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The best Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game console. If you don't want to quit collecting Power Moons in <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> but need a change of scenery from your living room, that's entirely doable. Simply take the tablet out of its dock, slide your Joy-cons back on and you can pick up right where …

Gaming

‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ hitting iOS this month, featuring voiceovers by original cast

We’re getting new details today for one of the two new Harry Potter iOS titles slated for this year. <i>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</i> will launch this month and will even include voiceovers from some of films’ original actors.<p>In a press release today, developer Jam City shared that <i>Harry Potter:</i> …

Nintendo’s new Kirby is the rare co-op game that’s fun to play with kids

Really great cooperative games aren’t all that common. But co-op games that adults can play together with kids? They’re pretty much non-existent. Outside of the surprisingly enduring Lego series from Traveller’s Tales, I haven’t found much that’s actually fun to play with my five-year-old daughter. …

The 5 Best Basic Phones for Kids

If your 8-year-old needs to call home, but not watch YouTube all day, these basic phones are a great place to start.<p>There are many reasons to avoid …

Gear & Gadgets

You can now explore a magical 'Harry Potter' exhibit on Google Arts & Culture app

Google is bringing a world of magic artefacts into the digital space.<p>Last year, the British Library opened their exhibition <i>Harry Potter: A History of</i> …

Harry Potter

10 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Nintendo Switch

Hey, congrats on getting a Nintendo Switch! It’s fun to see Nintendo back on its game. Hopefully, you’re already playing <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath</i> …

Gaming

Harry Potter game is Pokemon Go creator's next trick

<b>The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features.</b><p>Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts in real-world neighbourhoods in the smartphone game, which has yet to get a release date.<p>Pokemon Go …

London is going all butterbeer over 20th anniversary of Harry Potter

Do you know which Harry Potter characters share their names with ancient constellations? What's the incantation for the levitating charm? Do you know your Bowtruckles from your Basilisks? LONDON —<p>Because there will be a trivia test.<p>It has been 20 years since J.K. Rowling charmed readers of all ages …

Books

Algobrix Teaches Children To Code Using Bots And Play (video)

Algobrix has created a new learning system which has been designed for children between the ages of 5 and 13, offering an exciting way to learn more …

6 Creative Ways to Save Your Kid’s Artwork Without Creating Clutter

That very first finger painting is magical. Your kiddo came home from daycare and handed you a masterpiece that is certainly museum-worthy. You proudly pin it on the fridge, giving it the due display that it totally deserves. The next day your tot totes home another fab finger paint project. The …

Sculpture

5 Slime Recipes to Make You Feel Like a Mad Scientist

Not just for kids.<p>September 25, 2017<p>Growing up, I was always ecstatic when my mom bought me some slime. It came in a little oval container, reminded …

The 11 Best Kickstarter-Funded Gifts for Kids, According to Kickstarter

A little while back, we asked Kickstarter for the best Kickstarter-funded products you could buy online and found that there was such a glut of …

The best educational toys for kids

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>Like it or not, the toys we choose to buy for our kids can make a difference in their development. During your child’s …

Get Your Kids Coding With Sony’s Clever Building Blocks

Forget everything you think you know about programming: the long hours behind a screen, the lines of code stacking up, all that time spent debugging …

Globalization

13 Apps to Play with Dad

Looking for a fun way to share time with Dad? You might be surprised to find that some of his interests are only an app screen away. We've gathered …

Where does the poop go?: The hidden machines of cruise ships

Behind the scenes of the life aquatic<p>Cruise ships are entire cities set to sea—the largest ones can carry thousands of people. To function far from shore, floating burgs like these rely on washing machines that swallow hundreds of pounds of sheets, ­water-filtration systems that serve both fresh- …

Cruise Ships

Tynker’s new courses use games to teach kids Swift

Kids wanting to learn how to build apps can game their way to coding skills with a new set of courses designed to making programming fun.<p>Tynker, one of the world’s most popular coding educators, is supporting Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative with two new games — <i>Space Cadet</i> and <i>Dragon Spells</i> — …

7 Tips to Combat Playroom Clutter

Children’s bedrooms and playrooms are often home to a cluttered collection of toys, movies, clothes, and books. With your child’s help, you can maximize space and minimize chaos by donating, selling, and organizing their belongings.<p>With the release of new iPads, game consoles, and movies, your …

Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3.<p>The London startup, which is a graduate of the PCH Highway 1 accelerator and backed by Randi Zuckerberg, promises families and educators …

Osmo’s new Pizza Co. game uses augmented reality to teach kids about running a business

With its latest title, educational game-maker Osmo is tackling a subject that’s close to CEO Pramod Sharma’s heart — entrepreneurship.<p>Co-founded by Sharma and Jérôme Scholler (both former Googlers), Osmo makes iPad games that combine touchscreen gameplay with real-world objects and physical …

Hot new toy Hatchimal is a real-life Tamagotchi

One of the most buzzed about new toys of the year has finally... hatched.<p>Interactive creatures called Hatchimals are predicted to become one of the most wanted toys of the year, according to industry experts.<p>Until now, parent company Spin Master has guarded the toy inside a large egg made from a …

Kids

Robo Wunderkind raises $500k and releases new apps for its robot that anyone can build

When we last saw Robo Wunderkind, the company was on stage as part of the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2015. This week it is announcing that it has closed $500,000 in new funding. The round was led by Arkley VC, with participation from angel investor Juergen Habichler and the …

Apple's kid-friendly iPad coding app arrives tomorrow

There are lots of initiatives to teach kids how to code, including ventures from Google, Minecraft and even the Star Wars franchise. However, with Swift Playground, Apple is actually prepping kids for a potential career at, well, Apple. The company has announced that the app, based on the Swift …

Apps

Kano inks deal with Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble to sell DIY computer kit

In 2013, Kano debuted its Raspberry Pi-powered DIY computer kit on Kickstarter, with an aim to get kids pumped about coding and computing. Since then, it has raised more than $1.5 million from Kickstarter backers, and its kits will soon be available at Toys R Us and Barnes & Noble.<p>The kit includes …

Raspberry Pi

Watching J. K. Rowling Get Excited About Fantastic Beasts Will Make You Wish It Was November Already

Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander is a new kind of hero, according to <i>Harry Potter</i> author J.K. Rowling in a featurette about the forthcoming film,</i> …

Ziro is a nifty hand-controlled robotics kit for kids

Meet Ziro, a robotics kit that lets you build all sorts of vehicles using a few motors, a smartphone, a glove and your imagination. Ziro’s default kit comes with four wireless motors and enough pieces to build a small car. You can now back this project on Indiegogo.<p>I’ve talked with ZeroUI, the …

This Cute Robot Teaches Pre-Schoolers To Code

Antbo hopes to inspire a new generation of engineers with a pet-like toy.<p>Learning to code may be almost as important now as learning to read. But most five-year-olds aren’t interested in staring at lines of code. A new robot makes things more interesting: AntBo, which looks like an ant, is simple …

Teaching Children How To Code, Without Screens

How a wooden toy called Cubetto may help foster the next generation of digital groundbreakers.<p>It’s generally agreed upon that the ability to code is going to be an invaluable job skill for upcoming generations. So how do you teach preliterate children aged three to seven how to program without …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books