Review and Giveaway - Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock (Eco Mom)

I have been mentioning just how proud I've been of the way that Liam has been talking lately!  He's been a little sponge- new words every day and there are a few that have become favorites - yo-yo, ukulele, butterfly and clock!

So when I approached Eco-friendly Baby Products - EcoMom about doing a product review and she said, "What would you like to review from the site?", I wandered through her site, checking out the Mom and Baby, Organic Food, Feeding and Nursing, Bath and Body, Health and Wellness, Healthy Home, Eco Chic Clothing, Holiday and Toys and Books, I knew immediately when I spotted it that I absolutely had to review this:

Liam loved this from the minute I took it out of the shipping container - he had it apart and working to put the puzzle part back together within seconds!  We have found dozens of uses for this great toy, which is all wood and extremely well made - like the other Melissa and Doug products we have tried before.

What have we used this Shape Sorting Clock for?

Identifying what minutes and hours are (eventually quarter hours, half hours etc)
Talking about when things happen - bedtime, school time, lunch time etc...
Counting by ones and twos and (eventually by fives in the future)
Color recognition (hues and shades)
Shape identification and matching
Tracing of shapes
We've even used the clock face to talk about spinning, motion and more!

I have to say that I haven't met a Melissa and Doug product that we haven't liked, and I love that Eco Mom has embraced them on her website with 27 different Melissa and Doug toys available in all price ranges.

Eco Mom has also started a new program - EcoPass.  For a $99 annual membership, you receive 15% off every order, and free shipping with no $50 minimum requirement.  EcoPass pays for itself in as few as four orders and only costs $8.25 a month!

Eco Mom has been great to work with and I can't say enough about the range of products available on the website! 

So much so that Eco Mom has two great offers for AB readers -

From Tuesday, November 23 to Monday, November 29, we will randomly choose FOUR ECOMOM ORDERS per day and make them ABSOLUTELY FREE. No matter the purchase size, you could be a winner and your whole order will be free! What's more, we'll duplicate every free order and donate it to Baby2Baby--a wonderful organization that helps support families in need. Everything in our store will be on sale, too, so even if your order isn't one of the free ones, you'll still be getting the best prices on our eco-friendly products for your family.  Click here to see more about the 7 Days of Giving

And a 15% off discount code that you can use on your first order!  Just enter SBBL696 at checkout.  This code is good until December 31st, 2010.

and they are also giving one lucky Acting Balanced reader a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to their site!

How to win:

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA and Canada and will end on 
December 5th at 11:59 PM EST.
Mandatory entry must be completed before any other entries count.
The winner will be chosen by from all comments left and the winning entry will be verified, published on the blog and the individual emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be drawn.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Eco-friendly Baby Products - EcoMom and tell me what product you'd use your GC on.

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Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost for the purposes of completing the review, and I received no other compensation.  All opinions are my own.