Saturday, November 15, 2014

#Giveaway: General Mills Prize Pack including $50 Target Gift Card

 
Disclosure: I received promotional boxes of cereal and Mega Bloks cars to facilitate this review.


As a kid, I remember how much I loved it when there was a surprise toy in the cereal box. I had no idea that General Mills has been putting free prizes in cereal boxes for more than 80 years! Right now, General Mills is doing something extra special--offering free customizable premiums for both boys and girls through a partnership with MegaBloks.



Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch is offering a free Mega Bloks car with a set of Hello Kitty and Power Rangers stickers. There are also instructions on the box itself for a pattern to construct a cardboard jump from the cereal box.

   

I love this cool video where General Mills partnered with Maker Dad – Mark Frauenfelder – to rev up the breakfast table with a Rube Goldberg contraption made entirely of General Mills Mega Bloks cereal boxes.


Here are some great tips from Mark for creative contraptions to foster family fun, especially for dads and daughters.  (Love it!)
  • It STEMs from Somewhere: As an illustrator and journalist, my girls are exposed to creative arts all the time, so exploring activities rooted in science helps promote learning in other areas. Plus, I learn a lot from my kids about creativity, experimentation and improvisation in the process. 
  • Building the Bond: Creating something together and seeing it daughters. In fact, I wrote the book Maker Dad, because I saw the need for a resource that gives dads and daughters ideas for activities they both enjoy doing.
  • It’s What’s Inside That Counts: General Mills putting a free, buildable Mega Bloks car in its cereal boxes is a nostalgic experience for me and one I love to share with my daughters. We’re all excited for the free prize inside.
  • Try and You Shall Succeed: Building an elaborate structure like this shows that it’s okay to fail, just try again! These kinds of challenges will stretch your mental muscles, and are also a great way to give your kids an introduction to real-life challenges.
  • Get Creative: Making a Rube Goldberg contraption leverages the it to our extreme. You can build small ramps and simple structures 
To get the word out, General Mills is offering a $50 Target gift card, an exclusive Mega Bloks collective car kit and participating Mega Bloks cereal boxes to one lucky reader.  Enter below to win!


Disclosure: I received promotional boxes of cereal and Mega Bloks cars to facilitate this review.

72 comments:

Deb C. said...

Just spend time together- do something spontaneous and silly.

nightowl said...

We have a family night where each family member can give ideas on what they want to do. Sometimes we watch movies, play board games or do puzzles, etc.

Vickie Jones said...

Being active with the family like riding bikes and going to the park together.

Ty said...

Plan a family activity at least one day of the week. any activity will do as long as everyone is in agreement and no distractions are allowed.

Tiffany said...

We like to foster family fun by always trying to having fun no matter what we are doing. Cooking, cleaning, playing... keeping a positive attitude and a good sense of humor goes a long way as a parent.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

The best way to have family fun is to do something outside in the yard! Whether it's building a bonfire or playing in the leaves - family time always is more fun outside!

Marti Tabora said...

I think a great way to foster family fun is to take the family out of the normal environment. Load everyone up and head to the beach or to the river or anywhere like that.

Stacy said...

to bring out family fun we drag out the board games.

janetfaye said...

We plan fun family things to do like going to the movies, having family game night and Sunday dinners.

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Becky Lyons Borgia said...

I try to rotate what we do each day. Mixing it up is always more fun!

Michelle Elizondo said...

Just do free simple things like play at the park.

Patricia Wojnar Crowley said...

I think it starts with the parent....someone has to be the leader and plan an activity to do and make it happen. We have the most fun when the grown ups are involved.

Ronie Montgomery said...

Family game night or movies.

Amanda Sakovitz said...

We like to try new things to keep it fun.

Patricia said...

play board games!

Elle said...

When the weather is nice we like to do different activities outside whether it be going to a fair or just going to the park.

Melissa Lawyer said...

Family Movie night is awesome & we really like when the power goes out we play lots of board games by candle light!

HS said...

Spend quality time together, cook, eat or exercise together.

alw6ys said...

do something different from routine, and it's ok to be silly!

Michelle Christiansen said...

We love just hanging out & being silly! We ended up taking a whole family selfie in front of a mirror in the shoe department at Walmart the other day just because ;)

Julie Wood said...

We exercise together and take the dog along and we have a family night where we play games and eat healthy snacks.

akronugurl said...

we love to have pizza nights

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Thomas Murphy said...

Do outdoor activities.

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Kayte CookWatts said...

Relax & have fun- don't try to over plan things.

kellyr78 said...

My favorite tip is to have a game night.

kbauer74 said...

Relax and go with the flow.
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Deb K said...

Building the Bond is my favorite,I love that time together.

shirley said...

