Kids’ gadgets

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… Read More

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… Read More

CTA Digital has Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants inflatable cars designed for children.  (Although it's for kids, it's sturdy enough to support up to 230 pounds.)  The iPad fits into a cradle in the steering wheel, so your child can enjoy hours of pretend racing while playing iPad motion-controlled apps and games.   The car… Read More

Not so long ago, any time a child had with a screened device was seen as frivolous playtime.  That's not true now, because kids spend more time reading and doing school work with tablets and computers than parents would have thought possible just a few years ago.  In my household, most of our books were… Read More

The Gadgeteer has featured a lot of articles about water bottles to keep adults and kids hydrated, and stainless bottles seem to be favored by many because they don't leak harmful chemicals like some plastic bottles can.  But what about infants?  Baby bottles are usually plastic these days.  What do those bottles add to the… Read More

Don't want to get a dog, cat, or gerbil for your kids? How about a fascinating different kind of "pet" - one that glows in the dark? Dino Pet is simply a container of photosynthetic bioluminescing dinoflagellates. These dinoflagellates are single celled algae that produce their own food via photosynthesis just like plants and will… Read More

This isn't some tablet-like toy that will disappoint your kids.  The Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is the latest-generation Fire HD tablet, wrapped in a kid-proof case.  Amazon is so sure of the protective abilities of this case that they'll replace the tablet for free if the kid manages to break it.  The Fire HD… Read More

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

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 inch… Read More

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 passport… Read More

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 follow… Read More

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

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

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

Summer's here, and it's already hot here in the south.  A good way to stay cool is to play in the water, but what can you do if you don't have a pool?  You can have a water war, of course, and you don't have to limit yourself to water balloon grenades, either.  With the… Read More