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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Wedgits 20-Piece Tote

Wedgits 20-Piece Tote

Wedgits are simply a must have for any child! Our 28 month old son can not get enough time with his Wedgits. He can spend more time actively engaged with this toy than anything else we’ve found for him in a long, long time. He focuses on both building his own creations and attempting the age-appropriate designs included with the kit. He grins and smiles the whole time he’s building/playing. It’s just a wonderful toy.

Mary K from Ocoee, FL

 

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EDTOY MagnaMobiles Construction Set

EDTOY MagnaMobiles Construction Set

A great way to use

When I first saw this set (EDTOY MagnaMobiles Construction Set), I knew that I had to order it for my 3 year old son who loves vehicles. I gave them to my son for Christmas and they were a hit. He loves playing with them and trying to create different vehicles. They were such a hit, that I ordered the second set for his birthday, Christmas day. I love that the magnets stick the pieces together while playing, but are not at all difficult for him to remove and change. These vehicles will be played with for some time to come and have been played with daily since received on Christmas Day.

D. Forman
Decatur, GA
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Handy Dad – Dads Use Their Skills to Engage Their Children

Handy Dad - Dads Use Their Skills to Engage Their Children

Bought as a gift – now my kids want it too!

We recently purchased this (Handy Dad) as a gift for a friend getting married and “inheriting” an 11-yr old son in the process. When it arrived, we thought it a wonderful purchase that will fit them well, as both like to do projects together. It appears that the projects are simple, the instructions adequate and clear, and the ideas very interesting, so much so that the kids spent more time looking at the book before we wrapped it than we parents did. Ideas are grouped as Easy, Afternoon, or Weekend, and include things like a lava lamp, tie dye, a tire swing, a dollhouse, a zip line, a slip-n-slide, and a circus tent. What a variety! We gave it 4-stars based on our perception, and opted to not do 5 since we actually hadn’t tried any of the projects and don’t know how well they actually work.

VT
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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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OLLO Action Kit

OLLO Action Kit

Perfect for the Curious Budding Engineer!

This OLLO Action Kit was a great challenge for my curious 7 year old daughter. It did require my assistance in the beginning, but as she got the hang of the system, she loved figuring out how to build all of the variations in the designs. Additionally, the battery operated features brought her great satisfaction in completion. Caution – there are very small parts included in this set. Construction takes steady, patient hands and a willingness to endure through a challenge! Well worth the effort to build!

Betsy
Euless, TX
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Knex Transportation Set

K'NEX Education Transportation Set

Incredible Set!

I purchased the Knex Transportation set many months ago for my eight and nine year old sons for Christmas.  I was so excited to give it to them and it was definitely worth the wait.  They both LOVE it!  They have built the majority of the models already.  There are a ton of models, they just devour them!  Most of the models inspire their own improvements, changes and ultimately their own designs.  I love what they learn building with Knex and how they can now “see” the infrastructure and build almost anything they choose to.  This is the first Knex set we have seen with design cards rather than a design book.  The cards are thick and high quality and allow multiple children to build multiple models simultaneously.  Incredible set!

Simpsonville, SC

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Citiblocs are amazing

CitiBlocs 200-Piece Wooden Building Set

CitiBlocs 200-Piece Wooden Building Set

My boys absolutely love them (including my husband)! I am amazed at how such a simple toy can be so incredibly fun and cause my children’s imaginations to soar! I was surprised at the complexity of things my children could create from the very beginning. They also have fun just making very tall towers that actually will stand, and not easily topple over, even at 6 feet high. They are so much more versatile than Lincoln Logs or regular shaped wood blocks. I like that they don’t require sorting. When I first considered Citiblocs, I thought they were too pricy, however, after I saw what my children could do with them, I feel they are worth the price. They provide hours of creative fun and are enjoyed by my younger and older children alike, especially the boys. I highly recommend Citiblocs!


Christina
from United States
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K’nex Intro to Simple Machines: Gears

K'nex Intro to Simple Machines: Gears

I bought my 6.5 year old son this K’Nex set because I wanted a specific way to challenge him in new engineering and building methods.  He spends many hours with Legos during the day, but I would like his mind to be more well rounded.  This suited him perfectly.  I assigned one project at a time, and he was able to follow all the steps with minimal help from me.  He enjoyed doing it mostly on his own, but I enjoyed the opportunities to walk him through the challenge of thinking outside the box, and tackling a new sort of building toy.  They are also very well made, and next to impossible to break, with a sturdy reusable storage case.  Once again another winner from Timberdoodle.

Sandra
Boynton Beach, FL
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