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Help Your Kids Learn Concepts and Skills with Puzzles by Mudpuppy

Help Your Kids Learn Concepts and Skills with Puzzles by Mudpuppy

If you’re looking for a way to introduce concepts and skills to your kids that will work very effectively, think puzzles. Puzzles are enjoyable tools for children to learn motor skills, hand-eye coordination, thinking and problem-solving skills as they try to fit the pieces together.

Personally, I’ve used puzzles to help my toddler boys- now almost four year old Gabriel and two year old Jaden- learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and concepts about animals and nature. I started them with simple wooden puzzles at the age of 1 and now they continue to enjoy many different types of puzzles such as block puzzles, color-me puzzles, and only very recently, I’ve introduced them to floor puzzles.

And since we love reading Eric Carle books, how appropriate that Mudpuppy/Galison came out with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (one of my kids’ top favorite classic children’s books by Eric Carle) Floor Puzzle. I am sure most of you are familiar with Eric Carle but I can say this one particular book helped Gabriel learn all his colors and names of animals tremendously. He can memorize the whole story from beginning to end and can even spell every color and animal name in this well-beloved book! The Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle by Mudpuppy is certainly a great enhancement to what he has already learned from the book. 🙂

Anyway, if you haven’t been to Mudpuppy’s website, check out their award-winning and fun children’s toys and learning tools such as puzzles, play scenes, building sets, constructibles, journals, books, playing cards and more!

We also love our Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle– a chock-full of fun jigsaw puzzle!

*Win the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle and the Pirate Cove 63 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle from Mudpuppy! I will give each of them to two(2) lucky HMP readers! 🙂

*HOW TO WIN: As always, please follow the ONE (1) COMMENT ONLY RULE. Please read on for more details…


ONLY ONE (1) COMMENT PER ENTRANT, PER CONTEST IS ALLOWED. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND ANY EXTRA ENTRY CREDITS YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR COMMENT. If for some reason you forgot to add a detail on your first comment, you can delete it by using the “trash can” icon beside your comment, then re-enter your new comment with the details you want included. This way, I am able to track the real number of entrants for each contest. I regret to inform you that if you enter multiple comments, those comments will be deleted and you will automatically be disqualified from the contest.

*To enter this contest, leave a comment by Friday, June 26th at 12MN, EST, with your choice between Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle or the Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle. OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY. ONLY ONE (1) COMMENT PER ENTRANT IS PERMITTED. Non-bloggers are always welcome to enter. I will pick TWO (2) WINNERS using Random.org. The winners will be notified via email and announced as a comment on this post.

Want to earn EXTRA CREDITS? Contest entrants will each win one(1) extra credit by doing the following:

1. Mention this contest in a post on your blog with a direct link to www.hipmamasplace.com

2. Add the Hip Mama’s Place badge on your blog sidebar. You can find the badge code on the top right hand of the HMP main page and paste it on an HTML page on your sidebar.

3. Subscribe to Hip Mama’s Place via the FEED READER or by EMAIL.

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If you do all six (6) extra entry credits, that means you will have five(7) total entries. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning! Please don’t forget to mention the extra credit/s you’ve done in your comment. Goodluck!

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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 06/30/2009 / 2:11 pm

    *This contest is CLOSED*

    Congrats to blueviolet for winning the Eri Carle Brown Bear floor puzzle and Mommy Daisy for the Pirate’s Cove puzzle! 😀

    blueviolet said…

    Those puzzles are the best. And Eric Carle is loved by all.

    Mommy Daisy said…

    My son would love either puzzle, but I’m betting the Pirate’s Cove one will be a little more challenging like he needs.

    Thank you all for participating!

  2. 06/27/2009 / 4:47 am

    Please enter me into the contest for the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle. I subscribed by email.


  3. 06/27/2009 / 4:23 am

    Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle 🙂

  4. 06/27/2009 / 3:58 am

    I would like the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle. I follow you on Twitter.

  5. 06/27/2009 / 3:52 am

    my little girl loves puzzles and is so good at them!please surprise her with this in the mail!

  6. 06/27/2009 / 1:11 am

    My son loves puzzles,he would like the pirate one!


  7. 06/26/2009 / 10:09 pm

    i also like the Fun and Dance Puzzle 🙂

    following on twitter klp1965

  8. 06/26/2009 / 9:35 pm

    I’d pick Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzl

  9. 06/26/2009 / 7:25 pm

    I would love the Pirate puzzle for my two boys and I’m following you on twitter @MomMostTraveled

    onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

  10. 06/26/2009 / 1:28 pm

    If we won we’d prefer the Eric Carle puzzle.

  11. 06/26/2009 / 8:17 am

    would love the piratescove puzzle
    i follow you on twitter

  12. 06/26/2009 / 4:33 am

    I could be happy with either as I have children that both would be appropriate for, but if I HAD to pick just one I’d pick Brown Bear. LOVE ERIC CARLE!!!!



