Build, Play, Code: Check out This Cool Robotic Learning Toy for Kids

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Thank you UBTECH for sponsoring this post. JIMU Robots are a fun way to bring robotics into kid’s day to day and make the perfect gift you can feel good about gifting to the children in your lives this holiday season!

On weekend mornings, immediately after school, and every time in-between – my kids, ages 8, and almost 11(I can’t believe it!) gravitate towards their play-table to build something, zoom it across the hardwood floors, or figure out how it works.

I’m certain that every age (and stage of play) continues to be my favorite.

We first spotted JIMU Robots in an iconic NYC store. My kids fell for the Cosmos Kit hard – and I found JIMU’s three-step system of building, coding, and playing (in alignment with STEM learning) really intriguing.

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We decided to unbox the kids’ new Astrobot during a special family night-in, deciding on first creating Astron – an alien friend with cool LED eyes and speaker capabilities.

The free JIMU App provides easy-to-follow, piece-by-piece instructions – in a super cool 3D, 360°, animated format. So you can actually zoom in and rotate if needed to ensure that you’re following the directions exactly. Designed for ages 8+, my kids had no problem building their interactive robot on their own – but their parents clearly wanted in on the fun!

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As soon as Astron came to life, my kids lit up. Their feeling of accomplishment was palpable as they played with their hand-built robotic friend – packed with totally cool moves and endless amounts of coding and play alongside the free app.

Astron’s hip-hop moves continue to be a big hit – as well as coding unique movement patterns. The kids plan on building their own robotic creation this weekend as well as Rover and AstroBot. They’re currently plotting ways to code a robot to transport their clothes to the hamper!

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JIMU is hands down the coolest learning toy we’ve had in our home, enhancing and reinforcing both of my kids’ interest in coding. If you’re looking for an incredible learning toy this holiday, JIMU Robots is the perfect gift for all kids in the 8+ age range. Check ‘em out at Target!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Everyday Adventures with the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max

Thank you Maxi-Cosi for sponsoring this post. Keep your little adventurers comfy, safe & stylish with the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat!

I can close my eyes and remember the distinct hum of my mother’s ’80s station wagon; making up songs about the moon with my big brother in the back seat, and the massive cooler of food that my parents would pack for even the shortest of trips. I’d like to think that my kiddos will someday smile when they look back on the outings that colored their childhood, with all the quirkiness and nostalgia that these sorts of familial memories carry.

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At ages eight and ten, we are deep in adventuring. The kids crave the outdoors and water, and luckily, for us, our ocean is just a short car ride away. And while we’re deep into fall, we were able to enjoy NYC’s surf well into autumn – when the water was still warm and welcoming.

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It’s a joy to see my third-grader’s growing confidence. Although he may feel big enough to crush waves at just 50-ish pounds, he’ll be traveling in a booster seat for several years ahead, and it’s my job to ensure that he’s as safe as can be during our everyday adventuring.

When I upgraded my vehicle, I knew I wanted to go with Maxi-Cosi, the top-selling baby car seat brand worldwide. The NEW Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat has proven to be a perfect fit for my kiddo’s back seat adventures.

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My little guy currently meets the Belt-Positioning Booster mode requirements – but this seat is the only one you’ll ever need because it seamlessly transitions between five modes of use: Baby Rear-Facing, Toddler Rear-Facing, Toddler Forward-Facing, Child Forward-Facing and Belt-Positioning Booster (accommodates children from birth to age 10 (5 lbs. To 120 lbs.).

My son is as comfy as can be and I love the security of knowing that the Magellan™ Max is the only convertible car seat equipped with Maxi-Cosi’s patented Adjustable Side Impact Protection, which creates a customized fit for all growth stages ensuring maximum protection in the proper position. I also love stealing as many hugs as I can get when we’ve reached our destination!

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We’ve since moved on to several fall sports and I can’t wait to see where the next adventure will take us!

Find the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat (ARV $399.99ea) at Albee Baby, Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby and other specialty retailers.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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