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100 Amazing Tech Tools for Parents and Kids (Categorized)

This post is #23 in DailyTekk’s famous Top 100 series which explores the best startups, gadgets, apps, websites and services in a given category. Total items listed: 104. Time to compile: 8+ hours. Follow @DailyTekk on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a week!

Are you ready for some serious parentech (did I just coin a new word)? We’ve complied the 100 best (in our opinion) websites, apps and gadgets for parents and kids. Parenting just got a lot easier and more fun! You’re going to want to bookmark this page so you can easily access activity resources, the best kids’ shopping sites, parenting blogs, learning tools and more. Need some parenting advice or have a question in need of an answer? We’ve got you covered there too. One of the most important parts of childhood is learning to read and enjoying great books so, you guessed it, we’ve dedicated an entire section to reading resources as well!

If you’re familiar with our site you know that we like to feature plenty of startups on our lists and this post is no exception. Well over half of the links here are startup companies–translation: lots of brand new companies, products and services you’ve never heard of before! Thought we did our best to include every cool and useful tech item a parent might want or need, it’s possible that we missed something so make sure to leave us a comment if you have something to add! Enjoy!

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Random & Cool

  1. Kiwi Crate – Hands-on fun delivered right to your door!
  2. Everloop - A social network for kids.
  3. DoubleScoop – An app that connects kids with grandparents.
  4. Tinybeans - Baby journal for busy parents.
  5. UrbanSitter – Find babysitters through friends.
  6. Maily – Your kids’ first email app for iPad.
  7. Ubooly - An iPhone-powered stuffed animal.
  8. 2.5 Kids – Your complete guide to parenting.
  9. Kidscash – eWallet for kids + responsible shopping online.
  10. Agent Piggy – Online piggy bank for kids (financial education).

Activities & Entertainment

  1. Rompr – Share and discover ideas for cool stuff to do with your kids.
  2. Kaboose – Crafts, printables and other activities for kids.
  3. Playses – Where parents go to discover places and activities their kids will love (app).
  4. Fun Finder – (iPhone App) Select a grade and category and see tons of activities.
  5. Feelday - The activity guide for playful families.
  6. Sprockster - Discover new entertainment for your family.
  7. FamilyFun – (Disney) Crafts, activities, recipes and other ideas for kids and parents.
  8. Red Tricycle – Free email newsletter that helps parents have more fun with their kids.
  9. ChatterBlock - Events, camps, classes, programs and drop-ins.
  10. Built by Kids – Children’s projects, DIY, crafts, tools and hands-on skills.

Shopping for Kids

  1. Wittlebee - Monthly kids clothing club.
  2. Bertie and Bean - Children’s clothing exchange. Save money, space and time.
  3. One Jackson – Creative, crowdsourced kids’ apparel.
  4. FabKids – Monthly personalized outfit recommendations for your girl.
  5. thredUP – Like a consignment boutique, but simpler.
  6. giggle – Baby gear for a happy, healthy baby.
  7. StorkBrokers - Buy and sell used baby items and clothes.
  8. Marilyn Jean - Flash sales for families (up to 70% off).
  9. One Good Thread - Children’s boutique.
  10. Right Start – Baby registry and gear.

Parenting Blogs

  1. Motherlode – Adventures in parenting.
  2. Momversation – You need a time out.
  3. Alpha Mom – Family fun, pregnancy, parenting and more.
  4. HowToBeADad.com - The entertainment website for parents.
  5. Design Mom – The intersection of design and motherhood.
  6. Jolly Mom – Recipes, crafts and more.
  7. Mommy Shorts – Charts, tweets, contests and more.
  8. She {hearts} It – Mom reviews, crafts, recipes, DIY and fashion.
  9. A Mummy Too – Thoughts from a mom.
  10. Postpartum Progress – Help and hope for moms.

