Now Your Princess Can Build Her OWN Castle with GoldieBlox #lookatGoldie

Product received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

As a parent of two girls, I have had years of frustration when it comes to gender roles and expectations. I want them to know that there are no limits for them, only stereotypes.

Because of these stereotypes, many young girls are losing their interest in math and science as young as 8. That is just sad.

So many of these girls are wired to be great engineers. As it stands, though, only 14% of engineers worldwide are woman.

Emma

My Emma is the girly girl of my two. When it comes to playing with building toys, she just doesn’t. In her mind, those belong to Ethan.

I’m not sure why because Emma is a very crafty, creative, great at things like puzzles and overall a very smart girl. So when I was offered the chance for her to experience GoldieBlox I gladly accepted.

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We were sent both the Parade Float and Dunk Tank kits.

ParadeFloat

GoldieBlox and the Parade Float

To be honest I hadn’t really looked deeply into the whole concept before receiving these. I decided to go ahead and dive in head first and let Emma choose our first project.

She chose the Parade Float.

The skills explored in this particular kit are wheel and axle, problem solving, spatial relationships, and basic building principles.

We began to read the story together, which in itself is rather cute.

GoldieBlox Parade Float

On certain pages in the story (see the left page above) there are instructions for the next step of assembly.

Immediately the tongue came out and concentration began.

GoldieBlox Parade Float assembly

GoldieBox Parade Float assembly

Our activities even caught Ethan’s attention.

GoldieBlox Parade Float

Before we knew it, my little ballerina/princess had assembled her first project… the Parade Float!

We had planned on playing with the Dunk Tank another day, but the Parade Float excited Emma so much she begged to do it “NOW!”.

Well, okay if you insist!

GoldieBlox Dunk Tank

GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank

The concept was the same with this project. There is a book/story that goes along with building the Dunk Tank.

The skills explored in this kit include hinge and lever, problem solving, spatial relationships, and basic building principles.

GoldieBlox Dunk Tank

The building process takes some concentration, some ability to read/follow illustrated instructions and determination. There were a few steps that frustrated Emma, but in the end you get this.

One proud little girl showing off her new dunk tank. I loved her reaction when I asked to take a photo. Her face shows “I built THIS!“.

Oh, and dunking the dog is fun, too 😉 .

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I thoroughly enjoyed this time building and creating with Emma. I could see the confidence building. We started with grunts, wrinkled brows and “I can’t do this” and ended with “Don’t help me” and that adorably cute proud face.

No wonder GoldieBlox has received so many awards including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Toy Insider Top Summer Toys, National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval and the PAL award.

I plan to use, create and expand on these building sets with Emma and include Ethan as well (who is already mathematically inclined). Unlike so many other building toys, all GoldieBox are inter-compatible, they fit together and can be used with almost anything to make almost anything. Think outside the box… things like pipe cleaners, cardboard, string, and ribbon.

The blox-ibilities are endless!

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You can purchase GoldieBlox on their site. Kits start at $19.99

WIN IT:

ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win one Parade Float and one Dunk Tank toy!

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This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on September 5, 2014.

Comments

  1. I love the video tutorials where girls show how to make things with Goldie Blocks. I want to get one of these sets for my niece for Christmas. Then we can watch the videos together and she can build stuff.

  2. I love the video tutorials where girls show how to make things with Goldie Blocks. I want to get one of these sets for my niece for Christmas. Then we can watch the videos together and she can build stuff.

  3. Tiffany Schmidt says:

    I adore the more than just a princess shirt!

  4. James Robert says:

    I like the Double Dipper

  5. Valerie C. says:

    I love the videos. They are a great learning tool!

  6. I like the More Than Just a Princess hoodie!

  7. love The Princess Hoodie

  8. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I think their red “More Than Just a Princess” Hoodie is cute

  9. christine j says:

    i love that I can buy this locally at toys rus

  10. Lisa L says:

    I like that all of their toys are compatible with each other

  11. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.

  12. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I learned that GoldieBlox is an Educational and People’s Choice Toy of the Year Award Winner.

  13. Sarah L says:

    I like goldieblox-and-the-spinning-machine.
    Thanks for the contest.

  14. i like the more then a princess hoodie!

    thanks so much heather! xoxo

  15. Stacey Roberson says:

    I learned that these toys are designed to help get girls building. I think this is great and unique toy for girls.

  16. trixx says:

    I learned you can buy the Blox + Bits – an expansion pack, if you need more parts

  17. Jennifer says:

    i LOVE the more than just a princess shirts! these are such a great idea. i just played with ‘boys’ toys when i was little! they were so much more fun!

