5 Affordable Tech Gift Ideas for Kids

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We are in an electronic age and our children are mastering gadgets and devices at a younger age. As a result, technology has become a more commonplace in the realm of fun and education. With a shift in focus, children are not as easily entertained by traditional children’s games. As the holidays approach, many parents and educators are looking for gifts that are fun and educational at the same time.

Today, there are so many brand new options that give students access to educational toys, apps, and games. With so many different options available, this has created an opportunity to customize and personalize their experience based on their specific needs, such as reading, writing, mathematics, communication, socializing and much more. We found five tech toys that are fun, educational and affordable. Click Read More Below to continue reading.

Traveling with Kids

Vacation with Kids

With the holidays right around the corner, many families start to travel more and this can be fun, rewarding and challening all at the same time. Traveling around the world is one of the many exciting experiences that families get to share, and the thrill of discovering a new destination really calls for bonding time! When children are included in this experience, their innate curiosity and overt excitability makes it even more fun for all. However, traveling with children could easily turn into a disaster if you are not prepared. Here are a few tips you might consider:

The first thing to consider when traveling with kids is your destination: are you going to a foreign country, is it in the tropics? What is the climate like?  Is that country prone to epidemics? All those things need to be taken into account when choosing your destination, because it allows you to take preventive measures (vaccines, vaccine boosters and other immunization options) well in advance. Since kids can easily become sick while abroad, a way to help prevent that would be to carry baby wipes and mild sanitizers to ensure that their hands are always neat and clean before and after meals.

Kids constantly seek excitement, so make the trip an exciting adventure for them! Ask your children what they would like to do and try to include their suggestions in your activity planning. For your trip, pack some games (a well loaded smartphone, tablet and books or magazines) that they could enjoy while in the car or on the plane. In addition, you could suggest they keep a “Travel Diary”, in which they would write down all the activities they had, the foods they ate and the places they visited. To add to that, you could reward them with a disposable camera that they could use to “remember the moments”. It’s amazing how kids could get creative, when we allow them to!

Security is probably the most concerning factor when traveling with kids. In addition to choosing a reliable hotel in a safe location, there are many other things that you could do to ensure that you always have an eye on your kids, without breaking a sweat. For instance, you could invest in a “child locator” that will allow you to find your child in case he/she gets lost. This can come in handy in crowded areas such as airports, trains stations, attraction parks, and others. With a child locator (a device strapped to your child’s belt or shoes), all you need to do is trigger the alarm on your transmitter and follow the sound where it leads you. Of course, the area needs to be relatively quiet for you to be able to hear the alarm properly.

These are just a few tips and tricks to help make your traveling experience with the kids easier and more fun! Remember, early planning is the key to ensure that you are fully prepared for whatever surprise come your way. Most importantly, don’t forget have fun!

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Ten Spelling Apps Just for Kids

10 Spelling Apps for Kids

Written and verbal communication are indispensable tools that will permeate every facet of your child’s future. They will continually be evaluated by their communicative abilities, whether they are taking an exam, applying for college, writing a research paper, or applying for a job. The communication skills that you bestow your child with early on will impact them down the line. One of the building blocks for effective communication is spelling. Today there are so many fun and exciting ways that you can use to help your child learn to spell.

Technology, however, can create and fun and unique learning experience. There are many smartphone, tablet and computer apps that can make your child’s learning experience even more exciting. In this article, we highlight 10 spelling apps for your child that we found helpful. This can be an effective approach to boosting their communication skills because it is presented in the form of a fun game. Spelling can be complex for beginning learners, especially since children must first understand phonemes, or the individual units that form words. They should also become well versed in morphemes, or word combinations. By understanding the effects produced by various word placements and word combinations, they can effectively learn how to spell and write. You may consider some of the apps below.

1. Alpha Writer
Alpha Writer, by Montessorium, teaches kids letters and sounds that they must know in order to understand the composition of words. They essentially see the word, hear the sound, and can manipulate the position of the letter in a word. The possibilities are endless, as you learn to read, write and spell phonetically. Compose words and create stories with fun illustrations and dynamic interactions.

2. Bob Books
Employs the use of phonics, repetitions and spelling to build communicative skill. Winner of the 2011 Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review and "Best App for Kids" by Parenting Magazine.

