Beach Blocks and a Giveaway






Silas and I recently had the delightful opportunity to explore a set of Beach Blocks, sent to us from Andrea at Bula Jean's Boutique. Inside the drawstring bag were a collection of driftwood pieces and a shell collected by Andrea and her children from the shores of the Atlantic. Upon opening the bag, Silas immediately got to work building a house. It was a comparatively brief initial play session, but he has asked to get them out every day since. I'd say it's true love.

There are two things that this mama loves most about them. The first is the opportunity to touch and smell and interact with these gifts from the sea; a rare treat for us in landlocked Iowa. Silas has never seen the ocean (and is unlikely to in the near future), so these are a wonderful way for him to develop a sense experience of that place and to develop a connection to it as well as the world beyond. 

The second thing that I love is their absolute open-endedness. While completely smooth, these bits of driftwood are uneven and organic, making the child really have to think and use trial and error when building with them. In addition to a house, they have already been phones, roads, and signs, but the possibilities remain endless.

As we head into winter, I look forward to pulling these little gems out to add to our block rotation, where their unique sun-warmed presence can remind us of summer days that will return.

Bula Jean's Boutique is generously offering to one A Life Sustained reader their very own set of Beach Blocks. Just a few Facebook likes are all it takes to enter. See below.



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17 comments:

  1. They're beautiful blocks! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. My boys would love doll slings! I also love the bitty brim hats and the wool gnomey winter hats ...

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  3. The beach blocks are my favorite, but I'm diggin' the story stones too!

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  4. What a wonderful giveaway I know my kids would LOVE these!! Many thanks!!

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  5. Oops I forgot to comment what I liked.. I think the beach blocks are my favorite and second would be the alpha-stones :)
    Thanks again!

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  6. I love you Beach Blocks and would be so thrilled to give them to my daughter for her 6th birthday! Thank you for the opportunity and love your creations!

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  8. This is a beautiful Give Away! My kids would love to play with them!
    My favorite from Bula Jean's are the Boardshorts :-)

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  9. So beautiful. I wish we lived close to beach#

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  10. Thanks for the give away! I love the beach blocks, sun bonnets, and the fox I spy toy. Such wonderful things!

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  11. What a treat! These are just beautiful--thank you <3

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    1. Oh, and I LOVEEEE the fox "I Spy" bag--absolutely adorable!!!

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  12. The sun bonnets are so darling!

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  13. This is such a wonderful set! I never would have thought of it!!

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  14. I Really love all of the fix stuff! Particularly the I spy bag and skirt!

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  15. I really love the newsboy caps and the beach blocks. Such a neat idea for those blocks!

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  16. Such a wonderful bag of treasures!! I have three sons and I know they would've found hours of joy playing with them when they were little. When my oldest son was about 10 he visited his friend in North Carolina and for Christmas that year he gave me a glass jar full of shells that he had collected on the beach while on his trip. I have it proudly displayed on my kitchen counter. He's now almost 22!! : ) Truly one of the most beautiful gifts I've ever received!! Have a beautiful weekend!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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