Tag: kids’ toys

Mover Kit: A new wearable STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test

You’ll find no shortage of STEM kits for kids these days, many of which, like Bitsbox and Little Passports’ new Science Expeditions (just to name a couple), we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. So, when our editor Kristen discovered the new Mover Kit, a wearable STEM coding toy, at Toy Fair this year, we wanted to have one of our kids use it to see if it’s really worth the $61 price tag. Related: 12 cool gifts for kids who love STEM The Mover Kit includes everything your child needs to build a LED light they can wear on their wrist (with a...

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3 simple questions to ask before you purchase a WIFI-connected smart toy for your kids

With the recent CloudPets hack, and others like it (remember Hello Barbie?), it’s becoming clearer that smart toys, particularly the stuffed animal kind, could pose a privacy risk that parents should know about. Don’t get us wrong, we love smart toys and have featured many here on Cool Mom Tech, like the new Toymail Talkies for example, and we think that they can be a cool addition to your kid’s toy box. And given their popularity, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more and more of them hit the shelves in the coming months. But, before you fork over the...

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The Women of NASA LEGO set is coming! #Shero!

Looks like it’s shaping up to be a very LEGO day at Cool Mom HQ. First we find the awesome Hamilton Musical LEGO set concept that you can vote for right now on the community site and now… (drumroll) at long last, the company has approved production of the community-generated The Women of NASA LEGO set! Related: The one scene in Hidden Figures all parents should be talking about Just announced today for production later in the year, the set was the brainchild of Maia Weinstock (@20tauri) who is perhaps deserving of her own LEGO minifig likeness one day. For now, I’m just excited to look...

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Pixlplay turns any smart phone into a cool camera for kids

If your kids are like mine, they’re obsessed with taking pictures, and well, your phone is a better camera option than your DSLR. Except, it’s still a pretty expensive piece of tech.  So, when I heard about the Kickstarter campaign for the new Pixlplay camera for kids, which lets kids play photographer while protecting your phone, I was excited to try it out for a few days. The Pixlplay camera for kids is basically a housing device for your phone that looks like a real kids’ camera. The shutter button connects to your smart phone via the audio jack, so all you have to do is open...

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24 of the coolest geeky gifts for kids and teens to keep the holidays nerdy and bright | Holiday Tech Guide

Next up in our Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’ve got two dozen ideas for great geeky gifts for a kid in your life. From little babies just cutting their teeth on Nintendo (literally — you’ll see) to big kids and kids at heart who like their holiday goodies splattered with zombie blood, you’ll find cool geeky gifts to wear, gifts to play with, and gifts to hang on the tree. For educational gifts, you’ll definitely want to visit our post on the coolest educational tech toys for kids. This? Is just the random fun stuff we love. Don’t miss our...

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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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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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