Friday, 26 August 2016

The Foolish King is a new chess app and story book which has been designed to introduce young children to the ancient game. The app is based on, and includes an eBook version of, The Foolish King picture book by business man and politician Lord Mark Price. (Lord because he was made a life peer, a non-hereditary title.)

Disclaimer: We were provided with a free copy of The Foolish King app to review. Opinions are our own.

Monday, 22 August 2016

My kids are crazy about Robot Wars (like Battle Bots in the US.) Okay I admit it, I got them into it. But they love the show. As soon as they found out about it they were keen to create their own battling robots.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

We always love opportunities to combine our love of technology with our love of nature. Our recent discovery of Felix Dennis's Garden of Heroes and Villains in Dorsington, England and the stories behind it, allowed us to do just that.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Dory is an adorable blue tang fish, who first crept into our hearts in the movie "Finding Nemo" and now features in her own film - "Finding Dory" (voice by Ellen DeGeneres).

My now teen, loved "Finding Nemo" and we watched it over and over again. Dory is a rather forgetful fish, with an endearing character.

Friday, 12 August 2016

littleBits have launched a new electronics kit for kids called Rule Your Room. The idea is to get kids inventing stuff they want and need... in their rooms. Important things like protecting your savings or making a really good "keep out" sign for your door. The Rule Your Room kit is currently available for pre-order.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

We've been intrigued by WowWee's Coji the Emoji robot from the first time we heard about it. Emoji's are popular with kids and tapping out programs by touching Emojis is a fun  idea. We've now had chance to play with our Coji and can explain how this works in practice.

Coji is aimed at children from age 4-7 though we think the upper age limit is higher than this. It's not just suitable for little kids, the robot is cool enough and challenging enough for tweens, and lots of teens and adults would have fun with it too. Coji does a good job of appealing to a range of abilities with different directed activities and plenty of scope for self-directed activities.

Monday, 8 August 2016

The BBC micro:bit is a portable microprocessor with built in sensors and an LED matrix. It's perfect for building an egg-hatching pedometer in the style of Pokémon Go.

The actually distance counter in Pokémon Go uses GPS and has some accuracy issues (as we noted in our article on using Pokémon Go as a kids fitness tracker). This is a good project to get kids thinking about how Pokémon Go could be improved.