Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kid Goodie Giveaway: Win a $100 toy and game shopping spree!



As you may know from that to-do list for parents of kids with special needs I did, I have a thing against toy companies that rip off parents of kids with special needs. Fun and Function, which designs special needs toys, autism toys and therapy products, is most definitely NOT one of those companies. Most of their stuff is reasonably priced, creative, and just plain smart.


The site recently sent us the Mad Magnet-Match Combo Pack to check out. Developed by a speech-language pathologist, it comes with three games (Opposites, Part-to-Whole and Associations) that have magnetic tiles with images and words on them. You basically have to correctly pair the tiles with each other. For example, in the Opposites game, you place eight tiles on the board that have words like day, clean, happy, and then the player has to find the opposite tiles to go with them (night, dirty, sad). All the games also have suggestions for variations; for example, you can set up three tiles with only one correct opposite pair; the child has to identify the tile that doesn't belong.

These games are cool for encouraging Max to make both concrete and conceptual connections. I also get him to try to say the names of the images, which helps him practice vocabulary and articulation, and I spell out the words. These games are basically one of the ONLY games I can get the kids to sit down and play together, unless you count the Let's Try To Pull Out Each Other's Hair Game!, which I do not recommend. The site also has the By Kids Only line that features soft, tagless clothes for kids with sensory issues. Kids can even make their own design.

Fun and Function is offering up a $100 shopping spree to one of you, plus free shipping. To enter, just check out the site and leave a comment below about what thing (or things!) you'd most love to get for your kid. I've got my eye on their plastic scooter board.

Note, you must leave your e-mail if yours isn't on your blog as my ESP is still on the blink.

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This giveaway is open until Wednesday, July 21, 11:59 EST, and is for United States and Canadian residents. I'll announce the winner on this blog the next day and alert you by e-mail. Good luck!

And the winner is... ANewKindOfPerfect. Congratulations! I hope you and Peanut have fun shopping for stuff.

96 comments:

  1. My kids would LOVE that magnet game!

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  2. Wow, what a great site! I am going to spend quite a bit of time checking it out. :)

    I would definitely get the Z-Vibe Cat and Mouse travel kit. My Peanut doesn't eat orally, but has started letting us put things against her lips. She loves vibrating things, so these would be perfect!!

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  3. I would love 2 of the My Favorite Travel Kit: Color, Draw, Write! for my twins and the Mad Magnet-Match: Opposites
    denimc{at}gmail{dot}com

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  4. I follow you on twitter @thesehappydays
    (oops, my first comment posted anonymously, but i do have a google account)
    denimc{at}gmail{dot}com

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  5. tweet: http://twitter.com/thesehappydays/status/18496467014
    denimc{at}gmail{dot}com

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  6. I love Fun and Function, too, and completely agree that their prices are way more reasonable than other special needs products sites. I am happy to enter the giveaway and would love anything from the sensory room section or any of the toys that vibrate as Sophie loves vibration toys. The oral/motor stuff looks good, too. Thanks for hosting it!

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  7. I want the scooter too but also the Bilibo, I think Romy would like that and I've heard really great things about it. Thanks for sharing the site, lots of cool things to choose from.

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  8. Nice site. I can't wait to check it out more!

    I want the Magneatos and the Slice and Bake Cookie Set.

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  9. I love Fun and Function! I have had a wishlist of their products for a long time! My son would love some of their By Kids Only clothing or some ear muffs or any of the fidget toys or SquashBlox Builder Set or Crawling Tunnel or any of a hundred things on my list!

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  10. I like the Bumbo seat with the tray.

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  11. We have ordered several things from this magazine and have many more on our list!

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  12. We also follow you on blogger

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  13. Fun and Function is by far the best store for kiddos with special needs. I have 3 boys with special needs and could probably take one of everything on their website, lol. We have the DnZ-vibe kit as well as the soft cat and mouse tips. It was the ears of the mouse tip that finally got my little Jacob eating, he liked to use them as spoons. I would love to be able to get him the weighted compression vest, and compression shorts to help with his proprioceptive input.

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  14. Facebook Fan and I want to get my son the shirt that fits snug for sensory issues!

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  15. I think I would choose one of the "Chair Balls"...looks great for building core strength. :)

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  16. Oh, AND RSS feed follower! Can you tell I want to win this one?

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  17. What a great site! So many things to choose from. I love the Chilly Swing Set. I think my daughter would have a ball in that!

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  18. I do subscribe to your feed through Google Reader.

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  19. Don't have your button on my blog, but I do have a link to your blog. :)

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  20. I bought one of the scooters last fall and my kids LOVE it! I would love to have the oral motor whistles and Z vibe!
    Kim Anderson
    kimberly61@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love to get my daughter the "My Favorite Travel Kit: Color, Draw, Write!"

