We received I Can Trace today in the mail. I'm so excited about it, I'm going to order two more for my daycare kids! I'll use them in the winter quarter of our pre-schooling. The trouble is, when I went to the pre-school section of their website to order my additional copies, I saw about 20 other things I wanted. . . but I guess that's not what this review is about, is it? :-)
The majority of pages in the book are tracing pages, which basically consist of colorful pictures with thick, dashed lines that preschool hands should be able to follow in their first attempts at tracing. It starts out simple with just straight lines. For instance, page 1 has a dog, a mouse, a rabbit, and a bear on the left side of the page. On the right side of the page is their food. A thick, dotted line joins the two sides. This activity then increases in difficulty, ending with letters that need to be traced.
The PrismaColor 12 piece pencil set I also recieved from Timberdoodle, is listed at a price of just $8.00! I can't get over that. I've seen poorer quality colored pencils for double that in craft stores. This is a gorgeous set with vibrant, brilliant colors.
In the front of the book are pages that help to explain brain research and things you can do to help stimulate and develop your child's brain. There are things to help you with his emotions/senses, language development (which I really need to work on with Jaden), exercise/coordination, large-motor and fine-motor development, and social skills. I am loving this book because it is something that I can pick a page or two every day and work on with Jaden; then I can expand upon those pages with other activities. I do think he needs a couple more months, though, before he will be fully ready to really embark upon this. You can get this book for $10.50 from Timberdoodle, which, in my opinion, is a great price! That is completely affordable for over 200 pages of activities and helps in teachingyour toddler/preschooler. It's a great start for fine motor skills, as well as beginning handwriting skills.
We also received the Prismacolor Colored Pencils, a set of 12. These are so nice, that I'm tempted to keep them for myself, although I know that my children will greatly benefit from them. There is also a color shading stick included with the set, and the minute I saw this, I thought of Jacob's map work and all the shading in of oceans that he has to do. This will make it so much easier. We love colored pencils, especially for history and mapwork, because they just provide a much neater appearance for tedious work. I also love the idea of Jaden using the colored pencils, because it will help to start him out early on, holding a real pencil and learning how to use it.
The Prismacolor set is so nice; it comes in a thin tin case, with these colors included:
PC903 True Blue
PC909 Grass Green
PC912 Apple Green
PC916 Canary Yellow
PC924 Crimson Red
PC933 Violet Blue
PC945 Sienna Brown
PC946 Dark Brown
You can get this set of colored pencils for $8.00, which, in my opinion, is also a fantastic price for something that will be of great use in our homeschooling ventures. Even if you don't homeschool, they are wonderful for any kind of activities you do or even for journaling, as Melissa J. was telling me earlier.
Either way, if you have a young child at home and are in need of great stocking stuffers or just a great present, these items might be just the thing to keep him busy on those cold winter days that sometimes lead to cabin fever.
(Disclosure: We were provided with these products, free of charge, by Timberdoodle, in association with MamaBuzz.)