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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Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions

I wanted a way to start devotions with my then 4,3 and 1 year old kids, but had tried other and just couldn’t keep it going. I got the Long story short and it worked perfect for our family. They were short, sweet and had all the thoughts right there. I am going to college full time and most days just didn’t have the thought producing question on hand and this book does. It read just enough scripture for my kids not to get overwelmed and lose interest and the question help them think about what is happening. I love it!

Mom in the making
La Luz, NM
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God’s Mighty Acts in Salvation

God's Mighty Acts in Salvation

We purchased this for Christmas and have been using it for a family devotional.  We LOVED the author’s book “Keeping Holiday” and thought we would give this a try.  The kids really seem to be enjoying it and I like how every lesson has you looking up scriptures.  It gives the parents and kids the chance to get into the Word.  So many devotionals have the scripture already printed on the page and you never have to actually look anything up.  As a parent there is nothing better than having my family sitting around, each one with their bible, and digging into the Word of God!

Oklahoma City, OK
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The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

The BEST storybook Bible ever!!!

Between being a parent and working in children’s ministry, I’ve encountered a lot of different kids storybook Bibles, and this one takes the cake. Note that it isn’t an actual Bible, but stories put into words for little ears. From cover to cover the focus is Jesus and His love for us! Perfect to use in Sunday school or as your Bible for homeschooling! I can’t say enough good things about this kids Bible…so thankful I found it!!!!!

Joanna
Post Falls, ID
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The Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

I love this (The Big Picture Story Bible) book! I have a copy for myself whenever young ones are visiting and I need something to read. I have purchased 3 copies and will continue to purchase this book as I need any gifts for a young one. I appreciate the truth in the message from beginning to end. I have also given a copy to a child whose parent I have been evangelizing. The price is good and very well worth it.

Deborah
Gladstone, MI
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Balancing the Sword Review

Balancing the Sword

Balancing the Sword


Balancing the Sword is for a serious fill in the blank kind of kid or adult.  It overwhelmed even my most dedicated workbook oriented child.  I think it is very thorough, but there is so much out there I think is better.

Nancy
Odenville, AL

Find out why Balancing the Sword received 5 stars from 4 other reviewers. Additional Balancing the Sword reviews here.

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The Big Picture Story Bible (devotions for your little ones)

The Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

“Who’s the main character in the book of Joshua?” I asked the girls I teach on Wednesday nights.  It was a trick question, and most of them caught it. While a few said, “Joshua,” most answered, “God!” In our Bible survey course we’d already discussed how GOD is the main character in every part of the Bible, even in Esther where He is not mentioned by name at all.

One of my purposes in teaching this class is that the girls will begin to see the big picture of what God is doing throughout time. It’s easy for children to gain a decent familiarity with Bible stories and still lack a cohesive idea of how it all fits together.  Sunday school materials, especially for the younger crowd, often don’t help here, emphasizing discreet Bible stories but not showing man’s need for redemption, or explain what God was doing in the Old and New Testaments to call out and redeem a people for Himself. As I wrote in an earlier post, some books and S.S. curricula are even omitting the Fall and man’s sinful nature, as if this is too difficult or troubling for four year olds to grasp!

I don’t think my children are that unique, and none of them have had any trouble recognizing their own sinfulness. Rather than be discouraged by the fact that they do wrong things, even little ones can be encouraged that there is a solution for their dark hearts. And without knowledge of our sin, we have no need for a Savior. In addition, in Children’s Bible story books, sometimes truth is sacrificed in order to create an easy to understand text.

Enter The BIG PICTURE Story Bible. This book is unlike any other Bible story book I have even seen! Rather than just retelling lots of wonderful Bible stories, the author here, in simple words, shows God’s redemptive plan from Genesis to Revelation. Yes, you will read of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David, Lazarus, Nicodemus, and John, but throughout you will see God shining as the main character. You will read of how God kept his promises over and over and how Jesus fulfilled everything that God had written about and planned from long ago.

As wonderful as the text is, the pictures are just as compelling. Bold and colorful, they have lots of kid appeal without resorting to sentimentality. (The angels who announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds almost look frightening! But not enough to upset your three year old.)  I love what the end cover says about the author:  As a church-planting pastor and father of five, David Helm joined his confidence in God’s Word and his respect for the spiritual capacity of children to write this book.

Don’t sell your young children short spiritually. Read them God’s Word straight up, but when you look for Bible story books be selective. The BIG PICTURE Story Bible is a great addition to any family’s library!

5 stars

The Big Picture Story Bible is available at Timberdoodle.com.

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Grandpa’s Box

Grandpa's Box

Grandpa's Box

My two daughters and I each thoroughly enjoyed our daily devotions using Grandpa’s Box.  The language was easy enough for even my 8-9-year-old but not too simple even for an adult.  In fact, I can’t wait until enough time has passed until we can read this book again!  I gained a perspective on the Lord’s work and the events of the world that I was missing, an understanding of the whole picture from God’s eye-view.  And although spiritual warfare is the premise of the book, it contains nothing scary even for younger children.  I can’t recommend this book more highly than I do, and may I add that the price is ridiculously affordable for the content and size you are getting?  Even if you are only interested in Christianity or the Bible from a literary perspective, this book will enlighten you as to what it means as a whole.

5 stars
Jennie
Milton, WV
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Betty Lukens Small Felt Set

Betty Lukens Small Felt Set

Betty Lukens Small Felt Set is FANTASTIC!  I have currently loaned my set to my daughter’s Awana teachers to use in Cubbies – and they love it too.  I think they’re going to ask the church to purchase a set of their own (possibly the large set).  Perhaps I read the “official” review wrong, but I had no idea just how HUGE and HELPFUL the teacher’s manual is – not only does it tell you how to use the felts, it gives a narrative to read for each story (which is so very helpful if you’re like me and have a hard time putting some of the “Bible words” and phrases into easier-to-understand language for little listeners), AND it even tells how to coordinate the “Bible in Living Sound” stories to go along with it!  I highly recommend this set; and there’s no way I would recommend it without the file box to hold the pieces in – there are just too many pieces to NOT have it.

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Kimberly
Columbia SC
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Balancing the Sword

Balancing the Sword

Balancing the Sword

My two older daughters (9 and 12)and I have been using Balancing the Sword now for approx. 6 months, and have found it to be a wonderfully thorough tool for working through the Bible verse by verse.  It has good overview questions at the end of each chapter of the Bible that you read outloud.  I really feel that I am giving my older girls a wonderful foundation in God’s word.  In light of this rapidly changing world that we live in, is there anything more important?

stars_4

Toni
Aitkin, MN
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The Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible is our family’s favorite story bible (and we have quite a few!). It’s different from typical story bibles, in that it doesn’t retell all the major Bible stories. Instead, it gives an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and traces the “big picture” of God’s work in redeeming a people for Himself. The illustrations are amazing as well. Their details work with the text to help children grasp the story of redemption and the unity of scripture. Our family loves it!

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Katherine
Signal Mountain, TN
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