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Worried Your Kids Aren't Learning Critical Thinking Skills? Tiddlybot Is Here To Help!

One can't be blamed for being a little worried about their kid's education. We aren't exactly living in the ideal eara for learning. With that in mind, it's not entirely surprising that we're starting to see inventions like Tiddlybot - a robot designed to teach children higher-order thinking.

Rest Your Child's Sleepy Head On A SlumberSling

“Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?” So says the kid from Jerry Maguire. Let’s not quibble over the actual weight of a human head, but let’s agree that it feels pretty heavy when we’re tired. And if you or your kid—most definitely your kid—have fallen asleep in the car, the human head looks like it may be too heavy to ever lift again. As your child’s head seems to be reaching for the floor of the mini-van, it looks painful too. The SlumberSling solves the problem of heavy heads and painful sleeping positions by keeping your toddler’s head upright when they fall asleep in the car.

BiKN Leashes Your Kids And Finds The Things You Never Want To Lose

As a parent, I want my kids to have some freedom to explore their environment, but they are little and I also want to be able to see them while they roam. I don’t want to hover, but I need visual confirmation that they are safe and nearby. If you’ve ever been at a busy park or a crowded store and lost sight of your young child, you know the panicky and heart pounding sensation of worry. BiKN (pronounced bee’-kin) takes away some of the worry by allowing you to electronically leash, page, and find the things you never want to lose. Like your kids.

Boxed Delivers Big Box Products To Your Door

Imagine a life where your family goes through Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Annie’s Mac & Cheese, and Welch’s Fruit Snacks like they are the only thing left on Earth to eat. Okay, if your family is anything like mine that might not be so hard to imagine. But imagine a world where you could have those things delivered to your doorstep without dealing with the crowds, parking lots—the rage those things may cause—or membership fees of big box retailers like Costco or Sam’s Club. Boxed is a free, no membership fee app that delivers big box products to your doorstep. Without the rage.

Pets Honored Through This Thoughtful Memorial: The Farewell Pet Kit

It's the goodbye no one wants to say.  When we have to say it, it's usually because we, as adults, have had to take matters into our own hands and provide a humane death for our pet.  It's an ugly experience and we hate ourselves long afterward for being 'humane.'  Then, there's little available to help us grieve.  And how do we help our children deal with, perhaps, the first loss of a close companion?

The SwRing Is Fun For All Kids And Therapeutic For Those With Autism

Though the SwRing was invented by Emory Clark more than 30 years ago, it is new to some parents and their autistic children. It’s similar to a tire swing in that it swings while spinning in small circles while rotating in larger ones. The SwRing is built as tough and long-lasting as playground equipment, but is safe enough for children as young as 18 months. Kids can climb on, sit in, or stand on SwRings, but it’s more than child’s play. SwRing is fun for all but therapeutic for children with autism and recently won a 2014 Family Choice Award for children’s products.

Smart Car Cozy Coupe Puts Childlike Fun Back In Driving

OK, so you bought a Smart Car for its fuel economy, park-ability and all-round urban practicality but you still get mocked for driving a “kiddy car”... what to do? Just go with it by dressing up your Smart Fortwo as a (slightly) oversized Cozy Coupe!

SaddleBaby Allows For Hands-Free Shoulder Rides

The SaddleBaby Shoulder Carrier enables you to give your child hands-free shoulder rides. It is a harness worn around your chest and has built-in ankle cuffs that keep your child securely on your shoulders, thus freeing your hands to do something else. The cuffs are made with industrial strength hook and loop fasteners as well as industrial strength velcro. The foam saddle is meant to create a more comfortable ride, but SaddleBaby can be used with or without the saddle. SaddleBaby is designed to carry children 2-5 years old.

Hug: A Way To Revolutionize Childhood Vaccinations

As a student at the University of Kansas, George Ressler learned of microneedle vaccinations being developed at Georgia Institute of Technology. He saw it as a painless way to provide childhood vaccinations. With the help of Georgia Tech’s research team he designed Hug, a vaccination system designed to be a solution and alternative to needle injected vaccines for children.

Nexcare Acne Covers Suck The Life Out Of Your Zits

There are a ton of creams and washes on the market that claim to combat acne. Some work; some don’t, but they are all kind of a hassle to use. Nexcare has come up with a new kind of acne product that looks to be a lot simpler.

