Tag: games for kids

Stack app: The mesmerizing, beautiful free app game we can’t put down

I like to keep at least one totally mindless, just-for-fun app on my iPad for some winding-down entertainment at the end of the day. Of course, Candy Crush and 1010 have dominated recently, but I’ve just discovered the Stack app (iOS and Android). And now I’m hooked. Related: The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free. Yay! Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games to add some zen to your apps Stack is both beautiful and so simple (although, I do turn the volume off — ugh). As you play the game, squares glide across...

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How to get started on Minecraft PE: One newbie parent’s intro into the square world

Of course I’ve heard about Minecraft. How could I not? The crazy best-selling, square-loving video game is practically everywhere and has been for years now. I also knew the super skinny basics on Minecraft: It’s all about virtual, 3-D worlds engineered by players using square blocks. Like building with LEGOs, but on a screen, and square. Plus, there’s a dude named Steve, a cute, friendly pig of some sort and some semi-cute, totally un-friendly zombies. But that was kind of where my knowledge ended. Now, as a mother of a 6.5-year-old kid, I knew I’d need to know more about Minecraft...

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Our 11 coolest new tech toys of 2015: Editors best of the year

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...

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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...

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Guitar Hero Live review: Cool updates put this classic back on top of the charts

Honestly, haven’t we all rocked out to an air guitar at some point in our lives? (Or maybe this morning in the shower — ahem.) Pretending to be Lenny Kravitz or Joan Jett shredding the axe and professing our love for rock ‘n’ roll out loud got a little less fake and a lot more fun when Guitar Hero stepped to the video game stage 10 years ago. Now, here comes Guitar Hero Live, a newer version of the hit music rhythm game to kick things up a few chords. And just in time for a rockin’ family holiday gift if...

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Cannybots: An exciting new tech toy that goes so far beyond car racing, you won’t believe it.

While things we find on Kickstarter aren’t usually available in the immediate future, if you’ve already got holiday shopping on the brain (eek!) it’s worth taking a look at Cannybots, a Kickstarter campaign for a very cool new tech toy that taking off and slated to ship by the holidays. Now since it’s just the beginning of October, I will say while I’m not in full holiday gift shopping panic mode, I am taking deep breaths and making a note of which cool tech toys are getting attention now so I won’t be scrambling last minute. And this is definitely one that caught my eye. Without having tested it...

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Anki OVERDRIVE: It’s back, it’s better than ever, and it’s going to be the holiday tech toy of the year

Last year we fell in love with the Anki Drive app-controlled racers, calling it one of our top tech toys of 2014. Earlier this year at Toy Fair, we got a look (and a very fun if brief test drive) of the brand new Anki OVERDRIVE and as of today, it’s here! And this is going to be a hotter toy than even last year’s introduction. You guys? This is pretty much the best tech toy ever. The company was kind enough to send us a press review unit so I could spend the weekend testing it out with my kids, and I now...

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Osmo Numbers app: Man, where was this when we were learning basic math skills?

Here I was, thinking I was so excited to have my kids back in school, but I totally forgot one thing: homework. Drilling your kids on their math facts is the most fun ever, right? Ugh. Well, if you have the amazingly inventive Osmo for iPad, your kids will be able to practice their math skills and (gasp) have fun doing it on their own, with the new Osmo Numbers game. You don’t even have to help, but you might want to. Because it’s really fun,just like their original Osmo app and their Osmo Masterpiece app. And if you don’t have an Osmo yet?...

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Code Master teaches online coding skills through a fun offline board game

There seems to be no shortage of websites or online games that will help teach our kids coding so they can be ready to head out into this increasingly technical world. And as much as I love that there are so many online options, sometimes I just don’t want to give my kids more screen time. You too? Then you will also love that the gamemasters at ThinkFun have come out with Code Master, a fun programming logic game that my kids can play offline and still develop those important mental skills that will help them understand coding. Related: 5 fun websites and apps...

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Minecraft cases protect your gadgets with all the strength of obsidian blocks. Well, maybe.

With a bunch of Minecraft fans in my house, and a couple of them with gadgets of their own, I’m pretty sure these new Minecraft cases from Think Geek would be a huge hit. You won’t find these Minecraft cases anywhere other than Think Geek (oooh, exclusive!), with the pig, wolf, or creeper ready to protect an iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, or Samsung S5 from the elements, as in real life elements; along with the fun designs, they actually feature a handy raised lip (not a pig lip) so your gadget’s glass is less likely to crack when...

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