Monday, February 27, 2012

Montessori Services/For Small Hands Review & Giveaway!!

** This giveaway is now closed.
Congrats to the winner!**


I'm really excited about this giveaway because I'm reviewing my long time favorite Montessori supply store, Montessori Services and their partner site, For Small Hands!

You all have seen me link to Montessori Services time and time again. Why? Because I believe they are - without a doubt - the best place to get everything you need to complete and compliment your prepared environment. I'm talking about those wonderful details like baskets, tongs, trays, mats, & pouring kits. It's been my go-to place for those kinds of things ever since I heard about Montessori Services from the Directress at that the top Montessori school here on the island - she orders from them exclusively!

You'll see the materials I've purchased from Montessori Services & For Small Hands peppered throughout our shelves. I could go on and on raving about each and every thing we've ordered, but instead here's just a sample of my absolute favorites:

~pouring stars during our space unit~

We love this gorgeous cobalt blue pouring set. Maria Montessori believed a child's environment should contain beautiful things. This set of carved glass is just that. And it's just the right size for little hands.

MANY of you have asked where I find the tiny objects included in my alphabet box. Among resourcing my own personal collection of odds and ends, I look to Montessori Services to supply some of the particularly cute objects, such as these.

~sorting and transferring~
Trays and transferring tools are in constant use in our classroom. In the sorting activity shown above, the all white tray and three of the tools were purchased from Montessori Services: the mustard spoon, the sugar tongs, and the wooden tongs. PS: this little ladle is also a favorite of ours. :)

~transferring flowers during our St. Patrick's Day unit~

You all know my love of baskets and bowls. The reed baskets shown above, and these tiny maple bowls have been a mainstay on my shelves. They are just the right size for holding small objects for counting and sorting activities.


And last, but not at all least, these space flashcards. As a family of space geeks, James has multiple sets of space cards, but these are by far his favorite! The colors are vibrant, the photos are real, and the cards are thick and sturdy. Good stuff!

Montessori Services excels at Practical Life materials (their kits are fantastic!), but they also offer much, much more. You can find books on a variety of topics, art activities and supplies, kits and tools for your budding scientist, materials for elementary aged children, and for the youngest child, these wonderful books and toys.

Now for the giveaway! Montessori Services has offered to gift one of my readers a $50 gift certificate!! Wahoo!

Here's how you can enter to win:
Mandatory entry:
1. Leave a comment on this post.

Extra entries:
2. Visit Montessori Services or For Small Hands and leave me a separate comment letting me know your favorite thing in their store.
3. Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
4. Follow Counting Coconuts and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
5. After today come back and leave me one comment per day on this post until the end of the giveaway.

A couple of notes:
:: All comments are moderated - they will NOT appear immediately after you post them.
:: Do not leave your entry comments on the Counting Coconuts Facebook page - they will not be included.
:: Regarding separate comments - each entry will be counted as a chance to win. If you put all of your entry requirements into just ONE comment, you'll only have ONE chance to win.

This giveaway ends at 9pm (Atlantic Time) on Saturday, March 3rd. The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck, everyone!

422 comments:

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Craig and Julie said...

We would love a complete Wedgit set. The one that was given to us only has a few pieces. Thanks! jkwenning@hotmail.com

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

as for the item I'd choose? My husband just told me the other day we need to get the kids their own wheelbarrow--so if I don't win the giveaway, I'm sure to be buying it come June for my son!
(We have almost everything else, tools big and small, from MS)
http://www.montessoriservices.com/practical-life/yard-garden/yard-garden-tools/radio-flyer-child-size-wheelbarrow
Sarah M

Craig and Julie said...

I follow you on RSS Feed! Thanks!
jkwenning@hotmail.com

Ashlea said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks!

Tricia said...

Just visited Montessori Services - I like the colored glass pouring set that you highlighted and the small tongs activities set. I've had a hard time finding small tongs for my daughter to use at home!

Josh & Teddie said...

Coming back again! Love this giveaway!

Josh & Teddie said...

I would probably get a pouring set, my daughter loves doing this!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Please, please, please!!!

Urszula said...

I like you on Facebook :)

Cathy said...

I'd love to win!

Cathy said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Cathy said...

I follow you in Google Reader.

graciegirl said...

Love the Fractiles on the Montessori Services Site!

graciegirl said...

I follow your blog via email!

graciegirl said...

Would love to be able to pick up some mini items for my alphabet box! That little vaccuum is too cute!

JamieG said...

those look like great tools!

JamieG said...

i am also a follower ;)

kmveducator said...

Love all the ideas you share!
~Kelly
kmveducator@aol.com

Discovering Montessori said...

