Animal Alphabet Singers Teaches Children Letters A to Z

Think Smart GamesThink Smart Games has launched Animal Alphabet Singers, an app for kids ages 2 to 6 for iOS. The fully interactive app teaches children the alphabet using animal association, visual and audio hints, and world-class animation.

The developmental team behind Animal Alphabet Singers includes experts such as Grammy and Emmy-award winner Christopher Cerf, best known for his work on Sesame Street and Between the Lions. The educational team was lead by educational professionals, and experts including Marilyn Jager Adams, Ph. D. and Jane Aaron. Performers from children’s shows such as Sesame Street, The Muppets, and more also have entertaining voice performances in the app.

COMMENTARY: So Long Spice Girls–Introducing The Beatrix Girls

There were the Dixie Chicks, the Spice Girls, and even The Pussy Cat Dolls. But now, there’s an all-new girls’ band with its sight set on taking over the world—The Beatrix Girls. If you haven’t heard of this 12-inch fashion doll phenomenon (similar to the likes of Monster High dolls and Barbie), it’s a line of collectable pop star dolls that create, sing, and play their own original music.

The Beatrix Girls BandLark, the fiery redhead and bassist of the band, loves extreme sports like surfing and snowboarding, but most of all she loves making music with her best friends, The Beatrix Girls. As all of the girls flaunt their own style, Lark loves to be dressed up in ripped jeans, combat boots, and pretty much anything that’s not pink. She is, for many reasons, my favorite, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that she was my inspiration in dying my hair red—or would I? [Read more...]

Starpath Dolls Are Kids’ New BFFs

starpathStarpath Dolls, created by Starpath founder and CEO Anita Winsor and her daughter, mix playtime and fun with books. With Starpath Dolls, kids ages 5 to 9 can escape into an imaginary work through personalized chapter books that star their dolls and themselves.

Each book is written by a renowned author and is centered around two girl companions, or BFFs. The books are so customizable that details from the child’s world can be placed inside the text of the book.

Kids can choose between four 18-inch dolls, including Morning Star, Shining Star, Wishing Star, and Wandering Star. The child can then visit the Starpath Dolls website to create their own personalized book using the code they received after purchasing the doll. Families can also choose to enter their child’s doll’s name or make up a new one of their own to be placed in the story.

Each original book arrives in the mail within 1 to 2 weeks, and dolls and books can be found on Starpathdolls.com and at specialty retail stores across the U.S. Additional outfits for your doll can also be purchased separately.

Popar Toys Conjures Up the Magic of Augmented Reality

PoparPopar Toys has utilized the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to develop a new way for kids to learn anatomy, chemistry, and astronomy. With the 3-D Interactive Human Anatomy, Interactive Periodic Table, and Interactive Solar System charts, anyone can “play” with this learning technology that comes alive right off the wall.

Each AR wall chart works with any Android or Apple smart device once the free app is downloaded.

  • Interactive Human Anatomy Chart: Here the human body comes to life. Kids and students zoom in on their mobile device to see organs and even the digestive system.
  • Interactive Periodic Chart: Budding scientists can learn about atomic mass, boiling point, density, and structure. Use the app to tap elements and make compounds as well as learn more about their basic functions.
  • Interactive Solar System Chart: Planets leap off the wall and into the palm of kids’ hands with this app, which they can also use to watch videos and play games. Kids can learn the distance of these planets from one another and how many moons each planet has.

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Lionel Tracks Offers Fans a Central Terminal for Rail-Related Information

LionelLionel Trains, the model train company, has unveiled Lionel Tracks, a digital destination for locomotive enthusiasts. Lionel Tracks aggregates train-related content across categories, from rail culture and history to modeling updates, making it a one-stop site for fans, hobbyists, and collectors of all ages.

It works using a content hub developed by RED Interactive Agency, which tags information, photos, and videos into categories such as culture, history, hobbies, locomotives, and tech. This newest effort allows families and even historians to find news about rail culture around the world.

Arklu Introdues New Lottie Dolls Collection

Lottie DollsArklu has released a new collection of Lottie dolls, equipped with full lines of clothes and accessories, is now on the market. Lottie is a 7.5-inch doll collection for girls ages 3 and up.

Each Lottie doll, including Butterfly Protector, Kawaii Karate, Pirate Queen, and Robot Girl, represents a range of activities that inspires girls to develop passions that they may not have previously known they had. Lotties are not just dolls, they each have a story telling context that’s full of educational and fun adventures that take place on the imaginary island of Branksea. Branksea encourages kids to use their imaginations not just with toys, but also in life. [Read more...]

Bowboard – Just Gravity and You

Bowboard2A unique product recently launched on Kickstarter is looking to change the way we skateboard and scooter, by making one ride-on device that encompasses it all. Developed by Chris Miller, the Bowboard merges a bow, frame, and spiral-gearing mechanism to propel riders forward by using gravity as the main source of motion. The Bowboard is unlike anything you’ve seen before and the bowboarding motion gives The Wave (which mirrors the experience of surfing on the street), scooters, and skateboards a run for their money.

When you first look at the Bowboard you immediately wonder how on earth do you use it, but it’s actually quite easy. The rider stands on the center of the bow with either one or two feet (however you feel most comfortable at first) and as his or her body weight pushes down on the bow, it spins the back wheel using the spiral-drive technology. The other alternative is the kick-and-go method, which is a great way to start off and pick up speed (this motion is most similar to riding a scooter). [Read more...]

Ubisoft Releases Trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division

TheDivisionGameSetting a new bar in video game realism, Tom Clancy’s The Division, from Ubisoft, has released a trailer showcasing the game’s next generation Snowdrop engine developed specifically to create a deep and vast universe.

The Division takes place in a once-familiar New York City, after a lethal virus has swept through the city causing society to collapse into chaos. The Division, a top-secret unit of self-supporting tactical agents is activated by the president to address and combat this emergency situation.

Tom Clancy’s The Division will be available on all next-gen consoles. although no release date has yet been announced.

Watch the trailer here.

 

PopCap Launches Peggle 2 for Xbox One

PopCap logoPopCap, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. has launched Peggle 2, available exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox One. Peggle 2, a sequel to the original puzzle game, has tons of new features and is available from the Xbox Live Games Stores.

Key features of this game include five Peggle Masters, each with multiple costumes, 60 all-new gameplay levels, 60 all-new trials, 180 objectives, achievements and  1,000G to collect, Peg Party mode for multiplayer fun, high-definition graphics and orchestral audio specific to each Master, and Kinect gesture and voice commands for in-game and menu controls in some markets.

DreamWorks Dragons Adventure App Available on Nokia Lumia 2520

DragonsAdventureNokia and DreamWorks Animation have teamed up to create the DreamWorks Dragon Adventure for the new Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. The app, which is best used in motion, is based on DreamWorks Animation’s 3D-animated How to Train Your Dragon franchise and comes pre-loaded on the Nokia Lumia 2520.

Players have the ability to change world around them into a world filled with dragons and vikings. Using Nokia’s GPS technology, HERE Maps, real-life roadways, traffic, actual landmarks, and weather conditions will be mirrored into the game as you drive. This means that every time you take a family drive, it is instantly transformed into a different magical world and expedition in your game.