Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Product Review – Rubbabu Shape Sorter & Timberdoodle Toddler Curriculum


Seriously Soft Rubbabu 3-D Animal Shape Sorter
The soft, squishy, and downy-to-touch Rubbabu 3-D Animal Shape Sorter is a perfect first puzzle for younger children. From eight to twenty-four months, when children are too young for puzzles with small pieces, they are still ready to learn animal shapes and colors.
9 Handmade Animal Shapes
Even the tiniest of children can pick up, examine, and play with the nine brightly colored shapes, then with a gentle push place them back in their soft base. The soft, velvety surface offers tactile stimulation. Handmade of natural rubber foam, the Rubbabu 3-D Animal Shape Sorter is anti-microbial, dust-mite resistant, mildew resistant, hypo-allergenic, and flame resistant. Another outstanding component in the Timberdoodle Core Curriculum Series!

Some days, I wish I was gifted with creative writing abilities, that I was able to tell you a good story and still include all the parts that I want to and are required to say in a review. Like Jody over at GranolaMom4God. Ah well, I guess you’re just stuck with plain ol’ me :)

We received this Rubbabu 3-D Animal Shape Sorter for review along with a folder containing information about the Toddler Core Curriculum package.

Unfortunately, I think I like this toy more than my kids do. Nate is not really at a puzzle-doing stage yet, but I’m hopeful that we can use this high quality toy when we start doing Tot Trays in a few weeks for school.

I enjoy this toy because of the quality construction and the feel of the pieces. Who can resist something so velvety soft?? Kahlen likes to make a line of the animals and tell a story with them. Nate, well, he just likes to dump the pieces on the floor and have someone else put them back in…

2011-06-01 Nate and Rubbabu

I also received a planning folder detailing the contents of the Toddler Complete Curriculum Package.  I’ll let them describe what’s included in the folder:

The Planning Folders

These serve a few different purposes. First, they give mom something to show dad so that he can get a quick overview of what he bought and why.  Second, they give you some of the reasons we've included each item, and an assortment of ideas for using them. Third, the checklist gives you an easy way to keep track of what you and Junior have done this week, without juggling a formal schedule or having to remember what you did Monday and what was last week. Fourth, we've included some of the articles our customers have found most helpful through the years, for those new parents or new homeschoolers who may not have seen the articles on our blog.

I really enjoyed the information in the folder and it made me want to purchase more pieces from the curriculum package for use in our schooling. I don’t feel like I need all of it right now because we already have some things that are very similar or the exact same, like Wedgits. The inclusion of toys that we already own was encouraging though, as it made me think that I would really like the rest of the items that are included.

The detailed description of each item included, why it was included, and what you can do with it, was extremely helpful. It gave me a better picture of each tool and which ones I would like to purchase still. Here are just a few that caught my eye:

For now, I give the Rubbabu Shape Sorter 3 stars. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t hold my kid’s interest for very long. I’m still hopeful that will change, though :-)



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As a member of
Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this item in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

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