Celebrate Black Heritage

by Jennifer Donovan

Every February in the United States, there is a special focus on African American history. I welcome the opportunity to focus on the obstacles that members of this race have faced and the thin116217.jpggs that they have achieved in spite of it.

I looked forward to the chance to review some of the products in the Black Heritage series of games and activities by GEEBEE Marketing. My First Matching Game gives the standard matching game a twist. For one thing, all the cards feature prominent African American heroes in the area of sports and entertainment, science, and history. Unlike some matching games, there is a board with the pictures (sorted by category), so even the youngest child could play by simply matching the card they draw to the picture. The other educational feature is that the rule book gives a brief biography of each person’s achievements. Older children could be asked to recall the facts about the card that they drew. If you are looking to teach your child (or yourself) about Black Heritage, this game is a fun way to do it.

There is a series of puzzles which feature artwork by well-known artist Annie Lee. Iimgagephp.jpgf your family enjoys puzzles, why not showcase American art while fitting those pieces in?

Look for these products in the Wal-Mart Black History area this month.  You can also find them online at Pressman Toy Company, and other sites.

If you’d like to win one of the Annie Lee puzzles, as well as My First Matching Game, please leave a comment. We’ll draw a winner on March 1.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Kristen M. February 23, 2008 at 12:12 am

This would be a great classroom resource too.

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2 SJ February 23, 2008 at 12:16 am

My boys love puzzles! This would be great to have.

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3 Natalie February 23, 2008 at 1:32 am

what a great teaching tool!

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4 vanessa hunter February 23, 2008 at 5:04 am

Just what my children need. A little education!

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5 katelyn carter February 23, 2008 at 5:23 am

fun puzzles!!

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6 sandy February 23, 2008 at 6:20 am

nice

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7 emilia February 23, 2008 at 8:05 am

This seems really cool

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8 DARIJA February 23, 2008 at 8:28 am

How fun, count me in

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9 Steph Elias February 23, 2008 at 9:37 am

Looks like a great matching game. Count me in!

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10 Frances Fagans February 23, 2008 at 9:39 am

Annie Lee is one of my favorite Artist, have a wonderful collection of her work.

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11 Derek Stotlar February 23, 2008 at 9:47 am

This would really help my son learn!!

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12 Denise February 23, 2008 at 9:58 am

Looks like fun!

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13 Michael Capp February 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

I want to win!

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14 Cathy February 23, 2008 at 10:41 am

My sons (both African American) would love this! I am constantly on the look out for anything that will teach them about their heritage!

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15 Alexia February 23, 2008 at 10:44 am

I love doing puzzles – new ones would be wonderful!

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16 Kathy Y February 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

Thank you for all the contests……

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17 SUSAN VARNEY February 23, 2008 at 11:06 am

this is a great prize to win

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18 linda February 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

great prize,great contest.

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19 carol February 23, 2008 at 11:30 am

what a great prize for my grandchildren

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20 Judith Musick February 23, 2008 at 11:42 am

love your site!
awesome prize- thanks!

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21 Dawn February 23, 2008 at 11:50 am

What great products.

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22 Shannon Baas February 23, 2008 at 12:01 pm

This is cool.

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23 john iavarone February 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Pick us ~ would love to win this.

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24 JAY February 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I’d like to win one of the Annie Lee puzzles, as well as My First Matching Game, please enter me in the drawing.

JayMSluyter@aol.com

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25 rachel burke February 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm

enter me please

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26 Cynthia February 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm

What a great game!

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27 Deborah February 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Sounds like great fun. Put my name in the hat. If I win, you can contact me at dmj53(at)hotmail.com

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28 Clifton Wade February 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Great prize – thanks for all the contests!

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29 stacey moore February 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm

we would love to win!! thanks

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30 charline February 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm

great

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31 Margaret Smith February 23, 2008 at 5:56 pm

What a great educational idea this puzzle is. Thanks for the giveaway.

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32 Mary Mizell February 23, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I could share something with my Grandson

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33 dawn February 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm

great prize

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34 Adrienne Gordon February 23, 2008 at 6:46 pm

puzzles are great

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35 Janice J February 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm

This would be great for my grandson, thanks for the giveaway!

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36 Anne February 23, 2008 at 7:13 pm

My kids are biracial and so are my grandbabies. They are very proud of their African Canadian roots. They would just love this.

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37 Jennifer Monteiro February 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Hope to win for my son!

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38 Linda Moeller February 23, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Nice.

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39 Ami February 23, 2008 at 8:09 pm

My adopted boys are African American; we could really use this game to celebrate their heritage.

