Summer Fun With Melissa & Doug - Giveaway!

****GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**** Now that it is officially summer, the kids are out of school, families are taking off to the beach, and the days of back-and-forth weather are behind us, for the most part.

As a child, I enjoyed the freedom of the season to the fullest. One thing that I always looked forward to each summer was the purchase of new summer gear. I absolutely loved to get cute new buckets, shovels, and sieves for finding treasure in the sand - but we'd have to buy these sets year after year because they were so poorly made that they could not hold up to the rigorous play that little girls (and boys) were sure to do.

Thankfully, the days of buying junky sand toys are behind us. Melissa & Doug offers quality, adorable, and inexpensive sand toys that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the wallet. Take a look at what we've received:

Sunny Patch Seaside Sidekicks Baking Set

This set is so much fun! The whisk and measuring cups are a fantastic addition to the set, as many children (myself included) enjoy "pretend" baking - in sand, mud, or anything else that we can get our hands dirty with! The turtle lid even works as a sifter, and we've used it to filter out debris from my daughter's inflatable pool.

Sunny Patch Sand Molding Set

This is another very fun set. The sand molds are all very adorable, and my daughter loves making shapes in the sand with this set. An added benefit to this set is that the pieces all nest inside of each other, making it easy to store for future use.

Sunny Patch Clicker Crab Pail + Scoop

The Clicker Crab pail and shovel set is so cute! I remember when pails were simply nice colors, with the "special" ones having small specks of glitter. This pail has character (really!) and is thick enough to withstand heavy loads of sand or water.

Sunny Patch Sand Cup Cake Set

My daughter's very favorite set is the cupcake set (probably because we are a cupcake-obsessed family!) She pretends to make cupcakes and muffins even when we are indoors. The small character tops also double as fun indoor toys, and satisfy my daughter's need for imaginative play. For instance, the turtle topper is the "baby" turtle of the family, with the "mother" and "father" turtles of the other two play sets. Another idea for playtime fun is to have the child match the tops to the bottoms by color.Β With Melissa & Doug toys, the education possibilities are endless!

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win ALL FOUR of these sand toy sets for a special child in your life? Melissa & Doug has so very generously offered up all four sets to one very lucky Classic Mommy reader. To enter, please "like" Melissa & Doug onΒ facebook. That's it! Make sure you come back and leave a comment saying that you completed this entry. You can copy and paste this as your entry, if you'd like:

"I liked Melissa & Doug on facebook as _(your facebook name)_"

For an additional entry, sign up for Melissa & Doug's Treasured ToyΒ e-mail newsletter. I've received some very valuable coupons from Melissa & Doug through this e-mail! Make sure you leave a separate comment on this post if you've signed up for the e-mail list.

For two additional entries, tweet the following message for this giveaway (can be done once daily for two entries!) Copy and paste this as your tweet:

"Win FOUR toy sets from @MelissaAndDoug and @Classic_Mommy! Visit http://bit.ly/ixt8rO to enter giveaway! Ends 7/11"

This contest is open to U.S. residents only and will run from June 27, 2011 to July 11, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be drawn by a random number generator from all eligible entries received. Winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck!

I received all four of these play sets from Melissa & Doug to review. No compensation was provided. All opinions expressed in this review come from my personal experience engaging with these products.