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Toymail Lets Parents Send Voicemail to Their Kids’ Toy

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Being a working parent is hard. Aside from missing out on some of your kid’s firsts, it sucks not being able to hang out and bond with your offspring as much as you want to. You can, however, harness the power of modern technology and make them feel your presence one way or another, like with Toymail.

It’s a small, mailbox-shaped toy that lets you send voicemail straight to your kids. The awesome part is that your child can send you messages, too, simply by hitting ‘reply.’

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iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

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Want To Feel Old? Watch This Video Of Kids Being Introduced To The Original GameBoy

Well then… time marches on, doesn’t it? Choice excerpts from this lovely video include the following.

5:43 – “In a split second, I would throw this in the trash and get back the iPad.”

5:59 – “The gaming device… is stupid.”

6:53 – “You gotta thank this, this is the grandfather of everything.” (smart kid!)

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Printeer – the Kids-friendly 3D Printer

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There is no denying that modern day kids are smarter than we were at their age; being exposed to tons of new and cool gadgets has given them the upper hand, at least where technology is concerned. One piece of tech, however, has long been out of reach because of the level of technical expertise required – and that’s 3D printing. But thanks to Mission Street’s Printeer, kids can now get hands-on with three-dimensional printing as well. Involving no complex CAD programs and software, the 3D printer just requires kids to have an iPad and a drawing tool. Once an image has been drawn, they simply send it to the 3D printer. With a pledge amount of $549, Printeer is likely to be made commercially available sometime after November – after they’ve met their crowd-funding target. Pledge-givers, however, can get their hands on limited inventory as early as October.

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Hamster-Powered Monster Will Fascinate The Kids Young And Old Alike

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This is a Stranbeest powered by a hamster in a wheel. A straandbeest is a multi-legged contraption created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Normally on display on Holland’s beaches, it’s now transformed into a tabletop contraption that uses a hamster ball with the hamster inside as the locomotive power; the ball turns some gears, which in turn propel the mechanism forward. Its eerie gait is sure to fascinate your kids at the very least, and even you if you still have an impressionable spirit in your curmudgeonly old age.

For $35 you can get an assemble-at-home kit, although the hamster is not included.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Knitted Hats

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If you grew up in the 80′s and now have kids, you have to do yourself a favour and get one of these. Knitted by one ‘TheLilliePad’ on Etsy, they’ll set you back between $32 and $38. Alternatively, you could buy the pattern for all of $6. Take into consideration that due to increased demand, you may end up waiting a while for them, during which you may as well take up some crocheting lessons…

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Super Precision Gyroscope Is Science-y Fun For Kids Of All Ages

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The Super Precision Gyroscope is made from solid brass, along with a light-weight aluminum enclosure. The included battery-powered motor is able to get the brass disc spinning up to 12,000 RPM for an indefinite amount of time, or up to 7 minutes if you detach it.

The gyroscope comes with a number of attachments allowing numerous configurations to perform scientific, educational or simply mesmerising experiments. [Included are] 2 x 50 mm long stainless steel extension rods, 2 x ball ends, 1 x slotted end. The rods when screwed together will extend 100mm, and can be screwed in other positions to create gimbals etc. There are 7 places on the frame of gyroscope that the attachments can be screwed into.

If you’ve ever played with a gyro you’ll know they can be a lot of fun, especially to younger children who don’t initially understand how gravity can apparently be messed around with like that. Granted, $129 may sound like a lot for what appears to be a toy, but all things considered, there are a lot of much worse ways to spend that much.

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JrPonics Set Will Get Kids (And Adult Kids) Excited About Hydroponics and Aquaponics

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Aquariums can be tedious and hard to take care of. But the JrPonics set, pictured above, is designed for kids. That means it’s so simple to maintain, well, even a kid can do it. And he’ll learn all about hydroponics in the process. See, the JrPonics kit combines a little herb garden that sits atop a fish-living compartment. The plants grow and eventually feed off the fish’s, uh, excrement (not exclusively, however) while simultaneously oxygenating the water. Your child will witness a symbiotic relationship that could spark interest in a host of educational and intellectually motivating topics.

The JrPonics kit comes with the following:

Air Pump, Tubing and Air Stone Gravel Mix Net Cups, Grow Stones and Foam Pucks Basil & Mint Seeds FritzZyme® Nitrifying Bacteria Nitrozime® Seaweed Extract General Hydroponics® FloraDuo® A & B Hydroponics Nutrients Betta Bites® Fish Food 1oz Foliar Spray Bottle 30-page Full Color Instruction Manual.

For $65, this can make a great Christmas gift for anyone looking to steer their kids away from the mind-numbing presents most people are likely to get this Holiday season.

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One World Futbol Is Nearly Indestructible, Can Bring Some Joy To Kids In Impoverished Countries

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The world’s most popular sport doesn’t involve a cigar shaped ball thrown with the hand, but rather a spherical one kicked around with your feet. And while the barrier to entry is usually quite low, requiring nothing more than a ball and your legs, even that’s a tall order sometimes; in some part of the world, balls are fashioned with thrash and string. The One World Futbol is a very special ball in that even when punctured several times, it doesn’t deflate. It just keeps going and going. And the idea of the project is that if you buy one, another one will be given to a child in need, somewhere in the world. Created by Tim Jahnigen, early on the project was given some wings by an involvement from superstar Sting, and then a sponsorship from Chevrolet. It’s called “One World” in recognition that we really do live in one world, and as a reminder to people in the “first world” that they are in fact sharing the same planet as those who live in more impoverished areas. It’s $40.

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