Sunday, September 13, 2009

RandomLine Games Spark the Imagination! (Giveaway)


My family loves to play games, so we always get excited when we’re given the opportunity to try new ones. Even though we love traditional games, like Scrabble (for the older members) and Candyland (for the younger ones), we’re always hoping we’ll find our next new “favorite.” I think that’s happened!

John Kiely of RandomLine, Inc., a game company that he founded in 2002, sent us three new games to try. RandomLine games “encourage children to be creative and use their imagination. No Noise. No Batteries. Simply Imagination.” In fact, RandomLine’s line of games and activity pads are so popular that they can now be found in more than 1,500 U.S. toy stores, gift shops, museums, zoos and aquariums, as well as in Canada and Europe. Let me tell you about the games we played:

SQUIGGLE Connect


I’m writing about this game first because my twins are obsessed with it. And I do mean obsessed. Ever since the first day we played it, they’ve been asking me to play it every day since. I am NOT kidding! SQUIGGLE Connect is a drawing game, but fortunately no artistic talent is required (because I don’t have any). Players roll a combination of dice to create a series of dots and “squiggles” on their dry erase boards, and then they have 60 seconds (as shown on the timer included) to create a picture with their squiggle. When the time is up, each player tells a little story about what he’s drawn. Then players vote (using special hilarious voting cards) on what they think of each drawing/story. There are “positive” and “negative” cards, but if you’re playing with young kids or even a “sensitive” adult, you can choose to play with only the positive cards. My boys are having so much fun with these drawings that they even use their boards to draw when they can’t find anyone to play the game. (You need at least 3 players.) The game says it’s for ages 8 and up, but my brilliant almost-6-year-olds have no trouble with it. (However, we have been using only the positive cards since one of my twins is not exactly a good loser!) In a word, this game is awesome.

SQUIGGLE On-the-Move


SQUIGGLE On-the-Move is one of the many drawing activity pads offered by RandomLine. This makes a great travel game because it’s compact and has everything in one place: the drawing pad with squiggles on each page, four markers in a little compartment, and a spinning wheel that tells you what to draw. SQUIGGLE On-the-Move has suggestions for items with wheels, such as a submarine, skateboard, sailboat, pick-up truck, fire truck, airplane, train, and more. Other drawing activity pads include SQUIGGLE Barnyard On-the-Go, SQUIGGLE Ocean On-the-Go, SQUIGGLE Bugs On-the-Go, and several more. My boys have had a lot of fun with this game, too. If you’re planning a trip, whether it’s on a car or plane, these drawing activity pads are a great way to entertain the kids (and adults)!

Hurry Up! The Dice Game


I gave this game to my teenagers because they like dice games. Like Yahtzee, you have to roll a certain combination of numbers (called a “challenge”) to earn points, but in this game you have to beat the clock! You only have a certain amount of time to roll what you need, and players compete to get the most points. It moves really fast, and I greatly enjoy playing it with my teens.

RandomLine has many other great games and activities that you can explore at www.RandomLine.com. Their products can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Toys ‘R’ Us, Fat Brain Toys, eBeanstalk, Are You Game?, and many other retailers. Click here for a full list of sellers.

GIVEAWAY

Now you also have an opportunity to win…

1) the SQUIGGLE Connect game, AND
2) a SQUIGGLE On-the-Go activity pad!

For your first required entry, please visit www.RandomLine.com and then come back here and leave a comment with the name of an item that caught your eye that is NOT one of the three games I reviewed. You must do this for all other entries to count.

You may earn additional, optional entries by:

- Becoming a fan of RandomLine on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/RandomLine-Inc/95732800378. Leave a comment on this post with your Facebook ID.

- Following RandomLine and me on Twitter (@RandomLine and @ParentingAuthor) and tweeting about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the URL of your tweet. You may tweet once a day. Please leave a separate comment for each tweet.

- Voting for Squiggle On-the-Go to win a 2009 Fat Boy Toy Award! It only takes a single click to vote at http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/randomline/squiggle_on_the_go.cfm?tid=fbta_300. Leave a comment here saying that you voted.

- Posting this giveaway on your blog or website with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post.

- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS, as a Follower on Blogger, or on your Kindle (see sign-up options on sidebars). Leave a comment for each subscription method.

- Entering the GE Appliance giveaway. (You can click on the picture of the stove near the top of the left sidebar to get to the entry form.) Leave a comment on this page each time you enter. You can enter daily!

One winner (U.S. residents only) will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Sunday, September 27, 2009, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, cstironkat, who said: "I Voted for Squiggle On-the-Go to win a 2009 Fat Boy Toy Award. I hope they win."




