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The new Gabby doll from Chatsters™ will be your daughter’s new best friend

on Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

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…

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VTech announces Kidizoom Smartwatch for kids

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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 inchRead More…

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Your child can learn about the world with the Little Passports sets

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

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 passportRead More…

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LeapBand is a fitness and activity tracker for kids

on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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 followRead 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 indoorRead 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.  NowRead 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 awayRead 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 inRead More…

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Prepare for the wars of summer

on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

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 theRead More…

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Griffin and Crayola earbuds and headphones are made just for kids

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Kids love gadgets that often require headphones or earbuds, but there’s the possibility of hearing damage from the high volumes that are possible with these gadgets.  Some devices have software features that allow you to limit the volume levels, but not all do.  These kid-sized Crayola-branded earbuds and headphones from Griffin protect your child’s hearingRead More…

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V-Tech InnoTab Tablet for children review

on Sunday, December 9th, 2012

As any self-respecting gadgeteer parent, I put a lot of thought towards the appropriate gadgets for my son. As Christmas approached last year I had decided to get him a tablet, and had my list down to the V-Tech and LeapPad Tablets when V-Tech offered one for a review. Unfortunately (for me) last Christmas was a hot seasonRead More…

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FunTab Pro 7″ kid-friendly Android tablet

on Friday, November 30th, 2012

QVC is offering the FunTab Pro 7″ Android tablet (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS) for $149.96 as their special value for today (Nov. 30, 2012).  The tablet has a 7″ 800 X 480-resolution display with a capacitive multi-touch screen, 1GB processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable via microSD card), built-in WiFi, and 0.3-megapixel front camera and 2.0-megapixelRead More…

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Toys R Us Introduces the tabeo, a Tablet for Kids

on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The new tabeo tablet from Toys R Us fills the niche for kids who want a tablet computer just like Mom’s or Dad’s, but who aren’t old enough for the responsibility of caring for expensive, delicate devices.  The tabeo runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on its ARM Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz processor with 1GBRead More…

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Reading Rainbow Returns

on Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Do you remember the Reading Rainbow show on PBS?  It has returned to help kids ages 3-9 discover the joy of reading – this time as an iPad app.  The Reading Rainbow app itself is free, and you’ll be able to choose one book and view some introductory videos for free.  The app requires aRead More…

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Oregon Scientific MEEP! Tablet – Meep Meep!

on Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Released at the American International Toy Fair, Oregon Scientific displayed the MEEP! Android Tablet.  Aimed at children aged 6 years and over, the tablet will be available with a number of optional accessories, such as musical instruments, to amuse and educate the children. Ruggedised to take the knocks of everyday play, the tablet has aRead More…

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Kidz Gear Volume Limit Headphones for Apple Devices

on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

We’ve told you before about Kidz Gear volume-limiting headphones designed for kids, and now we have the Kidz Gear Volume Limit Headphones for Apple Products to tell you about.  These headphones are designed to fit children’s smaller heads, and they have the KidZControl Volume Limiting Technology that keeps sound pressure levels between 80dB – 90dBRead More…

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To Boldly Go Where No Strained Peas Have Gone Before

on Monday, October 31st, 2011
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

If you or a friend have a baby, you need to start the young geekling off correctly with this Star Trek Enterprise Light-Up Feeding System from ThinkGeek.  The set includes a bib with motion-activated LEDs and a feeding spoon.  The Enterprise has an on/off switch and comes with three pop-off spoon attachments.  The bib andRead More…

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NERF-Branded Tech Gear from Sakar Set to Blast Off for the Holidays

on Monday, October 10th, 2011

NERF has certainly changed from the spongy footballs from when I was a kid!  Sakar International, under license from Hasbro, has just announced NERF-branded gear for kids, including night vision goggles, helmet cams, and other audio, visual, and technology merchandise.  This gear has been specifically designed and molded to look like the NERF material ofRead More…

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Protect Your Child’s Hearing with Ultimate Ears’ LoudEnough Earbuds

on Friday, January 15th, 2010

It seems like most everyone, even young children, have portable mp3 players of some sort.  The big concern with the in-ear buds that come with most of these players is hearing damage.  Ultimate Ears is making a line of earbuds for children that can help prevent hearing damage.  The LoudEnough earbuds uses an “energy dissipatingRead More…