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.
Tinybop just launched The Everything Machine. It reminds me a bit of IFTTT but for your iPhone or iPad. By using a visual programming language The Everything Machine lets you connect the camera, microphone, speakers, light, gyro- scope, and display on your devices.
I don’t think I have been this excited over an iOS app since Monument Valley. Tinybop really experimented with this one. I love experiments.
Synchrony made me look. It is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding with each other through improvised music play.
I want to touch it.
Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!
“Here’s your crayon-helmet and your crayon-rollers-skates”, now go draw. What a fun project by Mathery Studio!
Not sure why but I just remembered playing Donkey Kong as a kid but I just Googled it and found this site that allows you to play the game. There’s also Pacman, Mario and Galaga. Enjoy!
Now you can draw with emojis. My daughter’s head will explode when I show her this later tonight.
Josh Malone has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds. Waterfight!
I am so doing this with my kids this weekend.
(via Laughing Squid)
Hunger Crunch is a FREE online game that fights world hunger. All proceeds go to help feed orphaned children around the world.
Play the game online or download it from the App Store!
Traffic light that lets you play Pong with person on the other side officially installed in Germany. What’s not to love?
I would totally love playing with this oversized version of Bananagrams.
Team Tinybop has been hustling: They just launched their third app, illustrated by Tuesday Bassen, called Homes.
It allows you to explore four unique homes around the world, from NYC to Mongolia. Wander in, cook, and play. You can investigate the utilities but watch out for wires spark and tubs overflowing…
The best part, you’re totally allowed to make a mess! Or clean up, with help from a curious cat. What I love the most is that you can personalize each space with your photos and drawings; see yourself in mirrors.
I love the Human Body and Plants, but Homes is definitely my favorite Tinybop baby so far. Try it!
My daughter (8) is getting such a kick out of the newest Toca Boca game called BOO. (My favorite is still the Hair Salon)
Miximal is one of these kids apps that I secretly play with when the kids are in bed. It allows you to mix and match over 1000 unique animals. Miximal is available for iPhone and iPad and in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
Super Looper. You have to try it! Make sure to put headphones on, then, get in the zone.
I am currently on vacation in Switzerland with my family and my sister got us hooked on Monument Valley. Ella (8) and I just figured out the last level. What a beauty of a game. Absolutely stunning. My respect to the makers, USTWO.
I am so incredibly excited for my friends at Tinybop: They just released their second iOS app called Plants, a vibrant, interactive diorama of the world’s biomes!
Plants is the second app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library. The first, The Human Body, reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 143 countries and was named one of the App Store’s Best of 2013. Like the Human Body, Plants is a slow-play app which aims to help kids make connections about the world and prompt big questions. Can’t wait to explore it tonight with my kids!
Buy Plants for $1.99 in iTunes. And most of all, make sure to check out this epic (!) stop animation by Kelli Anderson.
A Luckey Climber is a three dimensional sculpture designed for children to climb on.
Made of bent plywood platforms that are suspended by steel pipes and cables, climbers are visually elegant works of art that are also part jungle gym and once alive with children they become what Thomas Luckey called “fountains of children.“
Absolutely love this.
(Also, made me think of this episode…)
The cool mom of the day award most certainly goes to Angie, mother of 4 year old Mayhem. Together they create elaborate dresses out of paper.
Paolo is a toy after my own heart. Totally modular and slightly goofy. Each Paolo box comes with 122 durable figure pieces and 50 plug-in connectors that let you or your kids concoct creatures of the most fantastic kind.
I am a huge fan of Toca Boca apps and always get excited when a new one is about to launch. I am counting the minutes until Toca Lab launches tomorrow. Toca Lab lets you explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table.
I remember learning and knowing all of the African countries in High School. I am glad David Bauer built You Don’t Know Africa to help me refresh my memory. There’s worse ways to spend a few Internet minutes. So, go ahead, play.