Here is the newest post in the Gift Basket Giveaway! Penny Stones! This is a terrific idea, for dinner parties, birthday parties and more importantly family dinners. I think this is a great way to start interesting conversations with your family, friends and others. Penny Stones are made with recycled glass in Cleveland Ohio by people with disabilities. They are clear glass "stone" with words applied to the bottom that you can read through the glass. Each stone has a unique question or suggestion to start conversations. You can set a couple on the dinner table at night and have each individual respond. Some examples are: 1.best gift you received 2. funniest travel story 3. a favorite childhood memory 4. 1 good thing that happened today. What a great way to spend meal time talking with each other. Each set contains 21 stones.
According to a recent study playing with Penny Stones improves children's conversation skills. And:
"A recent Stanford U. alumni study found that the ability to make small talk had a significant impact on an individual’s success, while grade point did not.
“Children who enjoy family dinners 3-5 times a week are less likely to smoke, drink, and take drugs than kids who dine on their own. They also have better grades and fewer emotional problems.”
– Psychology Today©"
– Psychology Today©"
Penny Stones also includes game suggestions on their website. Penny Stones come in different editions. They have Original Edition, Love and Marriage Edition, Slumber Party Edition, New Parents Edition, and Faith Based Edition. They are $15 each, plus shipping and handling. You can order them online at the Penny Stones website, or you can use their locator and find a retailer near you. Teachers, this would be a great icebreaker the first day of school, or even as suggestions for writing assignments. Homeschoolers this would work for you too! Have your children do one a week where they choose one and sit together and discuss their answers.
Gift Basket idea: Pick a pretty bowl (which can be used to hold the stones later), include a favorite coffee or tea. Add netting and a pretty bow. This would make a great gift for a friend, teacher, or anyone else you can think of.
The winner of this giveaway will receive their own edition of Penny Stones.
Mandatory Entry:Visit the Penny Stones website and then in a comment tell me which edition you would be most interested in. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 11/23 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received an Original Edition of Penny Stones for review purposes. All quotes are from the Penny Stones website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.