Thursday, December 3, 2009

Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen by HaPe Toys


My 2 1/2 year old is at the age now where he wants to help me in the kitchen. But with the "help" of a 2 year old, things seem to take 3 times longer than they normally do. And so began my quest for a play kitchen. Here were my requirements:
  • HAD to be wood
  • Small enough to be in my kitchen so my kids can "cook" while I'm cooking
  • Esthetically pleasing since it is in MY kitchen!
After all my research, I am pleased to introduce you to the Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen by HaPe toys - its the PERFECT kitchen! If you're looking to get a play kitchen for your kids this Christmas, go ahead and order this one, you WON'T be sorry.

To the right you will see the Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen all set up in my own kitchen. It is just the right size for my kids, and just the right size for ME to not be bumping into it as I move around my kitchen!

This kitchen has the perfect amount of detail while still being simple enough to allow my kids imaginations to soar. The countertop includes two burners and a sink with faucet and hot/cold knobs. There are also knobs that click when you turn them for the burners. There is a shelf to put items on, and cupboards with a shelf to store food, pots and pans, etc. One of the doors has a window to peek through.


I was a little bit nervous before I received the kitchen about the colors. They looked a bit "florescent" for my taste, but they are actually MUCH more subdued in real life. The combination of natural wood, bright yellow/green and orange is so adorable.

Now let's talk about the quality. Oh the quality. I feel like I've added a piece of furniture to my kitchen rather than a toy. This kitchen is solid, sturdy and will for sure withstand the abuse, err I mean LOVE, my kids will throw its way.

My husband assembled the kitchen in about 30-40 minutes. I was in the other room entertaining the baby, where I overheard several comments during the assembly process that shocked me. I heard things like, "Wow, this is incredibly easy." , "I can't believe how nice this is.", "I am so impressed with this." Let me just tell you that I've never heard things like that come out of my husband's mouth while putting something together. Normally I hear at least a few cuss words dropped, and how ridiculous this piece of junk is, and why can't companies make good instructions, etc. Sound familiar, anyone? So have your husbands take a look at this:




All in all, I give this kitchen two major thumbs up! My husband actually enjoyed assembling it, I'm super happy with the way it looks in my kitchen, and my kids couldn't love it enough. I have enjoyed some pretty darn delicious meals made by my kids at their Gourmet Chef Kitchen!

GET YOUR OWN!! The Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen be purchased from the HaPe Toys website here, and retails for $129.95.

WIN YOUR OWN!! That's right, HaPe toys wants to GIVE one of our lucky SIMPLE readers an Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen...just in time for Christmas! To enter, visit the HaPe website, then come back here and comment which product that's new for 2009 you think is cool.

For additional entries: (comment once for each entry)
  • Blog about this giveaway linking back to SIMPLE and HaPe Toys.
  • Tweet this giveaway
  • Sign up for the HaPe newsletter
  • Become a new follower of SIMPLE
  • Become a Facebook fan of SIMPLE
That gives a total of SIX entries, all increasing your odds to WIN!!

Winner will be randomly chosen and announced 12/10/09. Good luck!!


367 comments:

  1. I like the Coral Reef Activity Center. amypugmire@live.com

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  2. fb fan of simple. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  3. tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
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  4. I subscribed to hape toys newsletter. amypugmire@live.com

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  5. I like the Welcome Home Dollhouse! Thanks!

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  6. I'm a Facebook Fan!
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  7. The Switchback Racetrack is so cool!

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  8. Tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/6297854095

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  9. I'm a Facebook fan of SIMPLE.

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  10. I blogged!
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    coolnatty12 at yahoo dot com

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  11. Tweet
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  12. Love the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse, so cute!

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  13. tweeted

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  14. Dear Customer,
    We will thank you for your entry. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Best regards from Hape 2009

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  15. We love elephants around here but love all of the poseable animals they have, so cute!
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  16. tweeted here!
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  17. Love their rainbow block set!
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  18. signed up for their newsletter :)
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  19. I'm a preschool director and immediately fell in love with the Coral Reef Activity Center. I may have to purchase that for our preschool! It's awesome!

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  20. I signed up for the HaPe newsletter at casey@wepc.org (my work email since I'd purchase things for work).

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  21. I love the dollhouses!

    Alesha
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  22. I like the switchback racetrack. thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I love Hape! I would love Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse

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  24. I'm a new follower of your blog!

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  25. Well I thought all the toys were very cool. I love quality wood toys, and they seem to be hard to find these days. Anyway, we finally have a little boy in our family, so I loved the Switchback Racetrack! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    beyondredandgreen @ yahoo.com

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  26. The little autos look neat - but I like the all the food and utensils that go along with the kitchen. My son has been wanting a kitchen forever, but most of them are too big and clunky for our small little kitchen. This one looks just the right size. My son would LOVE it!

