Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Six Best Tech Gifts For Kids In 2016

As seen on Forbes...



It's true that parents and play industry leaders alike have all focused on getting the family to "unplug" and go "offline." I like this movement and do like the toys and games that support these activities however, there is nothing like a great technology gift that can really wow a child.

Tech gifts can be very fun for the gift-giver as well because they can range from the very practical to the completely unnecessary. What's funny is that people tend to fall in love with their most practical and most unnecessary gifts. I think this is because no matter what, tech gifts can inspire us to think about the world of possibilities be it striving for productivity or just plain fun.

Here is a short list of my favorite tech gifts for kids this year.....  Read the rest on my blog at Forbes! 
Picture list below with easy links for purchase:

Cozmo (my fave this year)

Asus Transformer Mini

CHiP

Sphero Star Wars Force Band


3Doodler Start


Intel Compute Stick


It's time to play!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Two Ways to Support TAT Just By Shopping


Thank you so much everyone! The recent newsletter is a success! The Toys As Tools Hit Lists is proving useful to you all. I'm thrilled!

I know you want to support this site so please bookmark these two pages to use when shopping on AMAZON or MARBLES.  Your support will lead to a new and improved website that promises to impact the industry by making it easier for consumer to by the best toys and tech for their families.

Here's the AMAZON link.

http://amzn.to/2fZtvSa

Here's the MARBLES the Brain Store link:

http://bit.ly/support-jenn-at-marbles


Please bookmark it. Toys As Tools will receive a small commission from anything you buy whether it be diapers, food, toys, or technology.  Everything counts! Here's a very short photo diary of our testing. We've been looking out for you knowing that you've been waiting to buy everything now.

Mel Chemistry: We're still testing but it's fun overall. https://melscience.com/en/

Playdoh TOUCH- Launched at the Apple Store a just a couple of weeks ago. 

This was a customer service call.  Kids should learn how to do this. Spin Master gets an A+ in customer service! 

Still researching parenting tools.  This one is a pair of gloves. I like a man in uniform! 

This young lady was testing Creativity for Kids Light Up Globe. She used her phone to trace to make a shrinky dink piece.  So smart! 

littleBits Gizmos and Gadget Kit, on sale now $40 off. 

two tester kids, an artist parent, and my games and gaming guru talk with Jay Melican, Intel's Maker Czar (that's his real title) about an upcoming subscription product. 








Thank you to each and everyone of you who has inspired me to bring you the best news with the best intentions and integrity your family deserves.

Yours truly,
Jenn

Cubebot, what's wrong? Are you okay? Look for desk toys for holiday office swaps and stocking stuffers and for you! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Black Friday Hit List (for Thoughtful Parents Who Want More)



Are you ready to shop until you drop? Just kidding. I don't believe we should respond to Black Friday this way. 


Ninety percent of the items in this list contain products that Toys As Tools testers has personally tested and approved.  For the sake of brevity, this will just be a list. The toys were submitted for consideration. Payment for inclusion is impossible. 


Note: Re: Amazon and Marbles: Putting items into your cart after going through my link means that you are supporting Toys As Tools just by purchasing something as you would normally do but a little percentage will go to TAT so thanks in advance! As you will see, a lot of the deals will be on the home sites of the products. Go ahead shop around! May you get the very best deal this holiday season.