Author: Christina Edwards

K’NEX Launches K’NEXpert Search Competition

K’NEX Brands recently launched the K’NEXpert search, asking children to create a creative and original model using K’NEX parts. A winner from each age group (5-6, 7-8, and 9-12)  will receive a $10,000 savings bond for college. The three winners will also receive a trip to the K’NEX headquarters, near Philadelphia, Pa., for the K’NEXpert Awards Ceremony, and $250 worth of K’NEX building sets. Seven finalists will receive a $1,000 savings bond,  $250 of K’NEX building sets, and their own photo gallery page on knex.com. All semi-finalists and finalists will receive discounts on online purchases for a year, K’NEX gear and a K’NEX birthday gift. The contest will run from now through September 10 with winners announced in October. Children can enter by printing out the entry form from the K’NEX website and mailing it in. Submissions must include a photo of the creation and a one-minute video or one-page summary describing how the child came up with the idea, how long the design took to build, and how many K’NEX pieces were used. The K’NEXpert Search is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, and there is no purchase...

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Sesame Street to Introduce Three Shows at MIPCOM

The producers of Sesame Street will be introducing three new shows that are currently in development at MIPCOM, to be held in Cannes, France October 4-8. Super Grover 2.0 features Sesame Street character Grover modeling scientific processes as he observes, formulates questions, and investigates to solve problems across the world. The show will also be featured as a segment on Sesame Street. Count TV features Count von Count introducing viewers to the number of the day and explaining what each number represents. Each episode finishes with a Bert and Ernie tap dance routine about the number of the day Goodnight, Elmo features Elmo and his dad in their bedroom routine as they make up their own bedtime...

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Activision, Nickelodeon to Release New iCarly Video Game

This fall, Activision Publishing, Inc. and Nickelodeon will release a second game based on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly. iCarly 2: iJoin the Click, which will be available for the Wii and Nintendo DS, puts players in the role of a new student at Ridgeway High. Players interact with characters from the show, create new webisodes, and compete in challenges and mini games while they explore locations featured in the show. The game will be available internationally this...

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International Productions of Sesame Street Available Online

Amazon Video On Demand is offering exclusive access to free episodes of international co-productions of Sesame Street. Programs that will be available include Takalani Sesame from South Africa, which features the first HIV-positive Muppet to help de-stigmatize HIV in an age appropriate way;  Sesame Tree from Northern Ireland, which encourages children to explore and appreciate the world around them; Galli Galli Sim Sim from India, which celebrates cultural heritage; and Alam Sim Sim from Egypt, which promotes self-esteem in young girls. Programs from Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Palestine, and Russia will also be...

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Simon & Schuster Develop Interactive Reading App for Children

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has announced a new multimedia, interactive reading experience, the U-Ventures: Return to the Cave of Time application available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad . The company worked with software developer Expanded Books/Expanded Apps and Edward Packard, creator of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, to create the multimedia version of the book, complete with sounds, light, and other special effects. The application can be purchased on iTunes for $3.99. A second story, U-Ventures: the Black Hole, will be released later in the summer, and U-Ventures: the Forbidden Castle will be released in the...

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