Last week, award-winning developer Snowman teased the launch of its exciting new app for kids – Pok Pok. Through Snowman’s spin-off studio of the same name, the new digital playroom is now officially here and offers a focus on imaginative, creative play for kids from 2-6 years old. It features amazing hand-drawn art, wonderful sound effects, a design that provides an engaging experience without being overly stimulating, and so much to explore. Read along for more details and what I’ve found while testing Pok Pok with my four-year-old son.
Kids Stories May 20
Kids Stories October 10, 2016
We’re great fans of anything that inspires kids to get to grips with technology from an early age, noting recently the smarthome and Bluetooth LE kits added by LittleBits. Now a British company is aiming to bring even smarter technology to Lego, claiming that it’s the first physical product that can be programmed with Swift Playgrounds.
SBrick Plus is a brick that you can place into your LEGO® models so you can control them remotely using a smart device like a phone, tablet, gamepad or even Chromebook or PC. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though; SBrick Plus can use sensors from the WeDo 1.0™ family can be programmed in several languages, so it’s a perfect way to start your journey into programming and robotics!
On the Apple side, you can control SBrick creations with the iPhone 4s and up, any iPad from the iPad 3, modern Macs and even the Apple Watch …
Kids Stories October 3, 2016
Kids Stories August 2, 2016
Littlebits launches kids version of DIY smarthome kit
There’s no shortage of smarthome products these days, but for those who prefer to make their own, LittleBits launched a DIY kit back in 2014. The company has today launched a $100 version aimed at kids, with components that snap together magnetically.
Kids Stories June 21, 2016
If you’re looking for something to entertain kids aged 8-12 over the summer, and the chance for them to learn some useful tech skills into the bargain, you may want to register them for this year’s Apple Camp. Apple holds annual workshops at its retail stores intended to help kids make creative use of technology. This year’s workshops are focused on coding & robotics, movie-making and story-telling.
Campers can work with visual blocks and solve puzzles while programming Sphero robots. They can learn filmmaking skills: storyboarding, shooting video, and editing soundtracks. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. At Apple Camp, kids and their creativity are the heroes …
Kids Stories April 14, 2016
Apple has announced that users can no longer setup iTunes Allowances for kids from today, ahead of a complete shutdown of the iTunes Allowances program on May 25th, 2016. iTunes Allowances let parents set up monthly credit for their kids to spend on App Store and iTunes Store purchases.
In the support note announcing the closure, Apple recommends families instead use Family Sharing to manage purchase and spending habits across family members. This does not impact the availability of iTunes Gifts — Apple customers will still be able to buy iTunes gift cards to give to friends and family as normal.