Kid Gadgets

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SNL's Amy Poehler and her Smart Girls organization have teamed up with Lenovo to use gaming as a vehicle to help teach kids (boys and girls) to learn to program for free. Lenovo's Game State site allows kids to learn code development at their own pace while having fun at the same time. To advance… Read More

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While adults (in body but not mind) are busy congregating on Facebook sharing questionable political memes, kids can visit a safe online community that has been created just for them. LEGO Life is a free app for Android and iOS devices where kids up to 13 years old can share pictures of their LEGO creations, comment… Read More

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Kid Gadgets, News
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One of my children suffered from a febrile seizure many years ago (seizures that are brought on by a spike in body temperature over a short period of time). Apparently, these are fairly common, and to decrease the likelihood of a recurrence, the parent needs to monitor the sick child's temperature fairly closely and administer… Read More

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The Geosafari Adventure Pens from Educational Insights promote curiosity, exploration, a love of science, discovery and an early appreciation for unusual pens. There are three different pocket-sized pens that have been designed to let your little scientist go out into the world to collect and study specimens from Land, Light, and Water. The Land Adventure… Read More

Posted in: Computer Gear, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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I've been interested in 3D printers for a long time but the price and complexity of creating models kept me from buying one. In the last couple of years, the price of 3D printers has come down to a level that ordinary people can afford, but I'm not sure the complexity issue has been changed much… Read More

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One of the best parts of being a father is being able to play with toys with my children. Despite my age, I'm still a child at heart; I have roughly the same maturity level and attention span as my children. I often find myself having just as much fun with my children's toys as they… Read More

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One of my best memories of Christmas when I was a kid, was getting a brand new box of Crayola Crayons. Opening the box and seeing all the perfect new crayons made me smile. But that smile didn't last very long once I started using them. It didn't take long for tips to break and… Read More

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Modarri offers toy race car kits that inspire creativity and building skills for kids and even adults (I don't judge). Instead of giving kids toys that they will tire of in a few days and end up in a landfill, you can give them a toy that they can change up anytime they like while… Read More

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It's the middle of October, and my thoughts have turned to all the gifts I have to get before Christmas this year.  While searching for ideas, I saw that LEGO is releasing a 550-piece Beatles' Yellow Submarine set complete with the submarine and all four Beatles plus another figure on November 1 for $60.  (source… Read More

Galaxy ZEGA tank game review

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I've always loved remote controlled toys, and my son (age 10) has always had a fascination with tanks.  Recently he made a Lego tank of his own design, complete with the treads.  When I saw the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank game, I knew I had to give it a try. I had never heard of… Read More

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If your kids like playing with Matchbox and other brands of small toy race cars, you've probably have the bruises on the bottom of your feet from accidentally stepping on one or more that were left on the floor after play time. Pair that pain with the mess of race tracks all over the floor… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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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… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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)… Read More