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08 Apr, 2014

Ottawa giveaway alert: channeling spring with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Misc. life|Ottawa

We have a winner! Thank you everyone for your entries, and thanks as well to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for hosting this sweet spring giveaway!

Surely I’m not the only person in Ottawa who can’t wait for spring to finally get here. I want sun! And green grass! And warm breezes! I do sense some impatience out there, and I have noticed a few Very Enthusiastic family members have already dug their scooters out of the shed and last season’s flip-flops from the basement. :) 

ANYWAY. I am very pleased that Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, is hosting this very springy giveaway. There may be snow on the ground today, but even THINKING about spring makes me feel better. Thank you Tiggy’s!

One lucky family can win:

  • This soft, huggable, and very cuddly Jellycat Bunny.
  • Sidewalk chalk! If there’s anything that can occupy kids for long periods of time, it’s sidewalk chalk. And brand name stuff is the way to go here. This Crayola Sidewalk Chalk is awesome for hopscotch grids, practicing ABCs on the sidewalk, and drawing racetracks for your scooter or Plasma Car.
  • Squap – sounds weird, but looks pretty cool, and it’s a great way to get your kids playing outside!

Interested? Here is the nitty gritty:

  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below and tell me what toys your child likes to play with outdoors. That’s it!
  • For an extra entry, comment on this Facebook post too. Just let me know you did so in a second comment below.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on April 15, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email, who will have to pick up their winnings at the Westboro location of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s.

This is not a requirement of the giveaway, but if you’re a fan of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s I highly recommend you follow them on Twitter and Facebook for advance warning of sales, contests, and other great insider scoop.

Sounds good? Over to you! Good luck!


47 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: channeling spring with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s"

1 | Shannon B

April 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am


They love bikes, road hockey sticks/balls, and good quality sand toys!

2 | Mary @ Parenthood

April 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am


Bikes, plasma car, chalk, balls and digging in or pouring water into the dirt or sandbox.

3 | Andrea

April 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am


bikes, bubbles, sidewalk chalk – MUD!

4 | Brenda A

April 8th, 2014 at 12:05 pm


Garden tools, maple tree keys, and puddles are among the most thrilling, but their scooters and bikes are close behind.

5 | Lynn

April 8th, 2014 at 12:07 pm


Oh man, I loooove those Jellycat stuffed animals. So soft and sweet.

Outside – my youngest is still into chalk and bubbles, while my older two like to scooter and bike. But one thing they all really love are kites – even $5 cheapy ones that rip after two uses bring hours of delight. We rarely get them up into the air but they seem happy enough to just run around with them trailing six feet behind :).

6 | Sonya

April 8th, 2014 at 12:14 pm


They love playing with just about anything and especially buckets, shovels etc! The other day I caught my 2 year old filling his bucket with bunny poop!

7 | Jenn

April 8th, 2014 at 12:30 pm


Right now my kids are just loving being on their scooters and playing with sidewalk chalk now that we can see our driveway again! We also really like playing with our Ogosport disks.

8 | Shannon

April 8th, 2014 at 12:48 pm


I would have to say bike, scooter, inline skates, plasma car and the much loved soccer ball.

9 | Karen

April 8th, 2014 at 12:56 pm


My boys love playing with their lawn mower. Hopefully when they are bigger they will still like to mow the lawn for real!

10 | Joy

April 8th, 2014 at 1:06 pm


chalk is always a hit; along with bubbles!

11 | Misty

April 8th, 2014 at 1:28 pm


My oldest loves her bike, and my youngest likes to play in puddles :)

12 | Misty

April 8th, 2014 at 1:28 pm


I commented on your Facebook post too :)

13 | Tiana

April 8th, 2014 at 1:33 pm


They are all about bikes!

14 | Mel

April 8th, 2014 at 2:05 pm


my kids like their bikes and scooter but they also like chalk and bubbles.

15 | Krista R

April 8th, 2014 at 2:31 pm


Bikes, skipping ropes, basketballs!

16 | Jo

April 8th, 2014 at 3:17 pm


skipping ropes and bikes and hopefully this will be a good year for mud pies!

17 | KL

April 8th, 2014 at 5:25 pm


Bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, and those long ribbons you get from the dollar store (almost like flying a kite). Oh and the bug catchers.

18 | Julie

April 8th, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Bikes, hockey sticks and soccer balls

19 | Deb

April 8th, 2014 at 11:18 pm


We go through a lot of bubbles and sidewalk chalk. And the girls love making ‘soup and salad’ out of water, dirt, grass, etc.

