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Monday, April 8, 2013

Safari Ltd.: Review and Giveaway!


I'm so excited to partner with Safari Ltd. for this review and giveaway! My girls love to play what they are learning about in school whether it is history or science. I love all of the beautiful figures Safari Ltd. has created for both science and history. This company strives for excellence in accuracy and detail which shows in all of their figures. 

Our family owns several sets from Safari Ltd. Our collection includes both historical and animal figures. This Christmas we pieced together a Chronicles of Narnia playset and one of my favorite parts is Mr. and Mrs. Beaver which came from Safari Ltd


I love their motto: Discover the frontiers of your imagination. Imagination is what leads to invention, art, and discovery. I love giving my girls tools which encourage imagination rather than box it in. I also love seeing how what we learn integrates into their play. Our early American histories studies have been greatly enhanced. Rose would often pull out our Jamestown settlers and act out the various stories from history I read. We studied the Powhatans extensively this year, so I was thrilled to receive this Toob ® to review. 


The Safari Ltd. Toob ® series are affordably priced and come with 12 different figures. My girls love them because they get so much in one container! We have purchased several of these including penguins, Jamestown settlers, baby sea life, dino babies, and arctic. Other sets in the Toob ® series include other historical figures, world landmarks, trees, instruments, people...there are just so many to check out! 






I especially like that the historical figures are based on actual individuals in history like Pocahontas, Wahunsenacawh (her father), and John Smith.The effort to make these figures appealing in clear as they are all beautifully painted and have such intricate detail.  


You can see what effort and care have been made in these figures. I love the natural look of the rumpled clothes. I also appreciate how carefully the faces have been painted. Many children's toys don't always take care to make sure the eyes are even in the right spot for toys this small. Every little detail has been monitored with each figure. 
My kids rarely play with just one set of toys. We often have the feel of the movie Toy Story with dinosaurs playing with the early settlers or the Powhatan tribe traveling in a car. Beth enjoyed using the background scenery from her older sister's origami set and Rose preferred our set of Nature Blocks. One day I found Grace had included her miniature princesses into their play! That's the point though...imaginative play. It doesn't matter that they are playing with figures from different eras or even fantasy and reality. Imaginative play is the key, and these particular sets of toys bring out imagination in such a beautiful way! Our curriculum incorporates living books for both history and science. What better complement to this than actual figures to make the history jump off the page! 

We were also given the Toob ® set Land Down Under to review. The girls liked them so much I couldn't get them to slow down their play enough to get some good photos! The set is also beautifully crafted and includes an Aboriginal trail guide to make sure everyone stays safe. (At least that was his job in our house!) Just as with the historical figures the detail included for each of these figures is exquisite. The frizzled lizard was a particular favorite among my girls! 

Now I am privileged to host a fun giveaway for you all! Safari Ltd. will give one winner the Toob ® of their choice! The winner will also receive a second surprise if following one of their social networks! (The links to those networks are listed in the rafflecopter below) There are lots of ways to earn extra entries so don't forget to enter as much as possible! 

24 comments:

  1. too hard to choose!!! All are great!

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  2. ThegirlwhopaintedtreesApril 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I would love the musical instrument took.

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  3. My boys would love the history figures!

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  4. I would probably choose the Dino Babies Toob. We love dinosaurs! Thanks :)

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  5. I would probably choose the farm animals

    Rebecca Scott

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  6. We already own a pretty good collection of toobs, but there are always more I want to add. I think the Land Down Under set would actually be at the top of my list right now - we're studying Australia at the end of May/beginning of June, and I also really want the koala and kangaroo for our K objects box. (Hard to find tiny things that begin with a hard /k/!)

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  7. I would pick the prehistoric life toob!

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  8. I am not sure which one to choose right now! Last summer my son earned one toy from the Jamestown set every Sunday he was quiet and behaved during church (there was no summer Sunday school).
    Melissa Fox
    mytimmybear @ yahoo dot com

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  9. Jamestown or any history figures!

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  10. Anything with animals! My kids are into learning about habitats right now.

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  11. Either the baby sea life or the history figurines...:)

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  12. My son LOVES animals so much so I think he would love BABY SEA LIFE!

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  13. Ancient Egypt My Little Miss Sunshine would go gaga!

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  14. I would probably pick birds, as we'll be studying birds in our homeschool lessons next month. That's a hard call, though, as there are so many great Toobs sets!

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  15. I would love the Pocahontas set, as my three year old is in love with her and her story. Thanks for sharing these fun toys!

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  16. History Figures
    Michelle B

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  17. Oooh my kids would like the Australian animals. Really, they'd like just about any of the toobs.

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