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How To Play Sumoku – Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast #0031

Combine crossword puzzles with Sudoku, add basic math skills and you have Sumoku. Sumoku comes with directions for 4 different variations, each an awesome way to work your brain while having a blast!

Sumoku by Blue Orange Games

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“Add some pizzazz to this year’s math studies by beginning each day with a fast-paced game of Sumoku by Blue Orange Games. This crossword-style game will not only strengthen addition and multiplication skills, but because of the extensive strategy required logic skills are also improved…” On sale at the time of this post for only $10.75! Buy your Sumoku here.

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!

Inchimals: Math Puzzles For Preschoolers – A Special Edition Timberdoodle Vodcast

When our very first supply of Inchimals sold out literally within hours we knew that our long anticipation was totally justified. The colorful blocks have an engaging animal on on the long side of each block, and are thoughtfully designed with matching numerals and dot equivalent on opposite ends of each block. Inchimals is the best hands-on program we have seen for teaching math to young children!

Inchimal BlocksInchimals Sample PagesInchimals Set

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“Teach your preschooler the language of math with Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys! This set of twelve whimsical wooden blocks is taking the home education market by storm. From the one-inch ladybug cube to the twelve-inch giraffe rod, Inchimals are all you’ll need to introduce your young child to math.
Begin by having your preschooler sequence the Inchimals blocks from the shortest to the longest and introduce math vocabulary related to measurement. Because of its precise inch segments, Inchimals can also be used to guess and measure common item around the house. How tall is the glass? It is as tall as a tiger, or six inches tall. How long is a carrot? It is as long as a rabbit, or four inches long. Or build a corral for those Lego horses and chat about perimeter…” Buy Inchimals today from Timberdoodle and take advantage of our $4.95 shipping and speedy ships-in-24-hours service!

Aba-Conundrums, Math and Logic Puzzles – Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast Special Edition

Do you know why there is a horizontal bar in an Abacus? We didn’t, until we explored Aba-Conundrums. Combining logic with math skills, Aba-Conundrums is packed with 120 puzzles which range from puzzling to downright perplexing! A natural for number puzzle lovers, fans of Sudoku or Kakuro will likely love Aba-Conundrums‘ challenges. They are not the only ones though, as anyone who wants to stretch their brain in a new way will enjoy the combination of hands-on manipulating and challenging logic conundrums found in Aba-Conundrums.

Aba Conundrums

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Take one child-friendly calculating tool, add oodles of tortuous riddles, and you have the makings of Aba-Conundrums by Fat Brain Toys. Each of the 120 riddles provides just enough clues, when combined with the use of the colorful wooden abacus, to enable your child to unravel the secret number or numbers… Buy Your Aba-Conundrums Today!

Reptangles, Using Turtles For Geometry? – Timberdoodle’s Homeschool Vodcast #0019

A glance at these colorful turtles may not immediately bring geometry to mind, but it would be difficult to find a manipulative better suited to illustrating complex geometric concepts than Reptangles. If rotational symmetries, truncated octahedrons, and lesser rhombicuboctahedrons sound like a foreign language to you, let alone your student, consider adding a set of Reptangles to your math manipulatives. With 80 puzzles included, your child will gain hands-on experience with all of these concepts and more. Even a child you wouldn’t ordinarily consider ready for geometry will spend hours with Reptangles reconstructing the various models and reconfiguring the turtles with all the benefits of a jigsaw puzzle and the fun of building a 3D model.

Reptangles from Fat Brain

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“Colorful Reptangles by Fat Brain Toys are ingeniously shaped turtles that snap and slide together in over 100 geometric ways! If you want your child’s curriculum to be mathematically rich, with unique opportunities to learn important math concepts while broadening and deepening their spatial thinking skills, Reptangles can be a key addition to your resources…” Buy Your Reptangles Now!

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