What we learned this week #69

children tablet

Or: what we learned these weeks? I hope you didn’t all miss me too much Quibsters during my week (and a bit) off, 90% of which was spent seeing the sights of Prague, and 10% of which was spent watching Sharknado. Why not join me in catching up with some of the best stuff we learned his week in this bumper, Christmas Radio Times-style edition, with no filthy number jokes?

Give kids tablets (if they need them)!

Sound advice with phramceuticals …

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The most awesome family gifts on Black Friday

No need to thank us, but we’ve totally solved Christmas. As well as our amazing handpicked Christmas gift guide, we’ve also scoured the best offers for tech-loving families.

Babies and toddlers

Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas, or your toddler is an old hat at this gift stuff by now, there are some great bargains that aren’t just fun – they help develop skills too.

We like the VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball for the very littlest family members. Down from £15.99.

The …

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Study The Simpsons to get an A in maths

Thanks to a writing team of geeks, maths PhDs and number wonks, The Simpsons is chock-loaded with mathematical jokes. In fact, if maths is a struggle for your kid, here are a few episodes that could help. Plus some bonus Christmas present suggestions that make maths almost as much fun as watching cartoons.

Want to understand Fermat’s Last Theorem? 

If n is a whole number that is higher than 2, then the equation Xn + Yn …

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The (Back to the) Future is now

Back To The Future 2

Hold the video phone, Needles, Back to the Future II was set in 2015?! With just over a year left on the Delorean’s clock, we look at all the inventions first showcased by Marty McFly and now readily available for your family.

Wireless gaming

The rugrats of 2015 were horrified by 1980s arcade gaming. According to BTTF2, the future of gaming was wireless and saw you using your own body, to play. What, like the Xbox Kinect?

 

Look at Sesame Street TV …

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The Robo-Boogie competition – yeah, that’s right, dancing robots!

Robo-Boogie-lineup competition, code club

By Laura Celada

 If your children like programming and love robots as much as you do, they don’t want to miss the Robo-Boogie competition launched by Code Club. The organisation, which provides volunteer-led after school coding lessons for 9-11-year-olds, has teamed up with Samsung to search for Britain’s young coding talent.

Using a simple web app created by Code Club, pupils will be able to make their own dancing robot with a selection of musical styles and dance moves …

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Our editor’s picks for the best innovative Christmas presents

Totoya Yetyet

It’s (nearly) Christmassssssssss!

I’m so excited that we’re in the countdown to Christmas! And this year it’s easier than ever for me to find the best presents for my three kids, thanks to Quibly’s handpicked gift selections.

I can’t say exactly which of these I’m planning to buy for my kids (they do read this blog…) but these are my top five favourites from the Quibly Christmas Shop.

John Adams Radioactive ScienceNo joke, your kids can make their own glowing ectoplasm. …

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Introducing the new Quibly search

quibly search

You know we’re here to please you. So we’re always trying to improve and evolve your experience on Quibly. To give you the best possible answers and deliver exactly what you want or need, whenever you want or need it, we’ve updated our search and also improved its usability. The new search allows for deeper and way more easy to browse results.

Let’s say your daughter has recently taken a huge interest in robots (good girl!) and you want to answer …

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Pokemon Sex Ed: Don’t catch them at all

Pokemon sex education

Well here’s a method of sex education that would have been super effective when I was at school (or at least would’ve made everyone less giggly and embarrassed): a Redditor shared photos of the school they attend which has a sex ed display based around Pokemon.

A tad more appealing than seeing a teacher roll a condom down a banana, the stand includes Pokemon cards of monsters I’m not familiar with – maybe they’re from the later games – with names like …

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Yo! Gabba Gabba 2: Hi Babyboo!

Hi BabyBoo

Now, if none of the words in that title made any sense to you, it’s unlikely the rest of this blog will either. Yo! Gabba Gabba is a smash-hit kids show in the US, like Sesame Street’s cool older brother (with bright colours, sounds and guest spots from the likes of Jack Black and Weezer), and its co-creator has a new venture you might be interested in.

Hi Babyboo is like the next stage for Scot Schultz’s playschool creation, available not just …

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