Tag: tech for kids

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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The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle: Give kids exercise while feeding their iPad addiction

Every year at CES, there’s a tech gadget for kids (sometimes more) that makes us go “Hmmm.” Remember the iPad Potty? Well, this year, the award goes to the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which is a mini exercise bike for kids that connects to your tablet. Now I get that as adults, having our smart phone or tablet on our stationary bike is a lifesaver. Trust me, I have run over 13 miles at one time on a treadmill and watching Netflix was the only way I got through it. But, we’re talking about kids here. Kids...

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5 cool TV shows for kids that are all about STEM

With STEM (and STEAM, because yay art!) a major focus in education these days, you’ll find toys, books, and apps for kids of all ages that highlight science, technology, engineering, and math. Being big fans of STEM at Cool Mom Tech, we’re so glad to see TV shows for kids popping up, all of which highlight STEM for your budding scientist, programmer, mathematician, or engineer, especially ones with strong female characters. Here, 5 cool STEM TV shows for kids, that are all approved by our own girls (and boys). Related: 7 ways to get girls excited about STEM   Dot. (Sprout) Created by Randi Zuckerberg (does the...

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Breaking news: The American Academy of Pediatrics drops its ‘no screens under 2’ rule

As parents, we want to do the best for our kids, but screen time is always a thorn in our sides, especially when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has always said “no screens under 2.” Well, that’s not the case anymore, as the AAP just dropped this rule, with a few important caveats. So parents of young kids, here’s a quick breakdown of the new recommendations: For kids under 18 months You should still avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. That’s right, feel free to Skype and Facetime with abandon. Ha. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of...

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The Octopus wearable teaches little ones more than time, it teaches time management. Awesome!

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...

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Osmo Coding is screen time you can feel good about.

I’m convinced the reason my kids keep going back to play Osmo, one of our favorite educational tools for kids, is its brilliant mashup of digital elements and tangible controls they can actually touch and move around on the table. If you’re not familiar with it, read some of our previous reviews of Osmo to find out how this innovative toy works. It’s really very cool. But their newest game, Osmo Coding, might be the coolest yet. I’m a big believer that all our kids need to learn coding, and this is a great entry point for everyone — including me. The gameplay is...

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The Mover Kit: The first wearable for kids they code and design themselves.

Over the past couple years, it has been incredible to witness all the awesome new ways we have to introduce our kids to STEM. And now we’ve come across another really cool product called Mover Kit, the first wearable for kids that they can code themselves. Cool! Launched just recently on Kickstarter (and already past its fundraising goal) Mover Kit is a completely customizable and creative project that lets kids be the programmer of their own designs  and movement. And we know it will be awesome because it’s from the folks behind the successful Technology Will Save Us, who we fell in love with at...

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A new go-kart for kids you control with your phone. Whoa!

If your kids have a need for speed, and you have a need for keeping them safe, you have check out Actev Motors’ new Arrow Smart-Kart, one of the coolest ride-on toys I had the joy of seeing at NYC’s Toy Fair earlier this year. This high-end electric go-kart is definitely pricey but it uses some nifty technology to keep our little speedsters under control…without putting the brakes on their fun. Made primarily for kids between the ages of 5 to 9, there is nothing “kiddie” about the looks of the Arrow Smart-Kart. The steel black frame and pneumatic rubber wheels give it the appearance of a...

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A fun and squeezable way to communicate with your kids when you’re away

Even though my kids don’t have cell phones yet, they love texting their grandparents and especially love sending them audio messages (which iOS 8 made very easy to do). Sure, grabbing my phone and sending a sweet I scored a goal at my soccer game today! is fun, but imagine kids’ excitement when they can communicate the same message as an audio file through a squeezable plush toy. Well, hello, Talkies. Just out today for preorder, Talkies are the latest product from Toymail, a smart mom-run tech startup that created the adorable Mailmen we raved about when they first came out. Similar in concept, Talkies connect...

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