When the end of Daylight Savings hit a couple weeks ago, I looked at all the well-rested, bright-eyed people around me with scorn. My 3-year-old woke up at the exact same time, except now an hour earlier, making me pine for the days when an extra hour actually meant something. Well, with Ooly, a new sleep gadget designed for kids, maybe it can. Ooly is a sleep training gadget that relies on color cues for your child to determine when it’s time to be sleeping and when it’s okay to wake up. Red? Still sleep time. Green? You can come...Read More
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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...Read More
Mis Amigos! One of our favorite early-reading apps, Endless Reader, has gone espagñol with the Endless Spanish app, an adorably playful and educational preschool app for both iOS and Android users. Similar to the awesome Endless Reader, Endless Spanish introduces kids to frequently-used Spanish words such as amigo, casa, and flor with the help of some not-at-all-scary monsters, cheerful music, and silly sound effects. Kids learn not only how to pronounce each word but have to drag the individual letters into their proper place to help them remember how it’s spelled. The word is then used in a Spanish-language sentence which will need the kids’...Read More
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...Read More
We’re huge fans of STEM at Cool Mom Tech (no surprise, there), and in fact we started this site in part to help give parents more resources and opportunities to get their kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. However, while we love all the science apps, educational YouTube channels, and coding toys we’ve featured, there’s nothing like the hands-on experience of taking your family to a science center or science museum. That’s why we’re so excited that our recent sponsor Frito-Lay 2 Go has partnered with the amazing org, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), to help make it easier for families to get...Read More
I sometimes think I have the sense of humor of a ten-year-old, which comes in handy since I do have a tweenage son who thinks things like talking cupcakes and singing basketballs are pretty hilarious. What’s even more hilarious is when we can record our own voice coming out of these things which is something the free and totally silly app ChatterPix Kids lets us do. Created by long-time favorite and often educational-app company Duck Duck Moose, ChatterPix Kids for iOS is more entertainment than educational, which is just fine for some creative play time. Just take a photo of anything: A sandwich, the...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
When your preschooler wants to play, but you really need a few uninterrupted minutes to finish some work or get dinner on the table, we’ve found an entire menagerie of adorable friends who will be happy to set up a playdate at any time. And these friends are really good at sharing, cleaning up, and coming up with new games to play. Sago Mini Friends is a colorful, cartoony free app aimed at entertaining kids ages 2-4 with gentle gameplay that our littlest ones can easily figure out on their own. Created by Sago Sago, a Toronto-based company which happens...Read More
We recently put together a really fun collection of 11 DIY Valentine’s crafts for preschoolers and young kids, and in the process of hunting, Kate tracked down this option that deserves its own space. If your kids need to bring their own mailboxes to school for Valentine’s parties, not sure we’ve seen a more fun, geeky option than this DIY Rubix Cube Valentine’s Day mailbox craft. Even little kids can help glue the colored squares on their own boxes as long as you do the prep work for them. And if it comes out half as nicely as this one, it could...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
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