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Coping with Kids: One, two, tie my shoe

EZLeaps is a decorative card that temporarily attaches to shoes, guiding children through the shoe-tieing process and making the “holding the laces” part more manageable for little hands.

The educational tool was invented by a former first-grade teacher who was frustrated because of the time it took to tie multiple children’s shoes daily. Eileen Sloan created the first shoe-tying tool from a coffee-can lid.

EZLeaps comes in 12 designs. A sturdy clip allows the child to hang it from a backpack or sport bag for extra assistance when away from home. The cards sell for $5.49 at Nordstrom and .

Stickers, crafts and games

DK’s new “Ultimate Factivity Collections” are filled with amazing facts and information that feels more like fun than education. Each book has more than 500 stickers for specific activities in the books, plus games, crafts, puzzles and coloring pages. The full-color, 96-page books will provide weeks of interest, while improving social, cognitive and language skills.

Subjects include Fashion, Dinosaurs, Animals, and Rocks and Minerals. For ages 7 to 9. Each sells for $12.99 at book stores and

Fly me to the moon — well, almost

People have been fascinated with flight ever since the first human set eyes on the first bird. And, even if we can’t do the actual flying ourselves, there’s something about launching things into the sky that’s almost as good.

Strato-Slam Rocket Battle Blast: (Poof-Slinky) The design is simple: Slide a foam rocket onto one end of a flexible hose that’s attached to an adjustable launching dock. The other end of the hose goes into a round chamber. Stomp on the chamber, and your rocket takes off. The harder you stomp, the higher it goes — up to 200 feet, according to the manufacturer. The Strato-Slam comes with six foam rockets and two launching docs, air hoses and chambers, and is literally a blast. Age 5 and older. $37 at

Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car: (Hot Wheels) Made of light, yet durable, foam, the Street Hawk handles well on the road — as long as there isn’t much wind. Switch to flight mode, and you can fly your car as high as 200 feet. The lightweight construction makes doing airborne tricks easy. But it’s a little hard to control in the wind, and soft landings take a lot of practice. Age 8 and older. $55 at

Sky Viper Camera Drone: (Skyrocket Toys) The control unit has everything you need to do flips, barrel rolls and other stunts and take video or stills. It’s amazing what you can see from up there. The included data cable makes transferring images to your computer or YouTube a snap. The control unit requires 4 AAA batteries, and the drone itself charges very quickly. It comes with a set of replacement blades. Age 12 and older. $80 at

Distracted driving workshop

Distracted driving is epidemic — and it’s not limited to teenagers. Many adults drive distracted, too. Studies show that children whose parents drive distracted are more than twice as likely to drive distracted when they get behind the wheel.

Shady Side Academy is hosting a free parent-education program called “Distracted Driving: What Every Parent Should Know” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. The presentation will be led by Joel Feldman, founder of End Distracted Driving.

Parents of children of any age, in any school, are welcome to attend the program. Details:

— Staff and wire reports

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