Constructive Playthings Interactive USA Map: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis The Interactive USA Map from Constructive Playthings will be a fun way to introduce my Kindergarten student to the geography of the United States.

materials One Interactive USA Map from Constructive Playthings (for ages 5 and over), my soon-to-be Kindergarten girl and a Dad who teaches Geography and History at a local high school.  About Constructive Playthings:

“US Toy/Constructive Playthings is a family owned business serving loyal customers since 1953! We strive to inspire learning, creativity, and fun by offering a unique mix of high quality products with unparalleled play value for children. Our success can be attributed to strict adherence of the values and principles set forth by our company founders, like the commitment to forgo selling violent toys. We hope to continue providing both unique product offerings and top flight customer service for many years to come!

results For our July review from Constructive Playthings, we were asked to find an age appropriate learning toy for a child in our family.  Being that my husband is a teacher, he was ALL OVER this task!  He quickly looked through the site and decided on the Interactive USA Map (is it obvious that he teaches Geography?).

When it arrived, I wasn’t sure who was having more fun! My two daughters and my husband gathered on the sofa and started exploring.  Nearly an hour later, they were playing a game together.  One player selects a State and answers a trivia question, if answered correctly, they win the “vote” in that State.  If incorrect, the opponent wins the State.  The game continues until one player receives a majority and becomes President of the United States!

Some of the questions were easy and my five year old was able to win a few States!  I was impressed with how much she knew about our State (Louisiana) and the general geography of the States!  The questions did appear to become progressively harder and my husband even missed a few!

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My daughter loved the Interactive USA Map.  She still sits down and plays with my husband on a regular basis.  I don’t even think she realizes she is learning!  My husband also plans on taking this toy back to school with him in the Fall.  He thinks is would make a great learning tool and ice breaker in his classroom for the first lessons!

My only complaint is that this toy really could use a volume control or a headphone jack.  The narrator is a bit loud which makes this not the ideal toy for quiet settings.

hypothesis The Interactive USA Map can be purchased directly from Constructive Playthings for $38.95.  Don’t forget to click on the Constructive Moms button on my right sidebar to receive 15% off your total purchase.

GIVEAWAY

Would your child love to brush up on their knowledge of the USA?  Constructive Playthings has generously donated one Interactive USA Map to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit Constructive Playthings and tell us about another toy you noticed would be a great learning tool for back to school!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Constructive Playthings (10 extra entries).

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Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on August 10th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. A product was provided to facilitate this review, but all opinions remain 100% mine.

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