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40 Donna Coughlin February 23, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Looks like fun!

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41 Caroline Morin February 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Please count me in.

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42 Jill February 23, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Count me in

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43 Jenny M February 24, 2008 at 1:18 am

what a great prize to broaden knowledge of a neglected area of American history. Thank you!

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44 Karin February 24, 2008 at 1:24 am

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

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45 donna pavcik February 24, 2008 at 1:24 am

i’m in

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46 Meredith Peters February 24, 2008 at 1:39 am

Nice!

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great prize

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48 Jillian February 24, 2008 at 2:19 am

“Match” us to this prize! :)

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please count me in

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50 Fruitbearer February 24, 2008 at 4:25 am

Please count me in. Thanks!

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51 Stephen Saunders February 24, 2008 at 5:53 am

Enter me also please.

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52 Kari Follett February 24, 2008 at 6:30 am

please add me!

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53 Marie Fink February 24, 2008 at 7:23 am

Great prize! Thanks for the chance!

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54 James Jenkins February 24, 2008 at 8:47 am

Wow!!

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55 Diana February 24, 2008 at 9:37 am

puzzles are such great brain work

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56 Kathy Scott February 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

I love toys that teach. Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

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57 Nat Stevens February 24, 2008 at 10:30 am

i like it – plug me in

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58 Brian February 24, 2008 at 11:02 am

Great prize. Great contest.

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59 jennifer bowen February 24, 2008 at 11:25 am

this is verry nice good learning

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60 Jason February 24, 2008 at 11:41 am

What a nice giveaway !! Thanks !!!

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61 veronica sandberg February 24, 2008 at 12:10 pm

great prize want to win

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62 Linda Lansford February 24, 2008 at 12:15 pm

lol to all

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63 Theresa Wagner February 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm

this would be a great gift for a young child

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64 beth shepherd February 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm

thank you

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65 Mike Weisberg February 24, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I want to win

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66 Julie Donahue February 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Great educational tool!

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67 Cindi Hoppes February 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Hello! What a fabulous contest. Please enter me in your drawing. I do appreciate it…..Thanks,Cindi

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68 Shirley Younger February 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Great teaching/learning tool

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69 tim brown February 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm

love to win
THANK YOU GOD BLESS

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70 jessica s. February 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

this would be great!

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71 Tara February 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm

love to win this!

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72 Sylvia February 24, 2008 at 5:51 pm

This would be great for my grand children

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73 Robert February 24, 2008 at 6:08 pm

nice goodies.

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74 sherry pincus February 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm

love to win this!

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75 Steve Scott February 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Learning is fun. Thanks for the contest.

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76 Frank B. February 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Matching games are great way to exercise the brain.

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77 Sarah Stern February 24, 2008 at 7:21 pm

My little guy loves matching games!

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78 Cathie February 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Please enter me

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79 Rebecca Snodgrass February 24, 2008 at 7:42 pm

looks cool

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80 Tammy Marshall February 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

What a neat idea.

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81 Nancy February 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm

A great giveaway to celebrate black heritage. Thanks.

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82 richard t February 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Hope I win.

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83 Sarah February 25, 2008 at 1:20 am

This would be perfect for my little toddler! She’s learning so fast! I need more games to stimulate her little mind—I’m just not very creative! LOL! Thanks!

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84 Cher Klosner Lane February 25, 2008 at 1:27 am

What a great educational idea! Very cool!

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85 Betty Willtrout February 25, 2008 at 1:40 am

Granddaughter would love!!!!

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86 Vicky Boackle February 25, 2008 at 1:56 am

great prizes.

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87 Mandie February 25, 2008 at 2:14 am

I would love this for my son.

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88 Mary February 25, 2008 at 2:38 am

thanks for the cool giveaway!

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89 Noreen February 25, 2008 at 3:17 am

we love puzzles at our house

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90 Jen (yup, another one) February 25, 2008 at 7:58 am

I’d love the opportunity to broaden our horizons.

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91 paige February 25, 2008 at 9:14 am

Looks like fun!

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92 Kelly February 25, 2008 at 9:16 am

I homeschool my daughter she would like this puzzle.

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93 Rachel February 25, 2008 at 9:31 am

Would love to use this in my classroom!

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94 Lisa O February 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

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95 Alyson February 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

Sounds like a really cool game! Thanks for telling me about it and for the fun chance!

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96 Elaine February 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

Count me in too, please!

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97 Patti February 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

Looks like a great game. We are just starting to get into games, I bet my son would love it!

