Random House Children’s Books announces the release of a coloring and activity app with Mattel for iPad. Barbie Color, Sparkle and Style includes two coloring books for a total of 16 pages of fun. Kids can create using a variety of different art tools, including the Barbie Bubble Wand, the Glitterizer, the Pattern Roller, the Fabric Fill tool, the Magic Wand, two Watercolor Paintbrushes, the Stickers tool, and the Paint Bucket. [Read more...]
Discovery Communications and Wendy’s partnered to bring an augmented reality game to Wendy’s Kids’ Meals. On October 8, Wendy’s began distributing Animal Planet-themed Kids’ Meal premiums, featuring an augmented reality overlay, with the purchase of a Kids’ Meal.
The premiums feature one of five animals: a dog, cat, parakeet, chameleon, or fish. From a dog catching a disc to a cat purring, each toy will showcase a trait of the specific animal. The augmented reality experience features the same pets received in the Kids’ Meal and allows kids to play games from a desktop, as well as a mobile device through iTunes and Google Play. Fun and educational, each game of virtual play is differentiated among the five pets and incorporates each animal’s natural play patterns.
In addition to these Animal Planet premiums, participating Wendy’s will distribute coupons for a special offer on Animal Planet products, available at Toys “R” Us. Wendy’s will support the Animal Planet Kids’ Meal promotion with extensive in-restaurant marketing in more than 6,000 Wendy’s locations nationwide, which will include signage, branded Kids’ Meal bags, and window clings, as well as a presence on Wendys.com.
The deal was brokered on behalf of Animal Planet by its North American licensing agent, The Joester Loria Group.
This month, Little Tikes launches the iTikes line of pre-school toys. Designed to be enjoyed on their own, iTikes also have extended capability through free iTikes Apps. iTikes products are suitable for kids three years old and up. The following iTikes products will debut this month:
- The iTikes Canvas comes with a classic magnetic doodle board. With the App, kids can draw with the conductive pen, play interactive learning games, and press the shapes on the sides to magically stamp images. Compatible with iPad, iPad 2, and the New iPad.
- The iTikes Piano teaches kids how to actually play and read music, with four songs built in that can be played in four modes: Freeplay, Stepper, Solo, and Playback. With the App, kids can learn pitch training, sight-reading, and music theory. Compatible with all Apple mobile digital devices.
- The iTikes Map includes a smart-pen that recognizes images on the map. Through the device camera and Augmented Reality, the map virtually turns into a lifelike playground. Compatible with all iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 4s and iPod touch 3 and 4.
- The iTikes Microscope lets the child use a real lens-based microscope to examine and interact with 36 actual specimens. With the App, the specimens come to life with interactive 3D images and animated facts. Compatible with all Apple mobile digital devices.
All iTikes Apps can be downloaded for free on iTunes.
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Full-length Sesame Street classic television episodes are now available for download, exclusively on www.iTunes.com/SesameStreetClassics. Fans can watch the Sesame Street Muppets throughout the decades starting with the very first episode, which aired in 1969. Sesame Street Classics: Volume 1 contains 12 episodes, four each from seasons 1, 10, and 20. Those who purchase all 12 episodes will also receive Behind The Street: Volume 1, a 25-minute bonus video with fun facts about the series. Each episode will also be available for individual download for $1.99.
Other Sesame Street products available at iTunes.com include iYip, an app containing 78 “Yip Yip” phrases; Best of Sesame Street Spoofs, Volumes 1 and 2; and Sesame Street classic albums.
Ruckus Media Group announced new children book apps. The titles include Spot the Dot and Chuck and Friends: Friends for the Long Haul.
Spot the Dot is an app that is part book and part game, plus a learning tool for preschoolers. The app, based on the work of pop-up master and author/illustrator David A. Carter, challenges toddlers to find various colored dots in numerous interactive backgrounds. The dots’ locations are randomized for different play experiences each time. Carter’s Bugs in a Box series has sold 6.5 million copies worldwide.
The levels continue to get more challenging as the game is played. The app also includes tips for parents who wish to expand game play, teaching their child about shapes and counting.
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 fall.
Six new Sesame Street titles are available for download to computers and mobile devices at Moving Picture Books. Each $1.99 story includes bonus educational material featuring Bob from the children’s show.
The new titles (Elmo Loves You, Rise and Shine, The ABCs of Cookies, Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World, What Makes You Giggle?, and Elmo Visits The Dentist) can be viewed with or without the read-along text displayed on the screen. Each book is eight to 10 minutes long and includes interactive questions and activities for viewers.
Moving Picture Books’ Sesame Street titles will also be available for download through iTunes starting April 5.