The other day on Twitter I was approached by Get Quirious App to see if I wanted to review their Explorer Box and app. I said yes and they sent me a free copy of this new augmented reality imaginative toy. Opinions are my own.
I’ll be honest. I’ve got a huge backlog of reviews of toys and products, but I knew that this was something that I could just give to Andrew and he could run with it. I loaded the app onto his iPad and gave him the Explorer box. He opened it and immediately picked up the Treasure Hunt mat. He did it as it came in black and white but you can actually color in the mats yourself. The next thing I knew, he was wandering all around the living room finding items in the treasure hunt. I then left for work.
The next time I talked with Andrew he was telling me all about how be made spaceships and stories. He showed me how those parts of the app worked and he was an expert at it. The Build a Story game lets you pick five cards from a 16 card deck and scan them. Then the app puts those scanned items into a story that was read to us. Each time he does the Build a Story game he gets a new story.
Then he showed me the Build a Space Ship part of the app. With this game he picks 4 cards to build a customer space ship. Then he can fly the space ship around in the app.
The last part of the app is Mask Play. There are four masks that you can cut out and your child can wear. When you aim the iPad at the child their face becomes the character. You can then record your own voice and then change the voice to make it sound higher and lower, faster and slower. Andrew giggled like crazy over that.
This is a sweet little app that is a great one for kids to do on their own for imaginative play and develop their motor skills, hand-eye coordination and multi modal learning. It is great to see Andrew’s excitement over this game and his learning and creativity.
I get to hold the whole world in my hands. Well, I get to hold all of LEGO Worlds in my hands. LEGO worlds has come to the Nintendo Switch and I received a digital download of the game along with the DLC packs. Opinions are my own.
It was pretty easy to get into LEGO worlds and start playing. There are two modes of play: Adventure Mode and Sandbox Mode. In adventure mode your character goes through a series of tasks to learn how to use all of their tools in order to build awesome creations in the worlds. There are tools for painting bricks, copying bricks, discovering bricks and more. As you complete tasks in each world your character gains gold bricks and more experience towards the goal of Master Builder. The gold bricks also allow your character to unlock and explore new worlds.
As you explore these new worlds you can discover different models that you can put into your library and you can recall them for use later in the game. Sometimes they can be used to solve a puzzle and other times to help fight bad guys or make a quick getaway. The discovery tool will be one of your most used tools in the game.
After discovery you’ll learn copy and also build and color. You can make your creations however detailed you want and then color them your favorite colors and themes. I have only gotten to the third world so far. That is the classic space world and so I hop all around the moon in search of items that the various spacemen are looking for. I have not done enough building yet and that is probably what I am most weak in. I will continue to play and become that Master Builder. Continue reading Review: LEGO Worlds for the Nintendo Switch→
We received a copy of the Disneynature Blu-ray Born in China to watch and review as well as give away. Opinions are 100% our own.
I have enjoyed the Disneynature movies. I’ve seen most of them and they are fun and educational. Yes, they are narrated to give the animals human emotions and this isn’t super hard-core science information. It is edutainment and at least a starting point for a larger discussion.
the movie follows a number of different animals in remote locations. I love the beauty of the Snow Leopard and so the story of a mother snow leopard and her two cubs was compelling, especially in how difficult things turned out for her and those cubs.
There was also a story about a snub-nose monkey, he was adorable and while it wasn’t as compelling a story as Monkey Kingdom, it was entertaining and the monkeys were very cute. I am concerned how my kids will react when one is snatched up by their natural predator, the goshawk.
The landscape is beautiful and the bonus features on the blu-ray give more insight into how the film was made and what challenges the filmmakers had to contend with. It is another lovely movie by Disneynature that should stimulate interest in China and its animal residents.
And yes, there is a story about pandas, too.
I have a copy of the movie to give away. You may enter through the rafflecopter app below.