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.
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.
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!
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.“
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.
I just got a personal hand-delivery of one of the first OTO Cardboard Ice Cream Trucks by no other than the inventor, Måns Swanberg, himself. (I wrote about the Kickstarter back in March.) If you’re a parent of a little one, you might want to bookmark this one. You can even create a custom plate in your kids name. Totally adorable. My kids will be giddy when they get this for the holidays. A total winner!
UPDATE: Måns just emailed me with a discount code! Use SWISSMISS at checkout and get 10% off.
The Human Body lets you explore a working model of the body. Every part is beautifully animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work.
Do yourself (and your kids) a favor and download it pronto. It’s stunning. Stunning. Stunning.
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!
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This is the kind of toy that gets me really excited: Elastic Pattern lets you create mandalas, patterns, geometric shapes. The set includes a wooden base, 13 wooden pegs and an assortment of muticolored rubber elastics. What I love most is that it comes packed inside a small bag for handy transport! Yay for analog toys.
Tall Chess is a beautifully designed Chess Game for the iPhone by the fine folks of Friends Of The Web. Unlike other chess apps, Tall Chess uses the entire screen of the device to present the game board, keeping the focus on the game, not extraneous and unnecessary interface elements. You can challenge your friends or an auto-match opponent via Game Center and if you’re a complete chess nerd you might be happy to know that you can export your games in algebraic notation.
My kids were lucky to get their hands on a not yet released TocaBoca app called Builders. I have never seen both my 7 and 3 year old more enthralled by a game. Ella kept shouting: “This is so much fun!”
And now that they’re sleeping, it’s my turn! Make sure to watch the above video to see what the fun is all about. The app is scheduled to be released on Thursday!
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!