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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ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover

ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover

Great Product for Hand On Learners

We purchased this robot for our 10 yr. old son as a Christmas gift. He loved it and still does. In no time at all, he had it delivering cokes to his Dad, dancing, & all sorts of things. He loves the recording feature on it so that he can make it talk and respond to people. As a homeschooling Mom, I love the educational aspects of it. While he is “playing” he is learning computer programming skills, math, critical thinking, creative thinking, & much more. I also like that it is a very durable product. Our son is all boy; active, rough, & tough; and this robot has stood the test with him. Great product, Timberdoodle!!

By MomOf4
from Reagan, TN
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Early Science Explorer’s Set

Early Science Explorer's Set

Great tools for our nature study!

I bought this for my daughter when she was four years old. We have used it countless times over the past couple of years, mostly for our nature walks and nature studies. Both items are oversized and “chunky”, perfect for younger children. Also, the larger magnifying glass area makes it even easier for multiple children to see what is being viewed at the same time! My daughter has both items packed in her backpack, ready to explore God’s great outdoors!

By Denice
from Prentice, WI
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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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Thinking Putty – Great for learning, but be careful!

Electric Colors Thinking Putty

My 6 year old daughter loves her Thinking Putty. I have her use it when I am reading History lessons to her. It helps her to have something to do while she listens, which in turn leads to less boredom and better attention span. I love it overall, but would caution anyone interested in purchasing it to only allow children to use it while supervised. My daughter tried putting it on the carpet to test the imprint it would leave, not realizing that it sticks to carpet. I had such a hard time cleaning it out! It is a great product overall, though.

By Stephanie
from Colorado Springs, CO

 

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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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B Pop-Arty Beads

B. Pop-Arty Beads

B. Pop-Arty Beads

A favorite with my boys!

B. Pop-Arty Beads are a favorite with my two boys (ages 4 and 2). I bought another set of larger beads for my toddler, but he can’t connect them as easily as he can the Pop-Arty Beads. My boys connect them in all sorts of ways and will wear them or pretend they’re trains or other things. The beads do smell a bit unpleasant, but that does slowly fade and it hasn’t fazed my children in the slightest. These beads are very popular, but especially with my 2-year-old. I recommend them for an indoor activity on those wet or excessively hot days.

Rebecca
Tulsa, OK
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Electric Colors Thinking Putty

Electric Colors Thinking Putty

Surprising fun

We LOVE this putty.  I was impressed with the volume of putty in the can.  It is enough for me to divide between my four kids who then stretch, roll, and squish it while I read to them.  As one reviewer noted, you do need to watch out for stains.  Especially when the putty is stretched, very thin pieces or strings tend to quietly fall onto clothing, carpet…if you clean it up right away, it’s fine.  I just use a bit of putty to “grab” the putty off the carpet or clothing.  So far we’ve had no staining.  We have however lost a small chunk to hair.  My daughter got it stuck in her hair. I had to cut it out, there was no rescuing the putty or the hair.  Regardless, we still LOVE this putty.  I don’t know that it can be explained but you could sit and mush this stuff for hours.  Worth the price!

Jocelyn
CA
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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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Wahoo – A great riding toy

Wahoo - The Perfect Puppy

We purchased the pink Wahoo as our daughter’s second birthday present. She was immediately in love and started bouncing around the room. We’ve had him for almost six months and this little guy is still a hit. My four year old and seven year old also love to ride on Wahoo. They ride him all over the downstairs.  They’ve recently come up with a plan to get the second one so that they can try jousting, both on their own trusty steeds. I’m not sure about that plan, but it should give you an idea of the age range for this toy.

All in all I’m glad I purchased this for my daughter and wish I’d bought it earlier to give the kids some great indoor exercise during the cold winter months.

Gwen from Huddleston, VA
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