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Bilibo Play Shell Review

Have you seen the Bilibo Play Shell?  It's a cool little toy that doesn't do anything. This award winning toy is designed to inspire creativity and active play.

It's supposed to the the toy that gets played with instead of the box.

I think my kids fall into the category of 'playing with the box more than the toy' so I was excited to see what they thought of the Play Shell.

We took it to the park, the fountains, and the pool. . .



. . .  and they found lots of uses for it around the house.

They have used it to:
  • sit in
  • balance
  • rock and spin
  • fill and pour
  • carry treasures
  • and more
Malachi uses it as a part of the army bases that he builds for his army guys.  Eliana can use it as a cradle for her baby.  I can imagine the use it will get when it snows!

It is designed for ages 2-7, but my 9 year old loved it to spin in. It is made of durable high-density polyethylene, is shock resistant, non-toxic, is 100% recyclable and comes in 6 colors. It is designed to be used on soft surfaces (Elli easily tipped over in it).

I love that it encourages hand-eye coordination and balance. But, mostly I love it because my children have to decide how to play with it.

But, that is not why I wanted it originally. I thought it would be a great tool to help little ones sit through a chapter book. I was worried they wouldn't want to sit through a longer book (I have one child that has to be moving to pay attention!) and I am just beginning to read longer books to my 3 and 5 year old together.  I envisioned them quietly rocking, balancing or spinning while I read. But, it wasn't necessary - they wanted to sit on my lap instead.  =)

You might recall that CSN has 200+ stores. You can buy the Bilibo Play Shell from their Toys and Games Online store for $25.99 with free shipping. I looked around and that is the best price I could find (not considering the free shipping!).

So, that is what I bought for this review. What would you buy if you had a chance to spend $30 at CSN Stores? Leave me a comment letting me know for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate from CSN!  This is the only required entry.

~ This giveaway is now closed ~  Congrats to Onefrugalgirl!


For additional entries:
  • Do you have a favorite CSN Store? Tell me what it is for an extra entry. I think mine must be Toys and Games Online, but I'd like to check out their other stores as I will be needing some baby furniture soon (since I gave all mine away after Elli).
  • Tell me how many kids beds are available to browse at CSN's bedroom furniture store
  • If you subscribe to or follow my blog give yourself an extra entry. 
  • Tweet about this giveaway for 2 extra entries. Leave me a link to your status! 
  • Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post for 4 extra entries.  Leave me a link to your post!
  • Enter my Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent giveaway for another entry, or let me know you already did. 
Your comment is your entry, so please leave me a comment for each entry. This giveaway is open for U.S. shipping only and will be open until 8:00 pm MST on July 15, 2010. I will contact the winner by email, so be sure to leave your email address. You will then have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks to CSN Stores for sponsoring this review and giveaway!


Disclosure: I was given a one time use $30 gift certificate to use for this review and I offer my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way. 

79 comments

Michelle said...

I would get the Learning Resources Rainbow Peg Play Activity Set. I think that Juliettte would love it!

kme0310@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

Toys and games is my favorite store too. I always love getting new things for the girls to play with :0)

kme0310@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

I am a follower of your blog :0)

Michelle said...

I tweeted this giveaway
https://twitter.com/kme0310/status/17836033507

Michelle said...

I tweeted this giveaway
https://twitter.com/kme0310/status/17836033507

Michelle said...

There are 295 kids beds to browse...that is a lot of beds :0)

Katrina said...

I would use it towards a step 2 easel...or I would buy some art supplies for my daughter

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Tristan said...

I would buy the Wegits starter set: http://www.csndaycarefurniture.com/Wedgits-300015-Starter-Set-WDG1004.html

My kids would love something more to build with.

Tristan said...

My favorite CSN store is the School Furniture and Supply store : http://www.csnschool.com/

Tristan said...

295 kids beds! We could use a bunk bed that is for 3.

Tristan said...

I follow your blog!

Domestic Diva said...

I'd get a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance.

Domestic Diva said...

My favorite store is the babies and kids store.

Domestic Diva said...

295 kids beds -- that's a lot.

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

one frugal lady said...

I would get the little tikes island adventure water table!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

one frugal lady said...

My favorite CSN store is cookware.com!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Julie said...

There are several things I would like to get and all of them are for the kids:)

Julie said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Julie said...

I entered your detergent giveaway.

Andi said...

I am commenting on the smiles....wonderful~!

Coupon Teacher said...

I would love to add to my Le Creuset in onyx collection.

Onefrugalgirl said...

I subscribe to your blog. onefrugalgirl@gmail.com

Onefrugalgirl said...

I like the modern store. onefrugalgirl@gmail.com

Onefrugalgirl said...

I'd love to buy some new kitchen stools.

steph said...

http://www.csnstores.com/Basics-Curved-Black-Night-Stand-WN1173.html I'd get this!

steph said...

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honeys said...

I would put it toward a Le Creuset skinny grill.

Vicky said...

I'm so so so glad to hear your opinion about the Play Shell! I would love to get one for my two year old son! mrs.lyashenko@yahoo.com

Vicky said...

Am a follower of your amazing blog!

Vicky said...

Entered the Tropical Traditions Detergent giveaway :)

Vicky said...

