Tag: kids’ activities

These DIY galaxy Easter eggs are out of this world.

My kids love decorating Easter eggs, but now that they’re hitting their tweens they’re getting a little more creative. That’s why I can’t wait to try these DIY galaxy Easter eggs at Dream a Little Bigger. And, based on the tutorial, they look like they’re not nearly as hard to make as you’d think. Related: Martha Stewart’s Easter egg app gives you the perfect recipe to dye eggs. Related: OMG: Unicorn Easter eggs. Allison’s step-by-step tutorial makes these space eggs easy enough for anyone to make. And she’s got great tips about the supplies you can buy to make it so much easier, and how...

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7 smart, cool coding books for kids that have us saying, “Go get on your screens!”

After seeing what Kristen’s kids did with Bitsbox, a cool coding subscription box for kids we featured awhile ago (and who was a sponsor over the holidays), my kids are now obsessed with the idea of creating their own apps. In fact, it’s piqued their interest in all things STEM, so I’ve been looking for some cool coding books for kids that might take them to the next level. Whether your kid wants to learn coding concepts in general, or is more excited about completing a specific DIY project with their new coding skills, these books will likely keep their interest going strong....

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Cakewalk: Our cool free app of the week

The kids have been out of school for a bit and chances are you’ve heard the “bored” word at least once. Or maybe you have a toddler who is ready for a new activity approximately every three-and-a-half minutes. Either way, check out the free Cakewalk app app which is like having a stack of quick ideas on hand to flip through when you need to come up with something to do, stat. Currently only for iOS (though Android is in the works), Cakewalk lets you tailor the ideas you see based on the ages of your kids, from babies all the way up...

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Yuggler for parents: Our cool free app of the week

It’s Sunday morning and your kids’ friends just had to cancel their afternoon playdate. Or, you are on vacation with your toddler, and rain has just ruined your plans to visit that cool new park you read about online. What to do? Well, nowadays, there are lots of resources like Mommy Poppins or even Yelp with lists of activities. Along those lines is a cool new find for me: The Yuggler app, free for iOS, is designed to help you find things to do with kids, fast. What I like most about Yuggler is the ability to customize the stuff I want to see so that I...

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Can you teach coding to preschoolers? Here are three toys that will try

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....

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Just look what kids can make with the 3Doodler Start

We went crazy for the incredibly cool 3Doodler 3D-printing pen when we first saw it back in 2013, but it wasn’t really a toy that our younger kids could safely use on their own. Until now. With the upcoming launch of 3Doodler Start, our kids can now get in on the action with a kid-friendly 3D pen that will have them making truly incredible plastic creations. In many ways, the 3Doodler Start works just like the original, and version 2.0, 3Doodler pens. Just insert a colorful plastic strand into the back of the pen, and it will come out the tip as a pliable material...

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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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Two fun, creative, and (mostly) free apps for kids to keep them engaged when they’re stuck indoors.

If you’re tearing through the list of snow day activities to keep the kids occupied when you’re stuck indoors, allow us help you with two beautifully designed, really fun new apps we’ve discovered from Seedling. As in, the same company whose affordable craft kits we’ve turned to for gifts and projects many times. While there’s no need to stock up on craft supplies with these apps, they are both super creative, imaginative, and pretty much free. Related: Scribble Creative Book Maker app makes kids instant authors and illustrators  Seedling Comic Studio App   If your kids like to make up stories, download a copy of Seedling’s Comic...

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Make your own Star Wars BB-8 and more, with free tutorials from littleBits

To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens — you have heard of it, right? — the team behind one of our favorite tech toys, littleBits, has put together a very cool user-generated #BITSWARS campaign, generating nearly 100 (so far)  DIY project ideas conceived of by fans using their kids’ circuitry kits. And we think your Star Wars fans will think they’re pretty cool to watch. If you have one of their circuitry sets, be sure to check out all the step-by-step tutorials available, especially the ones that show you how to create some of Star Wars biggest icons like R2-D2, a light saber, and everyone’s new favorite, BB-8 — even...

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A friendship bracelet maker that brings them back with a really cool, high-tech twist.

I grew up in the 80s, so friendship bracelets were always layered up my wrists by the dozens, usually made at sleepovers while we gossiped about boys. While I’m happy to let a my formerly 80’s essentials go (I’m looking at you, Aqua Net), this is one tradition I’m excited to pass on to my kids. Only now friendship bracelets have a really intriguing high-tech twist, thanks to i-loom. This toy lets you build your bracelet designs with a companion app, and then gives you the step-by-step instructions to make it. Ihave to admit, there’s part of me that’s geeky excited about this. I never learned...

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