I am back!! Thank you again for this opportunity.

Jenny said...

Awesome giveaway. I just recently started reading your blog. I haven't heard of this store before, but they look great.

Jessica said...

Great giveaway!

Jessica.R.Adler at gmail.com

Jessica said...

I love the Learning Tower.

Jessica.R.Adler at gmail.com

Jessica said...

like you on fb.

Jessica.R.Adler at gmail.com

Jessica said...

follow your blog

Jessica.R.Adler at gmail.com

Darcey said...

What a great giveaway! It would be great to get some things for my new toddler classroom.

Leisure Treasure said...

This is a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for hosting it!!!

nicarv said...

I'm back for another entry today!

Darcey said...

I love the baby tree blocks and the pouring and cleaning activity sets.

Darcey said...

I like your fb page.

Darcey said...

I follow yu via gfc.

Leisure Treasure said...

The miniatures for language and reading activities from Montessori Services are my favorites! Thank you for this opportunity!

Leisure Treasure said...

I follow you on Google Reader. Thank you!

Giveaway Hound said...

Thanks for the giveaway! giveawayhound at gmail dot com

Giveaway Hound said...

I'd love to have the colored glass pouring set. giveawayhound at gmail dot com

Giveaway Hound said...

3. Like Counting Coconuts on Facebook and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
DONE! giveawayhound at gmail dot com

Giveaway Hound said...

4. Follow Counting Coconuts and leave me a separate comment on this post letting me know you have/already do.
DONE! giveawayhound at gmail dot com

Zeddy said...

Love this site. :)

Aris said...

Love your blog.

Aris said...

I subscribe to you in google reader

zebaby said...

I love their stuff too! I constantly get comments on my son's mini pitcher.

zebaby said...

subscribe to your posts

zebaby said...

like you on FB!

zebaby said...

Meant the xrays from For Small Hands.

Love the language materials (objects) from Montessori Services!

Sheri said...

Awesome! I would love to win!

Sheri said...

That pewter maze is pretty cool, I may get that if I win.

Sheri said...

i already "like" you on facebook :)

Tanya M said...

Really hoping to win!

Liz said...

Hello! I am starting out my morning with another post! Have a great day.

jess_hak said...

Coming back again for my daily entry. :)

Claire said...

entering for today :)

Celia said...

It's "tomorrow" and I'm still excited about your give away!

Förskoleburken said...

Back again! :)

Heather Young said...

I love your blog! I have used many of your ideas with my preschooler. What an exciting give away.

Olives and Pickles said...

Just leaving my comment of the day.
Thanks for hosting.

The Windy City Duo said...

Please, please pick me.

The Windy City Duo said...

I love just about everything on the site. We order from them regularly.

The Windy City Duo said...

I have like you on FB for awhile now.

The Windy City Duo said...

I have followed you through google feed for awhile now as well.

graciegirl said...

love the mystery bag and blindfold set on their site!

Darcey said...

Here's my comment for 2/29.

Sarah said...

I am going to enter via all of the possibilities! This is my first one.

Jessica said...

I really, really hope I win! :-D

Jessica.R.Adler at gmail.com

Sarah said...

Liked the Facebook page.

Sarah said...

I visited Montessori Services and my favorite item (it was hard to choose!) is the manipulative boards where the child screws bolts into the board. My little boys LOVE pretending to work with tools with Daddy and I'm sure this would be awesome for them!

Sarah said...

Subscribed! Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway!

Sheau said...

I love montessori services. thanks for the chance. already like you on facebook.

Zeddy said...

Following you on facebook. :)

Heather Young said...

I believe that I have already liked you on facebook.

Molly said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Me and my chickadees said...

Love the pouring jars! My son is really into pouring things :)

Tanya M said...

Hope to win this giveaway!

Kris George said...

I always enjoying reading your blog posts! Excited about the giveaway!

nell said...

thank you for this opportunity

nell said...

I would say the child broom and pouring set for my 17 month old

nell said...

I subscribe to your blog

Urszula said...

I follow your blog and I love it :)))

Kite Koop Keeper said...

Oh, I so NEED this. Our homeschool preK is suffering right now. This would make it all better. :) Thank you!

kitekoop at gmail dot com

Kite Koop Keeper said...

I'm already a follower
kitekoop at gmail dot com

Kite Koop Keeper said...

I'm already a FB fan (Valerie Kite)

kitekoop at gmail dot com

Kite Koop Keeper said...

We wold consider getting the young builders tool set, as our 4 year old loves to work with dad.

kitekoop at gmail dot com

Kirsten said...

So excited about this giveaway! My son is LOVING all the ideas he's seen with me on your site.

