The Green Thirteen #18: Sprig Toys Review and Giveaway (Ends 12/29) CLOSED

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Posted by Dina N


As a mom of young children, I love toys that engage my kids in creative play. Anything fun and safe that develops their skills and stimulates the imagination is welcome in my house. I also have a preference for toys that do not require batteries, flash blinking lights, or make squeaky noises. And I mostly don't need to hear the toys talk - I'd much rather listen to my kids! With the recent recalls of all kinds of children's products and concerns about lead paint contamination, BPA plastics, and the like, it seems choosing safe yet interesting toys has become a full-time occupation.

Companies like Sprig Toys help us parents take the guesswork out of toy selection. They make eco-friendly toys with smart design that encourage creativity. The people behind Spring Toys are three designers who wanted to help kids be active and have fun. They also wanted to avoid the harmful effects of traditional toy production on soil, air, water, plants and people. When I came across their site, I fell in love with the toys and just had to try them with my kids!

Sprig Toys sent me two toys for review: the Dolphin Explorer Boat from their Adventure Series and the Ol' Mac Story Building Barnyard from the Story Builders line.


The Dolphin Explorer Boat is made from Sprigwood, an eco-friendly material that uses bits of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The boat is sturdy and can withstand hours - and possibly years - of active play. This wood and plastic combo does not need paint because the material is dyed with safe pigments during manufacturing. The colors used in this playset are nice shades of blue, brown, red, and yellow. In addition to the big explorer boat, the set includes a smaller rescue boat, two very cute dolphins - mother and baby, a life preserver - love the attention to detail!, and an adventure guide called Captain Owen who comes with his own little yellow hat and backpack. The boat can float in water, and my kids had a grand time playing with it - both on land and in the bathtub "ocean". They came up with a story about the adventures of Captain Owen, and entertained themsleves for quite a while. My kids loved the toys, and I loved the hours of imaginative play.

I have to mention the box the Dolphin Explorer Boat. This is more than just packaging, it's additional play! There are pictures of a sea map and a wooden bridge that you can cut out - the carton is quite sturdy, too - and add to the playset. Then recycle the rest of the box ;-) And by the way, the packaging is eco-friendly too - printed with water-based ink and includes recycled chipboard.

The Ol' Mac Story Building Barnyard - the other toy we received - consists of blocks made from Sprigwood and panels from sturdy paperboard. The blocks and panels fit together to make the barnyard and farm animals. The set includes 95 pieces. There are cows, horses, pigs, ducks, a goat, a chicken coup, some corn, a veggie patch, a tractor, bales of hay, and of course - the farmer, Bernie Macdonald! He has a cute yellow hat and three cardboard friends to help him work the farm. My kids named them Daisy, Wendy, and Ernie. I know, Bernie and Ernie! We had a blast building the barnyard and arranging and re-arranging the animals. We also had Captain Owen visit with his boat. Yes, there was a river flowing from the farm to the ocean... and then Bernie, Ernie, Wendy and Daisy went for a ride on the explorer boat to meet the mama and baby dolphins. 

Cute, safe toys that are fun to play with AND are eco-friendly? I could not ask for more!

The recommended age range for these two toys is 3+ years and they retail at $29.99 each. If you want to get the boat, barnyard, or any other toy from Sprig Toys in time for Christmas, make sure to order by this Friday, December 18. They have cute eco-trucks, a Sprig Hollow line, and more fun toys in the Adventure Series and Story Builders. Sprig Toys are also available on Amazon.com. I plan to add to our Sprig Toys collection for next year's birthdays!

The Giveaway
Sprig Toys is generously giving away the same Dolphin Explorer Boat that I reviewed to one lucky reader of this blog!

To enter, please visit their site and comment below with your favorite toy - or tell me which toy the child in your life will likely enjoy the most.

For extra entries, do any or all of the following:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway – you can do this once a day, feel free to copy and paste: "Win a cute #eco-friendly #toy Dolphin Explorer Boat from Sprig Toys! #giveaway ends 12/29 @sprigtoys @aitmama http://tinyurl.com/ybfw7wg";
  • follow Sprig Toys on twitter;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is December 29, 2009, 11:59pm EST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or an alternate will be chosen. Open to those with mailing addresses in the U.S. The winner will receive their prize directly from the sponsor.

Disclaimer: Sprig Toys provided me with two toys to review for free. The opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal experience and are unaffected by the complimentary nature of the product reviewed. No other compensation was received or implied. Images and company information courtesy of Sprig Toys.

171 comments:

  1. Tj and Amy said...

    I like bee and butterflys farm the best. all of them are really cute amypugmire@live.com

  2. Tj and Amy said...

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  3. Tj and Amy said...

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  9. Ashley said...

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  14. Laura said...

    I really love the story building barn yard set!

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  15. Laura said...

