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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SepToys Design Blocks 32 Piece Set

SepToys Design Blocks 32 Piece Set

I saw this (SepToys Design Blocks) in the Timberdoodle catalog and decided to add it to our repertoire of thinking skilly activivities.  Smart choice!  Our oldest (17) has some challenges with visual-spatial skills and this is proving helpful  I have this assigned to each of our children 1-2 times per week.  To them, it’s not “school”, but a fun diversion from the books.  They delight in showing me their newest creation and I’m thrilled in knowing that they’re developing critical skills!

Lisa W.
from Mountain Home, AR
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Curious Chef 3 Piece Nylon Knife Set

Curious Chef 3 Piece Nylon Knife Set

I was very skeptical about the Curious Chef Nylon Knife Set, but have been won over. My older kids (6 and 4.5) happily cut carrots and apples! No scratches, no fear on my part, although of course it is still a knife and kids need to be taught proper cutting methods. Now for complete honesty–I was so skeptical about not being able to cut one’s self that I tried to cut the pad of my index finger. Couldn’t do it. Tried harder. Hurt a little, but no apparent cut. A couple hours later, I noticed a shallow, 1/4″ long cut on the pad of my finger as a result of me basically sawing on it with one of these knives. So there you have it–I’ve done something stupid so you know what your kids can do before getting cut. I don’t worry at all about my kids using these, as they have better sense than to saw on their fingers! And I use these, too–have cut up partially frozen chicken breasts with one. Highly recommended!

Kirsten
Tacoma, WA
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Kid-O A to Z Magnatab Magnetic Writing Tablet

Kid-O A to Z Magnatab Magnetic Writing Tablet

I saw this (Kid-O A to Z Magnatab Magnetic Writing Tablet) and got it thinking it could be a total flop. My four year old hasn’t put it down. There’s something therapeutic about watching each ball pop up… the adults in our house are even found playing with it. :) My *only* two criticisms are that the pen is not attached with a string (like torture if you’re type A like me) and some of the pen stroke recommendations are ridiculous (e.g. letters G, M, N, W). They actually suggest drawing the vertical lines in the M first and then the middle (???). But that’s it. Otherwise it is a really well constructed, well designed product and I’m thrilled we purchased it. I hope they come out with a lower case version.

Debra
Rochester, NY
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Oball Jelly

Oball Jelly

We got this ball for my 4-month-old son, and it is the first toy that he has shown a real interest in. We chose the Oball Jelly instead of the rattle because we wanted it to be a quiet toy for church. I do look forward to trying your idea of using it as a bubble wand this summer. One consumer warning, colors really do vary, and my daughter thinks that it’s hers because the one we got is pink, lol. My baby doesn’t care, so neither do we. I want to get the bigger one now for my older children, and it would be a GREAT toy for a family reunion or youth retreat.

Tamsyn
Logan, UT
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Faber Castell My First Scissors

Creativity For Kids My First Scissors

If your child already knows how to use scissors, these (My First Scissors) won’t be necessary. But I kind of took that as common knowledge. I had bought (not from Timberdoodle) a different brand of supposedly easy scissors for my 2 year old (he’s 3 now). They are still not easy for him to use independently. He was so excited when he saw these new scissors. I pulled a cutting page out of our book, I showed him how to use the scissors, and he went over and started cutting paper all by himself! He was so proud! He still needs some practice, but they are so easy to squeeze, he’ll get the hang of it in no time. My 17 month old was so jealous, when big brother wasn’t looking, I let him cut a little, too (with help). Guess what little brother will have in his stocking? (still in the package Child Safety Groups :)

Jennifer from OH
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Kid-O Bilibo

Kid-O Bilibo

Kid-O Bilibo

I bought one of these for my daughter’s second birthday a few months ago. All four of my children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 8) went totally wild over it. I wish I had bought four of them! It has been used in so many interesting ways and each child approaches it differently. You never know what the Bilibo is going do be doing on a given day– there is always something new to do with it.

The only complaint I have is that my 2-year-old quickly discovered that she could use it as a stepping stool to get into things she shouldn’t be able to reach (of course kids do this with lots of different toys.) So I can’t leave the Bilibo out lying around all the time. It has to be put away when playtime is over. But I still love it and I’m glad I bought it.

Sarah E
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Gobblet Gobblers

Gobblet Gobblers

Gobblet Gobblers takes tic-tac-toe to the next level. Kids will have to make decisions on what size of piece to use and if to gobble or block. While young children will need help in making these decisions, they will soon catch on to how the game works. This game is fun because it doesn’t end with a stalemate like regular tic-tac-toe. The wooden pieces are colorful, and pleasant to touch and hear bump together. My kids like playing with the pieces after game playing is over. A fun family game and don’t be surprised when your child catches you off guard and wins!

Amy
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Inchimals

Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys

I purchased Inchimals for my 4 year old son & he begs to “do math with Inchimals“! They are colorful & well-marked, with the numeral on one end & corresponding dots on the other. My kids like to experiment with them; they even put all the inchimals end-to-end and measured themselves & others. The accompanying book is easy to use. My 4 year old was solving problems on his own after just a few minutes of instruction. (Beware of the black marker, though! It’s permanent.) We love this product & I will be purchasing Inchimals for my nieces & nephews in the future!

Wendy Smith
from Kingman, AZ

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Kumon Money Series with Play Money

Kumon Workbooks

Kumon Workbooks

Quite good

I have found the Kumon series of workbooks to be useful for all of my children who have used them.  The books dealing with fine motor skills are excellent; some of the pages can be done by young children with practically no assistance (such as in the cutting, tracing, and maze books), while others need a bit of direction from a sibling or parent (such as folding and crafts).  I have mixed feelings about some of the math skills workbooks:  The money workbooks are quite good and have some variety in the pages, but I think the time books are somewhat tedious and aren’t as effective.  The number workbooks have some pages that involve a lot of writing which my children found boring and tiresome, but are still useful overall.

Kimberly G.
from Clinton Twp, MI
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Video Review – A Day in the Life of a Timberdoodle Preschooler

The Filmmaker
We are just about ready to start our fourth year of homeschooling, and we are so excited that we found Timberdoodle! Our two-year-old BEGS for her “school” every day, even on weekends, and she likes to read her Timberdoodle catalog right before bedtime. We love how Timberdoodle makes the highest quality of Christian education both fun and affordable.

Timberdoodle Products In This Video
Purpllinker, Teaching Textbooks, G is for Goat, My First Scissors, Hugg-a-Planet’s Globe, Thinking Putty, Lauri A-to-Z Puzzles and Easy Grip Tweezers.

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