  18. Sarah Griffin says:

    I like that the Goldi Blox was the winner of the Educational and Peoples Choice Toy of the Year!

  19. Mariaelena says:

    My son would like the spinning machine.

  20. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I love that you can see what other kids invented and their ideas!!

  21. Audra O'Hara says:

    I also like their “more than just a princess” hoodie. This is interesting; having a building toy that goes along with a story. Good idea to help encourage reading.

  22. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I Love the More than a Princess Hoodie in Red!! So adorable Love It!! Toys are so different and cute also..

  23. Nicole Dz says:

    I really liked the More Than Just a Princess Hoodie. Very cute for fall. Like the red color.

  24. So cute. this would make a great gift for my niece

  25. T Michelle Trump says:

    I love Goldie Blox and the spinning machine.

  26. laura revilla says:

    the Double Dipper

  27. Mary Happymommy says:

    I like the “more than just a princess” hoodie.

  28. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love how the site uses the videos to help you learn and invites you to share your own “inventions”

  29. My girls would love the “More Than Just A Princess” tshirt!

  30. heather eg kaufman says:

    I also like the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.

  31. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I want the More Than Just a Princess tee for my daughter. Too cute!

  32. Nici r says:

    I like the kid jersey

  33. Kelly D says:

    I learned that new books and toys will be coming out soon

  34. carol says:

    I would like the Solid Gold(ie) Package

  35. Barbara Montag says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the Parade Float.

  36. Jennifer Rote says:

    I like the concept of getting girls interested in building. “By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.”

  37. I love their products. I have not bought any yet but have seen them online. I plan to get some for the girls for Christmas. I love the Not just a Princess hoodie and that you can purchase the expansion pack for more creativity.

  38. Rachelle J says:

    I love this whole concept, such a cool idea! I love the spinning star kit and the “more than just a princess” hoodie!

  39. Christa Bengtsson says:

    I like the Launcher.

  40. anna pry says:

    for 99.95 you can get all three sets, a shirt and the expansion pack!

  41. Heather D says:

    I think there are lots of cool items, but I think the princess hoodie would be very awesome.

  42. Kristen says:

    I like the “More Than Just a Princess” T-Shirt
    Amen!

  43. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I like the Blox + Bits – Expansion Pack.

  44. Jaque says:

    I want the “More Than Just a Princess” hoodie. 🙂 Thank you.

  45. D Schmidt says:

    Visited the site and I really like “More Than Just a Princess” Hoodie

  46. Cheryl says:

    I like they offer a Blox + Bits – Expansion Pack.

  47. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I didn’t realize they had clothes too, I love the More Than Just a Princess jumpsuit!

  48. DEBIJOT says:

    I like the More Than Just A Princess hoodie.

  49. Sarah Hayes says:

    i like that this company is an award winner. and the princess hoodie is adorable

  50. Kate says:

    My daughter would love the parade float book.

  51. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank set

  52. nickie says:

    I like goldieblox-and-the-spinning-machine.

  53. tina m says:

    I like the princess hoodie

  54. Fawn H says:

    I love the Solid Goldie Package

  55. Jen L says:

    I love the more than a princess shirt, would be so cute for my daughter!

  56. Francine Anchondo says:

    Double Dipper

  57. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I really like “More Than Just a Princess” Hoodie. It is so cute.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  58. Lesley F says:

    I like the More Than Just a Princess” Snapsuit

  59. Alona Y says:

    I like the “More Than Just a Princess” Hoodie in the red color.

  60. sara haaf says:

    I like seeing the different ideas girls came up with using their kits!

  61. Melissa S says:

    I really like the whole concept behind Goldie box. I saw an interview with the creator over a year ago and loved her reasoning behind the development of the product.

  62. I love that it shows that not only boys can build. I also love the more than a princess shirt.

  63. Devon F says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the Parade Float

  64. Kamla L. says:

    I learned that females make up only 13% of engineers worldwide. I commend the teacher who inspired founder Debbie Sterling to pursue an academic program in engineering.

  65. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like The GoldieBlox And The Spinning Machine!

  66. susan mongeau says:

    Need this for our two girls.

  67. Erin Hussman says:

    I would like the dunk tank

  68. Danielle Papsis says:

    I like the idea behind their products- to inspire girls to build and be creative in a world where men outnumber women in the field of engineering, math and science.

  69. Kathy Davis says:

    I would love to have the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine for my granddaughter.

