Kid Gadgets

piper02

My son Joey is now 10, and like many his age, loves Minecraft.  I've seen other attempts at creating educational products with Minecraft, but nothing quite like the Piper Computer kit.  A "build it yourself" computer that plays Minecraft?  I decided to take a hands-off approach and let my son build it all by himself. [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
kenu-groovies-2

As I have written here at the Gadgeteer before, Kenu designs products that are simple in design, easy-to-use, and products that just work.  You won’t see many buttons, switches, or blinking lights on their products.  If you’ll allow me to make a comparison, I think comparing Kenu products to Apple products may give you an [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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Sphero has recently released a new member to their robotic ball series, the SPRK+. The Gadgeteer Kid and I know the world of Sphero pretty well, having reviewed the original, second generation Spheros and more recently the DarkSide Ollie. The new clear plastic SPRK+ takes the experience to a new level. The SPRK+ is not only meant to be played with [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News
elephant-bank

The Elli Rolling Coins Bank is a cute way for kids (and adults) to save their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. This bank is shaped like a pachyderm. That's an elephant for those of you who are not up on the 19th-century taxonomic order of mammals (yes, I got that from Wikipedia. Don't judge me). [...]

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lux-blox

Lux Blox are a snap and lock hinge building system that allows kids and adults to use their imagination by creating models that can curve, bend, flex, twist, turn and move while remaining strong and stable. The shape of the blox are built around nature. We call Lux "the principled block" because we intentionally designed [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News
globber

Kids grow up fast, but their toys don't. That means parents pay for updated versions of the same toys year after year. This is both expensive and wasteful. Globber has designed a scooter that transforms as your child grows. It's starts out as a 3-wheeled push bike for a 12 month old that mom or [...]

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crayola-imaginables

When I was a kid I loved to draw and doodle. I still have some of the superhero and monster magazines I drew back then. The picture above of the bespeckled kid reminds me of me! I would have loved to have a stuffed toy made from one of my drawings. Forty years ago that [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News
koalasafe

I don't have children, but I can only guess how much "fun" parents have when it's time to tell their kids to turn off their tablets and laptops at the end of the day. I am imagining the tantrums and meltdowns that happen when the internet can't be accessed and that's just what happens to [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Kid Gadgets, News
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When I was a senior in high school I took a physics class and absolutely hated it. I struggled to keep up with the rest of the class and ended up dropping out halfway through the year. A few years later I had to take a physics class in college. I immediately remembered my high [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News
playmobil-books

If you're trying to get your children more interested in books instead of TV and video games, how about checking out these fun titles featuring Playmobil figures. Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Playmobil) by Richard Unglik is a hardbound book with 96 color pages. Richard Unglik, a professional photographer, has recreated the world [...]

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robocopp

Personal safety devices can be bulky and hard to use, but the Sound Grenade from ROBOCOPP has been designed like its namesake, the grenade. It's a small device weighing only one ounce that can be clipped to a bag, keychain, clothing, etc. When you pull the pin it will produce a 120 decibel alarm that's [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
Toymaker

If you thought 3D printing hadn't really made it into the mainstream market yet, think again.  In a press release at the New York Toy Fair 2016  Mattel, in conjunction with Autodesk announced the release of the Thingmaker 3D printer. Using the Thingmaker app, kids (or big kids at heart) will be able to browse ready [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News
KD Group's Kurio Watch is a real, working Bluetooth smartwatch designed specifically for kids ages 6 to 12.  This fashion-forward, high-tech kids' wearable combines smartwatch functions with modern messaging capabilities, fun mini-games, a high-quality camera and video recorder, and more. (PRNewsFoto/KD Group)

Some people spent Valentine's Day weekend in New York City, but they weren't all there for hansom cab rides through the park. Some were attendees at The 2016 American International Toy Fair, at the Javits Center, where KD Group introduced the Kurio Watch. It's a Bluetooth smartwatch made for children between the ages of 6 and 12.  The watch is especially sized to fit small wrists [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News, Watches and Clocks
bokahblocks

When I was a little kid, we didn't have money for LEGO building toys, so we had Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys which were both made of wood. Although I would have loved to have bucket of LEGO bricks back then, I enjoyed the toys I did have. Wooden building toys may seem too old [...]

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dokiwatch-dokiwatch-1

As cellphones become more prevalent and ingrained into our daily lives, many parents find themselves wondering, "At what age do I let my child get a phone?" For those parents who aren't ready to let their children have the full cellphone experience, but still want to be able to contact them when away, a solution [...]

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