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Robot Reads

Kids have a tendency to obsess about all kids of different things. They go through fun phases like dinosaurs, firetrucks or robots. Since this week’s nursery board had some robots in it, here are some books to go a little overboard with the robot theme or thrill a robot obsessed tot.

Robot Books

The Robot Alphabet by Amanda Baehr Fuller- $14
Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman- $13
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino- $14
The Robot Book by Heather Brown- $8
Clink by Kelly DiPucchio- $14
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara- $14
R Is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins- $14
Robots, Robots Everywhere! by Sue Fliess, Illustrated by Bob Staake
The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas- $15
Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot by Sam Brown- $14

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My Modern Nursery #69: Robot March Sponsored by Little Auggie and Giveaway Winner

I’m glad so many of you loved the Robot March bedding from Little Auggie and all the other wonderful bedding options on their site.

The lucky winner of the Robot March Crib Sheet, Painted Stripe Grey Crib Skirt and Robot March Printed Quilt is…. Nancy D.!  Congratulations Nancy!  I’ll be emailing you to get all your information later today.

Using Robot March bedding as inspiration, I came up with this latest nursery board.

1- Robot Print 11×14- $40
S is for Spaceship 8×10 print from Finny and Zook- $14
Outnumbered IV Modern Wall Clock from All 15 Designs (granite)- $58
2- Saucer Lamp– $270
3- Robot March crib bedding from Little Auggie- Sheet $45, Skirt $63
4- Nursery Works Loom Crib– $600
5- Zoom Nightlight– $25
Ada White Table Lamp– $60
Micro Cubebot Set from Areaware by David Weeks- $60
6- Moda Six-Drawer Dresser from Room & Board- $1200
7- Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design- $1200
Lulu Grey Stripe Lumbar Pillow Cover from My Pillow Studio- $10
8- Yellow and Grey Fluf Landscape Floor Bins– $36 each
9- Olin Grey Rug from Crate & Barrel 8′ x 10′- $300
10- Rocket Ship Play Tent– $190

Thanks to Little Auggie for sponsoring this nursery design and letting me play around with the Robot March bedding collection.  The robots are fun to work with but I could just as easily have ignored them completely and just used the pattern to add a hint of color in a gray nursery.

So what do you think?  Does it need more robots, less robots or did we get it just right?

Giveaway: Robot March Crib Set from Little Auggie

Little Auggie has been a welcome addition on the baby bedding scene.  Their patterns are cute without being cutesy and simple without being boring.  They are just the right combination of sweet and sophisticated to suit your modern nursery.

The days of matching crib sets are pretty much over, so their mix and match a la carte selections mean you can buy just what you like and nothing you don’t need.

One of Little Auggie’s most popular patterns is Robot March and they are giving BuyModernBaby readers an opportunity to win the pieces pictured below.

The giveaway winner will receive a Robot March Crib Sheet, a Painted Stripe Grey Crib Skirt and a Robot March Printed Quilt.  The retail value of the prize package is $233.

Enter to win via the rafflecopter app below.  You must leave a comment telling us what other Little Auggie item would make it on your wish list.  There are a few additional entry methods you can take advantage of to increase your odds of winning.

This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18.  It starts right now and ends June 16th, 2013 at midnight.

Thanks to our friends at Little Auggie for sponsoring this fun and generous giveaway and good luck to you!

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30 Nov 2012, 12:35am
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Happy Holiday Giveaway 2012 with fawn & forest: Robot Gift Pack

We’ve played around with the robot theme before, but you’ll be able to jump right into it in the most stylish way possible with these gifts from two of my favorite modern brands, Ferm Living and Petit Collage.

As part of our Happy Holiday Giveaway series with fawn & forest, we’re offering a chance to win a giveaway package that includes a large organic Mr. Robot Pillow and small Mr. Robot Pillow from Ferm Living as well as an unframed Blue Robot Print on Wood by Petit Collage.   This is an adorable gift collection and I hope you’re as excited about it as I am!

The retail price of this robot gift package is $94.
This sweepstakes is open to US residents over the age of 18.  It starts right now and ends December 7th, 2012 at 12:01 am EST.  There are several ways to enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Thanks to fawn & forest for sponsoring the Happy Holiday Giveaway 2012.  You can find many more gift ideas in their Holidays 2012 Magazine.

Circus Stuf and Robot Stuf

I’ve been waiting for these new collections of Stuf to come out and here they are–
The Circus Stuf collection (Elephant, Ringmaster, Lion, Clowny)…

and the Robot Stuf (Green V26, Yellow 8, Blue X3, Red V8.2) collection…

My little one wants all the robots!

They’ve also updated their Bird Stuf with the new Owl and Greenbird.

They are about $25 for the large size and $12.50 for the small ones.  You can find them at Wry Baby or in Canada at Babybot.

