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Teach your child how to play doctor

medical play set

No, not like that…!

The Electronic Medical Play Set from Castle Toy includes an electronic stethoscope with lights and sounds, a light up thermometer, light up magnifier, patient’s badge, doctor’s badge, and a carry case.

It’s $33 here.

 

Learning App is a tablet for toddlers

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Tablets are getting so affordable you might be tempted to buy a Samsung or HP for your toddler — but Vtech is offering one designed especially for young children, and its only $45 here.

“With hundreds of apps to download, your child will have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning,” the company says.

The InnoTab 3 Learning App Tablet has a full-sized 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and a “G-Sensor” for game play.

Also, “kids will love taking photos “with the built-in camera that rotates for better shooting angles. There are also 55 special effects, and it can record video as well.

 

Kibo robot teaches kids programming

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Is it ever to early to get children engaged in programing their own computers? Well, before 4 years of age is too young — but 4-year-olds are the whom this Kickstarter project is aimed at.

The Kibo from KinderLab Robotics is “a robot kit that teaches youngsters fundamentals of programming through intuitive, age- and developmentally-appropriate technology” by showing kids how to customize and personalize their own two-wheeled robot base unit.

Kibo engages four- to seven-year-olds in building instruction sets that control the actions of robots by creating programs, or lines of code, through the use of familiar ‘manipulative’ wooden blocks. Each block represents an action for the robot.

It’s based on research at Tufts University. “It’s important that children grow up with the understanding that technology isn’t magic, but is something that they can learn to master, “the researchers behind the project say.

There’s more information here.

iPad Play made Real

osmo

Osmo gives your child’s hands “the freedom to create and discover in real life,, developer Tangible Play says, “and turns any surface into an imaginative playing field.”

The developers had kids of their own, and “wanted to create a way of bringing real-world play back into digital gaming to encourage social interaction, creative thinking and problem-solving.”

Using Osmo promotes social intelligence and creative thinking, they claim. “No one likes seeing their little ones turned into screen zombies disengaged from the world and people around them. Osmo is an iPad gaming device which aims to bring real world and social play to the iPad, by transforming the space in front of the tablet into an interactive environment.”

The Osmo reflector mounts over the iPad’s frontcamera. Then, its “Reflective Artificial Intelligence” recognizes and respond to your child’s real-world moves. No batteries, electronics, or WiFi are required.

It’s available for pre-order here for $99.

https://www.playosmo.com

 

Baby drum set

vtech drum set

Kids got rhythm: this new learning toy has three drum pads and cymbal, each with its own unique sound, VTech says.

Your child can play along to nine pre-set melodies in styles including rock, dance and pop, and choose from four different sounds for the drums. Each drum illuminates with an LED light.

It’s $18 here.

 

 

Real toy shapes interact with iPad

tiggly shapes

Noted by Time Magazine as one of the “toys that will make your kids smarter,” Tiggly Shapes develops motor skills, spatial thinking, creativity, and language.

Toddlers toy with tablets, the company says, and “you might think it’s crazy to let a youngster touch such a pricey device,” but Tiggly Shapes encourages it. The four colorful shapes interact with three free iPad apps: Tiggly Draw, Tiggly Safari, and Tiggly Math. The games encourage creative and critical thinking and aid in motor-skill development. They can be experienced in 8 different languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin).

They’re $30 here.

 

Toy is like a tree house

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Your child’s senses will be running wild as they explore and discover ball play, shape sorting, turning gears and more. VTech says its Grow & Discover Tree House has so many fun activities, “your little one will never want to come out from their tree house play tent.” And that’s a good thing, as the toy “provides a variety of activities to stimulate toddlers senses and help develop important motor skills.”

Babies can drop the balls through the holes and watch them roll, sort the shape sorters, or use the fabric to play peek-a-boo or hide and seek. They’ll play hide and seek, and crawl around the tent and play peek-a-boo through the colorful fabric flaps. There are 20 features to develop fine motor skills and learn about numbers, shapes and more.

It’s $63 here.

 

Fun ways to early reading skills

leapfrog alphazooWith the AlphaZoo Spinner, children can “press and spin their way to early reading skills,” LeapFrog says.

Toddlers can listen and learn the names of the letters when in Letter mode, and the names and sounds of animals when in Animal mode, “all while building gross and fine motor skills. Children learn more when they’re having fun,” the company adds.

It’s $20 here.

 

Baby’s Exerciser and Learning Center

evenflo playpenThe “Life in The Amazon” Triple Fun Active Learning Center “offers parents a safe alternative to walkers,” maker Evenflo says.

The center has eleven age-appropriate toys that “help your baby achieve important developmental milestones,” the company adds, “with rock, spin and bounce actions that provide your baby with plenty of exercise to strengthen legs, back and neck muscles” to help develop fine motor skills, object exploration, and tactile development.

It’s good from newborn to 24 months with a 3-position height adjustment that “grows with your baby.” The playmat, “exersaucer,” and activity table are one unit, and fold to “significantly smaller to make travel and storage easy.”

It’s $90 here.

 

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