Kirsten said...

I follow you on facebook--Kirsten

Kirsten said...

I follow your site

Kirsten said...

So hard. I kind of want it all. Maybe the motor movement lessons--looks like a great way to keep the kids moving and excited!

jess_hak said...

My extra entry for the day (MARCH 1st already!!!)

Danielle said...

I hope I win, I hope I win. ;)

Beth said...

I'm back again today for another chance to win :)

Kirsten said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Darcey said...

My comment for March 1st. Keep up the great work with your blog!

Vanda said...

Hi Mari-Ann, very nice Giveway! I've just discovered this store few days ago (I think from your blog)and now I'm waiting for the shipment of my first order :-)So why not to make another order thanks to gift certificate :-) Have a nice day! Vanda

Vanda said...

I love their musical instruments :-)

Vanda said...

And, of course, I liked your Facebook page as well :-)

Vanda said...

And I am a follower of your blog as well :-)

Deanna said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Deanna said...

following you on Facebook!
thanks for the giveaway!

Deanna said...

Love the gardening tools for little hands! we need some new ones around our house! thanks for the giveaway!

SolDucky said...

I love the child size garden tools and snow shovel!
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

SolDucky said...

Liked on FB as sarah linette
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

SolDucky said...

I am following!
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

Stacy said...

Love Montessori Services...have drooled over their catalog for many years.

Stacy said...

I've always wanted the kid-sized brooms that they offer. I KNOW my kids would all benefit from having the correct size tool for helping with sweeping and the ones we've found in the big box stores just fall apart.

Heather Young said...

Leaving my comment for today. Love the items at Montessori Services:)

Heather Young said...

I also liked the calendar cards. Thanks!

Claire said...

today's entry :)

Kris George said...

Exciting giveaway for a great company!

Mrs. Wright said...

This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you!

Mrs. Wright said...

I love the red broom. It is so beautiful and the children love using it too!

Mrs. Wright said...

I have liked you on facebook!

Mrs. Wright said...

I follow your blog through my blogger account

Mrs. Wright said...

I follow your blog posts through my email.

Carmen said...

I have learned so much from your blog. Thank you. I especially like the language set that I've been recently planning on the box.

Carmen

Urszula said...

I'm back for my daily entry :)

Kristina said...

I love this store. I think my favorite is their pouring pitcher.

Kristina said...

This is a great giveaway thanks.

Kristina said...

I like you on facebook.

Kristina said...

I subscribe to Counting Coconuts.

nell said...

great giveaway

Tanya M said...

Thank you for a chance to win!!!

graciegirl said...

Would love to win this giveaway! The miniature items would be so useful for our curriculum!

Liz said...

Whoa! Lots of people trying to win this one! Well, here's my attempt for today. Thanks!

Renee said...

Would love this!

Me said...

I love Montessori services! It would be hard to choose one favorite but I really love the small objects with labels. And I have been following your blog for a year or so- love to read about what you do with your kids!

(that should be 3 entries)

Orchard View Academy said...

One of the other items I would just love to get are the different bolt boards, especially the graded bolt board. Thanks for the chance to win a gift card!

MamaMunky said...

I would love to get some goodies for my 2 year old.

LindseyAylward@yahoo.com

MamaMunky said...

I follow via gfc/rss as mamamunky.

LindseyAylward@yahoo.com

Laura said...

I just liked you on Facebook! I was just over at Montessori services checking out their stuff and I love the language objects!

Heather Young said...

I like the wooden lacing beads. That is a basic thing that I still don't have:) Thanks for hosting this give away.

SolDucky said...

I am making my extra comment for the day! Very excited.
soluckyducky at gmail dot com

catchingfireflies said...

Extra comment today!

catchingfireflies said...

Like you on Facebook

Jessie, The Education Of Ours said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! $50 goes a long way at Montessori Services.

C.J. said...

What a perfect giveaway!

Jessie, The Education Of Ours said...

I love their trays, baskets, and little toys (last year, Santa ordered from Small Hands for stockings). But....my product crush is definately the laundry set up. I've wanted it since before motherhood during training. Fingers crossed and prayers said :)

Thanks again!

Heather Brandt said...

I love Montessori Services/Small Hands & would love to win this giveaway!

Jessie, The Education Of Ours said...

I liked this blog and shared this giveaway!

I also love those harmonica necklaces....swooning!

C.J. said...

I follow you on Facebook.

fairPhoenix said...

Great giveaway! I absolutely love your blog.

fairPhoenix said...

I follow you on fb.

C.J. said...

I have my eye on the singing bowl at Montessori services.

Kim said...

Love the blog. Love this store.

