There are a few companies that show up now and then that really peak my interest. Like…so much that I’ll wake up at 2 a.m. and think “Man….I really hope this company flourishes!” Larsen Toy Lab is one of those companies that kept me up at night. When I first heard about Larsen Toy Lab, they were in the beginning phase of creating their company. I’m not even sure how I stumbled across the site, but they were wanting to launch their business and when I saw what they were offering, I KNEW they’d be successful. They had just started advertising what they were going to be making. I wanted so badly for them to be able to follow their dream.
When I hear about young entrepreneurs, I can’t help but be their cheerleader! I was in a class in highschool where we had to come up with a product, create it, market it, and actually sell it to people! I LOVED this class. It really imbedded the desire to be my own boss some day and create a product of my own. Shortly after highschool, I started a little mini business of my own and my profits helped me pay for college. Since then, I’ve done a few things here and there. I think I’ll always be an entrepreneur at heart….even though it drives The New Farmer insane sometimes….sorry….can’t help it……the drive is there buddy….
Larsen Toy Lab is Co-Founded by siblings; Courtney and Alex. Their story starts with their dad….and I think it’s just amazing they want to bring their passion for high quality toys alive for so many! They strive for “Unforgettable toys that will last for generations”…and honestly, I think they’ve done just that! Please read their “About Us” section on their website and learn about their story.
So, what does Larsen Toy Lab offer? American made blocks that go with books or games. Did you read that sentence clearly? These products are made in America!!!
I contacted Alex several months ago and asked if he’d be interested in partnering up with me. He has been such a pleasure to work with, and in a moment I think you’ll agree he’s been very generous as well!
Let me tell you a little about what Larsen Toy Lab offers.They have Toys with a Story, Games and Puzzles, and Classic Building Block Sets. Alex sent us the “Sticks and Stones” set to try out. The story coincides with the blocks. Meaning, you can create the same buildings as Leif, the Viking boy in the story. My kids absolutely loved this set. The blocks are high quality, definitely safe and nontoxic (and if you know me and The New Farmer well, you know we are all about NON-TOXIC with our family). Alex actually wrote the book and his mom illustrated it!
The set comes in a canvass tote (SO CONVENIENT!), so I pulled everything out for the kids to see. They grabbed the book (which Alex also provided an updated digital version for me to use), and off they went creating and building right alongside Leif from the book.
My oldest 3 Mini Farmers are ages 6, 4 and 2. They worked together and it was so fun to see them spark up when they created the same object that was pictured in the book. Mini Farmer #3 (he’s 2) was in awe of the whole thing and of course, Mini Farmer #1 and #2 were not surprised at all that they could create these works of art. HA!
Mini Farmer #1 (he’s 6) read the story to the younger ones and they all quickly reached for the needed blocks to create their next masterpiece. It was teamwork at it’s best.
The quality of this set was what I was really putting to the test. The 4 Mini Farmers are…..um….for lack of a better word….the perfect testers for toy quality control. If it can pass through the hands of those busy little Mini Farmers and survive, then you indeed have, really good quality. This Larsen Toy Lab set is not only durable, but I know it will last for a very, very long time. I’m even envisioning my little Mini Farmer Grandkids playing with this. And that right there almost makes me want to cry, because, well….time goes so fast. True Story.
I hope you take the time to visit the Larsen Toy Lab website. They have some excellent products, and I have my Christmas and birthday lists already made out. They offer their book/block sets but they also offer games that I can’t wait to try out!
Something new to hit the Larsen Toy Lab website is the availability to create your own project! You can create the story, choose blocks, the add-ons and activities and submit it! This is in the beta phase and is a brand new offering from them. How exciting is this?!
The gang at Larsen Toy Lab is giving away the very same set that I tried out! This is a 20 piece block set, with a book and canvas tote and retails for $45-$50! One of my readers will win their very own monogrammed “Sticks and Stones” 20 piece set and I can’t wait to see who the winner is! To participate in my giveaway, you’ll need to go to my Facebook page and enter the Rafflecopter Giveway, (located in the “giveaway” link at the top of my page).
The New Farmer’s Wife