Tag Archives: Kids

The Growth Chart by Beanstalk Labs

Do you remember when you were growing up and your parents would mark your height on the wall at home? The idea for the Growth Chart is heavily grounded in our experiences as children. Co-fonder Danny Nathan has fond memories of his parents marking heights on the wall of where he grew up. But in his case those memories were penciled into two different homes, resulting in memories that can no longer be re-lived. Emotional ties that is a shame to have been lost.

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“We set out to create a product that would celebrate the long-standing tradition of tracking a child’s growth/height over time, but do so in a way that would allow the progress to move with a family. Our Growth Chart is both movable and, if need be, easily replaceable so that those memories can stick with a family. We also wanted to rethink how this tradition might fit into the world of today’s parents and children.”

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Your kids surf on your back while in a Piggyback Rider

Dad’s there is a cool new way to take your young one’s with you wherever you go. And it’s not silly looking like that front pouch you’ll possibly be using when infants need to be carried. Built a for children 2.5 years and above and under 60lbs, replacing strollers and backpack’s it’s a device that lets your child hug and surf on your back.

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To avoid toddlers getting tired and asking to be carried, the Piggyback Rider is the second phase in childhood carrying after they grow out of infant carriers. With a foot bar that extends the diameter of your back the non-skid foot holder lets a child stand what you walk as normal as possible. Seeming like your child will be surfing on your back, in reality a safety harness and access to handles keep them steady while you move.

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Augmented reality alphabet cards

In 2011 we covered Suwapu, an augmented-reality toy that interacted on your smartphone. Developed by Dentsu and Berg the prototype was a clear indication that Japanese technology was begin a wave of development across the world once made mainstream. 2013 has been a launch pad of various technologies already, and augmented-reality is not with exception. Even more so, augmented-reality in the children’s gaming space has been a boom of new ideas.

pixei alphabet

Pixei Wooden Toys combine traditional wooden alphabet cards with modern technology to help children visualize, play and learn the entire alphabet. Harnessing the power of augmented-reality and utilized with a web-cam, Pixei Alphabet brings home a new range of interactive educational toys to the level of which we never thought would be possible a couple years ago.

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Have a Feelday with your family this weekend

There are only a few precious weeks before kids go back to school. With August fast approaching parents have gown to paint classes, spent days at the park, maybe running through sprinklers or sharing the world of dinosaurs at a local museum – but what should parents do when they run out of ideas to keep their children away from apps and television screens?

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Feelday is an activity guide for playful families by providing creative ideas in NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and Houston to do this weekend. Hours and hours of kids lives are spent on social media, consoles and it feels as if adults are rarely detached from work emails on mobile devices, Feelday helps figure out what kids and adults alike can do together offline and create memories.

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Art and bicycling combined with Chalktrail

Looking forward at all the technology that is about to be released and what is available today it’s a wonder that children still find a way to enjoy life away from a screen. Chalktrail by Washington-based inventor Scott Baumann would have made childhood of todays adults so much more creative, but still will make anyone of any age want to grab a bike or scooter and start drawing.

chalktrail

The universally fitting attachment affixes to the back of bicycles or scooters and lets riders create wildly beautiful chalk designs. Simple enough for any child to install and seems incredibly fun to use, the attachment draws on the surface based on any path taken with miles of chalking operation. Kids are always riding bikes or playing on sidewalks with chalk, Chalktrail combines the two together, which should make every kid want one.

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Teaching kids coding with Hopscotch

Hopscotch is an app built by those who want to create things that they themselves wished existed when they were kids. The free beta release of the app teaches kids aged 8-12 the beginnings of simple coding. The iPad app uses bright, fun and highly visual cues to keep interest to foster inheriting programming concepts. Instead of the boring line by line tutorials and creating a “Hello World” type of page, Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John (Hopscotch founders) are hoping boys and especially girls will join the forces of programming at a young age with a youthful focused approach to teaching.

hopscotch: coding for kids

Boys seem to gravitate toward coding much more easily then girls possibly because of their devotion to video games, while girls get to play with dolls and fashion essentials. With Hopscotch’s bright and colorful interface the app attracts girls to use their building blocks of learning, without it being overly feminine to turn boys away. The interactive program lets kids drag blocks of code into a scripting area to develop their own projects. The female programming movement has been amazing over the past year at the same time childhood learning of circuits and programming has also been a topic with much news. A movement that we hope continues and possibly one day the number of female programmers is equal to that of their gender counterpart.

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The news with augmented reality targeted at children

Using augmented reality effectively has been buggy, cumbersome and sometimes inefficient – it just seems that very few are capable of implementing it in a useful way. Tokyo Newspaper, also known as Tokyo Shimbun, and Dentsu Tokyo created an app that is simple enough to use with augmented reality that it’s targeted at kids.

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In an attempt to engage kids and have them interact with newspapers the smartphone app ‘translates’ articles into child-friendly versions to keep their interest. Utilizing pop-up headlines, cartoon characters and script more effective for children, kids not only digest the commentary but also enjoy it.

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Children’s drawings + 3D printing = Crayon Creatures

Our favorite startup of 2012 was the re-crafting of kids drawings into huggable plush toys. Children love to be creative, draw and imagine all kinds of wonderfully colorful animals, toys and everything in-between. Child’s Own Studio, takes these wonderful creations and for a small fee manually creates stuffed plush toys in resemblance of the artwork. Crayon Creatures has a similar offering, but instead of plush toys they provide 3D printed figurines as sculptures to keep safe.

Materializing the imagination of children isn’t just for your little ones, but we find adults even want to re-live their childhood by sending drawings they saved while growing up as well. Kids make so much artwork filling fridges, living rooms, and workspaces, but with the rise of 3D printing, these pieces can be turned into real-life objects – Crayon Creatures does just that.

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Mail A Tale: Monthly children’s book subscription

Were you part of team Berenstain or Paddington? That’s the decisions that plague children before they become tweenies and are force-fed the Twilight Saga. A team of five has founded a new startup to give kids the chance a new way to dig up and discover millions of book titles at their very own doorstep. Before they get too old and Amos & Boris aren’t “cool” anymore.

mail a tale

Mail A Tale is a monthly subscription of hand-curated children’s books delivered right to your door. For just $19.95 a month you can receive the basic package which includes 1 hardcover or 2 softcover books, or $39.95 for the book box plus that gives you 4 softcover or 2 hardcover books.

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littleBits: Lego-like kits with circuits for kids

littleBits is a constructor kit that helps kids create their own toys. Like Lego building blocks little circuits easily snap together with magnets to make anything that can be imagined – making things come to life that can light up, move, twist, and buzz.

little bits

Kids (and adult kids) can become inventors and build prototypes without having to solder, wire or understand the intricacies of programming. Each littleBits component has a function that has been preset, may it be proximity sensing, switching, dimming or light response, the circuits than connect together to perform the invented task.

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