Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What Modern Parents Want from the Toy Industry- ChiTAG Crushes It

Bubble Soccer.  OMG. OMG. Can anyone say, corporate retreat? Beat down on Boss Lady or Boss Man? How about a family retreat? Beat down on Dad but not Mom, okay? 

How do you know which toys will work for your child?  Ask him to make a list? Based on what? Commercials? Black Friday Flyers? Ads.... hmmmm...

When is the last time you saw an ad for your favorite extra virgin olive oil? How about your chef's knife? Your favorite hot sauce? Things that you just don't compromise on, ever - like your kids' learning tools. Sure you can buy silly stuff too but if you are reading this blog, it's because you know that toys are investments too.

You may already have some great toys in mind but let's face it, sometimes, those really great toys can be a little intimidating. The day of unwrapping is a moment of joy, not just for them but for us too but you want that moment of excitement to go on after the holiday season so what can you do??? Here is a solution from Chicago that should be replicated everywhere.

Like a busy cafeteria, you had to wait for a seat sometimes. KLASK is an amazing game from Denmark. What is it with Denmark and toys? LEGO, Plus-Plus, and now KLASK!  

Keep reading to discover our Top Toolbox Essentials Pick for ChiTAG (Chicago Toy and Game Fair)!!!  All the way on the bottom.  Saving best for last....

Monday, October 19, 2015

Crowdfunding Alert! CZUR: How one super scanner can help all students achieve more

 Czur- the kind of tech that can solve so many problems for students and teachers everywhere! 

So I'm breaking my rule.  I rarely report on crowdfunding projects but this time I am making an exception.  If your child has a hard time reading, sustaining attention when reading, and maybe even writing, this is a piece of ed tech news you don't want to miss...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Got a problem? Brick It Out - LEGO Serious Play at Quartz

I know I'm biased but Quartz makes reading about business the most interesting news category EVER!

 Your company's got problems? No worries... Brick It Out!

My latest story at Quartz!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Catch me on Note to Self Talking About LEGOs!

 Discussing the good, bad, and fun and not so fun about LEGO with Manoush Zomorodi

It's a podcast!  No reading!  Yeah!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Active Summer Giveaway Part 2: Don't Miss This

 THE SECOND HALF of my follow up to my post at Forbes

This one is all about ACTIVE FUN too but for kids over 5!
Express Yourself, Think Like a Scientist Engineer, My Body Needs to Move

This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, nay Forbes.com

We are dividing this feature into two parts because this post and giveaway will focus on active toys for kids over 5 years of age.  The previous post with its very own giveaway focuses on active fun for kids under 5.  DON'T MISS!  You can enter both!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Active Summer Giveaway Part 1: $400 value; Limitless Summer Fun for the Five and Under Set

 A follow up to my post at Forbes

This one is all about ACTIVE FUN!
Express Yourself, Think Like a Scientist Engineer, My Body Needs to Move
This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, nay Forbes.com

We are dividing this feature into two parts because this post and giveaway will focus on active toys for kids under 5 years of age.  The next post with its very own giveaway will focus on active fun for kids over 5.  DON'T MISS!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Giveaway! Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts For You!

Okay, we're not giving this dress away but I am going to tell you how to get closer to reaching this goal.  The Bay Area Maker Faire is next week, May 16 and 17.  Buy Mom a ticket if you are in the area.

This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, not Forbes.com- just to be clear.

WHAT: A follow up to my post at Forbes and HUGE giveaway!!! Over hundreds in value AGAIN!

Goodbye laundry machines and dishwashers, those are not presents to mom, we still want productivity tools though but it's all about working smarter for us.... in whatever we do!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Giveaway! The Coolest Earth Day Gifts for Your Family!

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TeamTimeCar.com-BTTF DeLorean Time Machine-OtoGodfrey.com

By Terabass (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Name the two things the Back to the Future car and this science toy has in common.   One of these is part of the giveaway!!!!  Photo: MudWatt

WHAT: A follow up to my post at Forbes
It's all about being more effective about Earth Day in exceptionally cool ways!
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Think Like a Scientist Engineer
This giveaway is brought to you by Toys Are Tools, nay Forbes.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Need Help with the Science Fair?

WHAT: My story at Quartz about Science Fairs and extras at Toys Are Tools (here)

Read my story at Quartz and then come back here if you are looking for Science Fair project ideas and resources.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Toys Are Tools? What's That?

WHAT: Toys are Tools in 2015 and beyond wrapped up in one colorful logo
DOES: Logos forces one to make a statement about oneself
self-confidence and trust in others

TOOLS: The whole box

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Storing LEGOs? Product Recommendations and Some Perks

The 1 x 2 brick:  The Candy of Creativity photo courtesy: Megan Rothrock

WHAT: Product Recommendations for LEGO storage after writing my story at Quartz
DOES: Could drive you crazy but could inspire awesome creativity in your kid! And maybe rid some anger against the toys you buy for them.

$2 and up

AGES: 5+
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Like an Executive, Foment the Love of Language (no kidding, there might be a little bit of speech and language therapy here)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review & Giveaway: OYO Sports: Why Your Kid Should Be a Sports Fan- Oyo Style

Are you ready for Superbowl? photo: OYO Sports
Are you cheering for the Seahawks?  photo: OYO Sports

Or are you a Patriots fan? photo: OYO Sports

WHAT: OYO Sports minifigures and playsets- Officially licensed from the MLB, NHL, and NFL
DOES: Opens up new avenues for storytelling, creativity, discussion in strategy, exposure to new role models

$12.99 and up

AGES: 6+
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Foment the Love of Language
GIVEAWAY: Win two of your favorite sports heroes in minifigure collectible form or choose to use a $30 gift certificate 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: The Best Cheap Tablet Cases for Kids

It's always better to play comfortably so getting a good tablet cover can help add to the fun.

WHAT: Tablet covers ... almost all under $20........ covering our favorite Android, iOS, and Windows tablets that are great for kids!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

At Quartz- Best Tablets for Kids - Don't Miss This Mega-Review

WHAT: Read this before you open your kid's new tablet. You might want to get something different or set it up in a totally different way than you planned.

Thinking of buying a cheap tablet this season?
Sick of restoring your iPad to factory settings?

Have you wondered about buying these tablets?

Don't want to spend hours trying to understand security controls?

Kids not reading e-books or playing educational games (the ones that they may actually be learning from?)

The story at Quartz is about the following tablets:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide on Robots at Quartz- I Now Speak Robot and Will Translate for You!

WHAT: At Quartz- the Complete Guide to Buying a Robot for Your Kids

Yes, I am late at making a best toy list but I have been publishing it elsewhere.  I am assuming that you are all following my Facebook page but just in case.... don't miss this guide.

What, you already bought a robot?  What, it's not on my list?

Uh, do you still have the receipt?

Just kidding, but read this. It will help you enjoy what you will buy or have already bought!

Happy Holidays!

Disclosure:  Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturers of anything mentioned here for the publication of this review.  The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review.  Reviews are never promised

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