There are 226 kids beds available! Oh boy, I can only dream!

Loni@Hearts-In-Training said...

So many great products. I like the magnetic art:
http://www.csndaycarefurniture.com/Educational-Insights-1779-EDI1082.html

love you!

Loni@Hearts-In-Training said...

I follow already :D

Laurie said...

I would get the Bilibo! I've seen these around, but I didn't realize they were so affordable.

Love your blog. I just found it from Confessions of a Homeschooler. :)

ldslaurie@gmail.com

Laurie said...

You just introduced me to CSN, so I didn't have a favorite before. :) But I'm loving their diaper bag store! They're really cute!

ldslaurie@gmail.com

Laurie said...

There are 295 kids' beds available. Wow!

ldslaurie@gmail.com

Laurie said...

I just subscribed to your blog via Google Reader!

ldslaurie@gmail.com

Debbie said...

I like the Thames and Kosmos Physics Discovery Kit.

Debbie said...

I like both the Toys and Games store and the Furniture store.

Debbie said...

There are 1525 beds.

Debbie said...

I follow your blog.

Debbie said...

I entered the TT Powdered detergent giveaway.

agodlyhomemaker said...

i want the Hamilton Beach Wave Power 12 Speed Blender in White

agodlyhomemaker said...

Cookware.com. is my fav store

agodlyhomemaker said...

i entered your TT detergent giveaway too

agodlyhomemaker said...

i sub to you

agodlyhomemaker said...

i follow u

agodlyhomemaker said...

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DeannaL said...

I would get these snazzy dry erase markers: http://www.whiteboardsandmore.com/AARCO-MFL-6-Neon-Markers-AAO1082.html but at the rate my crew goes through them, they would be dead before Halloween. But they would love them!

Jay said...

I would get the Melissa and Doug cookies set or some grilling utensils for hubby.

magwife said...

my husband is a HVAC Mech and his clothes are a little Dirty!Also he has alot of electricity!LOLI would Love to try this deterant and see what it does for his clothes!
I try samples sometimes to see how they work.This derterant sounds Great!I'm egaer to see if I WIN!I will write in and tell if I will Order more,Thanks!

Cheryl W. said...

I would use the gift code for a set of the Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown ramekins in the blue. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter my name into the giveaway.

Cheryl W. said...

My favorite CSN store without a doubt (and my favorite online store period) is Cookware.com. I could live on that site.

Cheryl W. said...

293 kids beds are available to browse on CSN's bedroom furniture store.

Cheryl W. said...

I follow via Google Friends Connect.

Cheryl W. said...

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Cheryl W. said...

I entered your Tropical Traditions detergent giveaway

Michelle Tajchman said...

I would like to buy a bilibo! I've seen these around and now that my kids are old enough, it would be a great toy to try out.

Renee Richardson said...

I would love to buy the JFit 10 pound Kettlebells. I have had my eye on them for quite some time.
Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

There are 292 kids beds to browse :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

My favorite store is Cookware. I really love Le Creuset :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

Renee Richardson said...

I also entered your Tropical Traditions giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

MelindaG said...

I love all the puzzles and block sets. I will remeber this site for upcoming birthdays, and Christmas

Michellerella said...

I would totally buy the Bilibo Play Shell!!! I recently discovered these at a trial Kindermusik class I took my daughter too and thought they were the funniest things. I had no idea where to purchase them and was THRILLED to come across your website and not only find out where to buy them but to see a review and so many uses for them. Thanks for sharing! I would have to get 2 as I know my 4 year old son would love one as well, especially with it's sensory purpose. michellerella@earthlink.net

MelindaG said...

I love the toys and games online store... so many great items you don't see just around town

MelindaG said...

I subscribe to your blog through rss

Michellerella said...

I have not heard of CSN before visiting your site so at this point I would have to say that Toys and Games or the Learning Resource are my favorites especially since we are just now starting the homeschool journey.

Michellerella said...

I would love to blog about your post, but I only have a private/family blog as we adopted our 2 children and need to keep those entries private since they focus so much on our kids and family life. I did however email your website to over 150 moms as I coordinate a local MOMS group out of a large church and am also involved with a couple homeschool co-ops. Not sure if that qualifies me for extra entries or not :)

Michellerella said...

I just subscribed! I love your BFIAR section as I am just starting that with my kids this year. I can't wait to have a bear picnic and am looking forward to seeing more of your posts related to these wonderful books. michellerella@earthlink.net

MelindaG said...

I love all the puzzles and toy blocks on the site. I didn't have enough time to do as good of a search as I would have like too. I will definitly keep this site in my list of great online sites, for birthdays and Christmas

Michellerella said...

There are 292 kids beds to browse through at CSN's Bedroom Furniture Store! michellerella@earthlink.net

GranolaMom4God said...

I like the toys and games CSN store Too!

GranolaMom4God said...

Nuts . . . it is past 8pm. Forget my comments on both giveaways. Sorry!

DelightfulLearning said...

You beat me ~ it counts! =)

Michelle said...

I am really wanting to get one of these for my kiddo, I think she'd have so much fun with it! I wish more toys were like this--simplistic and forced kids to use their imaginations and creativity more!

http://madeformommies.blogspot.com/2011/02/kid-o-bilibo-toy-simple-toy-endless.html