79 comments:

  1. Liz would enjoy the Squiggle Style game.
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  2. Anonymous10:42 AM

    enter me thanks

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  3. I like the Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Game
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  4. Alphabet SQUIGGLE® On-The-Go – Ages 4 to 7
    is my fav!
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  5. My niece would love Squiggle Style

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  6. tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/3987343847

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  7. voted for Random Line

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  8. I love the Squiggle line. Thanks for the chance. Mogrill@comcast.net

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  9. Holt would like the SQUIGGLE® Bugs On-The-Go activity pad.

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  10. I entered the GE Appliance giveaway.

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  11. I Voted for Squiggle On-the-Go to win a 2009 Fat Boy Toy Award. I hope they win.

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  12. The Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Script On-The-Go would be great for my youngest step-daughter.
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  13. email subscriber
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  14. I follow your blog.
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  15. Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Game looks like fun

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  16. I think my kids would enjoy the SQUIGGLE® Game

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  17. Alphabet squiggloe looks fun

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  18. 9/16 tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/4037015829

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  19. Anonymous7:04 AM

    squiggle syle game sounds fun
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  20. I also like the Alphabet SQUIGGLE Game. Great way to learn the ABC's!
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  21. I voted them for the 2009 Fat Boy Toy Award.
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  22. Im a e-mail subcriber.
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  23. Im a blog follower.
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  24. 9/17 tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/4056096382

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  25. 9/17 entered GE giveaway

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  26. My 9 yr old daughter would like SQUIGGLE® Style


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  27. I think my boys would like the Squiggle Barnyard on the Go. I'd love to have the Hurry Up Dice game to play when our family gets together for birthdays, etc.

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  28. I like the Alphabet Squiggle on the go! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  29. I am a follower
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  30. I am an email subscriber
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  31. Following both of you on twitter and tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4083879767
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  32. squiggle style caught my eye because my nieces would like it....

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  33. 9/19 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4109569615
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  34. I like the ® Barnyard On-The-Go pad-very cute.
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  35. SQUIGGLE® Shapes & Colors – Ages 4 and Up
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  36. 9/20 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4134273411
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  37. 9/21 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4150248106
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  38. The Alphabet Squiggle Game looks like fun and we can also learn our alphabet while playing it.
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  39. I like Hurry Up!TM The Dice Game.

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  40. Random Line Facebook Fan - Janet Fri

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  41. I voted!

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  42. Subscriber.

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  43. I entered the GE Appliance Giveaway.

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  44. 9/22 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4298265687
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  45. 9/23 I entered the GE Appliance Giveaway.

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  46. I blogged:
    http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/09/wed-giveaways.html

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  47. 9/23 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4324319687
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  48. 9/24 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4352593357
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  49. 9/24 I entered the GE Appliance Giveaway.

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  50. Anonymous11:26 PM

    The hurry up dice game would be great for our family game night.
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  51. I think my son would like the SQUIGGLE® Dinosaurs On-The-Go Pad

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  52. I voted at fat brain toys

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  53. 9/25 tweet at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/4376595177
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  54. 9/25 I entered the GE Appliance giveaway.

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  55. I would love to get my son the Alphabet SQUIGGLE® On-The-Go.

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  56. I subscribe via email.

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  57. They offer the Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Game.

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  58. Alphabet Squiggle looks like a fun game for younger kids (4-7 years). I would like that. Thanks! goodwitchglinda at gmail dot com

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  59. 9/26 I entered the GE Appliance Giveaway.

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  60. I follow - janetfaye

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  61. I follow @RandomLine and @ParentingAuthor) on Twitter - Janetfaye

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/4398177906

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  62. skyskyaa117:42 PM

    Hurry Up!TM The Dice Game – Ages 8 and Up

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  63. The Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Script On-The-Go is great,

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  64. I like the Hurry Up! The Dice Game.
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  65. Angela C9:39 AM

    I would love to get the Squiggle Barnyard on the Go activity pad. Those are awesome! THANKS!
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  66. Kimmie12:24 PM

    My youngest son would love the Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Script On-The-Go


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  67. 9/27 I entered GE Appliance giveaway.

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  68. Alphabet Squiggle, my daughter is just coming into that age :)

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  69. I like the Alphabet SQUIGGLE® Game

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  70. Sandi9:51 PM

    My daughter would LOVE the Squiggle Style game!!!

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  71. SQUIGGLE® Bugs On-The-Go – Ages 4 and Up

    CAUGHT MY EYE BECAUSE THE KIDS LOVE YUCKY BUGS!

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  72. RandomLine, Inc. facebook Fan!

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  73. I follow you on blogger!

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  74. I subscribe!
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  75. Hurry Up! The Dice Game

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