Tinybop’s Human Body App

You know about Tinybop, right? They make beautiful apps for kids, and their "Loves" section on the website links to oodles of other wonderful things (books, apps, games, etc.) that you will absolutely love. I don't have enough time to even try all the wonderful things I've found there with my kids. They have three amazing apps of their own: Plants, Homes, and The Human Body. All three are wonderful, but if you haven't tried The Human Body yet, do it soon because at the moment, proceeds from the download are going directly to (RED)'s fight against AIDS. You probably can't do a better job spending $2.99 anywhere else this week. Get to it! ...

Faust & Nick Cave for Kids

Seen via Creative Review: Branding studio Faust has created an immersive, tactile experience for children at Nick Cave's exhibit in Denver. The Sojourn exhibition features a floor-to-ceiling felt wall and felt silhouette mannequins that kids can embellish and re-embellish with colorful cut-outs, as well as kids punching bags and a super-sized projection of Cave's film Drive-By. See more here. If you're in Denver, go here for info on the exhibition. ...

Hopscotch: Programming App for Kids

Via Tinybop: Hopscotch is a graphics-based programming language for kids (they recommend 5+) that uses really colorful, easy to use little tool that kids can pick up and figure out quickly. From the review: "In it’s current incarnation Hopscotch is focused on basic programming concepts and on drawing, but the developers have ambitious plans to turn it into a robust environment especially geared for mobile (for geeks out there, the plan is to make it Turing complete). Hopscotch is easy, approachable, and fun." Get it at the app store. ...

Tynker – Coding for Kids

Tynker is helping teachers give kids the opportunity to learn coding concepts at a young age without requiring tons of resources or clunky downloads. To clarify, these kids learn the logic of coding. Tynker contains a visual programming language; that is, it uses the building blocks of algorithms without all the tricks of the developer’s trade — curly braces, semicolons, seemingly inconsequential stuff that, when misplaced or missing, can screw up days’ or even months’ worth of work. Learn more at Venture Beat's "Why your 8-year-old should be coding." ...

Organizing Kids: Half Moon Storage Basket

It can be hard to keep track of all your kid's crap all over the house. Not only that, but many storage options aren't feasible (I love wicker baskets for look and affordability, but my cats destroy them). This storage basket from LEIF is a gorgeous compromise: leather straps are durable and designed to handle wear, and the organic cotton fabric can remain sturdy even if you have to manage dragging it around the house with a heavy load. ...