Do you have an Amazon Prime membership? It’s not too late to order an awesome gift for Dad! With Sunday delivery now available, your order will arrive right on time for Father’s Day. We have a few suggestions: Motorola Moto 360 Sport Smartwatch: Whether Dad has an Android or iOS smartphone, the Moto 360 sport is compatible and stocked with features. He can use it to check his heartrate at the gym or his Facebook notifications on the go. Globe-shaped whiskey decanter: We want to encourage all dads to drink responsibly, but we also want to encourage all dads to serve their spirits out of this awesome bottle that’s truly a work of art. Paderno Spiral Food Slicer: Is your father a foodie? Let him get in on the hottest trend of spiralizing fruits and veggies with this clever kitchen gadget that’s sure to inspire him to create new family favorites. Phantom Wireless Lapboard: Dad doesn’t need to be chained to the desk to check his email with this clever keyboard; it’s designed to be used from the comfort of his favorite chair.
Father’s Day is June 19th, and if you’re anything like us, you still don’t know what to get the tech-loving dad in your life. Below we share some of the hottest (and coolest) tech gifts that are sure to impress your papa!
For the homebody
Having young kids means parents don’t often get out of the house as much as they used to, but smart home innovations have made those clubbing days a mere memory. Connect Dad with the Amazon Echo for Bluetooth-enabled & voice-controlled access to music, movies, and more.
For the audiophile
For the dad with an impressive vinyl collection, this pro-caliber turntable from Audio-Technica offers three speeds, fully manual operation, and a USB output to send sound dircectly to a computer.
For the gamer
With Netgear’s Nighthawk gaming router, Pops can play his games while the kids use their mobile devices – all without frustrating lag or annoying buffering. Bonus: it offers WiFi speeds up to 2.53Gbps.
For the heavy lifter
Is your dad always complaining about his earbuds giving up on him at the gym? These Bluetooth earbuds from Jabra are not only sweatproof, they also offer an in-ear heartrate moniter and fitness coaching.
For the multitasker
Dad has a lot on his plate, so it’s no wonder that he’s always asking where he put his phone or keys. Help him stay organized with the Tile Bluetooth tracker that can locate his belongings with a simple press of the device.
Regardless of where you stand when it comes to screen time allowances for your kids, it’s a universal understanding that we need to encourage children how to be tech-savvy for a competitive edge they’ll leverage when they enter the workforce. Beyond teaching them how to use computers and mobile devices, we have some tips that will help them get comfortable with technology at an early age.
Toddlers & preschoolers: Don’t overcomplicate things. Start by teaching them how to plug in and charge devices, and the difference between the charging cords. Computer mouse skills can also be taught at this age, and there are several brands that are specially designed for younger users. Depending on your kiddo’s attention span (and your patience level), you could even try introducing them to educational websites like PBS Kids and ABC Mouse.
Elementary school: Tech learning gets a little more fun when it comes to teaching kids who can read. Find QR codes for kids to scan, teach them how to turn your digital music library into CDs, and show them how to reset your wireless internet router. This is also a great time to set them up on CODE.org and start a regular habit of practicing an hour of code a day.
Middle School & beyond: By this age, there are several different ways to help encourage tech skill learnings depending on your kiddo’s skill level and interests. Let them research internet rates for the best deal, teach them about system administration for your home computer, or even use them as an editor or content creator for your social media posts. Another idea: Let them start their own blog and incentivize regular postings and promotions on social media.
A break from school doesn’t have to mean summer brain drain! Don’t let your school-aged kids regress or lose skills learned during the school year by keeping their minds active. Besides supplemental learning with educational learning apps, here are some great ideas to keep kids thinking, problem-solving, and using their knowledge in real time.
Museums: Children’s museums (like this one in our hometown) often have a great selection of daytime activities for kids out of school, including day camps and educational programs. Use this site to help you find a museum near you.
Concerts: Our city blocks off streets in the downtown area to create a safe space for families to enjoy music of all types. Check out the schedule of activities in your area for similar events – music is a confidence booster & boosts brain power.
Parks and playgrounds: Just up the road from us is a wonderful park complex with areas for all age. Outdoor is a great way to boost physical activity, which has been proven to boost blood flow to the brain.
Libraries: This one’s a no-brainer. Not only do most libraries have story times for every age group, they have suggested reading lists, book clubs, and other ways to explore literature and keep kids’ brains stimulated. Here’s a local example of library offerings to get an idea of your options.
School is almost over, which means summer break is right around the corner. Summer camp is great option to keep kids busy and having fun, but for families who are on a budget or have a busy summer travel schedule, it might be hard to find the right fit. That’s why we love online summer camps – kids can attend just by sitting in front of a computer or a device, anywhere in the world and at any time they choose. Here are our top picks.