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  27. I tweeted. :P

    beyondredandgreen @ yahoo.com

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  28. I signed up for the newsletter, too!

    beyondredandgreen @ yahoo.com

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  29. I love the Alphabet Abacus :-)

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  30. the bamboo pallino looks like fun
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  31. I signed up for the newsletter
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  32. I liked the Coral Reef Activity Center. It is just different enough from the others and has fish ( a plus around here).

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  33. I like the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse -- soooo cute! :o)

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  34. I love the chefs kitchen and the workbench...it's a toss-up. My little one has always been the hands-on, push-button type of kid.
    jaydensmom.2005@yahoo.com

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  35. The Racetrack is fab! My boys would love it!

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  36. I really like the switchback racetrack and I know my boys would love it too!
    jnieset@yahoo.com

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  37. Pull Along Penguin Waddler SOOO CUTE!

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  38. I like the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse!

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  39. I love the Coral Reef and the racetrack!

    Thanks - Heidi P.

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  40. Besides the kitchen, I would have to say the cuisine and cookware are the next on my list....love their stuff!!

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  41. I like the Welcome Home dollhouse

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  42. my nephew would love the master carpenter workbench

    flanniganmt@yahoo.com

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  43. I would love to get the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse.

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  44. Jasper would love the Master Carpenter Workbench and Roo would love the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse!

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  45. kimberlyawhite@yahoo.comDecember 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    well of course i am really partial to the gourmet chef kitchen but that bamboo sunshine house is amazing!

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  46. kimberlyawhite@yahoo.comDecember 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    also signed up for the newsletter

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  47. This is another neat product - Gourmet Chef Cookware.

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  48. Tweet! @JalapenoMama
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  49. Every time we go to a place where they have these my son loves them, so I would totally get the Gourmet food and serving set to go with the kitchen!
    teacherkrista at gmail dot com

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  50. Wow, what a great giveaway! That Coral Reef Activity Center looks fun. So does the sunshine dollhouse.

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  51. My daughter would love the Coral Reef Activity Center. She plays with similar toys every time we go to doctors offices and loves them!

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  52. tweet http://twitter.com/SaraMama/status/6329759199

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  53. The Gourmet Chef Cookware is pretty neat, affordable too :).

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  54. The kitchen is great of course... BUT I love the Quadrilla Melody set.

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  55. We'd have loads of fun with the Bamboo Pallina and the Switchback Racetrack. Such cool toys!

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  56. I like the Welcome Home Dollhous

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  57. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

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  59. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

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  60. timmiedeluca@comcast.net

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  61. My son loves to help me cook, so he would love that kitchen! He is also, however, intrigued by my father's woodworking so he would love the Master Carpenter WorkBench. However, I think *I* am picking the Pyramid of Play as my favorite of the new toys. It looks like something kids of many ages and maturity levels would find fun.

    mjbc07 at yahoo dot com

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  62. Wow, I love the new melody/sound versions of quadrilla. We have the normal quadrilla and it's a super cool toy, but adding a musical element is brilliant!
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  63. I subscribed to their newsletter with lamiaisola (at) hotmail.com

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  64. love this: Coral Reef Activity Center

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  65. Love the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse!

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  66. tweeted: http://twitter.com/andraya3/status/6358747774

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  67. signed up for their newsletter!

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  68. Blogged about it here: http://www.jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2007/09/countless-contests.html

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  69. I like the pirate ship.
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  70. I became a facebook fan.
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  71. I signed up for Hape's newsletter.
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  72. I'm lovin the Welcome Home Dollhouse!

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  73. The Quadrilla Melody Basic Set looks great too!
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  74. I signed up for their newsletter.
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  75. I'm a Facebook fan.
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  76. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/MommaStaciA/status/6362011378
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  77. signed up for the newsletter, too!
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  79. blogged about it here
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  80. The Mother Body Puzzle looks really great!

    Paula
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  81. Facebook Fan!

    Paula C.
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  82. I signed up for the HaPe newsletter

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  83. The Carpenter Bench looks great for my son! Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway.

    Rachael
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  84. I'm a new follower of Simple!

    Rachael
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  85. I'm a facebook fan!

    Rachael
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  86. The Adventure Galley Pirate Ship - my girls are sooo into them right now :)

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  87. I am a fan on FB!

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  88. I blogged about this giveaway:
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  89. My daughters would love the Welcome Home Dollhouse!

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  90. I signed up for the HaPe Newsletter. ;)

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  91. I like Dragon Draco!

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  92. Facebook fan of Simple (Bethany Weeks)

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  93. Tweet! http://twitter.com/Slim_705/status/6378278671

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  94. I subscribed to the Hape newsletter!
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  95. New Simple follower!
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  96. The Coral Reef Activity Center looks like fun! My daughter LOVES those.