3. C is for Cow
This is an app designed to develop spelling abilities through the use of alphabet games. “C is for Cow,” the new app by A Modern Eden, playfully teaches kids recognition and phonetics of each letter in the alphabet, along with a corresponding animal for reinforcement.

4. Clifford’s BE Big With Words
Parent's Choice Recommended app specifically designed to help children practice spelling and reading.

5. The Electric Company Wordball
This is an app where kids can learn how to spell with video clips. Break out your word skills! Look out for wordballs and catch them if you can as you groove to 9 game-enhanced videos

6. Licking Letters
This is an app that helps kids identify letters and use them in various words. Jump into the pond and help your lovable friend, Hoppy the Frog, lick letters to spell words! Your child will have a blast with this exciting and fun spelling adventure! (Ages 3-7)

7. Montessori Crosswords
This is another app designed to help kids with spelling. New-York Times - "The 3-year-old has learned to spell words through an app called Montessori Crosswords." Children's Technology Review - "Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Design"

8. Pogg Spelling and Verbs
This kids app teaches spelling through the use of pictures. Pogg is a fun iPhone and iPad educational game for young children, as well as a proven useful tool in kids' language development. It stars Pogg, a little green alien who can do all sorts of things.

9. TeachMe
This app is designed to teach spelling to those in kindergarten or first grade. New letter writing topic teaches how to write letters a-z, A-Z. It also teaches how to write numbers 0-9. Animated strokes show the child exactly how to write each letter or number

10. Word Magic
Is an excellent game app that uses brilliant visuals to teach spelling. Word Magic is nominated for Best Educational App by 2009 Best App Ever awards and also featured in "Apps for kids" by Apple.

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Bake Holiday Treats with your Kids

Bake holiday treats with your kids

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone seems to be picking out their favorite recipes to share with family and friends. Baking is a very fun and timeless activity that you and your children can do together for almost any occasion. It is now easier than ever to find tasty, healthy alternatives for just about any classic treat for any holiday. Baking projects can range from being very simple to very difficult depending on what you decide to take on. If you decide to make some holiday treats with your little ones, choose a difficulty level that is simple and age appropriate for your kids to grasp. Baking projects can give your children the opportunity to learn something new, build motor skills and have a greater appreciation for food and what exactly goes into it.

If you are in search of family fun for the holidays, consider creating a gingerbread cookie house with your children. This recipe is both fun and delicious. There are several yummy and delicious recipe variations to this one and you can build it in a number of different ways however you please. There are so many cool online instructions, videos and recipes to make it simple if this is your first time making them.

One simple recipe is marshmallow rice crispy treats. For this recipe you can use the brand name or store brand crisp rice cereal and store brand marshmallows if you want to make it on a budget or in bulk. This is a pretty simple recipe that is easy to customize! You can now go to sites like Pinterest and find new ways to put a twist on this classic. Find something you haven’t done before to create a new experience. Kids really enjoy being involved in the planning process and this helps stimulate creativity. Cleanup for this one is also easy and quick.

Another idea is pretzel magic wands! They are ideal for festive kid’s parties and birthdays too. They are fun treats that taste good and look amazing too! To make these treats, you will need pretzel sticks, chocolate, honey, sugar (or your favorite natural sweetener) candy sprinkles and edible glitter. The edible glitter and candy sprinkles are optional, there are some great ideas online if you prefer to make your own. Green and red are very popular if you are making holiday treats. 

Sugar Cookies and Peanut butter blossoms are one that you can always find at kids holiday parties! They are quick, easy and delicious treats that kids love. You can find a variety of tasty variations & healthy alternatives for this one. Sugar cookies are great because they are not only fun during the holidays but any time of year. A fun activity for kids is having a cookie decorating activity. This is something that everyone can take part in.

The best part is that you can find holiday baking treats and healthy variations easier than ever before. There are so many ideas online that can spark an idea for your family or class. The great thing is no matter what you make, when you involve your kids, you can create a fun, unique and tasty learning experience.

If you have a favorite recipe, healthy substitution, or idea, please share in the comments. Happy Holidays from KidsDesk.net!

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