  70. Robin Wilson says:

    I learned : By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.

  71. Leela says:

    I like the kids jersey.

  72. Kelly H. says:

    I like that all the pieces are compatible with each other.

  73. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that only 13% of the worlds engineers are women

  74. Christine W says:

    How awesome…love the spinning top. My neice would love this

  75. lissa crane says:

    I would love to have the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine for my daughters! They would flip over having control over how there game is made!

  76. Wendy Mastin says:

    We like the GoldieBlox and the Parade Float

  77. Carrie Conrad says:

    I love the video tutorials, my daughter would have a blast with this!

  78. Melinda Stephens says:

    I want the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.

  79. Birdiebee says:

    I like the Nacho Spinner.

  80. Amanda F says:

    I liked the solid goldie set and the more than just a princess shirt.

  81. Teresa Thompson says:

    I like GoldieBlox and the Parade Float.

  82. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.

  83. Jill Myrick says:

    We also like the “More Than Just a Princess” Hoodie from Goldie Blox.

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  84. Donna W. says:

    I love the more than just a princess line of clothing

  85. Paula V says:

    THeir toys are focused on tapping into the creative side of kids with their inventions.

  86. Natalie S says:

    This is really neat – I love the solid Gold(ie) package.

  87. courtney hennagir says:

    I love that these toys are created by girls and the fact that they have their picture next to each one is very cool and inspiring.Such an awesome company!

  88. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    These are great! and the sets can be expanded. It is nice to see girls building things.

  89. Marci Wright says:

    I learned that Goldie Blox won the TOTY 2014 educational Toy of the Year 🙂

  90. Ashley turicik says:

    I like the more than a princess hoodie

  91. Amanda Whitley says:

    i like the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine

  92. Rachel Ellis Freer says:

    I like the more than just a princess snapsuit.

  93. Cynthia C says:

    I like the “More Than Just a Princess” Snapsuit

  94. Tim says:

    I like the “more than just a princess” hoodie for my niece.

  95. Shannon F says:

    I love the More Than Just A Princess Hoodie! So cute!

  96. Robin Abrams says:

    I like goldieblox-and-the-spinning-machine.

  97. Dawn Keenan says:

    In a world where men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math…and girls lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8, GoldieBlox is determined to change the equation. I see this in my classromm all the time!

  98. tina reynolds says:

    I really like the more than a princess hoodie so darn cute prefect for my daughter

  99. Julia says:

    I like the playground inventions section of their website

  100. Shannon Webb says:

    My daughter would love this!

    • Shannon Webb says:

      love the princess hoodie.

  101. Michael W Perkins says:

    I Learned that they offer a LOT of diferent pieces..

  102. that this would be great for a special needs child – concentration and a little help they could really feel like they accomplished something BIG

  103. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would love to have the Launcher for my daughter who would love it.

  104. Trisha McKee says:

    Oh! I love the princess hoodie.

  105. amy williams says:

    http://www.goldieblox.com/products/solid-goldie I would love to have this for my niece

  106. Nannypanpan says:

    I learned it is sold at special toys and more

  107. Robyn says:

    I like the “more than just a princess” t-shirt! What a great message for little girls!

  108. Karen Drake says:

    I like that their products are encouraging girls in to non traditional careers such as engineering.

  109. Erin G says:

    I really like the more then a princess hoodie 🙂

  110. Erica B. says:

    The spinning machine looks good.

  111. Mary Jenkins says:

    The whole “More than just a princess” philosophy piqued my interest, and the pre-sale toys look really fun!

  112. Heather Dawn says:

    I know my son would like to have the GoldieBlox and the
    Movie Machine.

  113. Mihaela Day says:

    I love the GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine

  114. Shirley Hicks says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the
    Parade Float

  115. Lilia Kharabora says:

    The GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure. So cute and positive for my daughter!

  116. Emily Morelli says:

    I found out that Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

  117. linda says:

    more than a princess hoodie is so adorable

  118. vera says:

    I like the GoldieBlox and the
    Movie Machine.

  119. kristy says:

    The cloudmaking DIY looks like fun. Must try it with my kids.

  120. victoria lynch says:

    I love the more than just a princess hoodie! It would be great for my daughter during our fall beach walks.

  121. susan smoaks says:

    i am such a fan of the more than just a princess hoodie.

  122. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I love that I can buy locally at TOYS R US

  123. Sarah Jestings says:

    I would love to get the GoldieBlox and The Builder’s Survival Kit

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