Indoor Snowball Fight

Indoor snowball fight

Snowball Battle lets you bring snowball fights indoors! Comes with 10 lightweight snowballs, and mesh bag for easy clean up. LOVE IT!

Universe App


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.

Download the App, look at examples, then learn how to use it.

I can’t wait to see my ten year old play around wit it! So many possibilities!

Know Your Font

Know Your Font

Font nerds unite: Know Your Font is a simple typography adventure.

(via Coudal)

Bardos in Mandagon

Mandagon is a video game inspired by Tibetan Buddhism.

(via Chris)

Blank Windows

Blank Windows

I just spent way too much time rearranging blank windows. Weirdly soothing.

(via Kottke)

LEGO Vintage 1960s Volskwagen


LEGO designers have developed a new flashback kit, a vintage 1960 Volkswagon Beetle. LOVE!

(via Chris)

JAM – Online Courses for Kids


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!)

Golden Ratio Finder

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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!

Leaping Long Jump Mat


My kids would LOVE this leaping long jump mat. My downstairs neighbor not so much.

Geodome Playhouse


Let your children channel their inner Buckminster Fuller with this Geodome Playhouse.

Tinybop | Infinite Arcade

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!

Weather by Tinybop

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.

Learn Piano Interactively


Pianu is a website that teaches you how to play the piano interactively. I just love the internet so much!

Toddler GoPro Hide and Seek

These supercool parents strapped a GoPro on their toddler while they were playing hide and seek. So incredibly adorable.

(via Chris)

Tinybop Monsters

I just spent a ridiculous amount of time designing monsters with Tinybop’s Monster app.

Missions for your little one

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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.

The Everything Machine

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 by Tinybop

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!

Pastello Draw Act

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“Here’s your crayon-helmet and your crayon-rollers-skates”, now go draw. What a fun project by Mathery Studio!

Donkey Kong

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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!

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Now you can draw with emojis. My daughter’s head will explode when I show her this later tonight.

Waterballoon Fight Anyone?

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Josh Malone has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds. Waterfight!


A Simple Trick That Makes Batting Around Balloons More Fun

I am so doing this with my kids this weekend.

(via Laughing Squid)