The Jim Henson Co. Debuts New Preschool Property

Jim-Hensons-Chatter-Zoo-300x137The Jim Henson Co. is launching Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo, its first preschool property to be released “digital first” for mobile platforms. The new app is a collaboration with Mindshapes, the creator of mobile learning applications for kids. Chatter Zoo aims to teach early language acquisition as young preschoolers interact with four baby animals.  

Chatter Zoo, which was created by Alex Rockwell (Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House), will premiere as a digital property prior to any other platform, and will be available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad on August 8. The Amazon Kindle Fire launch will follow in September. The Jim Henson Co. is simultaneously developing the property for television and ancillary products.

Mindshapes’ Chatter Zoo appisode includes two “Learn & Play” activities, two interactive stories, animations, and music content. Mindshapes’ Livebook format allows users to interact with the characters through touchscreen interactions. Users will experience four different activities in the Chatter Zoo house: Playtime, Mealtime, Bathtime, and Bedtime, all relatively time-appropriate (“day” or “night”). The app also features adaptive experiences like cause and effect, care giving, and responsibility, all taught by the Chatter Zoo characters, demonstrating positive social and intrapersonal values.

Mindshapes Unveils New Mobile Story Adventure App

My_Story_World_logoMindshapes, creator of fun educational mobile apps for kids, released My Story World. My Story World offers an enhanced story adventure experience, where kids ages 3 to 7 will discover stories filled with characters they know and love, with educational content specifically designed to reinforce their comprehension, critical thinking, and social emotional skills.

The app contains story adventures featuring Sid the Science Kid, Winnie the Witch, Elmer the Elephant, and other family favorites from TV, books, and film. Each story features two key modes, “Read to Me” and “Play and Learn.”

“Play and Learn” mode is a fun way to engage children in the story, designed to reinforce their higher order thinking and social/emotional skills, by participating in embedded learning moments. The stories provide a jumping off point into creative activities that stimulate their imaginations. The sophistication of the learning and creative activities grows with the child’s use of My Story World. The user interface and rewards systems are simple, easy, and intuitive to use, making this an experience for kids to enjoy either on their own or with a parent or sibling. 

My Story World is Mindshapes’ follow-up to its award-winning Magic Town platform. It has been developed based on consumer feedback and insights, key learnings in the market, and in partnership with world-leading play scientists and interactive education product experts.

My Story World is available for iPad and is free on the App Store. The app can be downloaded here.

Mindshapes, The Jim Henson Company Launch Sid the Science Kid-Sid’s Slide to the Side

Kids and families can now take Sid the Science Kid on-the-go with a new mobile app available for iOS devices. The app, which launches today, coincides with the DVD and iTunes release of Jim Henson‘s Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a feature-length film following the adventures of Sid and his curious friends.

sid's slide to the side screenshotSid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side is the first in a new app format from Mindshapes called an “Appisode,” enhanced story–based adventures that feature rich learning and game and play activities, all wrapped around a storybook. This fun and interactive Appisode is a new approach to mobile learning sure to get kids engaged and entertained with their favorite franchises. The Appisode features  songs, interactive games, reinforced learning activities, and colorful characters from the Sid the Science Kid television program on PBS.

The Jim Henson Company Appoints Mindshapes to Develop Interactive Educational Entertainment for Pajanimals, Sid the Science Kid

The Jim Henson Company has announced a partnership with Mindshapes, a leading kids’ mobile learning company. Under the deal, Mindshapes will create appisodes based on The Jim Henson Company’s current preschool series Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals as well as content for new Henson properties that will be announced later this year. These appisodes will feature stories, games, and learn and play activities, as well as animated video and music content for a fun kid-friendly experience.

The first product, Sid the Science Kid’s Slide to the Side Appisode, will be available beginning in April, following the premiere of the new feature Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, premiering on PBS KIDS on March 25 (check local listings), and will coincide with the release of the movie on DVD and in iTunesLater in the year will see the release of an appisode featuring the Pajanimals, the musical series that airs every night on 24-hour preschool channel Sprout and on the NBC Kids weekend block.

Fingerprint, Mindshapes Partner for Story-Based, Interactive Kids Content

Kids’ mobile gaming network Fingerprint Digital and kids’ mobile learning company Mindshapes have announced a strategic partnership to introduce a series of new interactive digital appisodes. Each appisode will bundle together an interactive storybook with related games and learn-and-play activities into one fun-filled experience for kids. The first Mindshapes-produced appisode will launch on Fingerprint in February, with four additional appisodes scheduled to launch later this year. Each appisode will feature recognized kids’ entertainment brands and will be built around specific educational themes.

For more information, visit www.fingerprintplay.com or www.mindshapes.com.