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Review: Animal Homeland Mosaics

We love doing arts and crafts so I made sure to add this kit to our Timberdoodle curriculum for this year. Animal Homeland Mosaics has a bunch of different animals you get to add stickers and gems, too. The kit comes with everything you need which is nice so we didn’t need to go out and get extra supplies. Our kit came with 2 instruction manuals which isn’t a bad thing. However, the instructions don’t show you everything you need to get out for the animal you are doing. 

My daughter chose to do the crocodile one. The manual didn’t say we needed to use the apple stickers or the yellow and blue stickers. It was depicted in the picture in the manual but wasn’t listed on the page as needing them so with this kit I can’t just give my daughter the manual to follow because then half the art project wouldn’t be done. Another flaw is that the little gems don’t always come off with their sticky stuff so I had to pull off the stickiness and push it back on the gems for them to stick. 

We did hav…

Review: Djeco Bugs

This art kit by Djeco is a great way to entertain your kiddo for a long time. Djeco Bugs has 4 cards and the scratching stick. All your child needs to do is scratch the blue parts of the card and it reveals a picture. We’ve had some other kits like this but you had to scratch so hard that my daughter wasn’t able to complete it. Djeco’s kit is very easy to scratch you really don’t need that much pressure to make the picture appear.


The kit does come with an instruction manual but let’s be honest it’s really self explanatory. What was great for me was that doing just one card kept my daughter busy for almost an hour. We did end up taking turns to complete it because she said her hand was starting to hurt. Which I get because it is a lot of scratching for an almost 4 year old to be doing and she didn’t want to take a break and finish at later time. 

My daughter really enjoyed this kit and asked if we could do more cards together but I told her we have space them out for the year with our…

Review: Djeco Beadazzled Dough

Y’all know I love Djeco and this kit is no different. Beadazzled Dough is a super fun art kit that comes with 3 designs; fish, cat and chicken. The dough is like air clay so after about a day it completely dries and your able to hang up the board. The kit comes with the exact number of beads you need for each design. I sorted the beads into bags for each design so they’d be ready to go when go to use them.


I love that everything you need comes in the kit. No mess was made when we did the kit which was a great plus. The instructions are simple to follow and done all in pictures so even my 3 year old daughter knew what she needed to do without me explaining it to her. Since the dough is air clay it was soft and easy for her move to fill in the cutout. 

The instructions do show where to put the beads but I just let her put them anywhere she wanted. Djeco is about creativity so why not let your kids get creative in where the beads go. When we finished the chicken design she wanted to do t…

Review: Story Volcano Island

This is such a great way to get your kiddos story telling abilities up. Story Volcano Island has a bunch of cards with colorful pictures. There is a card that has instructions for different ages on games you can play. We play by taking turns picking a card from the pile and making up a part of the story.


So far, our daughter just explains what is happening on the card but her vocabulary and story telling skills have increased. She’s able to remember the whole story from start to finish which I think is remarkable. What is really great is that she loves the game. It’s easy to play and the story is always different because you never know what card you’re going to get. 

Review: Dimpl Duo

This year in Timberdoodle’s Tiny Tots Kit is an awesome interactive item called Dimpl Duo. One side has colors and the other is shapes. What is really cool is above the names the words are in Braille. The size of the game is perfect for tiny hands and is a great educational item to use at home, in the car or at places where your little ones would get bored like the doctors. The colors are the same on the front and back so with colors you can ask for both; find the red circle.



My daughter thinks is super fun and told me it’s like a tablet. Then she proceeded to go around saying it was her table; “I’m going to watch yellow!”. Since they have to push in the bubbles it works your kiddos muscles which is nice. Another great plus is that it is easy to clean if your child decides to spills things on it.


Homeschool Tips for Temp Homeschoolers

With many schools being closed for a month or in some cases longer I thought it’d be a good idea to give y’all some ideas on what you can do. Don’t feel like you have to do school related things right away. Take a week off to reconnect with your kids and family. They maybe worried and scared already so let them relax and adjust to staying at home 24/7. Below you’ll find ages and ideas on what to do with them.

Preschool:
Let them be kids. I didn’t know anything when I started elementary. I learned it all while in school.Their are many few things online to help: Khan Academy, ABCMouse, a bunch of printables on Teachers Pay Teachers, etc. Everyday life can be lessons without your kids knowing: baking, folding laundry, Madd Mattr (way better than Play Doh), etc.Play board games. Playing in the yard. Watching movies. Read books. Science experiments! There are a lot of cool experiments you can do with regular household items.  My daughter loves to help when we’re cooking so I let her measure…

Review: Big Book of Things to Spot

We love search and find! Big Book of Things to Spot is an amazing book that comes in Timberdoodle’s Preschool Kit. This book has so many different things to find and is colorful. What I like is that it works counting skills, object recognition and we can talk about what’s going on in the pictures. We are able to take the book with us so we can play with it when we go out.


Because smaller kids often find the same picture more than once I’ve thought of a new way to use the book. I tore a sheet protector open and place it over the 2 page spread then we can circle the images with an Expo. I have found it to be very useful and makes it even more fun for my daughter. She especially likes the different environments to find things in the books.