Tag: robots

16 essential skills kids learn from LEGO, and fantastic resources to help get them going

Of all the toys that have passed through the hands of my three kids over the past dozen or so years, there is no question that LEGO bricks have been the most enduring and versatile. From their first little plastic bucket of mixed bricks, to those 1000+ piece architectural kits that require hours of concentration, LEGO remains a favorite toy — for all of us — even up against the siren song of video games. But even more than just being fun, I love the important skills that LEGOs can teach. I’ve seen so many of them firsthand as a...

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Creative toys for an 8 year old — no beeps, boops or batteries

My daughter loves her screen time, that’s for sure, but lately I have been keenly aware of the other creative toys that she, as an 8 year old, really gravitates to, without any prompting from me. Or really, the toys that I realize I’m always telling her to put away, 16 times in a row before she listens. So maybe I’ll stop asking her to clean them up. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who secretly — or not-so-secretly — loves that quiet time when I’m reading or working, and the kids are next to me playing quietly, without...

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YOXO: Affordable gifts that build imagination. Oh, and maybe a pegasus.

With holidays coming up, we’re seeing a lot more interest in building toys and maker toys, a trend we’ve loved since, well, before it was a trend. And earlier this year at Toy Fair, when I saw the new 5-in-1 pegasus kit from YOXO I thought whoa, that’s going to be one awesome gift for the holidays. Now that it’s finally available, I’m so excited to share it because it’s one heck of a building kit. First off, everything is US-made from recycled wood pulp. This gives the Y, X and O (get it, YOXO?) pieces kind of a cardboard feel, but...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. These geeky baby onesies, you guys. So awesome. 2. One tech toy, four kids, three cool coding projects. What a cool holiday gift for families. 3. Quite possibly the best to-do app ever. 4. This cool cover turns your iPad into a movie theater. 5. You won’t believe all the cool stuff we discovered at this year’s Maker Faire. Wow....

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6 sets of cool wooden blocks for older kids that are anything but square

Just when I think it’s time to put the baby blocks away, my kids will surprise me by building some huge creative structure on the living room floor, enhanced by LEGO men and dollhouse furniture. Still, I can tell the basic square blocks we’ve had for ten years aren’t quite cutting it anymore. In my search for some cool wooden blocks for older kids like my own, I’ve found some incredible sets that look more like inspiring works of art than baby toys. These wooden block sets might even keep my kids from asking for more screen time, and I say that’s worth...

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11 of our very favorite travel toys and books for kids to help make those miles pass quickly

If Spring Break or Easter has you heading out by plane, train, or automobile, you may be wondering how to keep your kids happily occupied beyond the iPad, as you travel from Point A to Point B. And since we all know how hard it is to hear “are we there yet?” for the 200th time, I’ve pulled together 11 of the most portable, fun, and quiet travel toys for kids that we can all vouch help make the miles whiz by. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   Related: Road trip help for families: Tons of sanity savers, tips and our favorite essential products    Magnetic Toys I...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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8 Valentine’s cards for boys (and girls!) that aren’t too sickly sweet

For those boys–and girls–who prefer bugs and dinosaurs to pink doily hearts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their classrooms. After all, I tell my kids that love comes in all forms; why should their Valentine’s cards be only sweetness and light and pastel? –Christina Tossing a bug into their classmate’s Valentine’s box is totally okay if it’s on Dandee Designs’ Love Bug Valentine card. Grab the free template and print on brown kraft paper or regular white cardstock and then affix a plastic bug inside the jar. A...

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What to buy a 7 year old girl: 13 gift ideas according to mine after the NYIGF

I had such a great time discovering so many cool new picks at the NY International Gift Fair this weekend. But what was maybe more interesting, was letting my 7 year-old daughter tag along so I could see her own favorites from the show that are now making the great birthday gift list in her head. With zero censoring from me whatsoever, here are just over a dozen gifts and toys that captivated her 7 year-old imagination.   Related: The coolest gifts for 7-year old boys and girls   Color Your Own Placemats by Modern Twist  More than two...

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6 of the best of the robot backpacks for kids

It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...

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Awesome Star Wars kids clothes let you be the droid you’re looking for

If your kid has a thing for Star Wars clothes, you’ll be glad to know that America’s favorite droid is now available in hoodie form. When asked for his response, R2D2 said, “BOOOP BEE ZOOP” and wiggled a little as if dancing to the celebration music of Ewoks. The Wookiee hoodie and Darth Vader shirt also available in this line were not available for questions. The Artoo Hoodie is part of the new Junk Food line for GAP and is available in sizes 12M to 5 years. It’s 100% cotton like all of their great clothes, and machine-washable with...

