Author: Cool Mom Staff

Web Coolness: Autism therapy, digital textbooks, and new old desks

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Can the iPad help children with Autism? Really fascinating article. Digital textbooks are on their way sooner than you think. And better yet, the first one will be free. Ooh, neato things made with recycled apple computers We’re loving the family pumpkin photos shared by the photography community at Shutter Sisters. Can your Android phone control robot toys for the kids? That would be a yes. An entire iPhone subway band we wish we’d run into on our morning commute. Fun! Apartment...

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Power Up, baby

If you play as much Mario Kart in your house as we do in ours (I mean uh, when we’re not listening to NPR) you will probably weep little animated tears of joy at this Power Up onesie I found on etsy. Made by a doting auntie for her future Luigi-loving nephew, the Mario Brothers onesie is so cute I can’t stand it. The mushroom is fashioned from eco-felt which is made out of 100% post-consumer waste bottles. You’ve got your choice of Power-Up green or 1-Up red. Or for an awesome baby gift, grab the Mario Brothers Three-Pack,...

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3 tips for new iPad owners of the parent variety

A couple of weeks ago, I took the plunge and purchased an iPad. I’m far from what I would call a gadget geek, but given my husband’s traveling schedule and my new job as “homeschool educator,” I figured that it would come in handy for our family. And since finally getting it set up last week, I can assure you that it’s already been worth the big jump in my phone bill. As a busy mom of four, I wanted to pass along a few quick tips especially keeping newbie iPad parents in mind. 1. Holy Fingerprints, Batman! It...

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Creating harmony in the home – 6 tips you need, trust us

We have all adored the products from Logitech for a long time. They’re cool, stylish, super functional tech accessories are pretty much everything that’s right about tech, when tech gets it right. Because they’re the makers of the widely lauded Harmony Universal Remote, we thought, hmm.  As moms, we know that harmony and home are two things we don’t hear often enough together. So we put together a few of our own tips for creating harmony in the home when it comes to technology, then asked the gurus at Logitech to offer some of their own products and tips...

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Crayola.com gives you a lot more reasons to want crayons

For the most part, marketers of kids’ products have yet to discover smart ways to get folks to their site for any reason besides product info. (Seriously, when was the last time you logged onto your kid’s favorite breakfast cereal URL, despite the back panels’ hollow promises of “lots o’ fun for kids!”) Crayola.com, however, totally gets it right, with a ton of great activities for kids including the very engaging StoryStudio. Essentially any box of 64 or more crayons comes with a code inside the box, which allows you full access to the Crayola StoryStudio. Once there, upload...

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An iPad app to make math as fun as Bingo

We’ve only had our iPad for a week now, and already my homeschooled daughter and I are reaping the benefits thanks to so many of the cool, educational games we’ve discovered. Some of which, like Math Bingo, can be a fantastic addition to what can be a pretty one dimensional curriculum. Homeschooler or not, I’m finding Math Bingo to be a creative and interactive way to help your kids enjoy doing math drills. Once your kiddo enters her name and chooses an avatar, level, and skill, she’s asked to complete simple (or challenging) math equations. Answers are scattered around a...

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Angry Birds goes high fashion

This morning I saw a little girl in my building wearing an Angry Birds shirt, and had to laugh. How awesome that the hot iPhone game of 2010 (so hot that the New York Times Magazine did a story on it earlier this month) has infiltrated the minds–and chests–of Brooklyn’s preschool set. So I tracked it down. The Angry Birds t-shirt is available for kids or in adult sizes, and should you be an Angry Bird contrarian, you can get a pig shirt too. Go get ’em mamas. They’re gonna be huge. –Liz Find a whole selection of Angry...

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Internet safety tips for parents from a super internet safety expert

As my oldest reaches the age where she can read and potentially search the web on her own, I’m much more vigilant about privacy and safety online than I ever was before. Combine that with the growing use of social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to share information, and there are way too many opportunities for all of our privacy to be compromised. Okay, I’ll say it – it totally freaks me out as a mom. The challenge is knowing where to start on educating our kids about internet safety. So I was so happy to sit down...

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Trade up your iPod at Toys R Us

I tend to take an “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” attitude when it comes to my gadgets. I’m perfectly happy with my plain old iPod, and really I figure if it’s working well for me, then I don’t exactly need the newest, prettiest model. But that doesn’t mean I don’t covet them. I just need a good excuse to get a new one. With the new Toys R Us trade-up program, I think I just found it. Starting this Sunday, October 17 through October 23, you can bring up to three working iPods to one of 550...

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Web Coolness: Wii games for the family, tablets for schools, and a $5000 iPad case for…someone

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. At Cafe Mom, our editor Kristen Chase shares 3 stylish laptop bags that could pass as purses. On Cool Mom Picks, how tech is bringing new life to family game night with a fantastic new Wii game for all ages. 4 California schools replace textbooks with iPads – will it help improve grades? Would you buy a $4900 luxury iPad case? Louis Vuitton and Tod’s think you might. Apple just received a patent on parental texting controls. Mamas of future teens? This...

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