Illustrator Andrew Morgan’s thick-paged kids book is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs. But instead of animals and everyday objects, each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a rock and roll god or goddess. He also makes a version for budding rap stars.
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Little Inventors is a UK-based non-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation by asking children to come up with their own inventions, then collaborate with makers to build prototypes of them. SciFri dropped by to see what sort of wonderful madness they’re up to. You simply must browse the kids’ ideas.
While you could mark your kids’ heights on the wall as they grow up, we like Suck UK’s idea. The kit includes a dual-sided wall chart with metric and imperial measurements, and number cards your kids can hold up to record their age at the time of their incarceration.
SuperImpulse makes tiny versions of classic toys, from Stretch Armstrong to the Etch-a-Sketch. But one of our childhood favorites was the precursor to pixel art – the Lite-Brite. This mini version measures just 3″ wide x 2.75″ high, and includes 150 tiny pegs to lose.
This extended ad spot for UK retailers John Lewis & Partners + Waitrose & Partners is proof positive that commercials are so much better outside of the US, as a choir of kids perform a slightly modified version of Queen’s classic while performing a charming space opera.
We wish we were small enough to ride in this miniature version of the classic Volkswagen Type 1 Camper Van, but it’s perfect for little kids. Its got two seats inside, opening doors, forward and reverse gears, and working headlights and taillights. Runs on a rechargeable 12V battery.
Musician John Tracey presents a medley of some theme songs from classic kids TV shows from the 1980s and 1990s, performed with a smooth fingerstyle vibe on his acoustic guitar. We can still never get enough of those DuckTales and Inspector Gadget themes.
A heartwarming documentary about the life and times of the late Fred Rogers, who made a lasting impression on millions of children, while educating them about the wonders of the world, overcoming life’s challenges, embracing diversity, and loving one another.
The Fine Brothers panel of youngsters goes hands-on with another technological dinosaur – a “portable” turntable. While they’re clearly fascinated with the mechanical music player, there’s no doubt they’re all going back to streaming digital tunes as soon as they’re done.
Kids get bored so easily. Here’s a fun activity to keep them occupied. While we prefer the demonic red piping on the baseball shirts, they’re also available in a wide variety of colors over at Steven Rhodes’ Teepublic shop for 6 bucks less. The notebook is great too.
Babies outgrow their clothes very quickly in their first couple of years. Petit Pli clothes are designed to last throughout that time. Their pleated design lets them stretch to fit children from 4 months to 3 years old. They’re also waterproof and machine washable.
Cut introduced children to a grown woman who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition which has limited her height to just 3 feet. Their inquisitiveness and concern should be a model for other youngsters, who all too often make fun of people for their differences.
Michel Gondry is known for his playful use of in-camera effects in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and videos like Let Forever Be. His short film about a lost tricycle features the same sensibility, while doubling as a promo for the iPhone 7 Plus’ moviemaking capabilities.
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