Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows

This (Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows) is a nice, varied program that keeps my ADHD daughter's interest. She has done well learning where the keys are and how to position her hands. The two major drawbacks to Read more

Morphology Junior Game

Great family game! This is a great game for families--it's fun and challenging for all ages. The rule adaptations from the "original" Morphology are well-designed to make play easier for the younger kids, but it keeps the quirky/crazy feel. PROS Creative Hands-on Quirky Unique   BEST USES Creative Read more

Purpllinker

Much better than I expected! We got this for our 4-year-old daughter, and it has been used so much! She loves to make letters with it, although it bothers her a little that she can't really do curves. However, she Read more

Anaconda deserves a 10 star rating!

As a former home school parent, I've been familiar with Timberdoodle for years. As a classroom teacher in public and private schools, when I needed quality, "thinking" games and activities for my classroom students, I continued to turn to Read more

The Usborne Sticker Dressing Knights

What child wouldn't love this! A sticker book about knights! My daughter loves this book. She is all about. Princesses, princes, knights and castles so this book was right up her alley! When we are through with it, it Read more

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ThinkFun Solitaire Chess

ThinkFun Solitaire Chess

I don’t usually enjoy chess or puzzles BUT our family realized that this is amazing for kids and adults alike! My 10 year old daughter found it fun right away and worked through each page like she would any puzzle book she has. I read the directions but didn’t jump into the game until I saw how much she was enjoying it. It really is an awesome logic developer! With it being very incremental and having some tips, a “non-chess” player like me could enjoy it too. It is well-made and the pieces are easy to use.

 Heidi
Ludowici, GA
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Exploring Creation with Botany

Exploring Creation with Botany.

I know this series is billed as for elementary kids, but my rising 5th and 7th graders did it independently and loved it!

As science flunkies (we start, we stop, we don’t accomplish much) we hadn’t completed much, if any formal elementary science. They began this book in late May and I set them a schedule of one chapter per week. They did the reading on their own and discussed questions and completed experiments together. I required them to each keep a notebook of vocabulary and other notes (more for the older child). My younger child, who enjoys art, loved the drawing projects. For my older dd, it was a good introduction to taking notes and reading a text in preparation for high school.

They learned SO MUCH (and not just because they had had little previous science!) My younger dd, especially, still, a year later uses the technical terms she learned in this book, referring to monocots and dicots and intelligently discussing fungi.

They have since moved on to other books in the series, completing them in the same way. I think this is a great series for independent learning for older students.

Sandwich in WI

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A Kid’s Guide to Drawing America

A Kid's Guide to Drawing - Oregon

I purchased the Oregon book of “A Kid’s Guide to Drawing America” to enrich our history and geography study we did over the summer. I prefer when my kids can draw something rather than just color in a printable from the internet. This is a hardback book with attractive pages. There are probably 10 drawings to copy, and each drawing has a one-page description explaining its importance in the state. Some of the drawings completed for our state were the state animal, state bird, flag, capitol building, map, and covered wagon. My children, ages 9 and 11, were able to complete the drawing instruction on their own, narrated what they read about each item, and were quite proud of their completed works displayed in their lapbooks.

Christie
Bend, OR
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We Dare You! Review by Vintage Indie

Upon delivery, I was meeting a friend at the park and happened to have the book with me. I’m somewhat of a compulsive reader and always have some sort of book with me. Anyway, we were discussing her upcoming science class and she was asking me for some easy science experiment ideas for her kindergarten co-op class. I pulled out the book and we started to brainstorm and gather easy almost no-materials required ideas. I lent her the book and offered to come into her class to help.

You’ll be surprised by how hard and tricky some of the experiments in this book are.

This book is full of fun and more in-depth experiments, over 312 pages worth! My boys are always up for a science experiment. When they aren’t building and experimenting themselves my youngest is always one to come and ask me for a fun experiment to try. I found this book to be invaluable, especially for two children who love hands on learning. Other experiments in the book require materials, but almost all can be easily found in your kitchen cupboard.