    I'm a follower on twitter and I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Lmerritt49903/statuses/6711363529

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  16. Laura said...

    I am a follower of sprig toys on twitter!

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  17. cdziuba said...

    Our little one would love the Eco Dump Truck.


    cdziuba@aol.com My email is easily seen in my profile

  18. cdziuba said...

    I follow on Twitter cdziuba and Tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/6711519372

  19. cdziuba said...

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  20. cdziuba said...

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  25. Kim said...

    also love the dump truck!!

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  29. vgi said...

    My son would love the dino rig Vanessa.Iaquinta@gmail.com

  30. vgi said...

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  31. vgi said...

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  35. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    My favorite toy is the tea party set

  36. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    Follow & tweeted:
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  37. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    Follow Sprig Toys on Twitter

  38. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    I sub

  39. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  40. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  41. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  42. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  43. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  44. I am Lee-Ann... said...

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  45. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    Entered the Yum Yum pendants giveaway

  46. I am Lee-Ann... said...

    Entered the GC from Taraluna giveaway

  47. ossmcalc said...

    I think that my grandson would love the sprig eco dump truck.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  48. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/6721347206

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    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  49. ossmcalc said...

    I follow Sprig Toys on Twitter.

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    Christine
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  50. ossmcalc said...

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

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  51. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect.

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    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  52. ossmcalc said...

    I emailed three people about this giveaway with a cc to you.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  53. ossmcalc said...

    I follow you on the Networked Blogs.

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    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  54. ossmcalc said...

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  55. ossmcalc said...

    I also entered The Imperial Cruise Book Giveaway.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  56. ossmcalc said...

    I entered The American Journey of Barack Obama Giveaway.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  57. Snowflake07 said...

    My favorite is from their Story Builders line, the Little Red Riding Hood.

  58. Snowflake07 said...

    following on Twitter and tweeted (as SnowflakeDay): http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6722749934

  59. Snowflake07 said...

    I'm following Sprig Toys on Twitter (as SnowflakeDay)

  60. Snowflake07 said...

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  61. Snowflake07 said...

    google follower

  62. ossmcalc said...

    12/16

    I tweeted about this giveaway
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    Thank you,

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  63. Mijal Photography said...

    My three year old son would love their dump truck!
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  64. Mijal Photography said...

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  66. Mijal Photography said...

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  67. janetfaye said...

    My grandson would love the Dump Truck.

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  68. janetfaye said...

    I follow Sprig Toys on Twitter - Janetfaye

  69. janetfaye said...

    I am email subscribed.

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  70. janetfaye said...

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  71. janetfaye said...

    I follow on Networked Blogs - Janet Fri

  72. janetfaye said...

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  73. janetfaye said...

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  75. janetfaye said...

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  76. gahome2mom said...

    The Storybuilders Farmset would be cool.

    (I feel like I signed up for this one already, maybe anther blog. lol)

  77. gahome2mom said...

    tweeted @gahome2mom

    Win a cute #eco-friendly #toy Dolphin Explorer Boat from Sprig Toys! #giveaway ends 12/29 @sprigtoys @aitmama http://tinyurl.com/ybfw7wg

  78. Jennifer T. said...

    I like the Three Little Pigs Story Builder set.

  79. Jennifer T. said...

    I'm an e-mail subscriber.

  80. Jennifer T. said...

    I follow through Google Friend Connect.

  81. Jennifer T. said...

    I entered the Organic Canadian Raw Honey from Tropical Traditions giveaway.

  82. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6772455947

  83. Trung Nguyen said...

    I like the Dino Adventure Rig toy.

  84. Trung Nguyen said...

    I follow Sprig Toys on twitter.

  85. Trung Nguyen said...

    I subscribe via email.

  86. Trung Nguyen said...

    I follow you on google friend connect.

  87. Trung Nguyen said...

    I follow you on networked blogs.

  88. Trung Nguyen said...

    I'm your facebook friend (trungchem2002)

  89. Snowflake07 said...

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  90. DEBIJOT said...

    I like the dino adventure rig.

  91. DEBIJOT said...

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  92. janetfaye said...

    Tweet:
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  93. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6842256486

  94. myspiral said...

    I love these toys!My son would like the loader, he loves construction vehicles!
    myspiral@aol.com

  95. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the Yum Yum Pendants Giveaway.

    Thank you,

    Christine
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  96. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the Exit Music Giveaway.

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  97. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the Cleaving Giveaway.

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  98. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the Girl on Top Giveaway.

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    Christine
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  99. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the Dear John Giveaway.

    thank you,

    Christine
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  100. ossmcalc said...

    I entered the 7th Heaven Giveaway.

    Thank you,

    Christine
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  101. Bun In The Oven said...