Have game nights, fun days, movie time, and include everyone.

Deb Jackson said...

Lots of fun cooking, playing outside and family board games.

lil_lady_dz said...

My favorite tip is doing something creative and fun that promotes learning and growth.

Kristen Mcclary said...

my favorite tip is to find free things to do our favorite thing to do is go to the beach

Courtney B said...

we like to be outside, like the park or a festival or a fair.

Things like that !:)

chadro said...

Have a designated night that caters only to the family whether it be watching a DVD together or Game night or simply sitting around the table eating popcorn and snacking with quality conversation.

Peggy Damon said...

To foster family fun you must think like a kid and be a kid (to a certain extent) with your kids....have fun whatever you do!! From playing outside, inside fun, or outings....just have fun!!!

Brenda said...

Take advantage of silly moments that make everyone laugh.

Shelly Peterson said...

We have fun with family game nights.

Ashley T. said...

Spend time doing some enjoyable activities.

Tina said...

we love play board games!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

take advantage of spontaneous moments!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Find an activity that everyone can participate in no matter their age and do something different every week so nobody gets bored!

Thank you so much for the chance to win. :-)

steve weber said...

Make sure you participate in what your kid likes to do.. riding bikes, sports, etc..

Melissa Storms said...

My best tip for family fun is let everyone have a chance to pick something to do.

Dawn Monroe said...

My tip is to turn off the electronics and get outside together. My family likes to sit at the campfire and talk.

Heather Sebastian said...

Talk to each other, alternate activities each family member enjoys; play board games one evening, go on a bike ride the next, play at the beach the next, go fishing to next, etc

Invest and spend time together and have FUN :)

Heidi Robbins said...

We love riding bikes and rollerskating at the park!

Kim said...

Find something that appeals to everyone and that makes each person feel a part of the fun. Movie nights and game nights rock!

Elena said...

play board games together

jasmine119 said...

Encourage creativity! That is my number one tip :)

Shannon R said...

We love to do free events in our city, it is a great way to get out together

LauraJJ said...

Oh we love to play little games at home! In the winter, we love to have indoor scavenger hunts! We might do something purple, something small, something you roll...ect...and we all go and look for the items at the same time! So fun to see what everyone picks!

Cinderella10383 said...

I usually handle all discipline and my husband is more of the playful one (I have some medical problems. He always reads our son a bedtime story, always. It's great for bonding.

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Jill said...

Bring out the blankets and build a fort!

rochelle said...

Have a movie night with the family

sandyhills x said...

To remember what we all are thankful for - each other
shaunie

Birdie Bee said...

Our family has family game night one night per months where all cell phones have to be put up and everyone participates in game playing.

Heavensangel2387 said...

I like to do a variety of fun things with my children. We try to take them to the park, the playgrounds, out for rides in the car to do errands with us, watch movies and walk daily!
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Desiree H

Lisa Brown said...

Plan a day out together: go hiking, walking, the zoo is always fun.

June Lisle said...

As of right now we wait until my baby is happy and ready to play. We talk to him and play with him until he is too tired to take it ha ha.

Dawn Monroe said...

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lissa crane said...

We get on the floor and play with our kids! Getting down to their level to play Legos or Barbies, really makes them feel like they have all of our attention!

Susan Christy said...

Movie Night, Taco Night, doing fun things together like bowling, going to sporting events.

Toystory said...

Remember to have fun, and to laugh it something goes awry, after all that's the purpose... to be together and deal with whatever happens.
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Christine Jessamine said...

I always love looking online for fun stuff to do locally for my kids

epblack said...

To not just spend time together, but to spend quality time together. Make sure you do things as a family and let them know they are loved.

Stephanie Grant said...

My best tip is to give everyone an opportunity to suggest an activity and then group vote on what to do...this always works for our family and it's fun!
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Madonna said...

we make a point of eating together a couple times a week. No phones, doorbells or tv during dinner. We also have a huge stack of games and play them often.

Laura Hartness said...

This one was my favorite in the post:

"It’s What’s Inside That Counts: General Mills putting a free, buildable Mega Bloks car in its cereal boxes is a nostalgic experience for me and one I love to share with my daughters. We’re all excited for the free prize inside."

Jessilee Raub said...

Like to read with our daughter, crafts and watch movies.

Amy Hajek said...

Movie night!! We love it!!

caseyle2010 said...

we like to have family game night
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KassieHarris said...

My family likes to turn off all electronics and just spend time together. Sometimes we just sit in the living room and talk or we have a movie marathon night or game night!

Wanda Patterson said...

No matter if is at home or a day out make sure your business is taken care of so your main attention is on them for a while. Its the quality of the time.

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