Sep 10, 2016

Wild Rumpus Bonus #2 -- at a local festival!

The library was invited to bring a little Wild Rumpus to a new community event called West Fest last month.  One City Early Learning was kind enough to loan us some of their materials (since we haven't been able to purchase our own yet -- not yet commercially available!) and, despite some light rain in the morning, we set up a few tents and the equipment and invited families to play!  Here are some of the things that happened (after the jump):

Aug 30, 2016

Apps on the News: Toca Life: School

Just in time for back-to-school, here's a great app that might give you a new way to ask your kid, "What did you do at school today?"

Read my written review here.

Aug 17, 2016

Supper Club: What's Inside?




Apps that dig a little deeper to find out what's INSIDE?

 -- an alphabet app with interactive x-ray art of each object.







 -- how deep can you dig on a ladybug's back? It'll boggle your mind!







--take a walk with Bato as he gathers friends and instruments for a music party.







--a crazy mash-up of classic children's book and high-tech x-ray images revealing the "hidden" gears that make the pop-up pieces move.  (See an excellent preview video by clicking on the app title above.)







Skyscrapers by Tinybop ($2.99, iOS only)
--explore and play with the properties of very tall buildings. The plumbing gets the most giggles per minute!







Tiny Pirates by Wonderkind ($2.99, iOS only)
--design your own pirate character, then play in the seaport or out on a pirate ship (cut away so that you can see the activity inside the ship)











Take-out box:



How to make Electricity by Crayonbox (FREE for Lite version, full version $2.99, iOS only)



Bogga Magic by BoggaTap (99c, iOS, free-Amazon)






Dada Trains by DADA Company ($2.99, iOS only)

This evening's hands-on project was to create our own pop-up books (or cards) using these fabulous reference pages from Bookzoompa. Only one kid had time to stay and make one at the library tonight and you can see hers above in the title photo.

Aug 13, 2016

The Supper Club presents: Apps about circuits!

 In July, we featured lots of apps about electricity and circuits.  Having just finished a full day of Wild Rumpusing, a few of these apps were beyond my logic capacity, but perhaps it was a more realistic demonstration of how your kid might interact with the app?  Anyway, if you or your kid are interested in how circuits are created, try out some of these apps. 

The free "lite" version lets users try out different combinations to try to complete the circuit and light a bulb. If you buy the full version, you can also explore how hydroelectric, thermal and solar electricity are generated.  Note: This app has a lot of written text and no read-to-me options, so it's best for older kids or for adults and kids to use together.

Multiple "virtual science experiments" including creating a circuit with a battery, lightbulb and switch.
A beautifully designed explore & discover game, a prequel to the even more beautiful Lumino City game.  There were a few parts of this game that I found extremely difficult to solve without seeking hints, so this one is best played with a partner.  The storyline does deal with electricity and circuits!

This app has so many possibilities! Figure out what each of the different components can do, then put them together in various ways to build your own "machine"!  For instance, combine a light sensor and a recording of your voice saying "Stay away from my cookies" then put your iPhone in the cookie jar.  If someone lifts the lid, they'll get quite a fright!

Several of the "inventions" in this game are about connecting multiple parts of a circuit.  All of the "inventions" are hilarious!

Today's activity was Circuit Blocks!  The Madison Public Library's Bubbler loaned me the kit of home-made Circuit Blocks and those were DEFINITELY the biggest hit of the evening!
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