Any architect will tell you that, structurally, a triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Architect Kengo Kuma has taken this wisdom and rendered it into a playful and interactive building set. I’d love to play with these.
The Phone-Home Xylophone is an eight-key handheld instrument with built-in looping, pitch control, and delay. Looks like fun!
The Confessions Game is designed to get a group of friends to share their lives triumphs, joys, fears and longings. #wishlisted
This made me look: The Empathy Toy is a blindfolded puzzle game that can only be solved when players learn to understand each other.
Me asks kids 100s of questions about their feelings, their families, friends, school, and home, with words, pictures, photos, and sounds to create a vibrant, dynamic self-portrait.
Me aims to help kids build skills like self-awareness, social awareness, and emotional literacy. The app is based on research suggesting that the better kids understand themselves, the more able they are to be empathetic and understand others.
Snowball Battle lets you bring snowball fights indoors! Comes with 10 lightweight snowballs, and mesh bag for easy clean up. LOVE IT!
The makers of Universe stopped by at our FRIENDS Happy Hour last night and presented their new app. Everyone was blown away. What a beautifully experimental iPhone app they have built! They have most certainly created a new medium for the mobile world.
The app’s atomic unit is a verse, a 3×5 grid for infinite creativity: art, stories, interactive experiences, radical video collages, immersive soundscapes, musical instruments, even games. Or you can go the practical route and make a portfolio, invitation, how-to guide, recipe, or even a business card.
I can’t wait to see my ten year old play around wit it! So many possibilities!
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!)
Perfect proportions observed in nature often follow the theory of the golden ratio. Historically, artists, designers and architects have used it as a means of defining beauty in a theoretical rather than intuitive way. Use the Golden Section Finder, a pocket sized gazing device, to locate the proportional perfection in your surroundings. Totally going to use this with my kids, walking around the city!
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!
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.
Pianu is a website that teaches you how to play the piano interactively. I just love the internet so much!