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21 Dec

Christmas Free Toy Giveaway Winners

Free Toy Giveaway

The winner of the Elf-on-a-Shelf giveaway is Larry! Congratulation!!!


Design Winner


These are great elf designs! I think we should make them all…
The winner for the elf toy design challenge is Jake (and the other Bowman kids) for the design of the jokester elf. An elf that performs magical practical jokes on people sounds like way to much fun! I can envision him surprising people, making people laugh, etc… It would be almost like a real elf! Great idea guys.

This design is now entered in the running to be made into a real toy at the Playful Factory. As soon as we finish making the Blue Chomping Dinosaur we will vote on which toy we should make next.

Thanks for joining in Playful Factory’s celebration of the best Christmas toy makers ever… the Christmas Elves. I hope Santa brings each of you the toys that you asked for! Merry Christmas.

20 Dec

Win a Free Elf-on-a-Shelf

Today is the last day to design and submit an elf toy to qualify for the free toy giveaway… (see details here)

Here are some of the designs that have been submitted… hopefully they will spark some great ideas for you:

Ella 1- Elf with suction cups and when you turn him on he can climb up the wall and stick to the roof too
Zack- Life size (toddler size) wind-up elf that walks like a robot toward you.
Ella 2- Elf sits on fan, and one is hanging on the light switch so you can turn it on and off by pulling the elf.
Kids- saw a youtube video that showed a elf on the shelf that looks like he flew. So they thought it would be cool to make one that really does move or fly across the room.
Jake- thought a remote control one would be really cool at Christmas time, and the other kids said even if it was to an invisible string you could set up some jokes with it.
Larry- Redesign of the elf-on-a-shelf elf to look more like what he wants

Join in the fun and design your own elf-on-a-shelf or come up with another toy idea incorporating Christmas Elves! Submit your idea as a comment and become eligible to win the free toy giveaway!

02 Dec

Elf on a Shelf Christmas Toy Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Mamita and Papito:

I grew up playing this elf game (our own families version of it) every Christmas and now I would like to share it with one of you!

Through December 20, 2010… simply participate in the current design project and become eligible to win Elf on a Shelf, book and toy for free!

Details: How does Santa REALLY know who’s been naughty or who’s been nice? After much urging by the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa has allowed his biggest secret to be revealed in the book, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition®. Santa has partnered each book with a magical scout elf which children name. They can then visit the North Pole to register their elf’s name in our Hall of Registry and print their official elf adoption certificate. All Santa approved, of course!

Merry Christmas

05 Oct

Ride-on Toy Winners!

This project was a lot of fun for me. It was fun because it helped me remember being a kid. It reminded me of days I spent riding my bike down Gary Circle (the street where I grew up) playing cops and robbers with my friends. Shooting pretend guns and arresting the bad guys to lock them up in jail (which was under an orange tree of course). It helped me remember, kids got it pretty good…

Weekly Free Toy Giveaway

Speaking of kids… The randomly selected winner of the free kids toy is Amanda Sorensen (to be technical it was your daughters toy concept comment that won you the toy). You get a free Howdy ride-on cow!

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy many bouncing hours of fun from this great toy by TRUMPETTE. Please email me your address and Howdy cow color preference.


Weekly Design Winner

There are two design winners this week…

Mama Smith designed a ride-on-in vehicle. This way, a simple wagon/riding toy base, through a child’s imagination, design and creation of the cardboard sides, becomes a car, truck boat, plane, spaceship or anything movable. The ride-on toy you build yourself.

Selected for its creativity and versatility. I can see kids using their imagination more and causing them to learn more from using the toy and enjoy it more!

Zack designed a monster truck Ride-on Toy. He said you drop something on the top and it shrinks to the ground to get on it.

Selected for his creative problem solving in figuring out how you will get on the truck… and because monster trucks are awesome!

These design are now entered in the running to be made into a real toy at the Playful Factory. Soon we will vote on which toy out of all the winners should be made into a real toy (as soon as we finish making the toy that won last time… the blue chomping dinosaur)

Thanks for making this project so much fun. My favorite part was seeing all of the great designs you came up with. You are all so creative and fun.

Come back later this week to see the new product launch and to try the new toy tutorial we will be posting soon.

29 Sep

Free Toy Giveaway: Howdy Ride-on Toy

The free toy giveaway for this project is a ‘Howdy’ bouncy rubber cow by TRUMPETTE.

The howdy cow was designed to give hours of ride-on bouncing fun. Howdy’s extra long ears make it easy to hold tight during wild ride. It will aid in developing your child’s physical abilities, coordination and have fun skills.
You pick the color!!!

Holds riders up to 220 lbs. Made of safe super-strong, soft, latex and phthalate free vinyl (PVC) and is 17″ x 10″ x 23″ when inflated.

