We all know what a gamer is, and your children especially. YouTube is such a big platform where people go to watch videos, to either learn, be entertained, or know about important things out there in the world, along with so much more.
There is now a way to play games, and be paid for it while making a huge opportunity for yourself. A lot of parents are unsure about the idea of video games, as people assume they’re a waste of time and far too consuming. And while there are and always will be some concerns – as long as things are done in moderation, as well as done safely, there really is a lot of possibilities that it could bring.
Sometimes the world of technology seems to move dizzyingly fast. Twelve years ago, only 120 million people owned mobile phones. Now more than 5 billion people own a smartphone, and the figure rises every year.
Toys have been affected by this seismic shift too. They’ve become infected by new software and electronics, turning them from something static to objects with potentially infinite opportunities for exploration. Let’s take a look at some of the high tech toys that are going to revolutionize the lives of your kids.
3D Printing Pens
3D printing is one of those technologies that is endlessly hyped but not yet ready for prime time – at least in the industrial setting. When it comes to toys, the story is very different. A company called 3Doodler has developed a kind of 3D printing pen for kids.
That might sound a bit far fetched, but the pen – part of the company’s Start STEM Series – does not contain any hot elements and works simply by pushing out the printing material through the nozzle at the tip. The pen comes with a range of accessories that allow kids to make whatever they like, although it’s advisable to follow the tutorials to start with.
Exoskeletons and human bionics promise not only to improve the lives of people who have been injured in conflict or accidents but also to enhance human capabilities in general. Sure, we’re still some way off from becoming bona fide iron men, but that doesn’t mean that kids can’t enjoy playing with the idea.
Speaking of Iron Man, the notion that we can enhance our bodies with machinery is pretty mainstream, even if nobody is doing it yet. And now LittleBits has developed a Droid Inventor Kit based on the Avengers theme, that allows kids to trial a kind of Iron Man suit prototype on their wrist. The toy, which fits like a gauntlet, has lights, programmable features, and sensors. Unfortunately, they don’t supply it with a pocket-size fusion reactor for flight purposes. Perhaps that’ll come with next year’s model.
Drones are a controversial topic right now, but there’s no doubt that they’re going to play an essential role in the future across a range of industries, particularly agriculture, military and ecommerce. Right now, their primary purpose is to serve as toys, with kids and their parents clamouring for the best drones with cameras.
Getting kids started early in any hobby is important, be it music, sport or art. And drones provide keen parents with the perfect means of getting their children interested in photography. Drones allow kids to get shots at angles that just weren’t possible in the past, creating new opportunities for experimentation and creativity.
With improvements in artificial intelligence, it was only a matter of time before a company developed a cuddly toy imbued with smart software. Ubooly is a kind of intelligent device wrapped in a cuddly toy shell that can tutor kids of all sorts of topics, from numeracy to literacy and beyond.
It provides games, activities and stories to make learning enjoyable.
A lot of men think that, when they have a son, their bond will automatically appear and be lifelong. For most dads, the moment they hold their son in their arms for the first time, that bond is instantly felt, but the thing is, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way.
If you want to have a strong and lasting close relationship with your son, you have to work at it every single day. You need to spend lots of quality time with your son, teaching him things, sharing experiences and having fun.
With that in mind, here are some fun father and son activities that are great for quality bonding.
While we all know that kids need exercise in order to lead healthy lives, most of our little ones will sort this out of their own accord. They’ll run around the yard, they’ll play games during recess at school, they’ll cycle around the block… you don’t really have to put all too much thought into ensuring that they are sufficiently developing their strength and stamina.
However, it’s always good to give your little ones a little direction and to introduce them to physical activities that they might not be able to carry out of their own accord.
Take team sports as an example. Most kids will be unable to attend team sports training, games, or matches, unless you invest in kits and equipment for them and pick them up and drop them off from sessions and events. But this could prove more than worth the financial investment and effort involved.
Here are just a few different reasons that you should really encourage your little ones to get involved in team sports!
There are some people who think that the smartphone obsession is just a fad, and really, it’s possible that they’re right. After all, they’re barely ten years old, but now think they’re as important as the keys for the front door when they leave home for the day. Is it going to go on forever?
Well, we don’t know, but if people begin to see their phone as an inconvenience rather than something that adds to their life, then probably not. One way to get around this feeling, however, is to make the phone more fun. We take a look at five ways how below.
Christmas tends to be an expensive time of year for everyone. The majority of us will have higher energy bills, as we require more warmth to be comfortable within our properties. Most of us want to purchase a tree and decorations to make our homes more cosy.
We are likely to be invited to a whole host of social events and celebrations and the more we attend, the more the prices rack up. However, it tends to be a particularly expensive time of year for those of us with little ones. We want to keep the magic of Christmas alive by ensuring that they have something special under the tree when they wake up on Christmas morning.
Going on vacation is something we all love to do, no matter what age we are. However, when you’re traveling with children under the age of 15, things can quickly turn a nose dive. You’re all cooped up in whatever medium you’re using to get to the destination of your choice, with short tempers, and eye-spy is wearing thin. All in all, going on a long haul journey can just not seem worth it!
So, why head out on a road trip? Surely you’ll have a bored kid in the back, constantly asking questions, and being the biggest fidget in existence? Well, it doesn’t always have to turn out that way! Traveling with kids can be quite a nice experience, as long as you put the right prep into the plans. So with that in mind, here’s a couple of reasons why your children are going to love the next road trip you take them on!
Even though you might live in a leafy suburb with low crime rates, lovely neighbors and a great reputation, it doesn’t mean that your home is immune from potential thieves staking out your property.
Any hint of a vulnerability in your home and burglars will pounce stealing your material items and violating your personal space. It’s vital that you can do everything within your power to ensure that this doesn’t happen and to maintain the safety and security of your brood.
Take a look at these three sure-fire ways to ensure that your home remains secure.
Going green means embracing clean and efficient ways of living in order to help the planet and reduce your own carbon footprint. But it’s actually a whole lot easier than you might imagine, so there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by any of this.
If your home is currently not running as efficiently as it should or could, we’re going to look at some of the things you can do to change that. It’s also a great way to set the right examples for your kids as they grow up.
I’m pretty sure that most moms and dads will tell you just how much fun parenting can be and that the whole things is such a learning experience. You learn so much about yourself, and all about those little people in your home that you are helping to nurture and grow. And although there is no manual for when it comes to parenting, it doesn’t hurt to help to be as prepared as possible.
One of the things that can come as a surprise is the cost of raising a family. Parents-to-be will know there are costs involved, but right from the start, the money can add up. So one of the things that you can always help to be more prepared for, is being more financially prepared for a baby coming along. Here are some tips to help.