Today we wrap up our 3 part series on educational toys that will help your child in the early stages of his or her formal education. Please join me inside as I investigate the importance of memory to your child's future education. This is certainly an important theme, and not merely during your child's formative years. Memory is a lifelong tool that we all rely on each and every day. You might just find yourself wanting to work on your own memory by the end of this post. And, as always, I'll suggest a few toys / products that are sure to help with memory development. So, click on through and let's get started!
Today I take an in-depth look at the new LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum (along with 2 classic LeapFrog LeapPad learning games). Join me inside and we'll learn together whether or not the good folks at LeapFrog have hit yet another home run .... I'll just give you this one little hint: They have! It's their biggest children's tablet yet, and, as always, it's packed with fun, educational, and amazing features! So, click on through and read all about it!
If your child's confidence in his or her ability to learn seems like an important issue to you, click through and read on as I consider this issue in greater depth and ultimately suggest a few toys that may help to instill some early confidence in your child.
If you have a small child that will be heading off to preschool either this year or in the next couple of years, you're going to want to give them every possible advantage when it comes to their education. This is really the sort of thing where getting them an early start now can totally pay off in their future endeavours, so read on for a few interesting facts and helpful product suggestions.
byLeo_Bond08-07-201504:51 AM - edited 08-07-201504:59 AM
Have you ever wished you could ride in style as you cruise down your street? Well, now you can! No, I'm not talking about riding in a Limo, a Mercedes-Benz, or a Lamborghini. I mean riding on an electric hoverboard or unicycle!
While neither unicycles nor skatetboards are new ideas, it's certainly an interesting twist to electrify either of them. If you'd like to learn more about just how these exciting new modes of transportation work, click on through and read all about it. Who knows, maybe by next week you'll be scooting along to work on an electric hoverboard or unicycling through your local park? The future has finally arrived!
Drones are quickly becoming one of the best all-purpose gadgets out there. Whether you've got a little thing to fly around your neighbourhood or park or something more serious for your business or filming needs, drones can be just as helpful as they are fun. Be sure to take good care of your drones by outfitting them with some great additions. Please read on to find out about more of some of the best accessories for your drones.
If you enjoy flying remote controlled drones and pursue this activity purely for the pleasure and relaxation it brings you, then you probably won't object to being called a drone hobbyist. And why not?? After all, drones can be a great deal of fun, and they also provide an optimal level of challenge to master, making them all the more enjoyable. So, if the term drone hobbyist describes you, then come along for a brief overview of 3 drones that are perfectly suited to your interest level. These drones are fun, affordable, and they pose enough of a challenge to hold the attention of even the most hard core of drone enthusiasts!
on 07-13-201511:09 AM - last edited on 07-17-201511:08 AM by BBYMartin
The world of photography has exploded upwards, into the air, with the advent of high-quality drones built to shoot premium pictures and pristine video. As a professional photographer there are a few key features you’re going to look for. Here’s a breakdown of a few that may help you make the choice on which drone is right for you.
on 07-11-201508:12 AM - last edited on 07-21-201504:58 PM by BBYMartin
Have you ever thought about how a drone could help you with your career? If you haven’t then maybe it is about time you did. They are pretty powerful now and gaining popularity on all sorts of workplaces in surprising ways. Today’s drones can be valuable tools to professionals in a variety of fields. Now is your opportunity to take a look at what a drone can do for you and your career, so maybe you can get ahead of the curve and excel in the workplace.
on 07-10-201509:43 PM - last edited on 07-17-201511:09 AM by BBYMartin
Action cameras, like the GoPro and Sony Action Cam, have allowed sports enthusiasts and extreme athletes to capture and share their point of view in high definition video. The results are nothing short of spectacular. Now drones are taking this enthusiasm to a whole new level.
My boys and I have always loved colouring and crafting, so when I was asked to review Crayola's newest creation, Colour Alive, I was excited. I was also seriously impressed when we really got into it. This colouring book with app takes your basic colouring book to a whole new level. Read on to see what I'm talking about.
on 06-27-201502:58 PM - last edited on 07-22-201510:10 AM by BBYMartin
Have you ever thought about what it might be like to fly? Well we don’t quite have jetpacks yet like we’re all hoping for but we do have quadcopters and drones these days. They are getting less expensive and more versatile very rapidly, and so there has never been a better time to try one out. They are easy to use, and there is so much variety so that pilots of any budgets or skill level can find something to make use of. Whether you just want to play around with controlling something in the air, or want to take professional grade aerial video, we’ve got you covered.
Meet Ollie! He's the small, fun, app controlled robot that goes wherever you do. I've been testing him all week and have quite a bit to say. If you enjoy RC toys—particularly unconventional ones like Ollie—then pop on in and see what you, and I, think of him!