Maker Camp: This program offers both online and offline projects, with affiliates that host physical campsites where campers work with other kids and adults to complete the projects.
Camp Wonderopolis: With a health- and fitness-themed program lined up for 2016, this free camp uses both STEM and DIY to keep kids learning all summer long.
DIY Camps: While their programs aren’t posted for summer quite yet, DIY camps offer kids a safe online space to learn new skills like animation or coding.
Connected Camps: Do you have a serious Minecraft fan in the family? Connected Camps offer a moderated, free, and safe way for them to explore the world of Minecraft all summer long.
If you’re anything like us, you usually wait until the last possible minute to buy Mother’s Day gifts. Before you try to beat out the crowd at the mall, take a look at these suggestions. Bonus: You don’t even have to leave the house to get them!
Magazine subscriptions: Amazon is running some great deals right now on $5 yearly subscriptions for some magazines, like Better Homes & Gardens, Redbook, and Rachel Ray Every Day.
Charitable donations: What do you do for the mom who may have everything? You make a donation in her name to a charity that she supports. Unicef has a special giving campaign for Mother’s Day. Another organizaion to think about is St. Jude.
Online gift cards: Don’t limit yourself to just Amazon if you’re thinking of sending a virtual gift card. Check out these awesome companies that also offer virtual cards, delivered to Mom via email.
Mother’s Day is May 8, which means you have plenty of time to whip up something handmade and special for the one-of-a-kind mom in your life. Here are 7 unique DIY crafts that would make perfect gift ideas for Mom!
1. Buy a bouquet of flowers, some decorative cupcake cups, and a few other supplies, and you have adorable mini arrangements that would be perfect as table settingsduring Mother’s Day brunch.
2. Agamographs are a very cool 3D art form invented by an Israeli artist named Yaakov Agam, and making one as a Mother’s Day card would surely impress Mom! Here’s a great video explaining how you can make them at home.
3. Put a spin on the classic painted flower pot gift idea with this video tutorial for clever and unique flower pot people! Have your kiddos make one for each member of your family for an awesome gift for Grandma.
4. Use supplies found around the house to make this brightly colored bird feeder that’s sure to bring all the birds to the yard. (Personally we love any project that involves Duct Tape so this is one of our personal favorites!)
5. Have the kids explore outdoors to collect supplies for this lovely nature-themed mobile. Not only does it offer a fun earth science teaching moment, it also teaches children how to use their creativity – and it’s a safe activity for all ages (with supervision).
6. Is Mom always running out of magnets to hang the kids’ artwork on the fridge? Turn your favorite photos into magnets with this clever and easy DIY photo magnet idea. There are sharp tools involved, so this idea is best for older kids.
7. Kick it up in the kitchen with these simple yet striking hand-panted wooden utensils. Match them to the decor or just use Mom’s favorite color for an easy and practical gift.
Guess what? Not all STEM learning has to involve computers or mobile devices or happen in the classroom! A great way to encourage kids to learn about STEM (while still having fun & staying engaged) is through hands-on activities that help kids learn creative thinking.
Here’s our roundup of great spring-themed STEM crafts you can do together with your kids:
Encourage your little weather watcher to learn about different types of clouds with these DIY toilet paper roll binoculars. Bonus: You probably have all of the supplies on hand!
As you’re making this paper plate garden craft with your kids, ask them questions about the science of growing, like: What do plants need in order to grow?
These coffee filter flowers are a great decoration, but they also help teach kids about color mixing and the science of matter (specifically how liquids “behave”).
Who doesn’t love a good bouncy ball?! This fun DIY project uses simple ingredients and cool science. You can also tie the craft into a physics lesson!
As you’re making this fun kaleidoscope project, talk to your kids about shapes, colors, repeating patterns, and movement. Ask them how they think the kaleidoscope works.
Wow. 10 million.
When we first started Eggroll Games in 2011, our goal was simply to make great experiences for our own children. We found that creating educational, interactive apps was so rewarding that we decided to share our mission with parents, teachers, and children around the world. While we had hoped to become a go-to for children’s digital learning, we never imagined we would reach 10 million downloads.
Since then we’ve released more than 70 apps available on iOS, Android, and Amazon. Our work has won awards, been featured by several of the top review sites, and has been installed on school devices for students to have supplemental learning tools in class.
As the educational app landscape changes, we’re changing too. We’re deepening our educational line-up by adding more topics and grade levels. Simply put: We love what we do and can’t wait to show the world what we’re working on next. Here’s to the next 10 million downloads!
Blake Leftwich & Michael Oder
Founders of Eggroll Games
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