This Hand Shadow Puppet Chart made me look. Tempted to buy one for the kids room.
Nothing gets me more excited than watching friends going from telling me about an app idea to launching it. My studiomate Raul and his Tinybop Team have been hard at work and are about to launch a series of educational apps, the first one is simply called The Human Body. The app, designed by no other than super-talented Kelli Anderson, allows kids to explore and interact with the human body, teaching them what we’re made of. The app is about to be released in 48 languages around the world and I am certain it will make huge waves.
I’ve had many conversations with Raul about what we consider a successful kids app. While we of course agree on smart interactions, beautiful design and all, we also agree that kids should be never exposed to touts for in-app purchases or any other kind of advertising. Raul promised that kids will neve be exposed to any of that in any Tinybop app. This deserves a YAY!
Get a sneak peek of the app on their brand new site and sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know when the app is ready to play.
I can’t wait to Tinybop!
I am completely smitten by this Caravan Divan by Kalon. It’s a kids bed and divan in one. Minimal, multipurpose furniture for kids? Winner! Also, it comes in 6 colors. #want
Team Tattly is giddy over today’s long-awaited launch of the New York City Subway Set. We are working on collaborations with brands we love and we figured, since we are based in NYC, it would be lovely to start with a homage to the beautiful subway signage. If you want to know a bit more about the history of how the signage system came about, AIGA has a great article on this. And if you want to sport a Subway Tattly, head this way.
Feelday is an activity guide for families, helping you find local family activities. Currently covering NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and Houston.
My seven year old is getting more and more interested in photography. This Pick Digicam might be a fun little camera for her to use on the go. Simply plug it into your USB port to charge or download images. Requires a Micro SD card which will give you hundreds of images on one charge. No batteries needed, works with both Mac and Windows!
Zoobean helps parents find books that children can identify with (character background, age) or fits specific circumstances (bullying, death & loss, holidays, etc.). So, for instance, if you want to find a book about self-esteem that features African-American characters for a 4 year old, you can.
(thank you Matt!)
If I was looking for a mobile for a boys room, this one by Tom Schamp would get my vote.
Here’s a fun tutorial teaching you how to make a paper bow like the one above.
Two days ago I had the pleasure to meet all of this year’s Shopify Competition winners. One of the winners, Ryan French, left a huge impression. He is a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Applied Computational Math Science and the inventor of the GameKlip.
The GameKlip attaches your Android phone to a PlayStation3 controller and allows you to use a real controller to play your games on your smartphone. I’ve tried it, it’s all kinds of fantastic.
Ryan has single handedly built this business and created everything himself; the clip, the packaging, the site and he even currently still ships the items himself.
If you are a buyer for a big retailer, please reach out to Ryan. He is currently looking for large retailers to carry his product. He deserves to be picked up by a big chain.
Shopify just announced the five winners of this year’s Build-A-Business competition!
During the 8 months of this year’s Shopify competition, over 10,000 entrepreneurs created Shopify online stores that sold more than $55 million in products. The five businesses that sold the most over any two months of the competition each win a $50,000 US investment.
But not only that, the fine folks over at Shopify are also sending each of the winners on a trip to New York City to meet with the industry experts who served as mentors to the participants throughout the competition (Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, Eric Ries and moi).
I can’t wait to meet and hug Debbie Sterling, the winner of my category, Art & Design! Debbie is a female engineer from Stanford University and created GoldieBlox, a construction toy that encourages young girls to get into engineering, develop spatial skills and hone problem-solving abilities. What’s not to like?
Congratulations to all the winners! And congrats to team Shopify for making this comeptition happen! I am honored to have gone from winner to mentor! Yay, for e-commerce! Yay internet!
Read about the competition over on the Shopify blog.
Hopscotch is a brand new iPad app that teaches kids coding. It allows them to create an interactive program on the iPad by dragging blocks of code and dropping them into a scripting area. No typing required. Beautifully designed! This makes me so happy! Can’t wait to try this with my daughter tonight!
I was expressing how much I respect Neil deGrasse Tyson to my team this morning. I ended my admiration-rant in saying “I wish I had a Neil deGrasse Tyson doll!” which prompted Bekka to swiftly Google just that, and five minutes later I had a paper doll of Neil with two outfit options on my desk. I love the internet, so much.
IKEA came out with this incredibly adorable cardboard kids market stand. It’s a mere $15. Imagine the fun to be had.
I am all for multifunctional furniture like this kids ping pong table gone coffee table gone chalk board surface by Huzi.
Distance to Mars illustrates quite beautifully, well, you guessed it, the earth’s distance to Mars.