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98 Chantelle February 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

my children and i love putting puzzles together.

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99 Julie Mead February 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

My son would love this!

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100 srkenney February 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

great concept! a new idea for b’day presents for friends’ children.

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101 Jacquelyn Cannon February 25, 2008 at 11:01 am

My daughter loves Annie Lee and puzzles. This would be a great gift for her.

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102 Kristie February 25, 2008 at 11:07 am

My daughter is just getting into puzzles and I’m sure she would love to try a matching game.

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103 Rodney February 25, 2008 at 11:12 am

Hope I win thanks

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104 Ellie February 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

Excellent giveaway!

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105 Vickie Couturier February 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

What a great learning experience for kids

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106 stacy berg February 25, 2008 at 12:12 pm

My boys LOVE puzzles!!

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107 Helen Keeler February 25, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Very nice, please enter me. Thanks!

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108 Denise February 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm

My little peanut is just starting to like puzzles and would LOVE this prize! Thanks!

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109 Sarah February 25, 2008 at 12:49 pm

enter me!

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110 Bree February 25, 2008 at 1:09 pm

My daugher LOVES puzzles- she’d love this one!

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111 valerie mabrey February 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

thanks for the contest

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112 Sharon Jones February 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm

wonderful prize. thanks!

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113 Jennifer Furtado February 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm

What a great learning game… I hope I win!

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114 Dianne Osmundsen February 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Looks like not only fun but educational!

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115 fan February 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

My 5 year old nephew stays here weeks at a time, and he get bored a lot cause he has little to do, something like this would be great for him.

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116 Jennifer February 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Please enter me, thank you!

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117 Andrea V February 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Great prize, my son would love it.

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118 Ruth Payne February 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm

This would be amazing for my daughter’s preschool class. They realyl need more multi-cultural resources.

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119 Kim February 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Great Contest!

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120 Shannon February 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Would love to have this! Looks like fun!

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121 anna t. February 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Hope I win.

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122 Heather February 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I would love this game for our family!

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123 Valerie Mitchell February 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm

fabulous!

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124 Anita Yancey February 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Very nice. Enter me.

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125 Danielle S February 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Great prizes!
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126 Monique Rizzo February 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Love this site! Fun Puzzles to play with.

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127 jan koontz February 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm

sooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooool

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128 Shelly February 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm

What a cool matching game!

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129 Nicole February 25, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Very educational…sign me up.

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130 Vida February 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

I’d love to win…thanks for the chance.

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131 Vicki Wurgler February 25, 2008 at 5:38 pm

very interesting – hope I win!

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132 Nikki Evans February 25, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Count me in, please! Good Luck To All

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133 Tracey Pounds February 25, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Sounds like a winner to me. Hope I win!

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134 marcella hugentobler February 25, 2008 at 9:00 pm

My 4 year old grandson would love this.He is doing starter puzzles.

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135 MJimenez February 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm

My kid loves puzzles. This would be a great win.

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136 Susanne February 25, 2008 at 9:54 pm

My daughter LOVES Memory…I’d love a new set of cards!! Thanks!

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137 Aaron Richardson February 25, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Yay! Games for… uh… me!

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138 Kristie Noguera February 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

My family loves puzzles

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139 Shaun Wallner February 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm

My kids will love these.

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140 Debbie Criss February 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm

My grandson loves puzzles.thank you

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141 Angela February 26, 2008 at 12:26 am

What a great game!! Id love to have a copy here for when my cousins come visit so they don’t have to play with baby toys… and it would be great for when Connor gets just a bit older!

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142 Megan February 26, 2008 at 1:27 am

very fun!! Hope I can win!

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143 Holly Henderson February 26, 2008 at 10:51 am

would love this for my son!

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144 Ken Robinson February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

An interesting concept for racial pride

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145 Deanna February 26, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Great! I would love to donate this to the preschool!

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146 Linda Ellis February 26, 2008 at 4:43 pm

oh yeah

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147 Crystal Gleason February 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm

This looks so great!!!

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148 Janet February 26, 2008 at 5:31 pm

TY 4 THE NICE CONTEST!!

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149 Kathy Conley February 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Great games for families!

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150 Louis Huf February 26, 2008 at 6:33 pm

enter me please, thank you for the contest

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151 Carissa Davis February 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

How fun!

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152 Marcia Sinclair February 26, 2008 at 10:21 pm

My Head Start children would love this!

