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GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story + construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device, while learning about illustration and animation. New characters + pieces! GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine introduces Li Gravity and Valentina Voltz, the series first male and Latina characters, as well as newly engineered pieces that are compatible with all GoldieBlox sets.
As the story goes, Toys For Bob executives visited Nintendo of America to pitch them with a new idea; toys that could be attached to game consoles and simultaneously appear inside video games. Nintendo’s people said that the toys, called Skylanders, were interesting, but they declined an opportunity to partner on the project. Fast forward to 2014, and Skylanders is one of the single most successful toy brands in the world. Nintendo, meanwhile, is struggling to find a place for its underperforming Wii U console. Now, Nintendo has finally caught up with toys that it probably could have incorporated into Wii U from its beginning. Later this year a series of ten toys will be launched alongside Super Smash Bros. They include Mario, Yoshi, Link, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Princess Peach, Samus Aran, the Wii Fit Trainer and the Villager from Animal Crossing. It’s something that has been widely expected, and even teased by Nintendo executives. The figures are placed on the Wii U’s touchscreen GamePad in much the same way as Skylanders are placed on that franchise’s portal. Inside the game, the figures can do battle on your behalf against other humans, against other toys, against AI or against you. The toys, called “amiibo,” can be leveled up and individualized.
SPRK creates connected toys – but that’s not all. By fusing technology with robotics, their toys are teaching and inspiring tomorrow’s inventors and innovators. Programming isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero. The SPRK program believes play is a powerful teacher. Whether you’re an educator or a parent, SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math and science. Download the free lessons or see what teachers are saying about Sphero in the classroom on twitter.
And for the youngest techies: Tiggly: Toddlers and preschoolers love the iPad as much as Mom and Dad, but 70 years of academic research has demonstrated that manipulating physical objects is essential to early childhood development. Tiggly enables parents to bring this critical component of early learning to the “digital sandbox” today’s kids inhabit. Tiggly toys and apps are designed by educators and tested extensively by toddlers and their parents. Their products are fun for all ages, but specifically intended to help children between 18 months and 6 years old develop spatial reasoning, motor skills, language, and creativity. Read Review Here