We thoroughly enjoy using it in our home school. When the kids are whining in our house, I’ll shout out a page number and tell them to go do a science experiment.

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AMAZING!! Big Bag of Science

Big Bag of Science

I can not tell you enough how neat this bag of science truly is! It arrived today, and my two girls ages 9 and 12 were thrilled with what was inside. I carefully took the time to read the very nifty instruction booklet that came with it. Then I went through the supplies to make sure they were all in the bag. We will be starting the first several of these next week in our homeschool. I am certain that these will be very hard not to do all in one sitting!! It is SO NICE to have everything in one bag. The only things you have to add are items that are likely in your kitchen. The girls especially can’t wait to make soda shoot six feet into the air. Sounds super messy, but great fun for all of us. Thanks Timberdoodle. This was our first order, but we will definitely order again :)

Bridgett T
Gouverneur, NY
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Trucky 3

Trucky 3

Great, like everything Timberdoodle sells!

Surprise, another great find by Timberdoodle!  I got this (Trucky 3) for my 3 yo to give us something fun and new to do during Christmas break.  He likes it a lot, but it’s a bit hard for him.  I think 4 and up will probably be better.  It’s very nicely made.  The only thing I can say is the games from this company (Smart Games) don’t come with good storage.  With all these little parts, I’m going to need to make a bag or something.  They come in a cardboard tray, but you’ll never get them back in the trucks like they were, at least I won’t, lol.  If you have a child who has done vision therapy and needs more work on visual perception, they’ll find this very challenging and beneficial, even if they’re older.

Elizabeth from Ohio
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Big Bag of Science – Great Fun!

Big Bag of Science

The Big Bag of Science is a wonderful bargin!  There are so many fun experiments that it is hard to keep the kids to save some for other days.  Some experiments do built off each other so watch out you dont throw anything away that you will be needing.  I would recommend this kit to any parent!

Erin
from Grafton, OH
 
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3-D Skeleton Puzzle

3-D Skeleton Puzzle

Okay, I am not as impressed with the 3-D Skeleton puzzle as I thought I would be.  The detail is excellent, but the rib cage was difficult to put together and kept falling apart.  Also, it wouldn’t stay on the stand once we (yes, it took an 11 year old and an adult) got it together.  If I had known how it was, I am not sure I would have purchased this item.

Wendy from Nancy, KY

 

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Engino Mechanical Series – Cams and Cranks

Engino Mechanical Series - Cams and Cranks

This is a great (Engino Mechanical Series – Cams and Cranks) product and I was very surprised at all that came with it!  My 7 yo. son likes to take things apart, fix them and then put them back together.  So this is super perfect for him!  The pieces snap easily and stay together.  He was able to follow the directions on his own with minimal assistance. The companion booklet is very thick with detailed “take it further” and exploring different cranks (remember the early model T?!).  I am looking forward to using all the other sets and really digging in with him once fall arrives.  I can see this lasting for a long time and getting a lot of uses.  One thing is the string, it is super long and can be difficult for him (and me!) to manipulate in place.  The directions are not clear on whether it should be cut or what…But that has not spoiled the family’s enthusiasm on this product.  :) Highly recommend it.

Andrea 
from Lake Village, IN
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Evolution: The Grand Experiment DVD

Evolution: The Grand Experiment DVD

This DVD (Evolution: The Grand Experiment DVD) is an excellent tool for providing children and adults with the biblical perspective on creation. In Evolution, the Grand Experiment, secular scientists acknowledge the obvious problems with evolution. The material accompanies any science curriculum well; we have used it with God’s Design for Life to discuss the amusing historic understandings of spontaneous generation and other flawed concepts of the natural world. Anyone wishing to be informed on the creation/evolution debate should watch this and read the book as well.

Karen Cox
from Waynesboro
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