Tag: STEM 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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Let kids choose their own STEM adventure with the Electric Motors Catalyst box.

If you’re a regular Cool Mom Tech reader, then you know we love STEM-oriented toys for children, especially if they’re so fun and challenging that kids don’t notice they’re educational, like the new Electric Motors Catalyst box. Unlike some of the kits and subscription boxes I’ve seen, this box doesn’t come with an instruction booklet. Just 10 challenge cards asking kids to make “a device that can scramble an egg” or a gadget that can “draw a curvy line.” How they accomplish these goals is totally up to them. Cool, right? Related: Meet STEM Club: The new STEM gift subscription for kids from Amazon.  The...

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Meet STEM Club: The new STEM gift subscription for kids from Amazon

It’s no surprise that Amazon has jumped on the STEM for kids bandwagon given its popularity as of late (and hey, hooray for that). Back in 2015, they launched their STEM toys and games shop, and now, they’ve got STEM Club, a gift subscription service for kids, which might just be a smart way to get friends and family to gift your kids cool educational toys. Shoppers simply pick an age range, then the first gift hits their mailbox in under a week, all for $19.99/month and free shipping, which is a pretty affordable gift idea on its own, though pricey depending on how...

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Web Coolness: Kid inventors, Hidden Figures, and a cool geeky vending machine

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy too.   We had a blast meeting cool kid inventors this past week, including Alexis Lewis (above). Check out our Facebook Live to see them talk all about their amazing inventions. The only thing missing from this Super Mario Bros. made from Legos is a tiny plumber. Why this writer told his friends to stop using WhatsApp. Here’s why so many people are crowd funding Hidden Figures screenings. How should to fix a waterlogged phone with silica packets. Whoa! Watch out for...

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Sprite Box: Code Hour is our cool free app of the week.

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...

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22 fantastic holiday tech deals to reward you last-minute shoppers | 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

As we get closer to Christmas and Hanukkah (eep!) we thought we’d close out our 2016 Holiday Tech Gift Guide should help you out since it’s all about last minute holiday tech deals and discounts. Yep, those of you procrastinators and busy parents? You’re in luck. Because we’ve found so many phenomenal tech deals from electronic games and STEM toys to small appliances, gifts for photographers of all ages, and lots of cool tech accessories Just be sure to order ASAP! All these shops still offer Christmas delivery, generally with free group shipping. But then most need to be ordered by 12/21...

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Web Coolness: Tech holiday gifts, 10 most popular emoji, and the West World soundtrack

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   15 of the coolest custom photo gifts for the holidays. Wait, marshmallows? Amazon is about to revolutionize grocery shopping. A very handy website for book lovers. Here are 5 women who are changing the virtual reality scene. Here’s how these robotic utensils are changing the lives of people with disabilities. This Google Earth timelapse shows how much the world has changed.   A subscription box gift for kids that can teach them how to make their own...

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