    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

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  97. I Like The Pyramid of Play!


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  98. The Alphabet Abacus - I'd love to see it in person; my 2 year old granddaughter would be entranced.

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  99. The Welcome Home Dollhouse is so cute!

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  100. I like the Welcome Home Dollhouse.
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  101. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/channynn/statuses/6383384468
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  102. I'm a Simple fan on Facebook. (shannon carman finer).
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  103. love the dollhouse-
    Diane Baum
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  104. Coral Reef Activity Center looks awesome and entertaining ! thank you for this generous giveaway

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  105. The Coral Reef Activity Center would keep my boys busy.
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  106. I like the CORAL REEF ACTIVITY CENTER.



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  107. Pyramid of play looks very cool. sjmalosh@hotmail.com

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  108. the pull along penguin waddle is really cute! {I I really love the kitchen!}

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  109. Bamboo Pallina looks like a great game!
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  110. I really like the Pirate Ship! too cute!

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  111. I just started following you with Google Reader!

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  112. Gourmet Chef Cookware looks awesome!

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  113. I follow on Twitter as coolcanucks!
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  114. I tweeted this wonderful giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/coolcanucks/status/6391200850

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  115. I Signed up for the HaPe newsletter!

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  116. I follow your blog!
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  117. I follow you on Facebook (Heather Clouston-Diotte)
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  118. The Bamboo Pallina game looks like fun.

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  119. I love the "Welcome Home Doll House". So cute!

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  120. I like the Master Carpenter Workbench.
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  121. became a new follower of simple. very cool

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  122. I thought the Switchback Racetrack
    was impressive
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  123. We also like the Welcome Home Dollhouse.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  124. I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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  125. I am subscribed to the Hape Newsletter as jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

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  126. I am a fan on Fcebook as Jill Myrick.

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  127. I am a new follower of this blog
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  128. I am a facebook fan username jennifer lachman
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  129. Thank you for the giveaway. The sunshine dollhouse is really sweet.

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  130. Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse is adorable. Thanks.
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  131. Rainbow block set looks interesting.
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  132. I like this: Coral Reef Activity Center!




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  133. tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/6412677335

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  134. http://ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com/2009/12/simple-reviews-hape-toys-giveaway.html blogged

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  135. Hape toys newsletter subscriber

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  136. I really love the Coral Reef Activity Center. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  137. I like the Welcome Home dollhouse.

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  138. I love that Welcome Home Dollhouse. My little one would love it!

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  139. I love the Coral Reef Activity Center

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  140. The Bamboo Pallina looks like so much fun!

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  141. Tweet: http://twitter.com/AggieAshley/status/6420609836

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  142. I have been eyeing this kitchen! I also love the Gourmet Cookware. Awesome giveaway!

    mrswetz at yahoo dot com

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  143. I'm a facebook fan! (Christine Wetz)

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  144. Subscribed to the newsletter!

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  145. The coral reef activity center is neat. Thanks for the chance.
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  146. I love the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse!

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  147. I am a FB fan!

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  148. I now follow you!

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  149. tweeted! http://twitter.com/assload/status/6424503491

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  150. i signed up for the HaPe toys giveaway!

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  151. I like the Bamboo Pallina game. This company has some great choices.

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  152. Liz would like the Welcome Home Dollhouse.
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  153. the master carpenter workbench is very cool!
    heatheranya at hotmail dot com

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  154. the switchback racetrack is awesome!

    smell_the_rose@yahoo.com

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  155. tweet

    http://twitter.com/smell_the_rose/statuses/6434941786

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  156. signed up for the newsletter

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  157. I follow through google friend

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  158. fan on facebook

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  159. I really like the Master Carpenter Workbench

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  160. I like the Adventure Galley Pirate Ship.

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  161. My daughter would love the Welcome Home Dollhouse

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  162. I like the Coral Reef Activity Center

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  163. My kids would love the Switchback Racetrack!

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  164. The Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse. And I'm a fb fan!

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  165. I love the Welcome Home Dollhouse

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  166. That bamboo sunshine house is adorable!

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  167. the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse is cool

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  168. I liked the jungle animalz.

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  169. My son would love to have any color of the Little Autos. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  170. I love the rainbow bead abacus.

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  171. I like the Bamboo Sunshine Dollhouse.

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  172. I love the Master Carpenter Workbench. =)

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  173. I like the Bamboo Sunshine dollhouse!
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  174. I like the Switchback Racetrack.

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  175. My son would love the Woody Click Construction toys...........
    But, he would really love that kitchen too!

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  176. The Quadrilla looks like it would be a fabulous toy for my boys. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  177. the little auto's would be a big hit here! kleikin @ aol

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