C.J. said...

I also follow the rss feed~

Zxilana said...

Lacy likes Counting Coconuts. Added a few days ago

Kim said...

I love the small kitchen utensils at ForSmallHands.

Kim said...

I follow you on FB

Kim said...

Follow you via email

Pamela said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win for my little guy.

Davian said...

What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the link!

Kimberly said...

I want to win this giveaway sooooo bad!

Kimberly said...

I already "like" you on facebook.

miamihoney said...

I love the Calypso steel drum. It seems perfect for my son.

miamihoney said...

I follow you!

miamihoney said...

What a cool giveaway!

SLM said...

I follow you on FB

Heatmas said...

I love the junior ramp racer. My little guy is too young for that right now, but a family member had it and I loved it! (So did her kids :) )

Heatmas said...

I like you on Facebook :)

Ms. Pauline said...

What a great giveaway! Thank you for doing this! I also agree that montessori services has great products and sadly I can rarely afford to buy as much as I want for the classroom (Which would be everything!)

Darcey said...

Thanks again for the opportunity.

Beth said...

Trying my luck again for today!

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love Montessori services! Our little ones would love some beautiful new things on our shelves!

Jennifer said...

Follow you on FB :)

Jennifer said...

Would SOOO love the hand washing table from Montessori services....ooolala!

Laura said...

I would love this! It would be great to add to our new learning space in our home!

Jovana said...

i've liked you on FB for a while

Jovana said...

the space stuff would be great for our little one

Kara said...

Follow u on fb!

Kara said...

I love Montessori teaching and enjoy your blog!

Giveaway Hound said...

Thanks for the giveaway! giveawayhound at gmail dot com

Jennifer Lambert said...

Can't wait until my kids are old enough for the real tools! Love that work bench with vise and tool belt! ;)

Jennifer Lambert said...

I like you on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Little-Lambs/161803533873533

Jennifer Lambert said...

GFC and email follower

Stephanie said...

Wow! I literaly drool over their stuff!!!! This is an awesome giveaway and I would LOVE it win! Thanks for hosting!

Stephanie said...

What do I want? Hmmmm.....EVERYTHING!!!!!! Seriously though I would love to get the I make Silence book. It is something that i have been wanting to get. I also really would love to get some new sweet scooping spoons!

Stephanie said...

I follow you on FB

Stephanie said...

I follow on GFC!!!!

Laura said...

I like you on Facebook.

Dawn and Jeremy said...

Another great giveaway. Thank you so much for all you do to share with us.
Dawn

Laura said...

I love their practical life items. Especially the pouring works.

Dawn and Jeremy said...

Montessori Services is great. I love their language objects.

My Spot on Montessori said...

Thank you for hosting this marvelous giveaway!

M.J.T.S said...

What a wonderful gift! Here's to a blessing if we're picked*

M.J.T.S said...

I like Counting Coconuts! More like LOVE it :)

M.J.T.S said...

I have followed for some time (thank heavens).

M.J.T.S said...

I've kept my eyes on the Blue enamel pitcher set for hand washing from Montessori Services.

Mrs. Wright said...

I love reading your posts and hearing about all the wonderful Montessori-inspired activities you do with your children. I hope to win the awesome giveaway from Montessori Services. I've been browsing through the catalog and it's whet my appetite!!! :0)

Steph said...

My favorite thing @Laz Montessori Services are the shaker Easter eggs.

Steph said...

I've "liked" Counting Coconuts on Facebook for a long time. Wonderful site!

Steph said...

I really like the "pot maker" @Laz For Small Hands. And the Easter egg shakers. They're selling them here too!

Katie Davis said...

Love Montessori Services! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

Jessica said...

What a great giveaway! Thank you!

Katie Davis said...

For a second entry: Right now my favorites are the Japanese Brush Painting and the Language Object Starter Set. So many wonderful things to chose from!

Steph said...

Thanks for this give a way. Even if I don't win, you've introduced me to two new sites and I have been looking all over town for small glass pitchers are now I know where to find them. ;)

Katie Davis said...

For another entry, I now Like you on Facebook.

Jessica said...

The item I would love to have is the Zenergy Chime. My children love making music and I love finding beautiful instruments for them to play.

Jessica said...

I like Counting Coconuts on FB.

Jessica said...

I follow Counting Coconuts.

John and Kel said...

One of my all time favorite stores!!!!!

John and Kel said...

I really like the brush and dustpan sets for easy clean up in the classroom.

John and Kel said...

I already like, I mean love, u on facebook.

My Spot on Montessori said...

I have liked Counting Coconut on FB.

Tanya M said...

Hoping to win!

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