friday five: play with purpose

It’s back! Our Friday five. Five things to do/think about this weekend and all about connecting with your kids through play.

And since we’re about purposeful play using apps and online games for babies, toddlers and preschoolers — there’s a tech twist, too!

Superhero Photo Story
Superhero Photo Story


1. Make a Super Hero Photo Story. All it takes is a little cardboard, a mask, a cape, and a digital camera and bingo! — you’ve got the makings of your family’s very own super hero photo story. We love this idea from Pretty Little Pictures.


2. Download load a song from the new Ozomatli kids’ album, Ozokids. Ever heard of Ozomatli? The LA-based musical fusion band (high-energy blend of Latin, hip-hop, rock, funk, salsa, reggae) and grammy award winners have jumped into the kids’ music scene, releasing their first kid’s music CD earlier this week. We love their smart, socially aware lyrics and kid-danceable tunes. A must-add for the playlist. Check them out…

3. Create! And de-clutter your kids’ artwork: Is the art overwhelming your fridge? Use this handy little app to snap photos and turn that artwork into a coffee table book or more! Great idea, ArtKive!


4. Co-Reading? With an iPad? Take a second and read this blog post from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center about co-reading. 1,200 parents were surveyed about their attitudes and practices toward reading books with their 2-to-6-year-old children. Because the Apple iPad has demonstrated a quick rise to dominance in the tablet marketplace, this report delves into iPad owners’ (approximately 500 of the participants) practices and their perceptions surrounding the use of e-books in their kids’ literacy development. Check it out…


5. Say Hello! to the iGuy. Does your kid love your iPad? Protect it in a fun way! Meet wthe iGuy from Speck. Free-standing, lightweight and oh-so-squishy.  Find out more…

Happy Weekend!


DIY Penguin Game

Do your kids love KneeBouncers’ Frozen Numbrrrrrrrssss counting game? Bring their favorite game to life with this fun adaptation. It works not only on their counting, but fine motor skills, too.

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Extend the Play: Dino Dig

Is your little palenotologist crazy for KneeBouncers’ Dinosaur Shape Match Game? Then try this DIY Dinosaur Shape Dig table top game. It’s a clever mash up of sensory play and shape identification — and helps extend the play!

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Super easy. Lots of fun. The best way to learn.

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mommy & me song



Mommy & Me

Enjoy this original song by Kiki and the KneeBouncers! Showing Mommy the love she deserves!

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Color Me – Coloring game

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