30 May 2012, 9:35am
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Kauzbots: Plush Robots With a Heart

If only I had known about Kauzbots back in December when we did my son’s robot birthday party.   Kauzebots are cuddly and cute plush robots that represent various causes and are designed to inspire action.

10% of the retail price of each robot is donated to the particular robot’s kauze (cause).  For example, the green one has a heart for the environment and 10% of his price goes to the Arbor Day Foundation.  The yellow robot has a heart for comforting those with autism and 10% of his price goes to Talk About Curing Autism.

Kauzebots make a great gift for someone who has a cause that is close to their heart.  Other “Kauzes” include homeless children, breast cancer, music therapy programs, oral healthcare, refugees, pediatric cancer, hunger and poverty, and clean water.  Kauzbots retail for $25.

We Makedo Robots, But You Can Makedo Anything

I’ve mentioned makedo just as part of our birthday gift giving guide, but what you don’t realize is that this has become a huge deal at our house.  Makedo sent us one of their Find & Make Robot kits because I really wanted to try it out and I thought my kids would love it.  After sifting through our recycling bin, this is what the boys and I put together…

Well, after that we were hooked.  When, a few days later, my little one asked for a robot themed birthday party, I ordered another set of Makedo (a FreePlay Kit for One) and knew just what to do!

These are just a few of the robots that greeted our guests!  Yes, we got a little fancy with paint and a little glue gun work, but the basic structure of the robots was all Makedo pieces and it made this a really easy project!

By now you might be wondering what the heck Makedo is…

The Makedo set are collections of the ingenious reusable pieces that connect materials together.  You can easily affix cardboard pieces together to create whatever structure you envision and with some creativity, use recycled materials to have endless hours of fun!

Video explains it best…

Makedo kits are now the go-to gift for everyone in my son’s Kindergarten class. Sorry if I spoiled the surprise!

I was not compensated for this post, but Makedo did sent me the Robot Kit.  My opinions are entirely my own.

22 Dec 2010, 10:39pm
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Robot Matryoshkas

I found these Robot Matryoshkas (nesting dolls) and they’re so cool I had to share.

If you’re interested in more “Matryokshka Madness,” the blog “if it’s hip, it’s here” already did a great post with all kinds of matryoshkas so I don’t have to.

Real Room: Retro Rockets and Robots

It’s sometimes difficult to achieve a modern aesthetic on a modest budget, but April refused to sacrifice style in this retro nursery she designed for her third son.  You can’t help but be inspired by her creative solutions!

This nursery also functions as a guest space thanks to the trundle daybed from Ikea.  April saved money on a rug by using a soft and shaggy bath mat from Target.  I love how the little Ikea wagon adds a pop of color and accents the blue in the bedding!  The robot decals over the daybed were colorful stickers that April sprayed white and arranged for contrast on the gray wall.  This project only cost $5!

The bedding is DwellStudio for Target’s Space Crib Set and April picked up the dresser, mirror and end table on craigslist for just $50.  With a little paint, these pieces have a fresh clean look that will function for a long time.  April also painted the little robot canvas on the right using extra paint from the mural wall.  Too cute!

April created the mod mural herself and the design will transition really well as the baby grows up.

This art wall located over the changing table is an inexpensive arrangement of Ikea and Walmart frames.  The UFO and the orange robot are works of art by the baby’s older brothers– so sweet and personal!

Instead of a mobile, April installed this IQ lamp over the crib. Being right by the rocking chair, the lamp will also be perfect as a bedtime reading lamp.  I love when things do double duty.  The pillow case on the rocker was made by April’s great-grandmother and she drew the robot outline on it with a white fabric pen.  It looks teriffic!

I am also super impressed with this DIY lamp reno.

Without the expense of replacing the outdated fixture, April totally achieved a spacey, retro look!

The room was finished off with lots of fun and colorful accessories that enhance the look she was going for.

April made the little red robot doll herself and a friend knit the funky little “ugly doll” for the nursery.

April, you did a fabulous job putting this room together for your upcoming new arrival.  I can tell he is awaited with great love and excitement.  Thank you so much for sharing his room and all your fun and creative ideas with us.

Readers: If you would like me to feature your nursery here as well, please drop a line to esther@buymodernbaby.com

Stackers and Puzzles from Manny & Simon

Known for push toys and teethers, Manny & Simon is expanding their wooden wonderfulness to include more playtime classics.

With two traditional stackers, the Ring Stacker and the Shape Stacker ($24 each), babies experiment with colors and shapes while exercising their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Manny & Simon Stackers
In addition to stackers, there are a few new puzzles to consider for your toy box. Fred and Frida Robot Puzzles have pieces printed on the front and with a chalkboard back. After toddlers have mastered the puzzles, they can get creative and design their own robots! ($30 each)

Manny & Simon Puzzles
The simple Shape Puzzle is the quintessential first puzzle. You’ll treasure the basic beauty of domestically grown North American Hard Maple finished in non-toxic, zero VOC paint as in all Manny & Simon products.

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