20 | TLJ

April 9th, 2014 at 9:09 am


Skipping Ropes! But good ones are hard to find.

21 | Lynn

April 9th, 2014 at 10:08 am


Bubbles, chalk and skipping ropes are the go to’s around here.

22 | Heather

April 9th, 2014 at 12:25 pm


Bikes, scooters, balls, ride on cars … Oh bring on spring !

23 | Erin Sweet

April 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm


Shovels, pails, sand molds!

24 | Sarah

April 9th, 2014 at 1:57 pm


Absolutely their strider bikes!!!

25 | Carly

April 9th, 2014 at 4:42 pm


Right now the two year old is enamoured with a tiny wagon we have that came with sand toys in it. He pulls it everywhere and just now begged to bring it into the house – mud, bits of yard, snow and all. Mean Mommy said “no”. :o)

26 | Carolyn

April 10th, 2014 at 1:20 pm


Hmm.. sand toys, bikes, chalk, bubbles, scooters, puddles, skipping ropes, pogo sticks or picking up sticks and pretending they’re off on a quest somewhere. Love to see their imagination soar!

27 | Jennifer

April 11th, 2014 at 8:25 am


My step-son loves:
hockey sticks
water guns
jump ropes
nerf guns

I’d love to win and get him some new stuff. :)

28 | Julie

April 11th, 2014 at 8:51 am


Hi! My kids love their hula hoops and shovels.

29 | Julie

April 11th, 2014 at 8:52 am


I also commented on your Facebook post. (I’m Julie Dyer.)

30 | Grace

April 11th, 2014 at 9:51 am


The kids love riding their balance bikes, drawing with chalk and most of all, anything to do with sand and water.

31 | Grace

April 11th, 2014 at 9:52 am


I’ve commented on the FB post.

32 | Wynne

April 11th, 2014 at 2:50 pm


Looking forward to figuring out what my daughter likes to play with outdoors now that she can walk! Hoping this warmer weather is here to stay!

33 | Amy

April 11th, 2014 at 8:35 pm


I have loved Tiggy Winkle’s since my mother used to take me there. My daughter loves chalking up the driveway and playing on our backyard swing.

34 | Debbie

April 12th, 2014 at 5:20 pm


Skipping ropes! She knows all the skipping songs!

35 | HollyStar

April 13th, 2014 at 11:12 pm


Sidewalk chalk (the new Crayola stuff is miles better than the old stuff), bubbles, old cars & trucks digging up the garden and balls for made-up games.

36 | Sandy

April 14th, 2014 at 9:53 am


shovels & brooms and buckets & watering cans!

37 | Dave A.

April 15th, 2014 at 8:31 am


My kids love the classics – skipping, hola hoops, and sidewalk chalk. Or if they time they set up their own transit way between our house and the kids down the street with bus stops, street lines, etc.

38 | Mimi

April 15th, 2014 at 9:08 am


Well, chalk, skate board, pogo stick, stick and ball, swings, bikes, stilts

39 | Elizabeth

April 15th, 2014 at 9:32 am


My kids like to ride their bikes outside.

40 | Miss Vicky

April 15th, 2014 at 9:36 am


Right now the kids are scooter and bike mad. They are soooo happy to be outside after being cooped up all winter. I had to stop them from digging up the garden with their kid shovels yesterday

41 | Erin

April 15th, 2014 at 9:42 am


My son likes the traditional stuff: shovels, balls, the trike and wagon. Oh and bubbles!

42 | Erin

April 15th, 2014 at 9:44 am


Commented on FBI too :)

43 | Christine smith

April 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am


Skipping,road hockey,biking and chalk drawing on the driveway!

44 | andrea tomkins

April 15th, 2014 at 12:24 pm


Comments are closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

45 | andrea tomkins

April 15th, 2014 at 12:29 pm


We have a winner! It’s commenter #28, Julie, who wrote:

“Hi! My kids love their hula hoops and shovels.”

Congratulations Julie. Check your email! Fingers crossed for good weather! :)

46 | Alex Kaleta

April 15th, 2014 at 1:17 pm


What if you don’t have kids of your own?

47 | andrea tomkins

April 15th, 2014 at 1:37 pm


This contest is closed now, but to answer your question, I would have accepted an entry from anyone who has kids in their lives: aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. :)

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