Timberdoodle I Can Trace! & Pencils Review

Disclosure: This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Timberdoodle for this review.

Timberdoodle is a company that sells all sorts of products and resources for a variety of topics for homeschooling. Lorelai, who will be two at the end of the month, is not ready for “schooling” yet, but she has shown an interest in crayons, colors, scribbling and her ABCs so I was very excited when this tour became available.

We received the I Can Trace book and a package of Prismacolor Pencil Set.

From Timberdoodle‘s website, this book is aimed at the early writer or preschooler. Big Skills for Little Hands
Brighter Child makes the experience even more delightful with Big Skills for Little Hands, a series of six books. The Big Skills for Little Hands series supports national standards for early childhood by working to build necessary motor skills. Each paperback book is over 200 colorful pages and includes a write-and-wipe laminated page in the back of the book.

When I first looked through the book I was struck by the variety of activities – and there is some guidance for how to use them as well. There is discussion of fine motor skills, writing tools, safety, brain research and a kindergarten screening guide. I have experience teaching middle school students, so this information was useful to me especially as I can apply it right away to my own child. The book is divided into sections – tracing from side to side, paths, shapes, completing a maze, numbers and letters. The pencil set is top of the line – what I would expect from a beginning artist set! I was relieved to see that the pencils did not come sharpened – Lorelai currently uses crayons and some markers and I am a bit hesistant about giving her something sharp and pointy.

She took to this right away – I showed her the book, which caught her attention with the friendly spider on the front and we looked at many of the pages – they are bright and colorful, but not too busy. She was able to trace with her finger after I showed her an example and then she was off and running on her own. She loved the colored pencils – I didn’t sharpen them, as she was content to use them as she uses her crayons!

I tend to let Lorelai take the lead on any activities we do in the course of the day. When she wants to draw or color, that’s when we do it. I can see us taking out this book more as she gets older and starts to understand a bit more. The pages are perforated so they can be torn out, but I wish the book was spiral bound – it would be easier for Lorelai to look through the pages on her own. I’ve noticed when we do a coloring activity on a doodle pad she will frequently flip back to other pages to see drawings or letters we have done earlier.

The book retails on the Timberdoodle site for $10.50 (a sale from $13.99) – a good deal for 200+ activities and information.

Timberdoodle also sent us a package of stickers – they were like photographs and had bears. Lorelai also enjoyed sticking them to me, thank you!


Hello November! I had grand ideas of trying to do the blog post a day like some people I know (and admire them for doing it!) or even a daily gratitude entry for the month of November. But, all of a sudden it’s midweek and I finally have my thoughts together (and some time) to actually make a blog post and here we are. Sure, I could just go until December 4, but I have enough on my plate currently to keep me busy: knitting, Thanksgiving (we host), Christmas, birthdays: Lorelai, Dan, Mom; my uncle is donating a kidney, tutoring, knitting. I am thinking of ways to ramp up my blog posting and I do have big plans but they are all in my head. For now. So, we’ll play catch up.

Halloween has come and gone. We attended a wedding out in NJ – it was a nice time and I even wore the bat shawl! If anyone noticed the bat motifs, they kept it to themselves. That’s fine. I’m proud of the shawl, it did the job and malabrigo lace was just the right weight. We did get one (low-quality iPhone) picture of the shawl in action:
Wearing the handknits!

The Lorax spent her Halloween with my folks. While I tried to get her into her costume (a gingerbread person) with some coaxing and practice,
She wanted no part of it.
(Another picture of my crying kid – remember when this blog was full of really cute pictures of the little one?)
My folks had no luck with the costume either. But she had a good time with them, giving out candy to the trick or treaters.

And then, go figure, last night she starts playing around with the witch’s hat (which for the life of me I couldn’t get her to put on at all during October).
Excuse the cookie crumb face, this was after dinner. And then again this morning on her way to the table to eat her Cheerios she put on the hat again. I have not yet given up hope that I will get her into that gingerbread costume.

Knitting-wise, the needles are clicking away. Many many many projects going on here. I have a renewed love for seams, thanks to knittinghelp.com – something finally clicked and look at this:
Pretty seams!! This is a little girl top for knit one, crochet too.

My other projects in progress are either under wraps for the time being or aren’t much to show off at this stage.

While I’m knitting, Lorelai is still having a grand old time with the buttons – we’re finding buttons everywhere. Usually I see the buttons like this:
buttons scattered
Scattered. The other day I noticed the buttons on the floor and then noticed there were some buttons in the jar.
Buttons collected
Um. It’s all blue and purple buttons. No outside encouragement from me on that one, seriously! Interesting.