Cool Tech Gifts for Kids

tech toys for kids

If your kids are like mine, they're enticed by technology. So I've found tons of cool tech gifts for kids that are (mostly) educational and will make great gifts. See for yourself. Tech Gifts for Kids 1. Kindle Fire HD & Tablet  My 12-year old daughter reads way more now that she has a Kindle. (Most of her ebooks are borrowed from the library!) The Kindle has a … [Read more...]

Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014

Top New Game Gifts for Kids

From card games to board games and dice games, here are the best learning games for kids from 2014. We're huge family game night people and it's important to me that we play educational games that make us think, use strategies, solve problems, and improve other skills. Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014 1. Spot It Holidays (ages 6 - 15) From snowmen to candy canes, … [Read more...]

Remarkable LEGO Fusion Building and Tech Toy

Lego Fusion

Combining the best of building and technology, the LEGO Fusion Town Master Kit became our new favorite LEGO toy. Both my kids loved creating their town and even better, both could use one kit. The kit gave them opportunities to be creative, inventive, and play for hours. What's not to love!?       The kit includes 256 LEGO pieces. You don't need many bricks because all … [Read more...]

Building Toys for Kids

gifts for kids

These building toys make great STEM / STEAM gifts for your kids because they not only are tons of fun but they improve fine motor skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and problem solving. Building Gifts for Kids 1. Jumperrobot (ages 8+) Build seven bouncing robots that use an electric motor and a spring-loaded mechanism to jump forward in a … [Read more...]

Early Chapter Books for the Cybils Awards

early chapter books

I've been reading early chapter books like crazy to whittle down the list of top 5 early chapter book nominations for the Cybils Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literaray Awards. Since I'm a first round judge, it's my job to work with my fellow judges to pick our favorites for the second round judges. I still haven't read all the nominated books but I'm close! (Nor have I … [Read more...]

Writing Gifts for Kids

gifts for kids

Are you looking for gifts for kids who like to write or to inspire them to write? Sometimes all it takes for kids (and me) to want to write is a brand new journal and a pen that is awesome. Have you ever noticed that, too? Gifts for Kids Who Like to Write 1. My ABC Keepsake Book (age 3+) I think the My ABC Book Keepsake is so cute --  it's filled with eye-catching … [Read more...]

Stop Motion Animation Movies — Behind the Scenes

stop motion animation movies

Ever since we've been playing with OgoBILD's stop motion animation movie making, we've been getting inspiration from other videos and movies, in particular the behind the scene movie making action required. The Oxford Dictionary defines stop motion animation as A cinematographic technique whereby the camera is repeatedly stopped and started, for example to give animated … [Read more...]

Introducing Stop Motion Animation for Kids

animate it kit

We love how fluidly OGOBild's Animate It! Stop Motion Animation Software and Constructive Play Kit blends STEAM* education and PBL, or project based learning, both totally necessary for our children to build a 21st century skill set. Anyone interested in the Maker Movement will want this kit for their children. * STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and … [Read more...]