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Make Your Own Snowman – Timberdoodle Homeschool Vodcast #0023

We’re finally having summer-like weather here in Washington State. A perfect time to break out our Make Your Own Snowman set!! With its endlessly reusable fake snow and rubbery rehydrated snowballs and cubes, the Make Your Own Snowman World set can provide hours of productive play while your child learns about polymers and polymerization.

Make Your Own Snowman World

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“The Make Your Own Snowman World Kit is the easiest way for your family to fashion a frosty delight in the convenience of your own home, regardless of the sweltering temperatures around you. When the sidewalks are too hot for tender feet and the pitifully light breeze has dwindled to nothing, your children will be eager to create snowmen, igloos, and even a shovel full of the most realistic snow your family has ever made…” Buy your kit now, on sale for only $6.95 at this posting!

#0016 – Pop-Arty Beads

Are you looking for something that will enhance all four of your child’s fine-motor skills – grasping, reaching, releasing an object, and turning the wrist? Are you searching for a craft project that can be used multiple times to make countless creations? Do you need something quiet and mess-free for the children to do while visiting Grandma? Pop-arty Beads can do all of that and more…


Behind The Scenes

  • It is exciting to get this episode out, it has been in the cue for way too long!
  • These girls spent a lot of time playing with the beads, and I think they would have been happy to do it all over again.
  • The girls were taped during a family reunion. The beads were one of the best activities for allowing the adults to visit while the kids played quietly.

Pop-Arty Beads

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“Each Pop-arty Beads collection comes with over 475 of the most eye-catching beads in a wild assortment of shapes, textures, and forms. Luscious solid colors like purple, lime green, pink, blue, orange, and salmon red or marble-like swirls of color give a sophisticated elegance to Battat’s B. Pop-Arty Beads and add to the educational value…” Buy Pop-Arty Beads Now!

#0009 – Dot to Dots and Man on the Street Interviews

Man-on-the-street interviews with some of our Timberdoodle employees – who can recognize the Dot-To-Dot taking shape?

Hope explains why Dot To Dots are great learning tools, and what makes this the best Dot To Dot series in print.

Convinced? Buy yourself or your kids a copy at

Behind The Scenes

  • Nabbing coworkers for the interviews was the best part, they all did a great job!
  • These books are not just for kids, adults around the office have been voluntarily pitching in “check the designs” – even on lunch breaks!

The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World

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Both your child’s left and right brains will be exercised as he works to complete puzzles with 500 to over 1,400 dots. And these puzzles are not just for children. Many adults, myself included, find these books both provoking and relaxing, a treat for sluggish minds and weary bodies… Buy it now for only $5.95! (at the time of this post)

#0006 – Imaginets: Fun Preschool Thinking Skills Magnetic Kit

Parents of preschoolers know that it can be a challenge to keep these restless winds entertained in a productive manner. Imaginets does just that, while building fine-motor skills, problem solving ability, an ability to follow directions and interpret patterns. Imaginets’ brilliantly colored magnets stick securely to the wooden case which doubles as a white-board.

Behind The Scenes

  • We emailed a couple local families with young children to see if any of them would be interested in reviewing Imaginets and sending us video of their kid(s) using it. Judah & Cohen’s mom responded literally within minutes, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Don’t you agree?
  • Judah did a terrific job of introducing himself but my favorite part is Cohen’s introduction. “Me, 2.” So cute!

Imaginets - preschool magnet set

From Our Store
In our rush to teach our children how to read and do math, it is easy to overlook the importance of teaching our children how to think. That is akin to putting the cart before the horse, as thinking skills are a vital part of reading and math. If we neglect to teach our children how to think we make education a more arduous process than it needs to be… Read More About Imaginets Or Buy Some Here. (Retail: $29.95, on sale for only $19.95 at the time of this post.)

#0004 – Bubber, part 2: Make A Fake Thumb, Plaster Footprint & More.

We’ve loved Bubber since the first time we touched it, and we’re not alone in that – our Bubber tray was a highlight at every conference where we demonstrated it. But sometimes it is easy to think you’ve exhausted all possible uses for a non-drying art manipulative.  If you’ve ever thought that way about Bubber I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing all these new ideas using Plaster of Paris from our local discount store. We cast a footprint, nameplate and fake thumb – but truly the possibilities are endless.

Behind The Scenes
Abel is known in our local fire department for his fast-paced movements and boundless energy. We can’t wait to show our friends the end of the video as he cleans the Bubber. Of course, it is on fast-forward, but we think they’ll feel it is the most accurate depiction of him they’ve seen! Looking for more ideas? We ran out of time to show all of ours. What about using a jar to mold dishes for your daughter to decorate and use for pretend tea parties? If you have a human body model, recast organs and let your student paint/label them. Footprints don’t have to be limited to small feet either – use Bubber to cast footprints of family pets or even those realistic tigers in your toy box!

Kids Play With Bubber

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Bubber is an amazing new product imported from Sweden; contrary to its playful name, Bubber is destined to become a workhorse in the educational market. Bubber is an excellent source for tactile stimulation, improving gross- and fine-motor skills in a satisfyingly gentle way… Read More About Bubber Or Buy Some Here.

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