The countdown is on, and kids are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Before answering the "how many more days" question for the 100th time, take a few minutes to download some apps that will help put tots in the Easter spirit in anticipation of the big day. From Martha Stewart's egg-dyeing app to some bunny-eared photo postcards, here are 11 apps to help families prepare for the big day.
It's time for the Monopoly fans in your house to say goodbye to the iron!
Hasbro, the maker of the classic board game Monopoly, has announced that the trusty iron token will soon disappear from the game. As CNN reports, Hasbro invited fans to vote via the Monopoly Facebook page on which token to drop, and whether to add a robot, diamond ring, cat, guitar, or helicopter in its place. The result? Beginning in mid- to late-2013, the classic game will include a cute little cat.
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With the cost of postage increasing (yet again!) on Jan. 27, the appeal of an emailable party invitation is greater than ever. For busy mamas, the benefit of digital invitations goes well beyond the cost savings — they allow you to design invites and send them to guests in mere moments. We’ve searched the web and found seven of the best email-friendly options that ensure you won’t sacrifice style for speed!
An iPad-enabled potty-training seat wasn't the only kiddie find at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. From the looks of things, tech developers seem to have tots on their creative minds these days. If you thought you couldn't wrangle your tablet out of your tots' hands before, just wait. There's plenty of tech on the horizon for lil ones in the coming months, from a variety of toys featuring kids' favorite characters (Mickey, Elmo, etc.) that interact with apps to several new tablets designed just for kids (and we're not talking about new enhancements to the LeapPad, but real WiFi-enabled devices). Check it out!
Downplay the sugar rush this Valentine's Day with heartwarming apps your kiddos will love. Not only will these apps entertain for hours come Feb. 14, but virtual takes on crafts and cake pops will also save mom a mess and cleanup — leaving you with more prep time for date night! Although you'll have to hand over your iPad or share that smartphone, these apps offer an extra dose of love and will leave your little ones smiling.
Parents often enjoy a good read in the loo, so why shouldn't newbies using the potty for the first time have the same experience? Ask any mama who's been through potty training what the toughest part of the process is, and she's likely to say that getting your child to actually leave her activity and sit on the toilet is half the battle. So what if the potty actually had a fun toy — such as an iPad — attached to it? Would it make potty training any easier?
CTA Digital, a firm known for making tech products more accessible for tots, caused quite a stir this week when it introduced the iPotty ($40) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The potty-training toilet for digitally connected tots is a traditional free-standing potty with an extended arm designed to hold an iPad (it has a touch-screen protector to keep the device from splashes and unwashed hands).
Potty training can certainly be stinky business — would the iPotty help make it easier?
Ditch the flash cards and start downloading! We've found seven math apps that will make your kiddos awesome at arithmetic. Combining learning and entertainment — the best of both worlds — division is going digital, helping your kids (quickly) succeed. Classic games like tic-tac-toe have been given a timetable twist and math ninjas will help tackle numbers. Check out a few of our favorites guaranteed to entertain your lil ones for hours on end!
Nothing beats good old-fashioned board games when it comes to quick and easy family entertainment. Whether you're spending time with relatives or just snuggled up with your little ones for the rest of the holiday break, we've rounded up a mix of classic and contemporary board games to keep your family engaged. While some of our favorites may be found in your basement, others are worth a speedy trip to the store for some fresh, brand-new competition. Shop and play these family-friendly board games!
Checklists for a family road trip used to be filled with clothing items, snacks, and a few toys. Today, many mamas add one more step to their pretravel routine: downloading new apps to keep everyone entertained. Before your family heads off for your Winter break getaway, we've rounded up nine of our favorite new apps that are sure to keep lil ones bicker-free during the height of the travel season. From new storybooks and fun drawing apps to kid-friendly enhancements to your Spotify and Hulu apps, don't forget to download these before hitting the road!
There comes a year in every household when formerly firm believers in Saint Nick begin to doubt his validity. While you certainly don't want to still be keeping up the guise when your tots become teenagers, no parent wants to take away the magic of Christmas for their kids at too early of an age. What to do if you have a little Santa doubter in your house this Christmas? Show him evidence that the man in red is the real deal, of course. Gone are the days when a handwritten note and some reindeer tracks by the fireplace would suffice. It's 2012, and Santa's gone high-tech, with apps, websites, and phone tricks aplenty to keep little ones believing. Here are five of our favorite resources for keeping the Christmas magic alive for at least another year. Ho, ho, ho!
- Catch Him in the Act: In just three easy steps, you can create a photograph of Santa in your very own living room. Snap a photo of your Christmas tree or fireplace with your cell phone, add in one of iCaughtSanta's Santa pics, and share with your kids. Oh, what fun!
- Show Your Kids a Video Made Especially For Them: Tweet Telefonica 02's YouTube and Twitter Santa with the hashtag #02santa, and he'll create a personalized video for your kiddos — and upload it to YouTube in time for Christmas!
- Schedule a Santa Skype Session: Dublin-based Santa's Video Calls allows mom or dad to schedule a 10-minute Skype session for their little one to chat live with jolly old Saint Nick!
- iChat With Santa: Santa's Video Chat allows you to record your own message, then disguises your voice and simulates a video call from Santa himself.
- Track Santa's Journey From the North Pole: NORAD has been tracking Santa for close to 60 years, but the site's become tech-savvy, with complementary apps and Bing map features.