Kid Gadgets

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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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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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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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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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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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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bloxels

It's no big mystery why kids (and adults) enjoy playing video games. Duh, it's because they are fun! What if kids (and adults) could easily create their own games and learn something in the process? Bloxels can make that happen. Bloxels is a kid-friendly video game creation platform where kids (and even adults) use a [...]

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Posted in: Gaming Gear, Kid Gadgets
sphero_ollie-iownyou

The Darkside Ollie is one of the latest products from Orbitox, the creator of the Sphero 2.0 robot that my dad and I reviewed this past year. As opposed to their ball-shaped devices, the Ollie is cylindrical and moves via the two wheels/treads on its sides much like a Segway. It was recently released along side BB-8, [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
i-loom

Friendship bracelets weren't a thing when I was a kid, but if they had been, I would have been all over it because I loved making things. Actually I still do. The i-loom is basically a loom that helps kids and adults weave their own bracelets out of colored string by keeping everything organized and [...]

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modrobotics cubelets-14

  There's a never-ending stream of "smart" or robot-themed building toys out there, but there's just something different about the Modular Robotics Cubelets.  I think it's because out of the box, they just plain work the way you'd expect with minimal effort. What are Cubelets?  Well, I'd try to explain, but I think this Modular [...]

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griddly-milk-1

Not only do I have an unhealthy obsession with gadgets, but I'm also a huge fan of science. I regularly find my mind being blown by some new scientific achievement or advancement. My hope is that my children will experience a similar sense of awe when reading or learning about the various sciences. I was [...]

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wonder-dd-1

Like most parents, my wife and I prefer to have our kids playing as opposed to zoning out in front of the TV. We do our best to try to incorporate learning into playtime, but it's not always easy. Fortunately, educational toy makers like Wonder Workshop do their best to make playtime fun and educational. [...]

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Posted in: iOS, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
wct-oven-1

When I was a kid, every Thanksgiving and Christmas my Father would bake these peanut butter cookies that were delicious; every year I looked forward to helping him bake these cookies. Now that I'm a father, I try to find similar activities to enjoy with my children. Sadly, I'm nowhere near the baker my father [...]

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ultraglow

I'm not a mom, but I can imagine how chaotic a house might become with a few kids running around. In an effort to make things even worse for mom, but more fun for kids, I present the UltraGlow Air Power Soccer Disk. This battery powered disk will let kids and even their parents play [...]

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boogieboard-playntrace-1

I've always liked to draw and doodle, but when I was a kid, I did it all the time. I used to trace comic book characters to help me figure out how to draw them on my own. I would have loved a Boogie Board Play n' Trace back eWriter back then. You may already be [...]

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StikBot review

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StikBot is the world’s first social media sharing toy. What exactly does that mean? StikBots are posable figures that kids and adults can use to create stop motion videos that are then shared to sites like YouTube and Instagram. It's a fun idea to get kids interested in film making, but are StikBots the way to [...]

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cat-jenga

Cat Jenga. That's right - this game really exists. If you find yourself bored and feel the need to find all the different ways you can stack cats ('cause, heck, you haven't stacked any cats lately), well then this is the game for you. I'm not so sure you can remove any of the cats [...]

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If you're concerned about the environment and making sure your kids are eating nutritious foods that they like while at school or day care, you really need to check this out.  This bento-style lunch box will encourage your kids to eat healthy, the food stays separate and it's leakproof!  No more using baggies that add [...]

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Happy Force Friday!

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Many of you Star Wars fans have already enjoyed your trips to the store to pick up your new Star Wars memorabilia. Others of you may not know much about Force Friday. What is it? Force Friday is the day that retailers like the Disney Store, WalMart, Target, Amazon and Toys-R-Us have started selling new [...]

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laserpegs-9

Kids and many adults like myself enjoy playing with the iconic multi-colored LEGO bricks and mini figures. But if you're looking for a new construction toy that is both educational, and can also be used with LEGO bricks, Laser Pegs light up construction toy sets are an interesting choice. I was sent the 4-in-1 Helicopter [...]

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lego-wall-e

It's WALL•E! I just love this little guy. He goes about his business working industriously, diligently, and faithfully alone but with such a purity of heart and a cheerful attitude - and he's cute to boot! The design for this LEGO WALL•E was formulated by Angus McClane, a LEGO Ideas member and a director/animator at [...]

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evenflo-carseat

Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to announce a new baby car seat that has built-in technology to alert the driver when the child's harness clip becomes unbuckled and when the child is still in the seat after arriving at their destination. Last summer it seemed like each week that passed we were hearing about [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
lightup1

It takes almost no effort to get kids interested in technology because they are naturally drawn to gadgets and gizmos like smartphones and iPads. While playing games on these devices is a lot of fun for children, they don't learn much from the time spent gaming. What if kids could play and learn important skills [...]

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