Category: for 8-year-olds

  • Chrome Music Lab

    Chrome Music Lab is a collection of 13 free online musical ‘toys’ that let kids (and adults) play with music and in the process, learn something about pitch, rhythm, and structure. They require no instruments or musical knowledge. The site relies on JavaScript, which is supported on all browsers on all devices. Each ‘toy’ (or […]

  • Magformers

    [amazon_link asins=’B002NGOH1W’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4abc6a27-1d6e-11e8-a40d-c5c0ca798c19′] These things have been standard fare at childrens’ museums and science museums since they were developed in 2008. I had seen them many times but didn’t know what they were called. Unlike some other magnetic toys, these are perfectly safe for infants to gnaw on. From the website: “Each […]

  • Games World of Puzzles

    [amazon_link asins=’B01KKLIO9W’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’62b5cded-1d6e-11e8-84c5-9fe4bce2f500′] Games Magazine has been around for 40 years. I was around 8 when I started getting it. I couldn’t do most of the puzzles in there but enjoyed the ones I could, and strived to do better each issue and try new puzzles. The format of the magazine has […]

  • Planet Plates

    [amazon_link asins=’B00HWGP9W4′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c6e910fb-180b-11e8-8e82-d5d01465bbc8′] The kids got these as a gift one year. I think we, as well as the giver thought of it as just a novelty that might not get much use, but the plates have become an essential part of our kitchen and we have used them just about every […]

  • Plants vs. Zombies

    [amazon_link asins=’B003VJKJG2′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8ec9d2a2-159d-11e8-ba90-f1c355913de5′] We didn’t even had kids yet when this game first came out. And there is a whole group of elementary school-age kids who can now rediscover what was a huge hit back in 2009/2010. I think it’s one of the great games, in terms of theme, design, and extensive […]

  • Geronimo Stilton

    [amazon_link asins=’0307206912,0307206394,0307245217′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’39a4c3ca-3fd6-11e7-89d3-bb94155392fa’] I had never heard of Geronimo Stilton before having kids, and just randomly stumbled across these CDs at the library when planning a road trip. These were a big hit and we started playing them in the evening at bedtime. The concept is that Geronimo Stilton is a mouse […]

  • Steam Powered Giraffe

    [amazon_link asins=’B0086JZPNO’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2bb5338a-10e9-11e8-b7e0-d3656075f555′] It has been fascinating to watch this band evolve over the past ten years. From busking at Balboa park in San Diego to a huge theatrical production on a constant nationwide tour. From their website: Steam Powered Giraffe is a musical project from San Diego, California. It was formed […]

  • Battle of the Planets

    [amazon_link asins=’B00005OOPW’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’02d5664d-0c40-11e8-b7a8-8de5a9e57dc2′] Imagine a Star Trek plot with Power Rangers characters, scored by a hodge-podge of John Williams sound-alikes and late ’60s sounds influenced by bands such as Procol Harum, and voiced by Casey Kasem? The answer is Battle of the Planets My son asked me what were my favorite shows […]

  • 200-VS Attack – Bump ‘n Eject RC Battle Bumper Cars

    [amazon_link asins=’B01MZEDJCJ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’05de0e4e-053e-11e8-a819-c1b392dd7c5f’] This was a gift for the birthday boy at a party we attended and we got a chance to play with it. It was a lot of fun. Remote control cars have been around a while (Tesla built an RC boat in the late 1800s!) and whenever I’ve played […]

  • Minecraft: The Island

    [amazon_link asins=’0399181776′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’91f8d4e9-f636-11e7-a944-ff7108981ad3′] We have some Minecraft-obsessed people in our house and when visiting the library we always look for Minecraft-themed books for design ideas. We picked up “The Island” not knowing anything about it and the kids lost interest when they saw that there were no illustrations. But I read the […]