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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Morphology Junior Game

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 Building
  • Family game
  • Game night
  • Kids game

By Jill the Junior Morphologist

 

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Anaconda deserves a 10 star rating!

Anaconda

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 Timberdoodle. I currently teach in Alaska. When I first discovered Anaconda in the fall of 2011, I thought it looked like the coolest logic puzzle ever. I purchased one for my resource classroom. Boys and girls ages 6-15 love Anaconda. Even some of my students who are learning disabled enjoy figuring out how to solve these puzzles with occasional help from me. I’ve watched children work together on one puzzle and enjoy sharing their ideas. Once one puzzle is accomplished, they are eager to move on to the next. Nobody is interested in looking at the solutions at the back of the book because they enjoy being ‘puzzled’ so much :) Adding more of these puzzles to my classroom arsenal is a given. One is not enough.

By L A Schuler
from Fort Yukon, AK
 
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Bananagrams – Fun and learning in one, from 2-90

This is a neat game for all ages. Even though my 2 year old can’t play, he can find the letter for me and hand them to me. He can put them down for me where I say.
My 9 year old like to make up her own rules for almost any game she plays and Bananagrams is no different. I am fine with any rules she has as long as she is learning and having fun.
We enjoy getting a long run together and seeing just how big of an area we can cover with the words we’ve made. It is very challenging to use up the last of your letters and makes my daughter really think hard to do so.
Sometimes she has to go back and rearrange several times. It teaches logic, reinforces spelling, and induces family fun time together.
What a fun game all household should have!

By Erin
from Atwater, Oh
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Pocket Disc Sports Edition

Pocket Disc Sports Edition

Fun for ALL ages!

This super soft pocket disc is amazing! Not only is it soft and easy to catch, it has amazing distance and great ease in throwing. My 10 year old loves to keep it in his back pack for fun on the go, and my 2 year old niece loved being able to play catch without getting hurt! The colors and craftsmanship are superb! Great gift for anyone!!

Betsy
from Euless, TX
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Great game!

Camouflage North Pole

Great game!

I bought this for our sons birthday and it was perfect for him. Actually the whole family loved it. We have four boys ages 4-11 and they all spent hours playing with it. The four year old basically just enjoyed fitting the different pieces together to cover the surface, but the rest of us really enjoyed the mental challenge of trying to solve the puzzle. I like that the levels progress from easy to very challenging. It’s great for road trips, too.

Suzanna
NY United
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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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Anti-Virus

Anti-Virus

Logic fun for everyone

Anti-virus is fun as well as attractive and interesting.  It wraps up concepts from science in a logic challenge.  Our 4 year old is able to complete the starter challenges, and our older ones are challenged by the upper levels (our 3 year old just likes to play with the colorful pieces).  The way the pieces move diagonally as well as in groups adds to the challenge and makes it different from other logic puzzles.  The game provides an opportunity to discuss disease at the cellular level.  We added this to our “logic before lunch” sessions when we all take a logic game and complete as many levels as we can in a certain amount of time.  I wish we had 2 of every game because they especially enjoy competing against each other.

K. Cox
Waynesboro, GA
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Imaginets – Great for the Imagination

I bought Imaginets for my newly 3 year old son. He calls it his ‘shapes game’. He mostly uses it in free play, but has completed the first couple of pictures from the cards. Looking at the complexity of the harder cards, this is definetly a game that will grow with him! I like that it closes into it’s own carrying case, a feature that really cuts down on ‘missing magnets’. This game is solidly built and has a good size work surface. I would recommend it to others.

Lindy  from Niantic, IL

 

 

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Settlers of America Trails to Rails Review

Settlers of America Trails to Rails

Love it! This is a great game to teach your children all about the history of the settling of our country, in a fun and easy way. Both our children, ages 5-11, and we parents love this game. It is fun to play, rewarding, educational, and a great deal for the money you pay. I highly recommend Settlers of America Trails to Rails to anyone who wants an indepth game to play with many ages, while teaching about things such as settling, creating towns, connecting towns, manifest destiny, and so much more.

Lisa
Grand Junction, CO
 
 
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Camelot Junior

Camelot Junior

A good toy for all ages

Camelot Junior is very popular in our house. I bought it for my 4 year old so that he’d have something fun to do during school time, but my older boys (ages 7 and 8) like to play it, too. I like it, too, and will frequently turn to the more difficult puzzles in the back as I’m setting it out or cleaning it up to see if I can do them. Younger children (5 and younger) will need some help to do more than the first few puzzles, but it’s a high quality toy that can be enjoyed in many ways. My 4 year old will often start just playing with the blocks as he desires, and I can let him because the wooden blocks aren’t going to get worn our or lost like the small, plastic pieces in some other games. I also think it’s silly that the princess sometimes rescues the knight. My boys just always send the knight to rescue the princess.

Amy
Denton, TX
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