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This game not only improves your child’s memory, it helps him remember family members

on Monday, August 25th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

I’ve heard of people who make little photo books for their young children that contain pictures of their family members who live far away.  The child may not see Grammy very often, but she’ll be familiar with Grammy’s face from looking at the photo album and talking with her parents about the pictures as theyRead More…

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This new LEGO set puts girls in their places – working as scientists in the Research Institute

on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

LEGO worked with  Ellen Kooijman, a geoscientist, to create this new play kit that shows female minifigs as scientists working in the Research Institute.  Then LEGO Ideas members selected this kit that contains everything these three scientists need to “explore the world below, around and above us.”  The chemist figure has a lab with glassware andRead More…

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Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…

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The new Gabby doll from Chatsters™ will be your daughter’s new best friend

on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. Years ago when my nephew was a toddler, Teddy Ruxpin was the ultimate in animated toys.  Old Teddy groaned and ground his way through a few eye movements as his lower jaw moved a bit while a cassette played.  There was no interaction with Teddy;Read More…

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VTech announces Kidizoom Smartwatch for kids

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Kidizoom is a kid-durable smartwatch that has been designed to withstand drops and bumps as well as being splash proof and sweat proof. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 weeks. In addition to normal watch functions (alarm, timer and stopwatch), the Kidizoom also features 50+ clock displays, a 1.4 inchRead More…

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Now your child can wash her hands without climbing or needing a stool

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As any parent knows, there’s a bit of danger associated with very young children trying to wash their hands on their own.  When my daughter was very young, we had to keep a footstool in the bathroom so she could reach to wash her hands – so there’s a falling danger.  There’s also a scaldingRead More…

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Your child can learn about the world with the Little Passports sets

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

With these educational sets, your child can go on a virtual trip with Sam and Sofia as they explore the USA or the world.  Each month, she’ll receive a package with a letter from Sam and Sofia, maps, stickers, souvenirs, activities, and access to online activities.  The World Edition includes a suitcase and a passportRead More…

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A build-your-own-computer kit for kids ages 8 – 81

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Kano computer kit was successfully funded on Kickstarter in December 2013 – and when I say “successfully”, I mean it got more than 15X its $100,000 funding goal.  Kano will be shipping in July, and the company is now taking pre-orders for those of us who didn’t get in on the Kickstarter campaign.  TheRead More…

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Control your child’s access to games and apps on their device from your device

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

If your child has his or her own Android phone or tablet, you might want to set some limits on exactly when they can access the apps on the device.  Using the DinnerTime parental controls app, you can set times during which the child cannot use any app on the tablet.  There’s a Dinner TimeRead More…

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Junior doesn’t get a completely free ride anymore!

on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

When you have a tiny child, you can choose from a variety of ways to “wear” your child for easy carrying while keeping your hands free.  Some choose to carry their very young child in a sling, others choose a product like a Baby Bjorn.  Once your child gets big enough to walk, you loseRead More…

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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 review

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I love building things with LEGO, from as far back as I can remember to this day, with the Gadgeteer Kid.  I would argue that LEGO are one of the greatest toys ever invented, enabling kids and adults alike to transform their imagination into reality. Back in my day, all we had were the classic bricks,Read More…

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Better living through electricity – junior edition

on Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Anyone who has tried to soothe a crying baby who just can’t be soothed will wish they had had a Mamaroo Bouncer when they needed it.  The Mamaroo Bouncer rocks and bounces it self; you can use it to simulate motions of a car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, or ocean.  You can also have itRead More…

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LeapBand is a fitness and activity tracker for kids

on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

There are a lot of fitness trackers on the market to encourage adults to work on their fitness, but there hasn’t been such a product for children before now.  LeapFrog’s new LeapBand is a fitness tracker for children ages 4-7 that encourages active play and healthy habits with a customizable pet pal.  Audio instructions help non-readers followRead More…

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book – New from No Starch Press

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk is a complete beginner’s guide to building and programming robots using the newest EV3 kit from LEGO. This is the follow up to his bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. Laurens is a MINDSTORMS Community Partner and has years of experience building and testing MINDSTORMS robots. LEGORead More…

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Rack up some XPs by brushing

on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

What better way to encourage brushing in kids (and some adults) than by gamifying the twice a day chore?  A team of inventors is seeking crowd funding to make the Grush (Gaming-toothbRUSH) into a reality.  The toothbrush itself doubles as a motion sensing controller which pairs with a smartphone running one of the brushing games.  Games are gearedRead More…

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as IRead More…

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Shake up your kitchen and make your own butter

By: Greg Carter
on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you’ve ever thought that it might be cool to make your own butter, but stopped short of buying an old wooden butter churn, there’s a new and fairly inexpensive gadget just for you called the Buttercup™ Butter Maker from Chef’n. This clever device is a fun and educational way for kids to learn whereRead More…

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As seen on TV: Wow Cup spill free drinking cup review

on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I don’t have any little ones running around at my house, but I’ve seen enough kids to know that when cups and beverages are near them, a mess is bound to happen. When the sippy cup was invented, I bet parents all over the world cheered. Sippy cups definitely can help prevent messes, but theyRead More…

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REAL piano sound for your mini Mozart

on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Do you remember that toy piano you used to play when you were five years old?  It might have looked like the real thing (except for the color), but the sound completely missed the mark. Korg has updated this toy favorite with REAL piano sound in its new product, the tinyPIANO. This 25-note (2 octave) miniature uprightRead More…

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Captain America will protect your child through the night

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a kid who’s a big fan of Marvel’s Captain America, this nightlight is the perfect accessory for his or her room.  The nightlight has an LED bulb and is powered by three AA alkaline batteries.  It’s shaped like Captain American’s shield, and it comes with a wall decal that makes it lookRead More…

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This stormtrooper can carry your burdens

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Kid Gadgets, News

If you know a kid who’s a Star Wars fan, you might want to consider this Storm Trooper Backpack (their spelling) for the next gift-giving occasion.  This is 26″ tall, has adjustable shoulder straps, and it unzips on the back. Based on the photo, I don’t think it has a lot of capacity, so itRead More…

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Turbo Flyer – A back to basics model airplane kit

on Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you enjoyed playing with paper airplanes as a kid or now as an adult, the Turbo Flyer kits from Tait Design Company will put a smile on your face. These easy to assemble balsa wood model kits have been designed to fly up to 50 feet without electronics, batteries or anything more than aRead More…

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Get ready now for the Fourth of July

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

It’s too late to use these to ring in the New Year, but the Fourth of July will be here before you know it.  If you live somewhere fireworks are illegal, or if you just prefer not using them, you could use the LED Fireworks Grand Finale to have a safe light show.  These indoorRead More…

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Who would have thought… the Netflix of LEGOs

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Pley is a LEGO version of Netflix. At Pley you create a queue of desired LEGO sets that you want to build. They then send you one at a time, so you can enjoy building each set without the cost of purchasing them. Once you are done, you ship the set back, and they sendRead More…

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A kit for the next Indiana Jones

on Friday, December 27th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a budding explorer in your family, he or she will need some equipment.  The Moulin Roty Explorer’s Kit contains everything a budding scientist and explorer needs during their field trips.  The sturdy cardboard case looks like it’s well-traveled, as evidenced by the stickers.  Inside are “functional cardboard pocket binoculars, a compass, stringRead More…