Kid Gadgets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More