Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

Using technology to get kids outside to play

Understand that I am happily in the “throw the kids outside periodically and let them figure it out” camp of kids and exercise; I think that for many kids, that’s all it takes to make sure they’re moving around enough. But for some kids, you have to get a little more creative. And if you have a kid who’d rather be on the computer, then GeoPalz is for you. GeoPalz sells cool character pedometers and then gives kids an online world where logging their steps helps them travel further, win “awards” (printables) and even win real prizes–most of which...

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Dads Dig This – Uniden Walkie Talkies

We love this Dads Dig This pick from Jim Lin, father of two and author of The Busy Dad Blog. When it comes to gadgets related to my life as a dad, don’t give me the latest and greatest. I want the hardest to break and the easiest to replace. Because while there’s a time and place for the latest iSensationYouHave ToWait3DaysInLineFor, the “Ability to be wielded by an 8 year old” attribute can change your POV fast. This is why walkie talkies aren’t just for foremen anymore. We actually got our Uniden Eco Terra 2-way radios by accident...

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A digital camera for the littlest shutterbugs

Holiday time is of course a photographer’s paradise for capturing family memories. I encourage the kids in our family to take pictures, which provides a great “kid’s eye view” into own traditions and activities–and the fact that my own favorites aren’t necessarily my kids’ favorites. Let’s just say anything involving cookies seems to make a snapshot-worthy moment. While my tweens are old enough to work an actual  compact digital camera, my 4 year old nephew can feel left out of the fun, so I looked into VTech’s children’s digital camera which could keep his own little creative fingers busy....

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Piquing Our Geek: Play Monopoly with a credit card

No matter how many video games my kids play, they still like a good old fashioned board game. Monopoly is one of our favorites, and now there’s a new version that incorporates some modern twists into the age-old game. Monopoly Revolution definitely makes use of technology in a way that’s not for board game purists, but might be for kids like mine who hate setting up the money. Players use credit cards to purchase properties, so no more worries about keeping track of paper money…or hiding it from your brother. And passing Go generates a party tune while landing...

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7 cool tech toys for kids? We’ve got you covered

Today on our column on the Babycenter blog, our editor Christina maps out 7 of the best tech toys for kids–with the provision that they do more than boop and beep and generally drive you nuts. Click over and see if you agree with her picks. Some of which you just might be borrowing yourself. And for more great ideas? There’s always our tech gift guide. Oh, tell me you’re not dying to try out that –Liz [above: mobigo by...

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MobiGo by VTech gets the skeptical mom vote

My near 4 year-old son has been eying my oldest’s Nintendo DS for awhile now, but he’s just not quite old enough to do anything but ask us to help him play a game. Sort of defeats the point of having it. But since the brand new MobiGo from VTech arrived in our house, he’s been amply occupied This new handheld gaming system for kids 3-8 is relatively affordable at (just under 50 bucks from Amazon) and super easy to use–thanks in part to the handy touch screen feature that allows kids to interact by simply tapping the screen, as an alternative...

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Piquing our Geek: Google Liquid Galaxy as a teaching tool

This week I had the incredible privilege of attending the Google Creative Sandbox party, an event set up to show people what’s new and cool in Google’s world these days. Let’s just say if this is what Big Brother looks like, he’s dapper. Most exciting to me as a parent is Google Liquid Galaxy, which is essentially Google Earth put into a 360-degree Flight Simulator game. I admit they nearly had to drag me out of there so some of the other guests (or um, a whole line of 85 people) could have a turn. Play with the joystick...

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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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Have a cool flash drive you do?

I admit that I’m not a hard core fan of much by way of pop culture–except Ryan Reynolds that is–but I have heard that there are miiiight be a few major Star Wars fans out there. Some of them are moms. Some of them are kids. Some of them right here on our very staff. So how can I not point them towards this awesome ode to Grandmaster Jedi, Yoda, in the form of a handmade felted flash drive. Whether you happen to be the Leia to someone’s Han Solo, or you just dig a little Jedi goodness yourself,...

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The Echo Smartpen: smarter than your av-er-age pen

No matter how many gadgets with keyboards are available, we kind of hope that actual writing never goes away. Kids still take notes at school and parents write notes at home or work. However if you don’t transcribe your notes to a computer, or organize them all in a place where they can be easily retrieved, the notes sometimes fall into the black hole of “where did I put that?” I know you know what I’m talking about. My house is no exception. Ahem. So I started looking at gadgets which can take note taking and basically automate it....

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