We love finding cool toys and apps that do a great job teaching our kids the basics of coding, since it’s a language we expect they’ll want (and need) to know when they’re adults. When they’ve got great design and fun play through too, it’s even better. The updated Sprite Box: Code Hour app (iOS and Android) has all that, plus it’s totally free. Related: 5 cool TV shows for kids that are all about STEM Related: A cool way to teach kids how to code Sprite Box, which is a new app from the makers of one of our favorite math apps Lightbot, teaches the...Read More
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Yay! We’re so happy to be back with our annual Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, all fresh and new for 2016. And to kick it off, we’ve got the coolest educational tech toys for kids of all ages. Whether you’re shopping for a curious preschooler or a teen who loves STEM, we’ve got 12 ideas that will keep your favorite kids busy, happy, and learning. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cool Mom Tech guide without a fab giveaway. This year’s fantastic prize: A brand new iPad Air 2 and designer case! Because with so many awesome tech toys for the kids here,...Read More
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...Read More
Coding is certainly one of the new buzzwords in education, along with STEM, STEAM, and now, believe it or not, STREAM. And while a lot of learn-to-code apps toys, and games, like Robot School, Dash Robot, and Code Master, are targeted primarily to grade-school kids, we’ve seen several new toys that are hoping to lay the foundation of coding principles in our youngest learners. So we’ve taken a look at three new toys for kids as young as three to see how they may get kids thinking about coding without needing to know how to read, write, or do complicated computations....Read More
Okay, so this is the post in our editors’ top picks of the year series we know a lot of our readers have been waiting for: The coolest tech toys of 2015. There are so many amazing trends we’re seeing here: Coding is becoming more accessible to even younger kids, interactivity is getting more interactive, and educational toys are blurring the line between education and toy. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! – Liz + Kristen This post is part of of our annual series featuring our Editors’ Best Tech of 2015. No pay-for-play, no contests to...Read More
5 great STEM toys for kids with a math focus. Because despite what you may remember, math is now fun.
As we approach the final week of Christmas shopping, I plan spend a few minutes to make sure that I’m buying toys and games that will feed my kids’ brains as much as their need for play. And while “math toys” has never appeared on any of my kids’ lists to Santa as a general category, as a homeschooling mom, I’ve learned that there are so many fun ways to incorporate math into play using games and toys that engage and teach. So, I’ve rounded up five new STEM toys that I’m really excited about, and I think a lot of...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Wonder Workshop With so many parents looking for STEM toys for their kids this holiday, it’s worth checking out Wonder Workshop, makers of the awesome Dot and Dash robots that teach kids some fantastic skills and let them get really creative. You may have seen some of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite coding projects that kids can do with the Dot and Dash robots recently, and your own kids could probably come up with a dozen more. And now the Wonder Workshop is broadening kids’ options with their launch of the new Launcher accessory pack. It attaches to the Dash robot and actually transforms it into...Read More
Sponsored Message: An educational gaming system from VTech that turns screen time into learning time
This is a sponsored message from VTech Today’s preschoolers are a far more digitally connected and savvy group than we ever were, and now a new system from VTech is channeling that screen time interest and transforming it into an opportunity for learning. The InnoTV is an educational, TV-connected gaming system that brings tech and education together in a whole new way, for kids 3 to 8. – Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for our readers below – The affordable system comes with a wireless controller and four age-appropriate single-player games, all developed with the help of educators to align with Common Core standard in language arts,...Read More
If your kids are having a hard time waiting for Halloween to hurry up and get here, we’ve got a fun treat to share with you that will keep them busy and challenged this week. Developed by Kano, whose DIY computer kit wowed us earlier in the year, Kano Mischief Week kicks off on Monday, October 26th and ends on Sunday, November 1st with free daily coding challenges for all abilities. Just sign up with your child’s email, and they’ll be invited to join the Kano community to access some daily coding challenges. Kids can participate in the challenge everyday, or just pop...Read More
When it comes to teaching my kids history, I’ll use anything I can get my hands on, from Crash Course and Brain Pop videos, to cool apps like History Here that help us learn the history of places we visit. And now I’ve found a lighthearted yet smart app called Frontier Heroes, created by the History channel’s new Planet H digital division, that sneaks some learning into some challenging game play I think your kids will love. Related: WonderBox: A game-changer in educational apps for kids The free Frontier Heroes app for iOS and Google Play is a multi-stage game that takes...Read More
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