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153 Christi February 26, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I would love to win

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154 Michelle Rosborough February 27, 2008 at 1:12 am

It’s great seeing games for “us”

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155 Judy February 27, 2008 at 11:32 pm

pick me

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156 Leslie February 28, 2008 at 12:34 am

Terrific

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157 RHicks February 28, 2008 at 1:09 am

SUPER LITTLE GAME

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158 AMANDA PERRON February 28, 2008 at 1:37 am

AWESOME!!! Please enter my name, THANKS!!!

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159 Jenn February 28, 2008 at 3:39 am

What a great idea – learning disguised as fun! My toddler would really enjoy this – thanks!

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160 Shannon B. February 28, 2008 at 10:08 am

I think this would be a really good learning opportunity for my daughter!

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161 Anthony Hedden February 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Enter me

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162 trudee carreiro February 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm

what a nice drawing

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163 Cassandra February 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

These are great!

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164 Eve Hall February 28, 2008 at 7:42 pm

I would love to win this game,
My name would be posted in the,”Winner’s Hall of Fame!”

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165 Naghma February 28, 2008 at 7:59 pm

thank you.

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166 JONI CHADWELL February 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

GREAT LEARNIONG TOOL

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167 Samantha Pruitt February 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

great idea!

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168 Sylvia Porter February 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

great giveaway!

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169 jamierochelle February 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm

My son would love this as well as the preschool kids I teach.

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170 Angela Harris February 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm

My 3 year old son has a speach impairment and these type toys really help him!! Pleae enter me in the contest

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171 kim eddings February 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm

cool prize

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172 L McLendon February 29, 2008 at 5:04 am

Here is my entry.

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173 Jacqueline O. February 29, 2008 at 6:25 am

I really need this.

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174 Ron Miller February 29, 2008 at 9:44 am

I’m in for this!

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175 mindy February 29, 2008 at 9:47 am

very nice thanks

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176 Brooke February 29, 2008 at 10:30 am

Super cool! I’d want to share this with my daughter’s nursery school!

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177 Ed Nemmers February 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Sweet niblets!

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178 Elizabeth February 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Happy Leap Day! Thanks for the contest!

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179 Vicki Wurgler February 29, 2008 at 6:24 pm

the boys love puzzles!

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180 Carol Drury February 29, 2008 at 6:54 pm

what a great prize!!!!!

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181 Tiffany G February 29, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Perfect game for my nephew!

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182 philip halter February 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

enter me please

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183 Samantha Pruitt February 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

cool beans!

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184 Darline Stoddard February 29, 2008 at 9:48 pm

would love to win.

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185 Jennifer Barr February 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm

great prize :)

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186 CAndie February 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

We are always needing ethnically diverse products at the preschool. THis would make a great addition.

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187 Mommie March 1, 2008 at 12:10 am

This would be great! Thanks

Mommie
http://www.mommieshome.net

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188 Lara Aleff March 1, 2008 at 1:07 am

Matching games are such great learning tools!

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189 C Duran March 1, 2008 at 1:43 am

This looks like a great educational toy. Very good design too!

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190 Amanda Chapman March 1, 2008 at 1:49 am

I’m a home schooling mom. This would be great for my girls.

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191 Sherri Siler March 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

I would love this for my kids.

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192 Joy Venters March 1, 2008 at 2:01 am

love to win

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193 Jim Cincinello March 1, 2008 at 2:19 am

Thank you for the chance to win.

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194 monte March 1, 2008 at 2:51 am

GREAT puzzles!!

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195 Veronica Garrett March 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

I would love to win this. Please enter me in the contest.

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196 sarah woods March 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

Heritage learned is a life gained. Best of luck to all who enter. thank You

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197 ELSIE MANGERI March 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

Really great prize. I work with ELL students, this would be a perfect realia to use with them. Thanks for this opportunity!

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198 Caryn Bailey March 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Am I too late? If not…I’d love to win!!!

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199 shawna f March 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Nice giveaway!

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200 Kam A March 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm

What a great prize!! Would love to win!

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201 amy delong March 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

great for my little one!!PLEASE!!

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202 vanessa bishop March 1, 2008 at 6:04 pm

This is a great prize I want It! I want It!

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203 Stacey M March 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm

How cute! Please enter me in your drawing.

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204 Susanne Troop March 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Nice prizes!

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205 kiyana March 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm

My kids will have fun with this!

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206 Catrina Pomerleau March 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Please enter me in the drawing.

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207 Donna Kozar March 2, 2008 at 12:40 am

My kids would love it.

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208 Timothy Sternberg March 2, 2008 at 1:05 am

This would be a great classroom resource too.

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209 Christy March 2, 2008 at 7:47 am

What a perfect way to honor everyone!

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