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Review: Djeco Pompom Pictures - All Aboard

Djeco Pompom is a super cute and easy art craft for toddlers. They just put the pompoms on the corresponding dots. I like that it comes with all the pompoms you need. However, the glue stick they give you doesn’t make the pompoms sticks to the board. I tried regular glue and that didn’t work either so I ended up having to use a hot glue gun. So, I suggest having hot glue if you get this.


There are small circles on the boards to let you know what color pompom goes where so it’s pretty self-explanatory. The kit does come with a small manual that it done with pictures so even your little one can look at the manual and understand which pompoms go on which board. 

Review: Small Pegs Activity Set

Small Pegs Activity Set is great for fine motor skills. The pegs snap into the board so you know they are in properly. My daughter gets bored about halfway through doing one challenge so I have her just do a little section or take turns putting in pegs with her. I do wish it came with a blanket challenge board so she could make her own design. I plan on making one for her.


These have been really great to teach her patterns; ab, aba, abc, etc. She was having trouble with what comes next in a pattern until I noticed that Small Pegs had cards that were just about patterns. After doing them a few times she’s a pro. Since there are a lot of pegs and they are very small I put them all in a ziplock baggy to help them from going missing.

Review: Alphabet Bingo

Want a fun game to help recognize the alphabet? Then Alphabet Bingo is the game for you. The box says it’s a 1-player game but I think it’s more fun when you have more players. The chips you pull out of the bag are double-sided so you can use the picture side or the letter side for your child to find on their bingo cards. Our daughter loves this games. I plan on taking it for play dates. My daughter and I play this game together and it has been a great way to teach her good sportsmanship. The first time she beat me she told me “I beat you!” but now she says “Good game, mama.”


Review: BambinoLUK Set A and B

BambinoLUK Set A and Set B are a great tool to get your child’s critical thinking juices flowing. You get 16 books if you get both sets. Some books they match the exact picture, while others they have to match a picture with one that is similar. The tiles are the perfect size for little hands. The set as a whole isn’t very big in size so you can take it on the road if you like. I do wish that it came with two set of tiles and clear holders. One for each set would have been nice but I bought them together so I only got one set.


First you match the tile pictures to the top page. Then, you pickup a tile and match the picture under the tile to a picture on the bottom. The books start easy and progressively get more advanced. One downside is that the clear plastic holder for the tiles does move around a lot when my daughter moves the tiles so I often have to hold it in place. 

Review: Junior GeoStix

Junior GeoStix was a blast for our daughter. She loved getting to put them together and make the different ideas on the cards. It was a little difficult at first for her to put the sticks together but she eventually got the hang of it. I think these are great for creativity and math skills.


I make things with them and the give her some sticks and ask her to make similar items with the sticks she was given. Or give her a bunch a sticks and ask her to make certain shapes or letters. What is really neat is seeing her creativity come out when she makes whatever she can imagine.

Review: Mad Mattr

Absolutely love Mad Mattr. It is easy to shape and mold, doesn’t dry out no matter how long you leave it out and it’s not sticky. Mad Mattr is a billion times better than Play Dough. Never again will I get Play Dough, only Mad Mattr from here on out. Our daughter can easily manipulate the dough and has a blast using it for hours.


We got a play mat that came with molds from Amazon and all our Play Dough stuff works with the Mad Mattr. If it falls on the floor I can just pick it put or if it’s a small amount vacuuming it is an option. The only time it has gotten a bit hard was when our daughter stepped in a small amount with her shoes on and then went outside with the shoes. The Mad Mattr came off easily but since she had walked outside with it on the bottom of her shoes I tossed what I took off her shoes.

Review: Magna Tablet Deluxe

We got the Magna Tablet Deluxe in our Timberdoodle Kit. It is nice and big, extremely sturdy and the magnet pen is the perfect size for our daughter’s little hands. This tablet is an amazing tool to use for practicing letters, numbers, shapes and anything she can think of. Great for use in the car or to take to places were she would get bored. Definitely, highly recommend this great learning tool.


The back has a pack of cards that can be used for copy work but I don’t use them a lot. Mostly, I just let her be as creative as she wants by making whatever she can think of. When she’s older using the cards would be more useful.

Pre-K 2019 Curriculum Choice: Unboxing

I wanted to find a well rounded curriculum for our daughter. One that had everything together and I didn’t have to go hunting for it myself because that’s a daunting task. I researched lots of different secular curriculum kits and each item in the kits. I came across Timberdoodle and just adored everything about it. The kits are hands-on, have a ton of things to engage your child in the joy of learning and has an online scheduler. I will have a review post for each item as we use them and an end of year review.

First, I started with their placement test to see which kit was right for our daughter to start with. She placed in the Pre-K kit. I went with the elite kit but I’m sure the complete kit is enough. For English they have All About Reading: Pre-Reading, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know, Magna Tablet Deluxe, Alphabet Bingo and Wikki Stix Alphabet. The complete kit doesn’t include bingo or wikki stix.


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