Tech Age twist) we looked around for cool techie products available for our little Ruby dog.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
We've been waiting for LEGO to enter the 'Toys to Life' market for a long time. It's going to be one of the contenders for the main gift on lots of children's Christmas lists this year and probably for the next few years.
So is it any good? Is it worth the money? Are kids just going to lose all the small pieces so you're left with a useless lump of plastic and electronics? We've put the game through its paces so we can answer all of these questions and more.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Monday, 5 October 2015
The original BigTrak was popular when I was a child. I didn't have one then but I've made up for it now! An updated (but faithful) BigTrak was released a few years ago and we got one. It comes out regularly, especially when the kids have friends around.
We've also got a BigTrak Jr which has the same programmability but in a smaller package.
BigTrak isn't a recent toy, even the newly released version, but we still think it's a lot of fun and they are still available to buy.
Friday, 2 October 2015
We just bought the new Skylanders game, Superchargers. It's our first Skylanders purchase, however my kids have played the game at friends and have surprisingly deep knowledge of the game already. Skylanders Superchargers is the fifth game in the series, starting with Spyro's Adventure back in October 2011. Tracy purchased Skylanders when it first came out and have since bought Skylanders Giants, Swap Force and Trap Team for her kids. She tells me, the new Superchargers is quite special as it's a new type of game play for Skylanders - RACING!
Thursday, 1 October 2015
We got a Fizzbit last year at our local Maker Faire and with their recent launch on Kickstarter we dug it out to make a fun Halloween craft. Fizzbit is a small electronic module that turns cardboard and even 3D printed characters into fun, vibrating toys. The idea of Fizzbit came from Ross Atkin, looking to create a toy, low on carbon emissions and high on creativity and individuality. We embraced that philosophy and searched around the house for crafty bits to make a scary spider.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
September 2015 has been a fantastic month for crowdfunded children's robots and also for physical toys that use tech in creative ways.
We've already covered some Kickstarter projects in more detail this month. Check out:
- CannyBots: Programmable Buildable Robot Toys,
- Robowunderkind Modular Robotics for Kids and
- the USB Rechargeable Crafty Robot.
And don't forget to check out last month's Tech for Kids Crowdfunding Roundup, some projects may still be available to back.
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