Zoku Fish Pop Molds Are Perfect For Little Hands

Popsicles and summer go hand in hand. Popsicles and my one-year-old twin boys go poorly. But it’s summer and they want what their big sister has. Short of using a hand-held mesh food bag that allows them to gnaw on frozen fruit or letting them lick a popsicle while I hold it, I haven’t found a way to let them enjoy one of summer’s best treats. Until now. Zoku, the company who gave us the Quick Pop Maker, now offers Fish Pop Molds. These pops are the perfect size for little hands.

ReStyle Restores Hope For Women

ReStyle is a company which brings Fair Trade, women artisan made products to the mainstream market. ReStyle gives women in El Salvador, Columbia, and India the ability to create art, earn money, and support their families and children. ReStyle has renewed many women’s lives by giving them the hope for a brighter and safer future by recycling and using native materials.

MaKey MaKey Makes Everyday Objects New Inventions

Kids have been singing about the Bananaphone since Raffi released a song and album by the same name in 1994. Fast forward 20 years, and Raffi’s silly song doesn’t seem so silly. Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, two very smart and creative guys with MIT degrees, have invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer keyboards or touchpads. Move over Bananaphone, MaKey MaKey can turn bananas into a piano.

ImagiPlanks: Outdoor Wooden Building Sets With Endless Possibilities

ImagiPlanks are wooden building sets made from American Hardwood and treated with a non-toxic, non-flaking environmentally friendly finish. These open-ended building sets are part block, part puzzle and perfect for young builders to take their imaginations outside. Think giant Lincoln Logs. ImagiPlanks can be made into forts, towers, see-saws, benches and so much more.

Want This New Invention? EZ Leaps Teach Shoe Tying

Growing up is full of a number of leaps and bounds: learning to crawl, learning to walk, and learning the ABCs. One of those leaps that kids often struggle with is learning how to tie their shoes. It can be a real challenge to their fledgling motor skills. EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool has been designed to help kids learn this important task in a fun and colorful way with a simple and inexpensive tool.

Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp: Cool and Convenient Light

The Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp isn’t really a lamp by itself; it’s a plastic lamp shade with a built-in LED light connected to a USB cable. It’s a modern day make your own lamp kit without the work. You use the Satechi lamp by placing the lamp shade and LED light into the top of almost any bottle or vase, making a new lamp with every new bottle you choose. Satechi Touch creates cool and convenient light when plugged into a USB port.

Doona Infant Car Seat. It's A Stroller Too.

There are car seats. There are strollers. There are contraptions that convert car seats into strollers. And there is Doona, an all in one infant car seat and stroller hybrid of awesomeness. Doona is the world’s first car seat with a built-in system for easy mobility. Translation: This rear facing car seat has wheels. This car seat turns into a stroller. This car seat just made life easier.

7 Rainy Day Indoor Forts Perfect For Any Day

School will be out in a couple of weeks for most kids. Between the hot temperatures, bickering siblings, or rainy days, it might be a long summer for some parents. In our house, the theme for our daughter is Keep Her Busy. If we can’t get out of the house it’s a really long day. My three-year-old is pretty good at keeping herself entertained, but she also needs extra stimulation and ways to burn some energy on those long days at home. So I did all of us a favor. I found some pretty sweet indoor forts that are perfect for rainy days. Or any day.

Light Stax LED Building Blocks, Lite Brite Meets Duplo?

Ever wonder what would happen if a Lite Brite and a lonely LEGO Duplo block got crazy one night, had a few juice boxes, and played Twister? Let’s just say Duplo wasn’t lonely anymore, and they created the coolest block ever. That’s what Light Stax look like to me: a glowing, stackable, love child. Light Stax are LED building blocks that light up when attached to their power generating base. And they look awesome.

SlideRider Turns Indoor Staircase Into Indoor Slide

Kids love stairs. I don’t have scientific facts to back this up, just memories of childhood. As a kid, my brother and I would slide down our carpeted stairs on our bottoms. Then that became boring and we progressed to the ultimate, fear inducing thrill of going down head first, our heads bobbling and our teeth chattering. How did we not break our necks or bite off our tongues? Trisha Cleveland has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs. SlideRider turns a staircase into an indoor slide.