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Can I say that one of my favorite parts of homeschooling is the fun stuff?

You know, the colorful books, noisy games, and wacky, one-of-a-kind manipulatives that make other moms go, Where did you get that neat thingy?

I love to watch my children learning without even knowing they are doing it.  Yes, there’s much to be said about discipline and memorization, just for the sheer sake of it.  (I love memorization, by the way.)

But sometimes it’s okay, even healthy, to let little minds just absorb knowledge about the world around them through honest-to-goodness, real life doing and being and, yes, playing.

I’m new at this homeschool mommy thing, but I’m already a huge fan of manipulatives.  Hands-on learning.  For the fun of it.

Even my favorite homeschool curricula needs sprinkled with a little creative fun from time to time.

One of our new favorite “fun things” is the PurplLinker, which I received as a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

So here ’tis, my frank and unbiased opinion:  The PurplLinker is awesome!

The PurplLinker.  Yes, the name is a bit lame.  No, I didn’t misspell it (it really is missing an “e”).

Lame name aside, this little gadget ought to be in every mama’s handbag!  The riveted “linkers” unfold into whatever your child is creative enough to imagine!  The general idea is to help your preschooler (or older child) learn to form shapes, numbers and letters.

Our Purpllinker is generally used as a sword.  In the middle of church.  (Yes, our three-year old is still learning to keep his PurplLinker in his lap while Daddy preaches.)  🙂

I love the fact that this grape-colored attention-keeper folds down into a tube-of-tooth-paste-size toy that easily fits into my (over stuffed) purse.

We take the Purpllinker along to Church, on road trips, and any other time I want to keep my boys busy but quiet.  All four of our children, ages 7 years down to fourteen months, love this thing.  I’m seriously considering purchasing a few more Purpllinkers for stocking stuffers this Christmas!

You can order your own Purpllinker from Timberdoodle, or get it as part of their core curriculum kit for preschoolers.

If you’re new to Timberdoodle, grab yourself a free catalog and get acquainted with this homeschooling resource!  The Purpllinker is just one of Timberd0odle’s many tools for home education.

So far, it’s still one of my favorites.

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