The fine folks over at Tinybop launched yet another wonderful app: Skyscraper! It allows you to playfully contract your own skyline of buildings, send people up and down in elevators, spark a blackout or clog the toilet, fix a pipe or put out a fire and so on! The app was beautifully designed by Berlin-based illustrator Mike Ellis.
Roasting a marshmallow over a fire is a volatile task. If you’re not careful, you can burn it to a crisp, or get an undercooked center with a charred shell. Thanks Lifehacker for this post teaching us how it’s done.
I just got my hands on a ZigZag City Guide New York. It’s a guide made for kids. It comes with beautifully designed cards filled with fun facts, history, and activities to do. Also available in an edition for San Francisco, London, Rome and Paris. Really adorable! Can’t wait to show it to E and T.
I am continuously impressed by what Zach and his team are coming up with. First DIY and now JAM: online courses for kids. I wish this would have been around (and the internet) when I was a kid, growing up on the Swiss country side, *so* hungry to learn and connect with other kids. Can’t wait to see what other classes will be next! (Secretly hoping for a sewing class!)
My kids would LOVE this leaping long jump mat. My downstairs neighbor not so much.
Let your children channel their inner Buckminster Fuller with this Geodome Playhouse.
Team Tinybop did it again. They just launched Infinite Arcade and it’s blowing my mind! It basically allows you (or your little ones, of course) to create your own Arcade games. Start out with a classic game to build on and then add building blocks like hot lava, disco bricks, crystal, trampoline tiles etc. And, the best part: you can design your own characters. I know what I am doing this weekend! Get the game!
This touching father-son photo project made my heart melt a bit: Aaron Sheldon documents his four year old son as he discovers the world wearing an astronaut helmet. The helmet symbolizing how astronauts are brave and face their fears, this little four year old braves and discovers the world astronaut style.
Sheldon is turning the series into a photo book. Get a copy by backing his Kickstarter.
The latest Tinybop app is perfect for my six year old who is obsessed with hurricanes and tornadoes. Weather lets you mix elements and make the weather. It lets you experiment with air and wind, the sun and temperature, water and precipitation. Like all their other apps, Weather is beautifully executed and a big hit at casa swissmiss.
Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids, powered by editors and Google safe search. All sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements and most search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults. Try it: Kiddle.com
Anna and Argyle is a dynamic digital tale that combines the immersive power of modern technology with the timeless simplicity of a storybook.
It is the beautiful story of a girl who wants to find her lost sock. Anna ventures from her family’s laundromat in Brooklyn to the wild world just beyond the rumbling, tumbling machines, discovering that perfect pairs don’t always match.
I love how the founder of LoyalKaspar, Beat Baudenbacher, lets us peek behind the scenes in their short process stories videos, from character building to the typography used. Anna and Argyle is LoyalKaspar’s multi-year side project. Nothing but incredibly impressive.
Download it over on iTunes.
Pianu is a website that teaches you how to play the piano interactively. I just love the internet so much!
I just spent a ridiculous amount of time designing monsters with Tinybop’s Monster app.
This GRDE LED nightlight is one of my favorite practical objects in my house. Never thought I’d say that about a nightlight. It gives off just the right amount of light so that my kids feel comfortable in their rooms AND it charges our devices. Total win win!
The folks behind Red Paper Plane believe that “Missions” are a whole new way to learn and play for little ones. They created mission based design challenges for the whole family, based on a creative process – 20 minutes per day for several days. This is fantastic! Especially for snowy winter weekends!
I’ll totally try the Spaceship Mission with Tilo (5) this weekend.
This is the kids room of my dreams. Minimal and functional and with a cozy cave-like-bed-area. YES!
I have been saying for years that I will throw a party once my kids are over the car seat stage. This smart car seat, called Mifold has me ridiculously excited. It’s a tiny booster seat for kids, only instead of lifting the kid to the position of an adult, it pulls the seatbelt down to the correct height for the child. Brilliant!
I wonder though how comfortable it is for the kid sitting on it…