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What Is Icosoku? How Do You Play? – Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast #0026

Since it made the back cover of the Timberdoodle catalog, you know it has to be good; but Icosoku is difficult to explain in print. Watch as Hope shows you how it works, and even why a concept as simple as Icosoku can be so challenging!

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Endless possibilities, endless opportunities, endless fun; IcoSoKu is a brilliant mathematical brainteaser with unlimited challenges… Buy Yours Today Here!

How to Play BrainBox Games – Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast #0025

BrainBox games are popular with everyone from little ones to adults, and now you can see why. Not only are the games fast-paced and easy to learn, but they are also very challenging to anyone’s memory, making BrainBox games a series a wide range of ages can easily play together without anyone having the advantage.

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BrainBox Animals My First ABC BrainBox

BrainBox USA BrainBox USA Presidents

BrainBox World BrainBox Nature

My First BrainBox

#0014 – Mashoonga Swords

Foam swords? Really? We were skeptical too, until we saw them in use. Mashoongas are amazing foam sabers built around sturdy polycarbonate core tubes that are both lightweight and flexible. Not merely a fast-paced high-energy contest of attack and self-defense moves, Mashoonga’s game rules give it structure, differentiating it from mere horseplay. Mashoonga is a sport that will strengthen your child’s tactical skills, their eye-hand coordination, and build their stamina. When the rules are faithfully enforced Mashoonga is a friendly, safe, yet competitive contact game of ancient combat skills.

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Behind The Scenes

  • Talk about funny; shooting this video was absolutely hilarious. Some of us laughed ’til we cried!
  • Until we replayed the footage, no one could agree who’d won the first few rounds. Daniel did, but only by 1/2 a second.
  • The interviews were almost as fun as the contest. We now talk about Look of Death around the office.

Mashoonga Swords

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“Our Mashoonga Sabers Set, surprisingly enough, has been one of our hottest sellers at homeschool conferences. Is this indicative of the stress homeschooling parents feel or the pleasure they anticipate seeing their children off the couch and outside engaged in vigorous play? Or maybe it was because, as one fellow vendor remarked, “I’m tired of getting hit in the knees with a wooden sword…” Buy Mashoonga 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.

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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)

#0008 – Testing New Products for Timberdoodle’s Summer 2010 Catalog

Dozens of products must be evaluated before we print our 2010 Curriculum Catalog. Watch this video to get a glimpse of the review process here at Timberdoodle. Best of all, 4 young relatives ranging in age from nearly 2 to 7 explored, experimented, and tested a wide array of exciting new products from construction to music to scooters and more!

Check back in April to see how many of these products make it onto our website. Better yet, sign up for our free catalog and stay in the loop:

Behind The Scenes

  • We were delighted when our gracious relatives loaned us their girls for the afternoon. The session went way beyond any of our expectations and everyone enjoyed the time!
  • Watching the children play was very insightful, especially since they have a nice wide range of personalities, ages, and interests. (It would have been lovely to have boys involved too, but the one brother was down for a nap… Oh well!)
  • There were so many cute moments and lots of helpful ‘real-life’ exploring and experimenting. In fact, we expect you to see more of these kids on future vodcasts¬† as we demo and explain the products that passed muster.
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