Where do your kids go on the web?

September 4, 2007

My twins are only two, but they are already fascinated with the computer.  While I’m extremely proud of their interest in technology, I’m also a little afraid. 

Both of my children love to get on my lap while I’m working and play with the mouse or pretend to type.  They love to get e-cards from Grandma.  And they like looking at the Playhouse Disney site with Mommy because it has all their favorite characters.

My husband and I have discussed it and think its time for the twins to get their own computer. Nothing fancy.  Just a basic model, making even a refurbished one.  But what computer is not the difficult decision.  Besides, some learning games we buy, where else can my toddlers go safely on the computer?

The Internet opens up a whole wide world of information and activities, but it also opens up a world of creepiest scum out there peddingling stuff I don’t want my children to be exposed to.

I recently came across this list of 50 Sites for Kids that I’ll be bookmarking.  Some of them are still to old for the twins, but they’ll be handy in the future.  Like the list of sites for help with homework and news.

For toddlers, I think these are my top choices:

Playhouse Disney — Games and activities featuring all the twins favorite characters — Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and My Friends, Tigger and Pooh.

Seussville — Games revolving around our favorite rhyming author.

Sesame Street — Games involving the lovable muppets from Sesame Street.  Includes printable coloring pages.

Nick Jr. — The twins can enjoy activities with Blue, Dora, Diego, The Backyardigans and Wonder Pets.

Boomrang — I want my children to be able to enjoy the classic cartoons from my youth including Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, The Flinstones and The Jetsons.

Crayola — A plethora of arts & craft activities for every age.  The site has online coloring pages.

What are your children’s favorite website?  What would you recommend me bookmarking for the toddlers?

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‘Back to the Future’ Hover Board Now Viable

August 9, 2007

First the DeLorean comes back on the market, now the hover board from the Back to the Future trilogy is on the verge of becoming a reality.

HoverboardNo, don’t head for the nearest toy store to reserve your hover board before the Christmas rush.  As far as I know there are no plans yet to make and market the hover board.  But the good news is that the technology to create the hover board now exists.

According to The Telegraph, physicists in Scotland have discovered how to cause levitation by reversing something called the Casimir Force.  The science behind this breakthrough is Greek to me, so read the article if you want the details.

Sure, there are probably a lot more practical applications for this new discovery, but a hover board sounds like the most fun.

The cool thing is that even if we couldn’t have the hover board we admired when we watched Back to the Future as kids, there is hope that our children or grandchildren might.

No word yet on whether it’ll work over water.

In the meantime, it looks like the Jetsons’ ride might be available for those of you who don’t mind the $146,000 price tag.