Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Timberdoodle's Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit Review

I have another fun product to share with you today from Timberdoodle, Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit.  This kit is geared for students 8 and older.  E has really enjoyed making this card!

What's in our kit?  Our kit includes

  • a tiger design template
  • jelly wax
  • crystal pick-up pen
  • pre-sorted crystal packets
  • crystal tray
  • Ziplock bags
  • envelope
  • Instructions

How does this kit work?

The artist will peel back the protective plastic on the area they are working on, this exposes the sticky area of the mosaic.  The crystals are in bags marked with letters.  These letters correspond to the letters on the card for that color.  Using the pen, the artist will then dip it into the jelly wax and pick up the needed round crystal and apply it to the mosaic on the corresponding coded position.  This concept is similar to painting by numbers but it uses colored crystals instead of paint!

You can see where E has completed some of the chin above.  

More progress

A close-up of the mosaic so you can see the letter guide

Almost complete

E with her finished Tiger Crystal Art Card.  I love that it comes with an envelope to send to someone if desired.

E's completed card

Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit is currently included in Timberdoodle's 4th grade curriculum kit and we highly recommend it.  It is such a fun art project and E (who is 10) had no trouble completing it!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received our Tiger Crystal Art Card Kit in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Camp David 2022

 Checking-in to camp 😀
We had such a great time at Camp David's Family Retreat over the weekend!  The last two years the kids haven't been able to meet for in person camp (we had camp in a box!) and this year while they couldn't have the normal week long camp, we were blessed to be able to meet for a family weekend camp at The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels!  David was with A at the Archery State Games so they joined us Saturday evening.  It was so great to see familiar faces and so many of the Texas Burn Survivor Society and their supporters.  I'm so grateful for this organization and for all the volunteers for the dedication and time and of course to everyone who supports them.  It was also great to get to know some of the other families as well.

G made a butterfly
While the older kids were playing games and doing the ropes course, G and I got to hang out and make some crafts.

The big kids met up with us later and helped work on a banner with glow-in-the dark paint for the Glow Party later that night.

Enjoying lunch

The kids enjoyed a fun afternoon of swimming.
The kids enjoying snowcones at the carnival.

G enjoying the inflatable axe throwing.

G enjoying his cotton candy treat.

B battling one of her friends.

D and C on the inflatable race.

B almost to the top of the rock climbing wall!

There was an awesome raffle and the kids won so many wonderful prizes.  Above you can see D with the puzzle she won.

A joined us and we all headed to the Glow Party!

F enjoying himself in the glow room.

The kids the last day of camp!

G hanging out with Sparky.

We had a great time hanging out with Brothers Keepers.

And the kids loved hanging out with the Porsche Club, so many awesome Porsches.

A huge thank you to the firefighters and EMT!  I know the littles loved exploring the fire truck and ambulance.

Saying goodbye to everyone 😢.  Until next year!

Monday, July 25, 2022

Archery State Games 2022


A participated in the Texas State Games for Archery last week.  She had a blast and came home with some more hardware to add to her collection.  We could not be prouder!
Field - 1st place
3-D - 2nd place
Team relay - 2nd place
MOD600 - 4th place
Wand - 4th place
Runner Up Over All Senior Bare Bow

Friday, July 22, 2022

Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle Review

Remember our review of Dr. Livingston's Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzles - Set of 7?  Well, I have another Timberdoodle gem to share with you today, this time it's Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle.  This puzzle contains 100 pieces, is manufactured by Genius Games and is geared for younger students, 6 and older or 1st grade and up.

A peek inside our puzzle box
This storage box is great because it easily stores all the puzzle pieces when not in use and I appreciate the Velcro feature as well.
I love the included reference sheet.

And the back of our sheet shows fun facts of the human body.

Some of the puzzle pieces
Because this set is geared for younger children, the pieces are larger and easier for smaller hands to grip.  I love that they are thick and durable.  I tried to show the thickness in the photo above to give you an idea.  I love that this puzzle shows an accurate depiction of the human body in detail with a 50% magnification.  When assembled our puzzle is 4 feet long!  Children will observe the head, chest, abdomen, limbs, muscles, bones, arteries, veins, etc.
G assembling the hand

F putting the final pieces in the abdomen

This is such a great resource to help anatomy come alive or to use with younger students as you study different aspects of the body.  It is such a great visual representation and I love that assembling the puzzle is a very hands-on way of studying and learning.  I do want to note that there are no gender related details shown in this puzzle.

Our completed puzzle!

Above you can see G next to our puzzle, they are about the same size!

And one with both the younger boys :)
The Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle is currently included in Timberdoodle's 1st grade curriculum kit and we definitely recommend it!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Archery State Games

A is in the middle in the blue shirt!

A is at the Archery State games this week.  I'm so proud of her.  She shot her 1st event this morning and she has many more scheduled throughout the rest of the week.  Good luck A 🏹 🞋.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Activity-Pak: Make-A-State from Home School in the Woods Review

 Disclosure:  I received this complimentary product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW.

Homeschool in the Woods

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love resources from Home School in the Woods.  They are always on point and so great to have in our homeschool.

We have been so blessed to receive their Activity-Pak: Make-A-State for review, which is part of their Hands-on History Activity Paks.  As the name implies, this set provides us with the materials to study every state in the U.S. as well as Washington, D.C.!  There are so many projects that incorporate research, creating writing, coloring, mapping, and so much more.  This is a great resource to pair with U.S. history and is geared for grades 3-8.

Our Make-A-State Texas Activity Pak

It seemed appropriate to dive into the state we live in, Texas!  The kids and I have been working through the projects and piecing together our lapbook and I just love the way it is coming along.  I love that the kids are learning and exploring about our state.

E enjoyed adding cities and landmarks to our Texas Map.

It was placed on the inside center of our lapbook along with a few other projects.

Our change purse contains a Texas quarter and a bit of information that we researched on it.  We added Velcro to open and close it easily.

I love that there are clear and concise directions for every state activity.  It tells you what to print, what to research and how you will assemble it for your lap book.  Of course you can customize it a bit - if you want to color it, print it on colored paper, include other research, etc.

Likewise, there are fabulous directions for assembling your complete lap book.  It clearly tells you where to place each project or activity and has nice illustrations for how it will come together.  I personally really appreciate all of these instructions as it takes any confusion or guesswork out of this resource!

Inside panel of our lapbook, you can see the change purse I mentioned above.

Another page of our lapbook!  These activity projects are so fun.

We are still working on our Texas State book but we are almost done.  I am super excited to have the kids work through all the states - it's going to take awhile but it will be so awesome when they complete them all!

If you can't tell, I am a huge fan of this resource and I would definitely recommend it.  You could pair it with your history curriculum as it would make a great hands-on addition, especially when studying the U.S.!

There is also a Printable "Essential Timeline Library" for grades K-12 that is worth checking out.

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