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The Balancing Tree will help your child develop fine motor skills

on Monday, September 1st, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

I thought of Jenga when I saw the Balancing Tree toy, but the Balancing Tree looks much less difficult and frustrating for children.  PlanToys developed the Balancing Tree using its principals of sustainability.  They are  a”leading company that has created a new material and process as part of our zero waste goals. Continuing our commitmentRead More…


Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…


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 appRead More…


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 BuildableRead More…


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 iTunesRead More…


Your child is an animator with the SquiggleFish app for iPad

on Monday, May 6th, 2013

The SquiggleFish iPad app combines drawing on paper and iPad apps to entertain your child.  Your child draws and colors a fish on a piece of plain paper, then uses the iPad’s camera to scan it in to the SquiggleFish app.  The app then animates the fish, making it seem to come to life.  It’sRead More…


iBuku Pets put that old iPhone to good use

on Friday, December 14th, 2012
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

If you have small children and an old iPhone gathering dust in a drawer, you can put it to good use by pledging to the iBuku Pets Kickstarter project. An iBuku is: What can best be described as a modern day,“Teddy Ruxpin”, iBuku Pets are a great way to put your old outdated iPhone’s andRead More…


Star Wars gift idea – Let the Force keep your kids warm!

on Friday, December 7th, 2012
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Sears has licensed Star Wars plush slippers for the kids on your holiday gift list.  They are available in Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett designs in youth and toddler sizes.  The slippers are $12.99 a pair.


Ubooly – Teddy Ruxpin reincarnated into a smaller less creepy form factor

on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Teddy Ruxpin (animatronic toy from the 80’s) always creeped me out with his freaky moving eyes and mouth. I never had one but I wonder how many kids were traumatized by that battery operated story telling bear? Fast forward 27 years and we now have Ubooly (say it like oo-boo-lee), an orange marsupial that canRead More…


GeoPalz – Pedometers for Kids

on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

To promote physical fitness and as another tool to help fight childhood obesity, GeoPalz is pairing their kid styled pedometers with an online rewards based gaming website. Through the online arcade, users (5-10yrs old) can report their steps walked, which are logged through their pedometers and exchange steps for time with games such as Avalanche, Snow-Drift,Read More…


A Safe Swiss Army Knife Just for Kids

on Monday, April 30th, 2012
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

I’ve carried Swiss Army knives for years – I have two in my purse right now.  My daughter has been fascinated by those little knives, especially the one with the translucent green covers on my keychain.  She’s been asking for her own knife since she could talk, but she had to wait until her middleRead More…


Kids Can Create Books with Scribble Press, and They’ll Soon Be Able to Order Printed Copies

on Friday, January 13th, 2012

With the Scribble Press app and an iPad, kids can now create and share their own books.  Using the app’s 50 story templates, over 500 drawing tools (markers, stamps, multitude of colors), book layout tool, stickers collection, and their own photos, kids write and illustrate stories.  Books are private unless you elect to share themRead More…

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Firefly Toothbrush Review

on Friday, January 6th, 2012

How do you add a little flash to brushing your teeth?  Why, with a Firefly Toothbrush, that’s how! Getting kids to brush for the dentist-recommended two minutes has always been a challenge.  The Firefly Toothbrush lights up and blinks for one minute, making teeth brushing fun so kids will do it longer.


Griffin Headphones Help You Protect Your Child’s Hearing

on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I saw a news report recently that said kids as young as 6 were requesting electronic devices for Christmas.  When they’re still tiny, you can distract your kid with the pretend device that let’s them hear the kitty say “meow”, but eventually, they’re going to want a real device.  Some MP3 players have built-in volume-limitingRead More…


Wooden Pocket Knife Kit Teaches Knife Mechanics to Kids

on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Back in December of last year, I showed you a wooden knife kit by Garrett Wade that helps show kids how pocket knives work. I have an alternative kit that is less expensive, requires no tools for assembly and has nicer looking chunky parts. It’s Nathan’s Knife Kit from Klecker Knives. Klecker’s website even hasRead More…


Protect your iPhone and iPad from crazy button pressing infants

on Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I don’t have kids, but apparently toddlers absolutely love to play with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. And the one thing that they love to do is press the Home button. Unfortunately, doing so will pop them right out of the application and back to the icon view. In order to avoid frustrated babies,Read More…


Sony Introduces New Universal Children’s Remote Control

on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Sony has just announced a remote control for kids. The RM-KZ1 is splash proof and features locked down battery and programming compartments. It allows parents to control channel availability by programming up to seven “favorites” buttons. It also has a “volume limiting” feature that does not allow volume to be changed +/- 3 steps withinRead More…


Keep your kids iSafe with an alarm enabled backpack

on Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Designed for kids ages 8 and up, the iSafe backpack has a built in security system, which is powered by batteries and can be activated by the wearer pulling on a cord. Once the cord is pulled, the bag sounds off as loud as a car alarm and can run up to 2 continuous hoursRead More…


Toshiba Satellite L635 – A Kid-worthy Laptop

on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Toshiba and Best Buy have teamed up to create a full sized laptop just for kids ages 5-10. Besides featuring an Intel Celeron processor, 13.3-inch diagonal HD display, built-in DVD drive and Webcam, the L635 has a cleanable keyboard and a no-gloss Dura-cross textured finish that helps resist fingerprints. It also comes loaded with specialRead More…


LOOPZ – Mattel’s New Game / Musical Instrument

on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

LOOPZ from Mattel looks like a cross between a Simon game for the 21st century and a fun new musical instrument similar to one that I saw at the International Toy Fair this past February. First of all it’s a memory game that challenges you to repeat patterns of light and music by waving yourRead More…


Kidz Gear (Wireless) Headphones for Kids Review

By: Ryan Preston
on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Manufacturer installed vehicle DVD systems are a terrific option to entertain the little ones, especially on those long road trips that often occur in the warm weather months of spring and summer.  A common accessory of these systems are wireless headphones.  No wires to get tangled and irritate the kids. I have reviewed the KidzRead More…

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Barbie Goes Geek Follow Up

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Monday, May 10th, 2010

If you remember, a few months back, I broke the  “big tech” story on The Gadgeteer with Mattel’s new offering of Software Engineer Barbie.  She had all the nerdly accouterments and stylish outfit to boot.  Mattel’s intention (?!) was to “empower” young girls and motivate them towards exciting careers in computer technology.  However, I willRead More…


Kidz Gear (Wired) Headphones for Kids Review

By: Ryan Preston
on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Spring and Summer will be here before we know it (yes, my fingers are crossed in hope of sooner rather than later) and with warmer weather comes an increase in travel.  Whether it is a 12-hour drive south for spring break or a 30 minute drive to a local water park or beach, when the kids areRead More…

My Child ID – Child information storage device

on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The My Child ID is a small USB flash memory keychain device that securely stores, organizes and manages your child’s vital information, medical information (medications, allergies, physicians, etc.) and emergency contact information. It also stores images that can be shown in a slide show on its 1.4in LCD. It is a proactive tool for parents,Read More…


Barbie Doll’d Up Nails Digital Nail Printer

on Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

When I was a little kid, the most technological thing I ever got for Christmas was a Blip game. These days almost every toy is techie in some way. Mattel has even taken the completely non-techie activity of nail painting and turned it into a geek toy for girls. The Barbie Doll’d Up Nails DigitalRead More…