Safety 1st Finger Pinch Preventer

This is one of those things I wish I’d known about sooner. My 2yo son has a habit of closing house doors a little too roughly, and this whole time we could’ve been using the Safety 1st Finger Pinch Preventer … (More)

‘Fortunately, the Milk’ by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk is a children’s book written by Neil Gaiman—and illustrated by one of my favorite comic artists, Skottie Young—that tells the tale of a father who goes out to buy some milk and returns with a wild story … (More)

Cardboard Rocket

I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love playing with cardboard boxes. A lot of them also appreciate rocket ships, so the Cardboard Rocket would make an awesome gift for them. Obviously you could make your own rocket ship … (More)

Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit

I’ve always been kind of a sucker for geeky kid stuff. I grew up watching shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman’s World, and of course I had one of those Creepy Crawlers bug-maker kits. Now that I’m … (More)

Yield Picnic Bag

Summertime is in full swing, and the weather here in Oklahoma City has been quite pleasant this year, unlike previous years where it’s constantly 100°F or higher. It’s perfect picnic weather, and I’m considering picking up a couple of these … (More)

OXO Tot Perfect-Pull Wipes Dispenser

After Shawn’s big announcement yesterday, I thought it’d be fitting to post about this wipe dispenser. With two kids doing diaper damage around the house, he’s going to need it. There are three factors that set the Perfect-Pull apart from … (More)

“The Poopsmith” Baby Onesie

The Poopsmith’s job is obvious. And for the first several months of your newborn’s life, “poopsmith” is a pretty apt nickname. And so it might as well say so on the onesie.

‘Darth Vader and Son’ by Jeffrey Brown

What if Darth Vader had been an involved father? Jeffrey Brown illustrates a slew of father-and-son moments (such as “Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star”) comically showing what life might have been like for Luke had … (More)

Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch

And speaking of favorite children’s books, Amos: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch, is another one of my favorites. This one was published in 1992, and 20 years later it’s is still hilarious — even for adults … (More)

The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery

The Eleventh Hour is a hardcover, fully-illustrated, children’s mystery book that was one of my favorites growing up. Written and illustrated in 1988 by Graeme Base this is an entertaining and puzzling work of art. Each page has clues hidden … (More)

Stork Messenger / Diaper Bag

The Stork Messenger bag from Timbuk2 is “the diaper bag for people who don’t want to carry a diaper bag”. My wife and I are expecting our first in just a few weeks and finding a diaper bag that we … (More)

LEGO Batman: The Batmobile Ultimate Collectors’ Edition

Just because it’s recommended for ages 10 – 14 years, doesn’t mean grown men can’t also buy a box of LEGOs. This ultimate collector’s edition of the Batmobile is like the cousin to the ride in Tim Burton’s Batman films. … (More)

Storage Bag & Play Mat-in-One

When I was a kid, not only did I have to walk to school in the snow (uphill both ways, mind you), but I also had to keep my Legos in a big, heavy, plastic bin. I spent half of … (More)

“The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” by Dr. Seuss

And speaking of Dr. Seuss, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is my favorite Seuss book of all time. The story is great, and the illustrations — which are all in black and white except for the red hats — … (More)

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” By Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an oldie and a goodie and perfect reading for this time of year.

“Geek Dad” A Book of Projects for Dads and Kids

Geek Dad is written by engineer, father, nerd, and author of’s GeekDad weblog, Ken Denmead. With a son of my own due early next year, this book is full of exactly the sort of projects I’m looking forward to … (More)

Mr. T Onesie

I pity da foo’ who doesn’t have one of these for his son.

“My Dad’s A Geek” Short Sleeve Onesie

My wife bought this extremely cute and extremely nerdy onesie as her way of telling me I was going to be a dad. And as much as I think it’s adorable, please don’t leave me to be the only parent … (More)

Chalkboard Laptop

With a son on the way, you can now look forward to some cool kids items showing up here on Tools & Toys. And so, what better way to kick off the Kids Category than with this kid-friendly, chalkboard laptop? … (More)