    I entered the raw honey giveaway

  102. Bun In The Oven said...

    I entered the dear john giveaway

  103. Bun In The Oven said...

    I like the scuba search the best. I am thankful for you to introduce this company to me .

  104. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6869022028

  105. Debbie said...

    another Sprig toy that my 3-year old son would love is the Loader.

  106. Debbie said...

    i follow via google friend connect.

  107. Debbie said...

    i subscribe by email.

  108. Debbie said...

    emailed 3 friends and family and cc'd you.

  109. mellisarock said...

    I think that my boys would really love to have one of the loader and dump trucks!!

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  110. mellisarock said...

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  111. mellisarock said...

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  112. Anonymous said...

    Baja Scout looks really cute for my son-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

  113. Anonymous said...

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  114. Anonymous said...

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  115. Anonymous said...

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  116. wigget said...

    they would love the dino adventure rig

  117. rebecca said...

    How sweet! I like the Dunebug and Sand Truck. I think my son would love them

    gitrecca at gmail dot com

  118. rebecca said...

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  119. Jamie said...

    Love the Story Building Palace!

    savvyhousewife@yahoo.com

  120. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6913520752

  121. Laura said...

    My son would really like the Adventure Series set.

  122. Laura said...

    I follow on Twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/couponlover16/status/6929113858

  123. Laura said...

    I follow @SprigToys on Twitter @couponlover16.

  124. Laura said...

    I subscribe.

  125. Laura said...

    I follow on GFC.

  126. Laura said...

    I follow on Networked Blogs.

  127. Laura said...

    I entered the Raw Honey giveaway.

  128. Laura said...

    I entered the YumYumPendants giveaway.

  129. Laura said...

    I entered the Girl on Top giveaway.

  130. Laura said...

    I entered the Fresh Organics giveaway.

  131. Laura said...

    I entered the 7th Heaven giveaway.

  132. Laura said...

    I entered the Exit Music giveaway.

  133. Anonymous said...

    My kiddos would like the dolphin explorer. They are both very much water kids :D

    santosfamily831 at yahoo dot com

  134. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6944660049

  135. Nicole said...

    my son would like the dino adventure rig

  136. Lauren said...

    My child would like the discovery rig!

    manzer001@yahoo.com

  137. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/6973530223

  138. Laura said...

    12/23 tweet:
    http://twitter.com/couponlover16/status/6975743820

  139. monica said...

    my son would like Dunebug's Sand Truck.
    -monica
    monicabozsik at yahoo dot com

  140. Laura said...

    12/24 tweet:
    http://twitter.com/couponlover16/status/6999755142

  141. Laura said...

    12/24 tweet:
    http://twitter.com/couponlover16/status/6999755142

  142. Anonymous said...

    my grandson would love the boat but the dino is cute mhsimonton@sbcglobal.net

  143. Tj and Amy said...

    tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/7014749962

  144. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7018603303

  145. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7043234068

  146. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7078076504

  147. Marianna said...

    I like the Rally Racer

  148. Marianna said...

    I follow sprigtoys on twitter @mannabsn

  149. Marianna said...

    follow you on google friend connect

  150. Hippie4ever said...

    The ecotruck front loader thanks silenttributary(at)yahoo(dot)com

  151. Hippie4ever said...

    following sprig toys as hippie4ever2 silenttributary(at)yahoo(dot)com

  152. Snowflake07 said...

    daily tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7109326527

  153. Snowflake07 said...

    tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7137157308

  154. Carolsue said...

    I think my son would love the Glider Patrol!
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  155. Carolsue said...

    I follow Sprig Toys on Twitter @cezovski
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  156. kenan and tree said...

    I love the bee and butterfly's farm. i've been eyeing that one for a while, although the dolphin set is really cute too! Thanks for the chance to win!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  157. kenan and tree said...

    i'm a follower on google friend connect!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

  158. kenan and tree said...

    i entered the 7th heaven (james patterson) giveaway!
    thanks!

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  159. Tylerpants said...

    My son would love the Dino Adventure Rig!
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  160. Tylerpants said...

    I'm a subscriber. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  161. Tylerpants said...

    I'm a follower. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  162. Laura said...

    12/29 tweet:
    http://twitter.com/couponlover16/status/7172403874

  163. Snowflake07 said...

    tweet: http://twitter.com/SnowflakeDay/status/7175328062

  164. trixx said...

    The Dragonfly’s Heli-Scoopter looks like lots of fun! :)

  165. trixx said...

    I'm a subscriber

  166. trixx said...

    I'm a follower

  167. debbiejackson said...

    I love the storybook barn set. jacksond@nhr3.net

  168. debbiejackson said...

    I subscribe by email jacksond@nhr3.net

  169. debbiejackson said...

    follow ur blog jacksond@nhr3.net

  170. debbiejackson said...

    follow on twitter

  171. Liz said...

    My favorite is Story Building Barnyard.

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