  13. 06/26/2009 / 2:59 am

    I’d love the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle for my little girl! I’m a subscriber. trixpixelATgmailDOTcom

  14. 06/26/2009 / 2:32 am

    My little grandson would love the Pirate’s Cove puzzle. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  15. 06/26/2009 / 2:08 am

    so tough to decide… but I think the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle would be the best.. Lil Kiwi would love the colors and it’s simple…

  16. 06/26/2009 / 1:18 am

    The Pirate’s Cove would be great for my godson. He is really into pirates and is at the age where a puzzle this size would be perfect for him! Thanks for the chance!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

  17. 06/26/2009 / 1:08 am

    Love the Eric Carle puzzle! My daughter would love that! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. 06/25/2009 / 7:24 pm

    Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle would be perfect for my nephew’s birthday. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

  19. 06/25/2009 / 5:12 pm

    The Eric Carle floor puzzle would be great for my 2 year old and I to work on.

  20. 06/25/2009 / 4:59 pm

    My son would love the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle! Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?is his favorite book! Thanks for the chance!


  21. 06/25/2009 / 4:23 pm

    My 18 month old is very interested in Eric Carle books right now. We read Brown Bear multiple times a day! He would probably really enjoy working on that puzzle with Mama or Daddy. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  22. 06/25/2009 / 4:22 pm

    I have a summer day care and either of those puzzles would be really fun for the children. The rest of the year I am an assistant at a school and my kindergarten class would really like that. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  23. 06/25/2009 / 3:36 pm

    My grandson would really love the Eric Carle Brown Bear puzzle. Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. 06/25/2009 / 3:14 pm

    My Chice is the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle

  25. 06/25/2009 / 2:45 pm

    I would love the brown bear puzzle for my daughter, but the pirate puzzle would be perfect for my son,so either is great, but I guess I’d utimately choose the pirate puzzle!

  26. 06/25/2009 / 1:20 pm

    I would love to win the Brown Bear puzzle!
    dzyizy4 at hotmail.com

  27. 06/25/2009 / 3:29 am

    The boys would love the Pirate’s Cove puzzle. Thank you.

  28. 06/25/2009 / 1:29 am

    pirates cove is way cool for my nephew!


  29. 06/25/2009 / 1:28 am

    My son would love Pirate’s Cove. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

    I am an email subscriber.

    I follow on twitter – justicecw.

  30. 06/24/2009 / 11:55 pm

    I love anything and everything Eric Carle!

    And I follow you on twitter: tnimmer

  31. 06/24/2009 / 10:33 pm

    The Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle would be great for my son! Thanks!
    I’m a subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  32. 06/24/2009 / 10:00 pm

    I’d love the brown bear floor puzzle for my daughter.

  33. 06/24/2009 / 3:31 pm

    My 4 year old would love the puzzle
    Email subscriber
    Follow on twitter – phxbne

  34. 06/24/2009 / 1:07 am

    My son would love either puzzle, but I’m betting the Pirate’s Cove one will be a little more challenging like he needs.

  35. 06/23/2009 / 6:56 pm

    The Pirate’s Cove puzzle looks so great for my son and nephew to do together!

  36. 06/23/2009 / 6:14 pm

    My little one loves Eric Carle — that puzzle would be perfect.

  37. 06/22/2009 / 7:08 pm

    My daughter would enjoy Pirate’s Cove. Thanks for the chance.
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  38. 06/22/2009 / 3:07 pm

    Brown Bear is a much-beloved book at our house. We would love the puzzle.


  39. 06/22/2009 / 2:53 pm

    great prize for making young minds work

  40. 06/22/2009 / 12:05 pm

    The Eric Carle puzzle looks like a lot of fun – my son loves the story.

  41. 06/21/2009 / 8:30 pm

    I love Eric Carle!

  42. 06/21/2009 / 2:14 pm

    I am such a huge Eric Carle fan! I’ve read his books to children for decades. That floor puzzle would be a much-appreciated prize!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. 06/21/2009 / 12:59 am

    Pirate’s Cove would be my choice.

  44. 06/21/2009 / 12:43 am

    We would love the Pirate’s Cove Puzzle! My son’s has been pirate obsessed lately.

    I have your button.
    I subscribe.
    Faved you on Technorati-MommaStaciA.
    And follow on Twitter-MommaStaciA.


  45. 06/20/2009 / 11:44 pm

    We love to put puzzles together, we really like the Pirtae’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle.

  46. 06/20/2009 / 4:40 pm

    I would love the Eric Carle Brown Bear Floor Puzzle, my boys love that book

  47. 06/20/2009 / 4:33 pm

    My grandsons love to put together puzzles when they visit. They would love the pirate puzzle.

    I follow on Twitter (ptowngirl)

    smchester at gmail dot com

  48. 06/20/2009 / 4:32 pm

    I like the Brown Bear puzzle as both my kids (boy and girl) would love it!

  49. 06/20/2009 / 12:46 pm

    The Brown Bear Puzzle would make a great shower gift for my friend’s daughter. Thanks!

  50. 06/20/2009 / 1:33 am

    I like the Pirate’s Cove 63 Piece Puzzle.

  51. 06/20/2009 / 1:31 am

    I would love to win the brown bear puzzle for my classroom. If unavailable, the pirate puzzle would be appreciated as well.

  52. 06/19/2009 / 10:52 pm

    Its a tough choice I think the pirates cove puzzle would be enjoyed by all three of my kids

  53. 06/19/2009 / 9:43 pm

    Puzzles are great developmental toys. They are both fun and educational. Eric Carle’s books and art are classic!

  54. 06/19/2009 / 9:14 pm

    I would love to win the Eric Carle floor puzzle for the children’s department at my library. Puzzles are such a fundamental part of the learning process and the fine motor skills.

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/catrionalove

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