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Dinosaur dresses for girls? Reader Q+A

Do dresses with dinosaurs on them exist? – CMP reader @homawoodrum As popular as dinosaurs are with boys, dino dresses seem like an endangered species. Fortunately, they’re not quite extinct! We’ve tracked down some cute togs that will fill your dino-loving daughter with veloci-rapture. I love the deliciously rich magenta and olive jersey dinosaur dress for girls at TeenyBunny on Etsy (above), featuring an appliqued Apatosaurus. It looks soft and comfy, with no buttons or zippers, and is available in sizes from 12M to 6.   We’re avowed Jusami fans, and we love that they make a DinoGirl Dress which...

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Build your own adorable robot army without a single wrench

It’s never been so easy to build your own robot army. All you need is a wall and some imagination. Oh, and these amazing decals. Our friends at Pop & Lolli have struck wall decal design gold again with the Build-A-Bot set of fabric wall decals. The kit includes everything you need to build a variety of mechanical people, with 47 pieces including heads, glasses, bodies, appendages, and limbs. And they’re big, too, with each robot character topping out at 18 inches to 30 inches. This a company who won our love not only because of their unique and...

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Cool branch and robot hanging thingies. (Not actual name, but works for me)

This weekend at the NY International Gift Show, there was so much exciting new design that I can’t wait to share with you all! But one of the first new items that caught my eye was from Hangups and Baggage, a mom-run operation that’s giving boring old coatracks a run for their money. The powder-coated steel ROBOT hangup mounts to the wall, and gives your kids a fun place to hang jackets, jewelry, hats and backpacks. More fun than any hooks I’ve ever seen. Nice touch: It’s magnetic, so you can move that little bow from the neck to...

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Heart tattoos for Valentine’s Day! (Don’t worry, they wash off.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and plenty of parents’ quests to steer clear of cavity-causing treats to pass out in the classroom (not that there’s anything wrong with it!), our friends at Tatt.ly do it again, with a totally fabulous line of indie artist-created Valentine’s temporary tattoos. And by the way, they’re not so bad on adults either. Hit the What’s New section to see designs created by designers Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss, Julia Rothman, Bianca Gomez and more. When I was in high school I would have been all over those besties heart tattoos, but...

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Deck the halls (or kids’ bedrooms) with Babybot and Blik

Along with decking the halls, we hope to finally redo the walls in my son’s bedroom, but given that it has taken years for us to get around to this project, there will be no painted murals of his favorite cartoon characters. Instead, I’m digging the idea of decorating with removable wall clings that can come off when he’s older. {keep reading for a chance to win a set!} Blik, one of our go-to sources for wall clings, has just teamed up with one of our favorite baby product retailers, Babybot, for a set of wall graphics that is...

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Beep boop balloon!

Robots can be so hard, so inhuman. Until you give one a balloon and slap it on a onesie. Boom! Adorkable! We love the Balloon Bot shirts and onesies currently on sale at All Good Living Kids. Not only because they’re cute as a reset button, but also because they’re made of 100% organic cotton using ethical labor practices and eco-conscious screen printing. Neither people, trees, nor robots were harmed in production. Since they’re on sale, you might have to check which colors and sizes are available, but we’re still seeing onesies from 3 months to 18 months and...

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Take me to your cupcake

While the fancy cupcake trend has now hit just about every town in America, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good cupcake or even one that your kids will consider cool. Whether you’re going store-bought or baking at home, I think you’ll love this low-effort solution for hip, delicious, outside of the box party cakes guaranteed to have everyone doing the happy dance. Hello Hanna, the super groovy online kids party shop, now has a series of fun and edible icing cupcake toppers cleverly called Ticings. While they feature a variety of designs like princesses,...

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will.i.am is here to tell your kids that science rocks

Science is awesome! Who said that? Maybe DJ Lance Rock. And parents trying to convince skeptical kids. Well, now we parents have the help of mega pop star and Black Eyed Peas front man, will.i.am, of all people. He is currently using his star power and celeb connections to support a side project meant to get the brainy science kids some positive attention and the respect they deserve. And it involves something even the most reluctant, science-phobic kid can appreciate: Robots. {keep reading to see our exclusive interview with will.i.am} Kicking off with a special program, i.am.first- science is...

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Children’s art that won’t give you a toothache

Back when I was pregnant, I became obsessed with finding the perfect artwork to adorn baby M’s walls. I had almost no budget and was put off by most everything in the big stores–hearts, butterflies and safaris? Oh my. So I took to Etsy. Two years later I continue to stalk the site for new artists to make my gift giving more gratifying which is how I came by Rachel Dodge’ shop. After spending just a few minutes at Apple Blossom Print, I was in love with the artwork–especially this robot alphabet print proclaiming knowledge is the future–and I felt an instant...

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