Little tip, after the image is loaded, click on it and move your mouse around and mouse hover the bottom of the browser window to bring the controls back.
(Thank you Tony)
My kids are completely crazy over this Free Form Magnatab Toy. They draw and write with the magnetic stylus, which raises metal balls to the surface of the sealed Magnatab base. And erase their creation by pushing the magnets back down with the back of the stylus or their fingers.
To me, it feels like taking designing for screen, pixel constraints, to the analog world.
My daughter is completely obsessed with Yummyfun Kooking, a seriously adorable, quirky cooking show made for kids. (I love watching the show myself.) Ella loves the show so much, she asked me to sign her up for actual cooking classes. And I admit, that makes me happy.
So, here’s a brand new episode that Claire Crespo, the chef in the show and mastermind behind it all, *just* launched:
And here’s the Series Trailer:
This modular playhouse is all kinds of fantastic. Especially when you live in NYC sized apartments. I am all for kids stuff that folds down. YES!
(Thank you Natalia)
Wow, I am *so* the mom of a little boy. Look at me posting about toy cars, twice in a row. Love this Green Toys School Bus. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers!
This Vilac Car Garage gets my thumbs up for being beautifully designed, made out of wood and for the fact that you can fold it away. Awesome, right?
My kids love the beautifully designed counting app by Appracadabra. What makes me happy is that we have it currently set to count in Swiss German.
But they can also learn to count in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Spanish and Swedish.
Get it from the App Store.
Love this old-school looking metal wind-up ladybird which won’t fall off the table. Little sensors make it turn around when it comes to the edge.
Sure, the world doesn’t need a Remote Control Spaceman but just think of the fun that can be had with this.
This voice recorder made me smile! I would have *loved* one of these as a kid. Hold down the red button to record, press the black button to play back, and dial the knob to adjust the speed/pitch for fun and frivolity. Record time is roughly 30 seconds. Totally wishlisted!
Have a kid that loves LEGO? Then this Storage Bag & Play Mat-in-One might be the perfect gift.
This wooden kids ‘laptop’ i-Wood made me chuckle. I am tempted to get one and use it during a meeting. No better way to poke fun at all the people hiding behind their laptops.
(thank you Larissa)
This portable wooden airplanes box set is simply beautiful. Oh, the temptation to get one for our little Tilo. #ohm
Now here’s an iPad Game that made me chuckle: Toca Hair Salon. It let’s your kids step into the shoes of a hairdresser. Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on four different cute characters. Using your fingers you can make any hair style you want! And of course – take a snapshot and save your creations! Quite amusing. I just played with it for 15minutes. Yep. I did.
(via Richard Feigin)
OLO is a super minimal touch-screen game that made me look. It is an experiment using latest features of CSS3 and HTML5. OLO has been developed for iPad & iPhone by Sennep, a London based interactive design studio.
You can play the game by visiting ologame.com on your iPad or iPhone (they’re also working on an Android version, soon to be released).
(thank you Tudor)
When I started out in the web world, animated GIFs were all the rage. I therefore fully embrace, with a somewhat nostalgic notion, apps like the GIF Shop. It let’s you easily create and edit animated GIFs right from your iPhone. Oh, the fun that will be had with our little Ella!
(thank you Daniel)