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I'm following you on Twitter. (@hawaiismn)

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/18540291441

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I "liked" you on Facebook. (Thrifty Sarah)

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  25. I'm a subscriber, via Google Reader.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I'm a blog follower.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Actually what I would do is donate the card to a family that has a special needs child that is in need of some of these things and can't afford it.

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  28. Facebook Fan baby..... http://facebook.com/Triciagardner

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  29. I can't choose one thing. I LOVE the Corner Ball Pit, but I'm not quite sure that $500 is in our price range. The Deluxe Sand and Water Table, First Jumper Trampoline, and various weighted blankets seem great, though. So much great stuff!!

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  30. I follow you on Twitter! @duckduckem and @duckduckem_pub

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  31. I tweeteedededdded! :D https://twitter.com/duckduckem_pub/status/18546052838

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  32. Forgot to mention that I follow you on Blogger...

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  33. ... and subscribe to your RSS feed through Google Reader. There. I'm done now.

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  34. Thanks for the link. the site looks great! I love the Baby Connects toy (his OT has that one, so maybe we'll get it for home too!)

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  35. I subscribe via google reader...

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  36. And follow on Facebook of course!

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  37. Thanks for the tip Ellen! You have (as always) introduced us all such great resources. To that end, we are really into music therapy these days. It would be great to win the ocean wave drum, castinets and clip bells for LJ.

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  38. My son is 5 and his language is finally really emerging. I would love the language toolkit for him to work on both receptive and expressive language and to learn new concepts.

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  39. And I follow you through blogger

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  40. Just mentioned the contest on my blog and linked back here.
    www.frumdoula.blogspot.com

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  41. I like the Crawling Tunnel and the Self-Calming cards

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  42. Following you on Twitter (@mandalartic)

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  43. Subscribed via Google Reader

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  44. My Grandson would Love the Scooter..=D
    lmkay630@gmail.com

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  45. I Follow LoveThatMax on Twitter.

    @springfling60
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  46. I subscribe via email
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  47. I Joined To The Max fan page on Facebook.
    lisa jorgenson kay
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  48. Too many choices but I'll go with the Social Skills Tools books.

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  49. I follow you on Twitter

    just_writing2

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  50. I follow on Google Friend Connect.

    florence at just writing dot net

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  51. Sleep Sheep On the Go Soothing Sounds would be nice for my son who wakes up scared through the night still.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  52. I follow you on twitter@ meeyeehere

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  53. http://twitter.com/meeyeehere/status/18626639955

    I tweeted
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  54. It would be awesome to get a rainbow ball pit! I loved those as a kid, and they are great for my son's gross motor and sensory issues!

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  55. Really love your blog - I also follow you everyday on Facebook
    jklkp@hotmail.com

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  56. Great site, like you we would love a scooter for our little guy.
    jklkp@hotmail.com

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  57. I'd love to try a weighted blanket or maybe the weighted vest. It's been years since we tried a blanket at therapy and I wonder if he has matured enough to respond to it.

    Thanks for the pointer to this site - they carry some items I've never seen before!

    christina.dreyer.1@gmail.com

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  58. I like the scooter boards...anything that might interest my spd daughter!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  59. great site. I'd never seen this before. I also follow on twitter and FB! email at hammernoblitt(atsymbol)yahoo.com

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  60. I think my daughter would enjoy the Bobles Elephant seat.
    hotpepper71 at bell south dot net

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  61. tweeted: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/statuses/19018595202

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  62. following on twitter as SnowflakeDay

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  63. I would love to win this and get a weighted blanket for Jack. I think he would LOVE it. LOOOOOOOVE it.

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  64. I'd love to get the Baby Band music set. Cute!

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  65. Twitter follower @getalonghome

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  66. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Getalonghome/statuses/19215605562

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  67. I have your button at http://getalonghome.com

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  68. I really like the Dynamic Seating Cushion

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  69. following you on twitter at rosidentevil

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  70. here is my tweet
    http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/19217030478

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  71. I subscribed to your feed via mail (same as in my profile / this post)

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  72. Following publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

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  73. I like Love That Max on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

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  74. I RT!!!

    http://twitter.com/SearsFam/status/19222292665

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  75. I would like the z-vibe & other chewies so my son wil stop eating DVD's!

    I have you button on my Blog!

    www.SearsFam.com

    Email: SearsFam(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  76. I subscribe to the Max feed! with google homepage! That's right you are on my home page!

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  77. The shallow spoons would be great for my Zay--who is just catching on to self-feeding!

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  78. The Magnet Game sounds great. Thank you for the review and information.

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Thanks for sharing!