Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Extraordinaires Design Studio - A Timberdoodle Review

The Extraordinaires Design Studio from Timberdoodle is a ONE OF A KIND learning tool!  It guides your child to think, create,  and invent some very out of the box ideas.   This design kit can be used for ANY age - like so many Timberdoodle products.  My oldest girl Punkin, who happens to be a Marketing Major heading into her senior year of college had this to say;

 "This would be a great product for anybody interested in business, entrepreneurship or engineering.  I know some college professors who would love to have this to use in their classrooms!"

 The design kit comes with a great sturdy magnetic closing plastic case, a set of Extraordinaires cards, think cards, object cards, award cards, a drawing pen and special pad of paper.   

 Bentley, the worlds cutest dog who thinks he's a cat, gave his typical product review on comfort factor and was quite impressed yet again.
 Your child will choose an Extraordinaire to design for, and then an object card which tells them what they need to design, or invent for their Extraordinaire character.  The think cards and object cards help them to process the details and needs more carefully - this is an incredible tool to develop those all important critical thinking skills.  I have to admit, it was a little tough getting started.  I was asking my kids to use a part of their brains they don't often use.  They really had to think outside of the box.  Did you know 16-year-olds don't always enjoy doing that?  HA! The 10-year-old was a little more interested, but only a little.   Biggest sister was giving directions and encouragement - in the typical biggest sister fashion.  It didn't take long though before those wheels were turning and they both came up with incredibly creative ideas for their characters.   Not only does it provide incredible creativity and critical thinking, it also incorporates art into the entire thinking process.  Having to draw what they are thinking makes it a very rich and engaging learning tool.

 Boo had to design something to sit on for her fairy-like character.

 Exercising those brain cells isn't easy..... deep in thought....
 She came up with a brilliant solution - a "Wing-Hole Chair" - a chair that has holes in the back so that the fairy wings don't get crushed.  I love how the cards really encouraged them to think of the needs of their specific character.  

What a great tool this is for our future leaders of tomorrow!  It teaches them to problem solve in a creative way and come up with new ideas in such a fun way.

 Boo quickly got to work on another card that seemed a little more difficult and abstract. 

 The think cards give more questions to take their ideas to the next level asking things such as how they can take it apart, how it can work with other things the Extraordinaire uses, how to make it work better, can it be used in more than one way, etc. 

 After Banana did some thinking, she got to work on her superhero Extraordinaire.  She had to invent a light source for her character. 
 Boo was creating a place for her VERY LARGE character to sleep.

 Boo created a "Treetop Bunk" for her very large Extraordinaire  (who also happens to wear boats for shoes) and Banana created a "Necklight" for her Superhero.

We loved this product because it really makes you think in a new way.  It wasn't easy at all, which would be the only part we didn't like about it - haha.  The creations and inventions can become SOO much more detailed and involved than the simple ones that we did.  This kit is part of Timberdoodles Fifth Grade Curriculum Kit - which we just happen to be using this coming year! 

I am giving away one Extraordinaires Design Studio to one lucky blog reader - to enter to win just leave a comment below telling me why you would love to have one!  Winner will be chosen at random. Be sure and leave your email address so I can contact the winner for your mailing address.  Good luck! 

I was sent this product to review as a member of Timberdoodle's blog team.  All opinions are strictly my own. 

You can see more Timberdoodle Product Reviews by clicking the links below! 

History Over Time USA Puzzle
Marie's Word Cards
Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit
Simbrix Expert Kit
Paint by Number Museum Series
Ravensburger 3D Puzzleball Globe
Aquarelle Monet Watercolor Paint Set

Edited to add that the winner of the Extraordinaires Design Studio goes to Alicia! I have sent you an email!


Unknown said...

Wow, I love your review! I love how your pooch is right there with y'all! I was just taking pictures of my daughter and our little furbaby togther as my daughters gettin her school done! So fun! Anyways I would
Love to win, my daughter is super creative and would enjoy this very much!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love all Timberdoodle has to offer our children! I also love your review and would love to win the design studio for my super creative son! My son spends hours each day drawing pictures for myself, other family members, and friends ...this would help take his creativity to the next level!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the review. My kids love to draw but often need inspiration. I think they would love this! :)

Day2 said...

Thanks for the review! I think this might be just the ticket for my child who loves to draw but needs a challenge.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this because my oldest loves drawing and I think this would spark some interest for him.

Holly said...

I have four daughters trapped inside by the South Texas heat. I would love to sit down with them and create in this way!

Lisa said...

I've seen this on timberdoodle and wondered what it was about. Thanks for showing me the details. I have a son who needs to practice thinking creatively. I think this would be a fun addition to homeschool days that seem to drag on.

Unknown said...

I need something to make art fun!

Unknown said...

I need something to make art fun!

Sabrina said...

This looks like great fun! I know some kiddos who would love it.

Lydia Howerton said...

This looks awesome! My kids would love it!

Lydia Howerton said...

This looks awesome! My kids would love it! Lydia.howerton@yahoo.com

Krystle Petterson said...

This looks like so much fun! I think this would encourage my boys to be more creative! I absolutely adore Timberdoodle! :-)

Beverly Hernandez said...

I would love to have this for my grandkids that come over every week. They love paper projects and this would be very helpful to have.

Anonymous said...

I am soooo excited to have won!!! Thank you so much has for your wonderful review and for the giveaway! I can't wait to see the excitement on my son's face!

Thank you!!