Learning

  1. Fingerprint – Mobile learning and play for kids and their grown ups.
  2. Mobile MUM - Educational programming for kids on the go (iPad).
  3. Pi’ikea - Apps parents can trust. Positive interactions, indirect learning.
  4. Tykoon - Financial education and literacy for kids.
  5. JumpStart – Online learning games for kids of all ages.
  6. KneeBouncers - Premium interactive learning + development play.
  7. Launchpad Toys - Apps enabling kids to create, learn and share ideas through play.
  8. Stickery - Mobile learning for kids (customized for mobile parenting).
  9. ABCya – Educational games for kids.
  10. Cookie – Learning games for kids (elementary school).

Answers to Parenting Questions

  1. Kinsights - Ask parenting questions and get answers from real parents.
  2. Dr. Hillary – When you can’t wait for the next doctor’s appointment…
  3. The Go-To-Mom TV – Parenting how-to videos.
  4. Parenting Questions Answered – Quick expert advice on parenting challenges.
  5. moms4moms - A forum with thousands of questions and answers.
  6. JustAnswer Parenting - Need parenting advice? Get an answer ASAP.
  7. Yahoo! Answers Parenting – View and respond to open parenting questions.
  8. WebMD Parenting FAQ – Frequently asked questions about parenting.
  9. About.com Pediatrics – Parenting advice and topics.
  10. Ask Heidi – Questions about toddlers.

Stories & Reading

  1. Reading Rainbow – It’s back, in app form!
  2. MeeGenius! - iPad and Android app for children’s books (with read-along technology).
  3. FarFaria – A world of unlimited stories at your fingertips (iPad app).
  4. Storypanda - Collaborative kids books for the iPad.
  5. Timbuktu - iPad magazine for children (making family time awesome).
  6. Speakaboos - Netflix for children’s interactive storybooks.
  7. Magicblox - An online kid’s library.
  8. Polk Street Press - Pixar of picture books.
  9. Robot Media - Create your own interactive children’s books for tablets or mobiles.
  10. Memetales - Pandora for kids learning.

Online Kids’ Games

  1. Club Penguin – Waddle around and meet new friends.
  2. Animal Jam – Meet friends, adopt pets, play wild!
  3. Moshi Monsters – Adopt your own pet monster.
  4. Tinkatolli – The virtual world for kids who create.
  5. National Geographic Kids – Online action games for kids.
  6. Nickalodeon Games – Kids online games including Spongebob.
  7. TinyTap – Turns family moments into personalized games.
  8. Panfu – Be a panda.
  9. GlobWorld – Everything a kid’s first online community should be.
  10. Fight My Monster – The fastest growing online game for boys.

Parenting Portals & Communities

  1. BabyZone - (Disney) Baby, pregnancy, baby names, parenting and community.
  2. CafeMom – The meeting place for moms.
  3. PBS Parents – Parenting tips and advice.
  4. Parenting.org – Valueable parenting resources, articles and stories.
  5. Kiwi – Growing families the natural and organic way.
  6. Parenting.com – From pregnancy to “big kids.”
  7. Babble – For a new generation of parents.
  8. Today’s Parent – Pregnancy, baby, toddler and teen advice.
  9. BabyCenter – The voice of the 21st century mom and motherhood.
  10. Parenthood.com – Helping families grow.

 Miscellaneous

  1. FamilyDoctor.org – Health information for the whole family.
  2. Spotivate – Discover kid-friendly activities (SF Bay Area at launch).
  3. Just Be Friends Network – LinkedIn for kids and their parents.
  4. Sitterworks – The free and easy way to find qualified sitters.
  5. Addo Pad - A multi-touch tablet experience designed for young families.
  6. Nurish – Manage your child’s health all in one place.
  7. Craftsbury Kids – A breath of fresh air in a gadget-filled world.
  8. DIY - Online community for young makers.
  9. Playrific - Customized digital world for children 8 years old and under.
  10. Hullabalu - Buy toys online or through an iPad app that looks like a story.
  11. ChoreMonster - What if kids begged to do their chores?
  12. GeoPalz - Activity monitor that turns family fitness into a game.
  13. KnackMaster - Encouraging positive behavior.
  14. Highscore House - Turn doing chores into a game with rewards.
Editor100 Amazing Tech Tools for Parents and Kids (Categorized)

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