JibJab Reveals StoryBots Expansion

Brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, co-creators of JibJab, are at it again with StoryBots, expanding its library this month with a range of new titles.

StoryBots, a multi-platform entertainment property for kids and parents, was created to re-invent the traditional story time every child and parent enjoy.

Recently featured on The New Ricki Lake Show, the StoryBots are brightly-colored, infinitely curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens (iPhones, iPads, computers, televisions).  Their mission is to make learning fun for kids–and life easier for parents–by offering personalized eBooks, videos, activity sheets, and more. [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Combines Toys, Tech to Ignite Children’s Imaginations, Infants’ App-etite for Learning

Fisher-Price has developed a new line of Apptivity products that bring a whole new level of interactivity, learning, and imagination to children to create larger-than-life play experiences.

Infants can connect with their favorite Laugh & Learn characters with the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Storybook Reader. The Storybook Reader is a case with benefits, allowing moms and dads to protect their iPhone or iPod touch from dribble and drool while their baby enjoys engaging content, turning the page of the book or swiping the screen to advance the content. [Read more...]

Word Winder Releases iPhone App and Free Holiday Puzzle Updates

The creators of the Word Winder brand of board games, puzzle books, Nook app, and iPad app are introducing two additions to the Word Winder line: the Word Winder iPhone app, as well as a free update for the iPad app. Both are now available through iTunes. [Read more...]

Cleveland Company Launches Patented iPhone Game

Heartland Consumer Products, LLC, introduced Square Shooters, the world’s first deck of cards on dice, last year; now the company brings the game to the iPhone.

Square Shooters features nine patented dice which include all 52 playing card faces (plus 2 jokers), specially arranged so players can achieve all poker hands. The game’s challenge is to match a real poker hand in three rolls or less, trumping common poker-dice games that depend upon plain dotted dice.  [Read more...]

iBuku Pets Transforms Old iPhones into Huggable, Educational, Environmentally Friendly Toys

Arbor Cube’s iBuku Pets turns any iPhone or iPod touch into an interactive toy for kids. In addition to the easy to hold cuddly case, the educational iBuku Pets’ App and their cast of playful characters infuse an amazing balance of fun, learning, and entertainment into what is normally mindless touchscreen button pressing. Available on Kickstarter, iBuku Pets will ship to customers in December. [Read more...]

Electric Friends Debuts Animal-Themed Speakers

Electric Friends announced the immediate availability of its line at Staples.com and JR.com, with additional national retailers scheduled for the fall. The collection includes Sing Sing the Panda, Chew Chew the Dog, Kwack Kwack the Duck, and Ki Ki the Cat.

Electric Friends include five-watt speakers,  40mm full-range neodymium drivers, volume-adjusting touch controls located on the ears, a built-in charging dock for iPod or iPhone, and a 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input to connect other audio devices. They can be powered by the included AC adapter or four AA batteries and are compatible with  the iPhone (4/4S, 3GS/3G), iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and iPod Nano (1st-6th generations).

 This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Electric Friends Launches New Speaker Line

Electric Friends, a new speaker line for the iPhone and iPod, announced the release of animal-themed speakers. The four varieties, including Sing Sing the Panda, Chew Chew the Dog, Kwack Kwack the Duck, and Ki Ki the Cat,  are on sale now.

As the back-to-school season approaches, these speakers can serve as a new classroom accessory and charging dock. The speakers are compatible with  iPhone (4/4S, 3GS/3G), iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and iPod Nano (1st-6th generations).

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Oscura App Now Available on Android Phones, Tablets

Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) launched its spooky gaming app, Oscura, for Android phones and tablets. The game comes in nine different languages including, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, German, Dutch, and Brazilian Portuguese.

In the game, players attempt to restore light to a darkened land that has not seen light since the power crystals in the lighthouse exploded. Players travel through different environments, finally entering a dark and disastrous world, to save the land.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group

Baby Genius Offers Apps

Baby Genius recently launched two apps featuring characters Frankie and Tempo. Parents can download MyPal Frankie and MyPal Tempo for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad for free. The MyPal Tempo musical game is a “Simon Says”-style game that teaches memory skills through music. With MyPal Frankie, Frankie will repeat anything the child says. Kids can play with Frankie and make her giggle, wiggle, or eat an apple. Videos can be recorded and saved or shared.

Introducing… Playmobil’s Apple Store Playset

Apple’s latest product is as simple as a toy! Playmobil and the technology giant have teamed up to produce the Apple Store Playset, equipped with tiny iPhones, Macbooks, iPads, and its own Genius Bar.

Kids can place “Steve Jobs” in the Keynote Theatre and brainstorm new inventions. Or, buy the Line Pack and simulate a product launch. Is that Woz on a Segway? You bet!

The set includes the store, an Apple Store staff, and more than 60 accessories. The ground floor features product demo tables, software shelves, and a kids’ corner. The top floor includes the Genius Bar and a Keynote Theater with a mini Steve Jobs figure. Those with an iPhone 4 can download a presentation from the Playmobil website, and use it as a screen behind Jobs.

For more information on the Apple Store Playset from Playmobil, click here, and watch the video above. Pictures after the jump.

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