Do you want to win?

Hurry and have your buckaroos participate in the current toy design project to be eligible to win this free toy giveaway! This giveaway is open until October 4th.

You can also get extra chances to win by subscribing to receive email updates, like my facebook page, or follow us on twitter.

20 Sep

Winners for Chain Reaction Toys

This toy design topic is very difficulty. So, congratulations to all of those that participated. The winners for this week are…

Weekly Free Toy Giveaway


Out of all those that participated this week we randomly selected the winner of the free toy giveaway… and the winner of the Mouse Trap board game is Jake!

Weekly Toy Design Winner


The design winner of the Chain Reaction toys is Jena. It is a very fun idea to use a chain reaction toy to surprise people. Way to be creative in using a balloon to float up and pop!

This design has been added to the selection of possible monthly toy designs to be made into a real toy at the Playful Factory. Read more about the details here.

Great work! Look for the project launch tomorrow to see what our new design topic is going to be.

17 Sep

Free Toy Giveaway: Chain Reaction Toy

Mouse Trap

by Hasbro
The free toy giveaway this week is the board game Mouse Trap. This game is a classic! If your family does not have one yet, I highly recommend you get one… or just win one for free right here right now.

The game is played by building a mini chain reaction machine designed to trap mice. Once the machine is build it is a race to try and trap all your opponents mice before you get caught in the mouse trap.

Recommended Ages: 6+ years

Free Toy Giveaway Details

To enter this giveaway, you must participate in some way, big or small, in this weeks design process.
It’s easy, just add research images, safety tips, sketches, or prototypes as a comment to one of the posts this week and you will be entered to win this free toy giveaway. To increase you odds of winning; participate more than once in the design process, subscribe to get email updates, or like us on our new facebook page.

Read more details about our giveaways here. Playful Factory will draw a winner randomly on Monday, September 20th. This giveaway includes free shipping within the US. Good luck!

13 Sep

Playful Factory: Puppet Monster Winners


And the monster puppet winners are…

Weekly Free Toy Giveaway

The random winner of this weeks free kids toy is Ella (Bowman). We will send you your free Melissa and Doug Make Your Own Monster kit.

We hope you enjoy your free toy. (please email us your mailing address so we can send you your free toy.)

Weekly Design Winner

The winning design for this week is Emily the Chair Monster by The Youngest (Kylee). We really like the idea of having a piece of furniture turn into a monster puppet. We remember Pee Wee Herman’s talking couch named the Big Comfy Couch. It would be such a funny surprise to watch visitors to your house mistakenly sit on a couch that talks and chomps.

This design is now entered to be in the running as a possible toy for our monthly toy design to be made into a real toy at the Playful Factory. Read more about the details of our design process and see how you can get more involved here.

Great work everybody and thanks for participating. Come back tomorrow for the new project launch! This week is going to be a fun challenge and might get some more dads involved!

10 Sep

Playful Factory: Monster Puppet Free Toy Giveaway

Make Your Own Monster Puppet

by Melissa and Doug
This free toy giveaway is great! It creates hundreds of crazy creatures with its interchangeable parts! Carrying case is filled with weird and wacky eyes, ears, antennae and more for quirky creativity! Suction cup hands are included for window display. Plus it’s a hand puppet too!

Dimensions: 8″ Diameter x 12″H Packaged
Recommended Ages: 3+ years

Free Toy Giveaway Details

To enter this giveaway, you must participate in this weeks design process.
It’s easy, just add research images, safety tips, sketches, or prototypes as a comment to one of the posts this week and you will be entered to win this free toy giveaway. To increase you odds of winning; participate more than once in the design process, subscribe to get email updates, or like us on our new facebook page.

Read more details about our giveaways here. Playful Factory will draw a winner randomly Monday, September 13th. This giveaway includes free shipping within the US. Good luck!

06 Sep

Playful Factory: Winners of the Cardboard Forts

Congratulations to the winners!

Weekly Free Toy Giveaway


The randomly (random.org) chosen winner of the Cardboard Castle from Joe’s Toy Box is Kylee. We hope you enjoy your free toy. Visit Joe’s Toy Box to see if they have anything else you might want to get. (please email us your mailing address so we can send you your free toy.)

Weekly Design Winner


The winning design for this week is Cardboard City by Icy-Blue. We really like the possibilities of this concept… being able to make buildings, streets, trees, cars, people, etc.

This design is now entered to be one of the options for our monthly toy design to be made into a real toy at the Playful Factory. Read more about the details of our design process and see how you can get more involved here.

Great work everybody and thanks for participating. A big thanks to Joe’s Toy Box for the sponsored giveaway. Look out for the new project launch later today!