Category: Tech Toys and Random Fun

Cubetto: A robot that teaches kids to code, even before they can read. No screens required.

You know how much we love to find a cool, innovative STEM toys for kids at Cool Mom Tech. Well, we think the brand new Cubetto robot by Primo Toys definitely belongs on wish lists this holiday season, especially if you’re shopping for preschoolers. Get this: Your young kids can learn programming with Cubetto before they even learn to read. How cool is that? Cubetto is a boxy wooden robot on wheels with a cute little smile. By using the coding blocks on the control board, kids direct Cubetto’s movements forward, right or left. Of course, these are very basic coding principles, but learning them early will let...

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Flybrix kits let kids build their own LEGO drones. Then crash them. Then build them again.

Of all the STEM toys out there for kids these days, LEGOs are my hands-down favorite. Except when I step on them, that is. Over the years, we’ve seen so many companies incorporate them in their learning toys and no surprise, considering how popular they are. That’s why we’re so intrigued by Flybrix, which teaches kids to build their own LEGO drones. As in, real, flying drones. Related: Rebrickable helps breathe new life into your kids’ old LEGO sets Last week, Flybrix launched their kid-made drone kits, which include LEGO bricks to build your drone, along with 8 propellers, a pre-programmed Flybrix flightboard, and all...

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Pokémon Go Plus: You can now play Pokémon Go without your phone. Take that, Pikachu.

Just when you were about to clothe you Pokémon Go lover in padded suits and a helmet, Nintendo launches Pokémon Go Plus, a handy wearable that lets PG lovers play without their phone. The small Bluetooth-enabled device can be worn on a belt, in a pocket, or on the strap around your wrist, and once it’s paired with your phone, you can play the game without looking at your screen. Yes, it actually lights up when you’ve encountered a PokéStop or a Pokémon, and with a simple press of button, you can collect items or catch the creature in...

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This gadget does what? 5 outrageously crazy new tech gadgets you never knew you needed. (And still don’t.)

Most of the tech pitches I receive fall into a few categories: 1) Wow, that’s super cool 2) Hmm, possibly, I’ll take a closer look and 3) Eh, no thanks. But with the proliferation of crowdfunding campaigns and sheer numbers of tech products being developed and pitched daily, the formation of another category has taken shape. 4)  What on earth??? I now realize it’s my duty to share them, if only for a look into what’s on the minds of tech entrepreneurs these days and which problems they are trying to solve, even if they’re not really problems. Or hey, maybe one of these items will appeal to...

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Make a splash with these 6 must-see geeky-cool pool floats and rafts

When it’s time to unplug the devices and hit the pool, lake, or ocean to cool off, I know my kids love stretching out and relaxing on a comfy pool float or raft while they talk to their friends. And, whoa, they would go nuts for any of these totally cool options we found, that reflect their love of all things tech, gaming, and geekery. Heck, I know plenty of adults who would love these too. So keep reading for six of the coolest geeky pool floats and rafts for our plugged-in kids. Just leave the electronics on dry land, okay? CMP is an...

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Game Developer Barbie is here, she’s hip, and she actually knows how to code.

The folks at Mattel have been pretty busy this year, with a new girl power rebranding campaign, a line of curvy Barbies launched with much fanfare, and even a Misty Copeland Barbie that flew off the shelves. Well now, a mere 24 years after Barbie uttered “math class is tough!” and got hammered for it, and 19 months after pulling the Computer Engineering Barbie book in which Barbie was only capable of creating “design ideas” and needed the help of “Steven and Brian” to turn them into real games, silly billy! we’re seeing the launch of the Barbie Careers Game Developer...

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The Octopus wearable teaches little ones more than time, it teaches time management. Awesome!

With three kids ranging from preschooler to tween, time management is always an issue for us. Especially when it comes to trying to cajole my youngest to adhere to the demands of the older siblings’ hectic schedules. (Sadly, trying to tell a toddler that we’re going to be late never seems to be all that effective.) Which is why I am so excited to see the very clever Octopus wearable that recently launched on Kickstarter. Considering the campaign hit its $50K funding goal in less than three hours (!), it’s a good indication that we’re not the only ones excited about a new way get kids learning...

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Osmo Coding is screen time you can feel good about.

I’m convinced the reason my kids keep going back to play Osmo, one of our favorite educational tools for kids, is its brilliant mashup of digital elements and tangible controls they can actually touch and move around on the table. If you’re not familiar with it, read some of our previous reviews of Osmo to find out how this innovative toy works. It’s really very cool. But their newest game, Osmo Coding, might be the coolest yet. I’m a big believer that all our kids need to learn coding, and this is a great entry point for everyone — including me. The gameplay is...

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If you can’t get your kids to brush their teeth, maybe a little help from The Dark Lord is in order.

Leave it to Firefly to come up with a new, high-tech toothbrush that may get even your most reluctant dental hygiene practitioners begging to brush “just one more time.” The new Firefly Darth Vader Lightsaber Light-Up Toothbrush is just what you think it is: A combo of lights, sound effects, and the magic of villainous movie characters, all designed to encourage kids today to do what we used to have to do back in the day, with no incentive at all. The two-minute cycle starts with some deep breathing sounds you’ll probably recognize (no, not from yoga class), then every so often, some nifty, whooshing lightsaber...

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The Mover Kit: The first wearable for kids they code and design themselves.

Over the past couple years, it has been incredible to witness all the awesome new ways we have to introduce our kids to STEM. And now we’ve come across another really cool product called Mover Kit, the first wearable for kids that they can code themselves. Cool! Launched just recently on Kickstarter (and already past its fundraising goal) Mover Kit is a completely customizable and creative project that lets kids be the programmer of their own designs  and movement. And we know it will be awesome because it’s from the folks behind the successful Technology Will Save Us, who we fell in love with at...

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