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!
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.
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 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.”
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.
Love this baby elephant tee I found over at Fancy.
1. Furnish an example in living.
2. Stop preaching ethics and morals.
3. Have a knowledge of life’s problems and an imagination.
4. Stop shielding your children and clipping their wings.
5. Allow your children to develop along their own lines.
6. Don’t prevent self-reliance and initiative.
7. Have vision yourself and bigness of soul.
Via Futility Closet
I really love this cut paper animal print by Christina Song.
“littleBits is an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.”
But they had me at “no soldering”. We got Dash something along these lines for Christmas, but it required a lot of assistance from adults with soldering, various tools, etc. It was a really cool little project, but it didn’t really provide Dash (10 years old) with the kind of independence and freedom of creativity we were hoping for. The cool thing about littleBits is that it’s so easy to get started, and it really does allow kids to plug in, tinker, and build on their own. No better way to learn about technology at a young age than to have an opportunity to just play with things and see how they work.
Learn more here. There’s a community full of inspiration, and the starter kit is $89.
Thanks to Eades for the heads up via VHX.
My second child is due in a few weeks, and I have a small herd of pals who either just welcomed a baby or are super close to the same, so this poster is likely to be purchased at least once by me in coming weeks. It’s a lovely intersection of data representation, cuteness and awesome type. Get one and see more images at Strange Birdy Studios.
“The cycle in American households seems mostly to run in the opposite direction. So little is expected of kids that even adolescents may not know how to operate the many labor-saving devices their homes are filled with. Their incompetence begets exasperation, which results in still less being asked of them (which leaves them more time for video games). Referring to the Los Angeles families, Ochs and Izquierdo wrote, “Many parents remarked that it takes more effort to get children to collaborate than to do the tasks themselves.”
Not just spoiled, ill-equipped. I’m guilty of this, and I’m going to work on immediate steps to help repair some of the ‘help’ I’ve been so addicted to giving my son (help he didn’t really need).
“Badinter’s book also points to another kind of conflict, one that isn’t primarily internal and psychological but is rather structural. This is the conflict between economic policies and social institutions that set up systematic obstacles to women working outside of the home — in the United States, the lack of affordable, high quality day care, paid parental leave, flex time and so on — and the ideologies that support those policies and institutions, on the one hand, and equality for women, on the other hand.”
John Kenn works on television shows for children, but in his spare time draws monsters on Post-It Notes.
A realistic portrayal of autism spectrum disorders, in all their variety, is almost nonexistent in motion pictures. Ever since Rain Man showcased one particular extreme of the spectrum, there have been few attempts to capture its many facets, including PDD-NOS.