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

puzzles

Geopuzzles

GeoPuzzles

The Geopuzzles by Geotoys are fantastic. They are very well made and colorful. Many of the countries, states and provinces are shaped like the actual place which makes learning geography very fun. I ordered these puzzles as a set, but gave them to my children individually for birthdays and Christmas. My children have been delighted with these puzzles. Another excellent product offered by Timberdoodle. Highly recommend.

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And I thought dot-to-dot was for little ones!

My older (4th grade and up) children LOVE these Extreme Dot to Dot Animals books! They take them in car rides and ask to do them to unwind from regular school work. They are so fun because, unlike simpler dot to dot puzzles, you really can’t tell what they are going to be so the curiosity builds as they push on to “reveal” the animal. (I may have been known to sneak in a puzzle when no one was looking :)

Jessica
Ellensburg, WA
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Anaconda

Anaconda

Creative way to learn critical thinking skills

We purchased Anaconda for our 9-yr-old son as a way to help him focus on learning critical thinking skills, as he loves critters. While he may complain about completing a math assignment on paper, he will sit quietly for a long time and work on these puzzles, figuring out which pieces must go where to complete the snake. I have been adding these types of puzzles to our homeschool curriculum so that we can all have a puzzle to work on during “game time”. My son and I race to complete our puzzles, and my other children are occupied with other puzzles. My younger children enjoy just playing with the Anaconda pieces – putting a snake together without following the diagram. These games are a refreshing change from book work and I am looking forward to continuing this aspect of our schooling.

Karen C.
Waynesboro, GA
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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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4-D Human Skin Anatomy Puzzle

4-D Human Skin Anatomy Puzzle

I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the 4-D Human Skin Anatomy Puzzle. I teach nursing as well as medical terminology at the college level. I planned on using this with my children, but I am going to take it in to the college students as well. The detail is absolutely amazing and will give my children and adult students a truly amazing picture of the skin. Definitely an excellent buy!

Wendy M.
Nancy, KY
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Fun Educational toy

Educo Colorback Sea Turtle Bead Maze

 

This turtle maze is appealing in various ways. It is a fun quiet toy for your child to play with, without making a mess or losing pieces. It teaches good manual skills, and mental skills, as well. As they begin, they will just work on the ability to move the balls around, but eventually they will begin matching the colors and bring up the skill level a notch.

Misty
Buckeye, AZ
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Hide and Seek Safari

Andrea

Hide and Seek Safari

Get ready for fun!

This (Hide and Seek Safari) is our family’s first foray into these types of puzzles and I LOVE this one! Question is, who is going to love it more, kids or parents?! :) My husband and I put the kids to bed and then sat and played with this game for an hour or more! Deceptively easy. :) The colors are bright and engaging, tiles easy to put in place, my littles (2 & 3) enjoy trying to hide different animals. The older two kids (7 & 5) are just in love with it. A family winner! A bonus is how portable it is – the top piece slides back to reveal a hidden compartment that the booklet and pieces fit in…Amazing! :) Another great Timber product.

Andrea
Lake Village, IN
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Geopuzzles

Geopuzzles

Geopuzzles

Helpful with geography memorization

My 6 and 4 year-olds have both done the Asia and Europe puzzles. The six year old does it in no time at all and the 4 year old takes her time but gets through it as well. They are both in Classical Conversations where they need to memorize 165 points of geography. The puzzles have helped them memorize the geography extremely well. The six year old has it memorized completely while the 4 year old has about half of it. I have a friend who works for the foreign service who will be serving in Turkmenistan next year and my kids actually know where that is!


HomeschoolingJD
from Falls Church, VA
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Global Animal Puzzle

The Global Animal Puzzle

The Global Animal Puzzle is our first attempt at doing a “grown-up” puzzle together (parents and 8 year old daughter).  DD has already learned quite a bit from doing geography puzzles for children, so I was thrilled to see her eyes light up when she recognized the name of a country and knew which continent it was part of.  It is slow going (mainly because we have to keep stashing it in the sewing room when her younger siblings are up…they are definitely not ready for the Global Animal Puzzle!), but we are loving the time spent together and the learning involved in doing this beautiful, high-quality puzzle together.

Oberlin, OH

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Green Start Giant Floor Puzzle: On The Farm

Green Start Giant Floor Puzzle: On The Farm

The Green Start Giant Floor Puzzle: On The Farm is a great floor puzzle! The pieces are nice and big for your little ones hands. They are big enough to see the details. It is busy enough to use the detail to reason where the pieces go, yet not too busy to feel cluttered. The pieces are thick and sturdy. My kids were proud of their creation and wanted to save it for Daddy to see. The only negative is that the box has a side opening, so the kids can’t just toss the pieces in. I have to make them into 2 stacks, with the pieces going long ways, and them put each stack in to the box.

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