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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 I Read 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 where Read 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 they Read More…

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REAL piano sound for your mini Mozart

By: Kathleen Chapman
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 upright Read 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 look Read More…

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This stormtrooper can carry your burdens

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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 it Read 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 a Read 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 indoor Read 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 send Read 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, string Read More…

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Woodmobiel – Life-sized wooden building set for kids

on Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Woodmobiel kits are wooden building sets for kids that they can use to build life-sized toys. Instead of snapping little plastic bricks together to make tiny cars and motorcycles, kids can construct large toys that they can actually ride. The sets include pre-drilled pine beams, wheels and plastic boards. Steel cap nuts, bolts and combination Read More…

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The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 – New from No Starch Press

on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

What do you get when you combine an author who is a former LEGO Group product designer and a trusty robot companion named Brickbot? You get The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2 by Megan H. Rothrock. This is a 196 page hard cover book that features 100 example LEGO models from the world’s most creative Read More…

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Timbuk2′s newest bag is for the young crowd – very young

on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Timbuk2 says their newest bag is in response to customer requests for a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a typical diaper bag.  The Stork Diaper Messenger Bag is one of their medium-sized messengers that has been outfitted for baby gear.  It has a waterproof, wipeable liner and is equipped with hot and cold internal Read More…

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Explore the Milky Way with Darth Vader

on Monday, October 28th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Did you realize yet that it’s less than two months until Christmas?  If you have a budding astronomer or a devoted Star Wars enthusiast on your gift list, you need to check out the SEGATOYS HomeStar STAR WARS Darth Vader Planetarium from Brando.  This planetarium projects about 10,000 stars on an approximately 106 inch field at Read More…

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Kinetic Sand allows you to build sandcastles without the mess

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Do you have fond memories of playing in the sand? I walked into a gadget store yesterday and saw a display for Kinetic Sand, which is made by WABA Fun. It reminded me of playing in a sandbox with Play-Doh. Kinetic Sand only sticks to itself so you can mold it and play with it Read More…

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Ostrich pillows now for the whole family!

on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

What started off as a “concept piece” apparently found a niche somewhere, as the oddly shaped and worn Ostrich pillow has now produced an offspring: Ostrich Pillow Junior.  This pillow is exactly the same as its big daddy, just sized smaller and in two “kid friendly” interior lining colors – red with white polka dots and Read More…

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Disney introduces a second-screen app to complement the return of The Little Mermaid to theaters

on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Firmly in the “what in heck were they thinking camp”, Disney has released a second-screen app that complements The Little Mermaid.  You may be wondering what’s so bad about that, after all, lots of TV shows have second-screen apps to increase your involvement with their shows.  Well, this Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid app Read More…

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A $40 digital camera from AC Gears

on Monday, September 9th, 2013

My daughter always wanted a digital camera, but they were always too expensive to just hand over to a young child – and still are.  Of course, there were toy cameras, but they weren’t enough for the older child who wanted to actually have a picture to keep – and they were expensive, too.  Now Read More…

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Jawbones – not a Bluetooth headset, but a cool construction toy

on Friday, August 30th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Are your kids (or maybe yourself) bored with LEGO? Tired of TinkerToys? Do they even make TinkerToys anymore? Here’s an alternative construction toy system that I just discovered. They are called Jawbones and they feature pieces that swivel, ratchet and snap together in all sorts of creative ways. They are billing it as The Buildable Read More…

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The FiLIP is a smartwatch and GPS locator designed just for kids

on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

My daughter has had a cellphone since the third grade.  She didn’t get to keep it with her at all times; it was just for her to take along on overnight school trips, and it was a way to be sure she could reach us whenever she wanted when one of us couldn’t go along. Read More…

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Read a bedtime story to your child, even when you can’t be there

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

When you have a child, you know how important it is to read to her.  Reading time fosters a love of reading and encourages his imagination, and the time together is important for maintaining a close bond with the child.  Sometimes you just can’t be there for story time – you’re at work or away Read More…

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SkyTrix combines your favorite flying toys into one

on Sunday, July 14th, 2013

SkyTrix from Daydream Toy is an all in one flying toy that combines some aspects of a paper airplane, kite, frisbee, boomerang and yo-yo into one battery-free waterproof toy. It can glide like an airplane (up to 200 feet), soar like a kite, performs tricks like a yo-yo and plays catch like a frisbee. You don’t Read More…

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This workstation corrals your LEGOs and encourages play

on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you have a lot of LEGO bricks, you know it can be a pain to keep them organized.  This LEGO Workstation from The Container Store makes it a snap to keep everything organzied and ready for play.  It stands 12.2″ x 14.6″ x 24.5″ high, and it has six cases to organize your blocks by Read More…

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The Best Gadget Gifts for Kids

on Monday, July 8th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets

I saw a headline recently that opined that if kids were going to be using gadgets, then they should be educational.  Perhaps my ideas are different from most, but I think using gadgets – under supervision and for reasonable periods of time – is educational.  Even playing with an empty oatmeal box is educational in Read More…

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Celebrate 20 years of Bill Nye the Science Guy!

on Friday, June 21st, 2013

It was 20 years ago when Bill Nye introduced his PBS TV show that taught kids about science.  His show may be off the air now, but your kids can still learn from him with the newly introduced app for iPhone and iPad.  The Bill Nye the Science Guy app is free in the iTunes Read More…