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Cyber Monday Deals for Kids in Pods or Learning Remotely

It’s getting cold, and we still have a few months of hunkering down ahead of us. Here are some top-rated items for distance learning, learning pods, and generally keeping your kids busy and safe both indoors and out, at Cyber Monday prices. Most of these items are from Amazon, and all are highly-rated and/or expert recommended.

Photo by Amelia Wells, licensed under Creative Commons.

Tech for Remote Learning and Zoom – All Ages

If you’re teaching or otherwise speaking a lot, a microphone stand can be a huge boost to your audio quality. This one has 4.6 stars and is 50% off at $20. If you’re not quite that hardcore, you may still want to upgrade your microphone itself with this 4.5 star mic for $30.

Get all your Crayola at once, with this pod-sized pack of washable markers, colored pencils, and crayons for $14. 

School and Craft Supplies – All Ages

Mad Mattr is a non-toxic modeling dough that holds it shape better than kinetic sand and never dries out.

Toys and Tools (Active, Imaginative, and Creative Play) – Age 3 – 7

  • Marbotic’s wooden Lowercase Smart Letters work together with an award-winning iPad app to help children age 3-5 learn pre-literacy skills. Uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and shapes are all available, and kids tap the letters directly on the iPad screen to interact with the game. 40% off.
  • Using your tablet’s camera instead of the touch-screen to power its interactivity, the Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for ages 3-5 (compatible with iPad or Fire Tablet) includes manipulatives made for the youngest learners to build their pre-literacy, counting, and other skills, and is currently on sale for 30% off.
  • Mad Mattr is a non-toxic modeling dough that holds it shape better than kinetic sand and never dries out. 4.7 stars on Amazon and currently 50% off at $10.
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit for kids age 6-10 (compatible with iPad or Fire Tablet) uses physical letters, numbers, shapes, drawing tools, and other manipulatives that pair with a tablet for an interactive learning experience.

Learning and STEAM Toys and Tools – Age 5 – 10

  • The Osmo Genius Starter Kit for kids age 6-10 (compatible with iPad or Fire Tablet) is currently 44% off, which is the best price we’ve seen for these physical letters, numbers, shapes, drawing tools, and other manipulatives that pair with a tablet for an interactive learning experience. Many of their Osmo kits are currently on sale, and make sure you get the right version (iPad or Fire) for your tablet.
  • Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for kids 6+ is used in  over 20,000 classrooms worldwide and is 25% of.
  • The most basic Snap Circuits kit is rated for kids 8+, but much younger children can enjoy and learn from it with adult supervision. A classic STEM toy with a 4.8 stars on Amazon, and right now 40% off at $21.
Monoprice’s 3D Printer is on sale for $200, for older kids and teens who are ready to go deep into digital design.

Learning and STEAM Toys and Tools – Age 10+

  • Monoprice’s Wirecutter-recommended 3D Printer is on sale for $200, for older kids and teens who are ready to go deep into digital design. More affordable and compact, the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is $79 (regular price) and offers a free-form making experience.
  • The best-selling and Wirecutter-recommended Wacom drawing tablet is on sale at $60, for older kids with artistic inclinations.
  • 4M’s Table Top Robot kit is for kids and teens 8+ and is only $16. 

Snap Circuits Light is an addictively fun, hands-on kit for kids 8+ that teaches about electronics, circuits, and fiber optics, and has much more complexity for older kids than the basic kit.

Netgear’s Tri-band Whole Home Mesh Wifi System (3Gbps) comes with a router and extender and covers up to 5,000 square feet.

Technology for for Hosting a Pod

Image from Kidde

Setting Up a Space and Hosting – Cleaning, Safety, and Comfort

  • To keep kids warm over the winter, even if they’re in a garage or other poorly insulated space, get this MaxKare electric blanket with three heating levels and a four hour auto shut-off. (Not for use in snow or wet weather!)
  • Roomba has a range of vacuums and its robot mop on deep discounts, as well. 
  • A fire extinguisher is an essential piece of safety equipment for all pods and homes. This one from Kidde is one of the best, is a good size, and 33% off.
iHealth’s hugely popular no-contact thermometer has 4.5 stars on Amazon.

Avoiding Covid Like the Plague

Gear for Outdoors and On the Go

Want to read more? Check out a list of toys that support independent play for ages 1-8; a list of outdoor toys to make fields and forests fun for for kids; and the three easiest things you can do to help your family be well while staying at home during COVID-19

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