Author: Kate Etue

Comparing the hot new child friendly entertainment sites online. Which one is right for your kids?

Are your kids going as stir crazy as ours are with this Polar Vortex and other crazy weather? We’ve exhausted every board game and put together every puzzle we have in our house. So, TV. And child friendly entertainment on our computers. With more parents looking for online options beyond the traditional cable TV experience, we looked at kids’ content providers like batteryPOP and KidZui to see how they stack up with Kidoodle, a new content provider specifically for kids’ entertainment online. We hope this guide helps you find the site that’s right for your own kids. When they’re not creating upcycled craft projects...

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Foreign language apps for kids get as beautiful (and funny) as we’ve seen with Count the Animals

Studies (and real life experience) show that kids learn foreign languages so much easier than adults do, which is why there are starting to be so many great foreign language apps for kids. I think it has something about their brains being more plastic. Or maybe it’s the fact that they don’t have to raise kids and cook dinner and clean the house and try to maintain some modicum of social life. Either way, your kids will really enjoy learning how to count in 21 languages with the new app Count the Animals, available on iOS for $3.99, although...

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Wordplay Shakespeare: ebooks that make ye olde Shakespearean text clearer than ever.

Shakespeare’s plays are some of the most difficult pieces of literature your kids will study in school. English has changed significantly over the last 400 years, so try being 10 and having to know what the Bard meant by phrases like “Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeared?” Well, “as good luck will have it” (as Shakespeare also wrote) my kids now have access to an amazing new educational resource called Wordplay Shakespeare. This engaging ebook series for iOS, featuring clear translations of Shakespeare line by line, could save their grades in English class, and it will most...

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Statigram vs. Flipagram: Which is better for the end-of-the-year photo videos we’re seeing all over Instagram?

Just in case you needed another reason to check your Instagram feed over the holidays, now everyone is creating these adorable slideshows of their most liked photos of the year. And I have to admit, I’ve watched every one that’s popped up on my feed. I just can’t resist. I’m seeing tons created by Statigram, an Instagram metrics service, but another great option is Flipagram. So what’s the difference between the two? I think best option for no-fuss, easy creation is Statigram. You simply log in to their website (no app here, just the website) and click on the...

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The Times Square Ball App: Because falling asleep early should be the only reason to miss the ball drop

The Times Square Ball has become a symbol of New Year’s Eve around the world, and if you totally geek out about the countdown, you can now be sure you won’t miss a second of the action with the new The Times Square Ball app. At least provided you’re not busy managing an overtired child meltdown right at midnight. Because there’s no way that any parent in her right mind would actually be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, this is a safer, warmer (hopefully) way to get in on the action. You can follow the Twitter feed...

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How to take better pictures: 6 fantastic online photo tutorials to make your holidays merrier and brighter. (But not too bright – just the right white balance.)

Every parent wants to know how to take better pictures, especially around Christmas.  A few years ago I received the completely awesome gift of a DSLR camera, but I admit I haven’t entirely learned how to use it properly. I’ve taken thousands of pictures in auto mode, or if I’m shooting pics while my kids are playing, I’ll switch the setting over to that one that looks like a little boy running. (Hangs head sheepishly). With Christmas nearly here, I combed the web to find so many fantastic photographers willing to share their expertise on how to make my...

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Shadow Puppet: The app Steven Spielberg would have loved as a kid

If your kids are budding creative types, but they still love to get techy with their masterpieces, you’ll want to check out this cool new app that allows them to add voiceover narration to their photographs or artwork. Because next Spielberg or Scorsese or Soderbergh is out there growing up in one of our houses, right? Shadow Puppet is a new app that allows kids to create a montage of photographs, then add their voice narration over it as the slideshow of photos plays through. Imagine all the ways your kids could use it. On the plane ride home...

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batteryPOP: A safe online entertainment network for kids that they can customize themselves.

If you have kids old enough to play on the internet on their own, but not quite so old to do it without you wanting to be over their shoulders the entire time, you’ll be as happy as I am about batteryPOP, a new online entertainment network where your kids get to be the programmers of their own content. Only it’s all appropriate for them–with apologies to insane YouTube commenters. batteryPOP is the brainchild of two former Nickelodeon vets, and it has that fun and slightly irreverent feel that Nickelodeon is so famous for. New original content is uploaded regularly...

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Geography Drive Arcade: Is this app your ticket to a happy road trip this Christmas?

The Geography Drive USA app is one of our favorite fun ways for kids to learn about geography, and so we were excited to see the release of their newest educational kids’ app—Geography Drive Arcade. This is a mini-arcade version of the main app, with four geography-based quiz games targeted at kids ages 9-11, although I’m pretty sure my preschooler could kick some tail at the State Shape Challenge after all his time spent playing Stack the States. Since we really like Geography Drive,  we wondered how the Arcade app would stand up to it. The truth is, they’re quite...

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Phillip Disney Friends of Hue Storylight: A nightlight that will have your kids begging for bedtime

Bedtime is about to become so much more fun for your kids, should the be Disney fans which at last count is….all of them. Disney, Phillips, and Apple have teamed up to create the incredibly innovative Disney Friends of Hue Storylight. This Mickey-shaped lamp emits a soft colored hue in your kid’s room, and with the Phillips Hue app you can change the hue to one of over 16 million colors straight from your iPhone, setting the perfect mood for bedtime. Because 15 million colors just didn’t cut it. The Storylight is way cooler than mere nightlight; it’s designed to...

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