kits

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  3. My kids would think the Magic Penny Magnet Kit is neat! :-)

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  4. I would use it towords the Zippy Flyer Skateboard

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  5. I think that my granddaughter would love this - Item # 7759 - Lie Detector Kit from Museum Tours, she is really interested in spy kits and stuff.

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  6. I like the Action Vivitar Helmet Camera.

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  7. I'd like to get the Kooky Kitchen for my son.

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  8. My grandson would like the Locomotive Tent.

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  9. I would like to have their Twilight Car.

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  10. Josiah would LOVE the pottery wheel. That looks like fun! childrenteachingmama@gmail.com

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  11. my boys would like the mine for gems set

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  12. I would get the Laser Pegs Sci-Fi set.

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  13. I like the bumbo booster seat.

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