Today I consider some of the coolest remote control toys that are available for use on land. If you've been thinking of getting into the RC hobby and would like something that's fast, fun, and drives on 4 wheels, then read on for a few cool suggestions. There's something for every budget here, so don't feel intimidated by some of the more expensive models. If you're just starting out in the RC hobby, going with an inexpensive model is a great way to guage just how much you're going to enjoy it. You can always opt for something a bit higher end later on.
Every little girl loves princesses. And with a number of neat Melissa & Doug toys, kids can build their imagination by doing everything from dressing up magnetic princess figures, to stamping princess imagery onto pictures, and creating reusable sticker scenes that tell a full fairy tale story.
With spring in the rear view and summer straight ahead, it's time for barbeques, late nights under the stars and trips to the pool and the park. The summer, as you head out the door, considering picking up some accessories for your smartphone to add to the experience. Whether it's new ways to enjoy music, or unleashing your inner photographer, there's definitely something out there for you. Here are a few ideas.
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One of the things about flying a drone is that each flight seems to elicit something new. As drones become more sophisticated, they offer more each time in the air, adding to the payoff of learning and improving as a pilot. The DJI Phantom 3 is built to last, outfitted with some of the latest features any consumer drone can offer. I took it for a test drive for over a week, and shot a short video to go with it.
Combine the quality of Melissa & Doug products and the love of Mickey Mouse and all of his friends, and you have a stellar new lineup of cool learning toys for kids aged 2, 3, and above. Check out my take of these 6 new options after taking them for a test drive with my 3.5-year-old son.
on 05-20-201504:32 PM - last edited on 06-11-201509:15 AM by BBYMartin
What’s cooler than having your own eye in the sky? For a lot of consumers and professionals out there, not much! The DJI Phantom was one of the first truly user-friendly drones on the market, and the family has grown over the past few years to includes some awesome new features. The beautifully designed Phantom 3 brings more range, more clarity, and more power to the field with two new models.
Today we take a look at the 3DR Solo Smart Drone—a feature packed flyer that's built to impress! Whether you're a flying enthusiast, an RC hobbyist, a serious fan of drone technology, or merely someone that enjoys being "in the know" when it comes to all varieties of newfangled gadgetry, you're going to want to learn all about this very cool quadcopter! So if any of these labels apply to you, step inside and we'll learn together!
Today I have the privilege of reporting on 2 cool, little LiteHawk RC vehicles—one a rider-clad motorcycle, and the other a cage enclosed mini quadcopter that's capable of flying, crawling on the ceiling, and bouncing off the walls! These little machines might be small in stature, but they're definitely big on fun! Read along to see the results of my testing and to see if either of these tiny beasts might be right for you.
on 04-30-201511:05 PM - last edited on 06-23-201512:07 PM by BBYMartin
Flying a drone is fun. Ask anyone who has done it, even for a fleeting moment or two, and they will likely refer to the exhilarating feeling in controlling a device that can see from various angles and heights. Considering how popular drones are becoming, Parrot’s Bebop comes at a time where the act of flying itself needs to be handled with greater precision, while offering an easier point of entry for those getting into it for the first time. Here is my experience with it, including a short video.
Lego has to be one of the best toys available for kids, and it's a toy that grows with your child and lasts a lifetime. Both my sons have always played with some form of Lego, and now at 9 and 14 they enjoy a lot of the older Lego themed sets like Technic and Mindstorms. I had a chance to try the new LEGO Pirates so I thought it would be great to look at some of our favourite sets, old and new.
Kids loving playing with tablets like the iPad. And some of the latest toys, like the Tiggly Geoshapes and Counting toys, interact with apps to make the experience fun and interactive. I, and my 3-year-old son, spent some time with both sets to give our take on them.
In the last couple of years, iPads have become such a popular tool and toy for kids, and there are so many apps now available for fun, learning and gaming. For even more fun, there are interactive apps with gaming accessories like Osmo.
Have you ever noticed how versatile the popular LEGO toy brand has become over the years? With numerous themed building block sets currently available, I'd say that LEGO is pretty much tied in with everything these days! With this in mind, I thought that today I'd take a look at several LEGO sets that specifically have movie related themes. There are some really cool sets available, so click on through to see LEGO sets related to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie itself, and more. After all, it's all about having fun!
byLindseyr04-15-201510:03 AM - edited 04-16-201511:07 AM
As a big sister to two brothers, then an Auntie to a nephew, then a mom to two boys, I have my fair share of experience with building blocks and sets. I am a huge National Geographic fan as well, from their magazine to their shows on t.v. So when I was given the chance to review National Geographic Laser Pegs I was pretty excited.
A few toy lines out there have kept the same basics for the last half century. LEGO's one of them, and LEGO has been encouraging people of all ages (especially kids) to build whatever they could imagine creating. With new lines like Elves and Friends, the characters may look different, but the stories and the fun are still all yours.
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