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Toys N’ Tech For You & The G-Kids

Toys N’ Tech For You & The G-Kids

By Dan Nessel

How do you take chess, pen and paper, a skateboard and a tape measure and make them hip and cool? By adding some new technology of course! Let’s take a look… 

Chess with lasers?

toysHaving some trouble getting the grandkids interested in classic strategy games like chess? You will be amazed at how the excitement level jumps when you add a few lasers to the board! Laser Chess by Thinkfun combines the spatial thinking skills of chess with the high-tech fun of laser beams. This is a two player, turn based strategy game much like chess, but to take your opponents king you will need to hit him with a laser beam.


Laser Chess by Thinkfun  | $39

Full review & demo of Laser Chess


Time to make pen and paper cool again

toysRemember pen, paper, sketching, doodling and all that fun stuff from our childhood? It doesn’t feel like the grandkids have the same appreciation for putting pen to paper and just creating…but that might all change. The Blackboard by Boogie Board uses new Liquid Crystal Paper technology to make pen and paper hip and fun again. Write, trace, doodle and erase, just like with real paper and pen, but without harming a tree. One button cell battery powers the Blackboard for five years, so it’s like having an endless pad of paper for drawing and fun!


Blackboard by Boogie Board | $45

Full review & demo of the Blackboard by Boogie Board

This will get the grandkids playing outside



As we move into Spring, we face that never-ending challenge – how to get the grandkids away from their screens and playing outside? The Neon Nitro 8 Self Balancing Electric Board will not only get the kids outside, it will have them begging to stay outside long after the sun has set. This self-balancing, one-wheel electric skateboard can go up to 8 MPH and the neon lights make riding at night a super fun experience.

Neon Nitro 8 Self Balancing Electric Board   | $499

Full review & demo of Neon Nitro 8 Electric Board

Measuring has never been so fun and easy

toysHave some home decorating projects on your To-Do list? Forget the old clunky tape measure and treat yourself to the new Stanley TLM30 Pocket Laser Distance Measurer. Easily measure any distance from 7” to 30 feet, with ¼ inch accuracy. The Stanley TLM30 easily fits in your pocket, is a breeze to use, lightweight and light on your wallet with a retail price of just $19.99. Measuring has never been so fun!


Stanley TLM30 Pocket Laser Distance Measurer | $20

Full review & demo of the Stanley TLM30

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Dan Nessel is Director of Product Reviews at DadDoes. Join Dad Does for real world, brutally honest product reviews, geared toward parents and grandparents.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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