Friday, July 6, 2012

Worm-Vue Wonders review and $25 GC #GIVEAWAY to Heirloom Wooden Toys {US only}

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Heirloom Wooden Toys! I worked with Kitty, owner of Heirloom Wooden Toys in the past when I was given the opportunity to review Melissa and Doug's Fold and Go Barn!
Awhile back I saw a post on Facebook from Heirloom Wooden toys about a new product they were going to carry called Worm-Vue Wonders. It looked amazing! It is a kit that allows you to see how earthworms live. Being that it's summertime here and all the kids are out of school... does not mean that the learning needs to come to a halt! My boys are not in school yet (though my oldest will be going to preschool this fall) and I am a mama that strives to create a learning home environment. Heirloom Wooden Toys is the perfect place to shop for ALL THINGS EDUCATIONAL! One of my favorite things about Heirloom Wooden Toys is the fact that every item they sell is educational in one way or another. It could be a wooden block set that helps with fine motor skills, or encourages imaginative play! It could be a play-kitchen that inspires the little chef! You will find what you are looking for at Heirloom Wooden Toys! I also love the fact that the items being sold at Heirloom Wooden Toys, are NOT your run of the mill plastic toys found on every Walmart shelf, but are unique toys and things that are well made, non-toxic and one of a kind!
When I saw the Worm-Vue Wonders kit I just had to try it out.

You see, I grew up in a small Oregon town. One hour from the coast and one hour from skiing! I grew up with 3 siblings, two older brothers and an older sister. We were always going to the Trask river to go fishing! We had a 'worm farm' in our backyard in a small plot of dirt. Really, it was just a square sitting on top of the soil near where my parents had their vegetable garden. We 'grew' the worms to use as bait for our fishing trips. As I grew older (and wiser) so did my thoughts about worms. You see, worms are not just these little things that dig their way underground. Worms are very important! The more worms you have in your soil, the more nutrient-dense it is. This is especially important if you are growing veggies in that soil.
I was so excited when Kitty agreed to send the Worm-Vue Wonders here for my review.
This is what I received:

The kit came with some really neat posters and charts to explain the life of worms!

The kit comes with all you need to get your worm-vue started!
Two sheets of plexiglass, the case and some tomato seeds (that we forgot to plant) :/
All you have to do is send in the postage-paid postcard along with $9.95 to get your worms, the soil and some food (alfalfa) sent right to your doorstep:

Once the worms came, the boys were so super excited to set up the kit. The first thing we did was remove the blue plastic from the plexiglass. Then slid the plexiglass down into the Styrofoam u-shaped holder. Next we took some paper grocery bags (because we didn't have any newspaper) and tore it into strips to place at the bottom:
Then you take the dirt 'pellets' and put them into water and mix until the water is absorbed:
Next we sprinkled the pear lite onto the soil:
Then added the worms:

Then you cover the Worm-Vue and let the little Worms rest for 24 hours from their journey! After 24 hours you sprinkle about a tsp. of the dried alfalfa on the top of the soil to feed the worms!
We check on our baby worms daily. You simply slide the black protection cover up to reveal the worms (I did not know until I received this kit that worms don't like light and they will squirm away from it as quickly as they can)! My 2 yo especially loves these worms:

This has been a great project and we are really still enjoying watching these little worms squirm and grow. You can purchase this Worm-Vue Wonders kit directly from Heirloom Wooden toys for only $32.95! It is a great project and I'm sure your littles will enjoy it! Heirloom Wooden Toys offers free shipping on all orders over $99.00 and a flat rate of only $5.00 for all orders under $99.00!

Kitty has graciously offered one LWML reader the chance to win a $25 GC to be used towards anything on her site!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below! You may have to click 'read more' for the Rafflecopter form to fully load!

Good Luck and Have fun!!
~Mama of the Littles~

Disclosure: I received the item(s) mentioned above in exchange for my review. This is my completely honest opinion and may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was received by me in exchange for this review!

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  1. I would get the Kitchen Center.

  2. I like the Handmade Wooden Helicopter.

  3. I'd love to get the mini rollercoaster bead maze.

  4. I will buy a little desk ;=)

  5. The assorted fruit set. Cute!

  6. I would like their Figure 8 Train Set.

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  7. If I won I might put it towards a L'il Doll Cradel.

  8. I would get A Pair of Natural Unfinished Maple Teethers or the Handmade Wooden Klickity Klacker Push Toy!

  9. I would use it towards a KidKraft Clothes Pole.
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  10. I think I might get the Wooden Lamb and Elephant!

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