Magnus, A Modular, Magnetic Children’s Sofa for Making Furniture Forts

Remember making pillow forts as a kid? Those were the days, weren’t they? The only thing missing? Magnus, the magnetic play couch. It can be assembled as a children’s sofa or disassembled and built into various fort configurations using its integrated magnet system. Don’t worry. I already emailed demanding an adult-size version.

Each cushion has dozens of magnets inside for connecting to other pieces, and the covers are all removable and machine washable in case somebody pees on them. Ahem, Ellie! Ellie’s my dog, just so we’re clear. Currently a Kickstarter project, the 14-piece Magnus set costs $199 but will increase to $320 after all the early-bird rewards have been fulfilled.

Looks fun, doesn’t it? I just wish there were even more pieces for more building possibilities. Because if we’re being honest, I still make the occasional pillow and blanket fort as an adult, and I don’t even have kids. I do have a bunch of people at IKEA pointing and staring at me, though.

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Google Play Books update brings audio narration to kids titles

Google has been trying to make ebooks accessible to a wider global audience including those who are learning to read. The web giant is continuing its focus on youngsters by launching a set of audio resource tools for children's titles on Google P...

3D-printed attachment turns your foamed handwash soap into Mickey Mouse!

In what possibly may be the most ingenious way to get kids to wash their hands more thoroughly and often, Slic3DArt’s Mickey Soap Dispenser Attachment turns that blob of foam into the silhouette of the most famous mouse in the world! The Mickey Soap Dispenser Attachment isn’t an officially licensed product from Disney, but is rather a clever fan-made product that retrofits onto most foaming handwash dispenser nozzles (although the designer recommends Bath and Body Works soap bottles). The attachment basically helps distribute the foamed handwash into three large blobs instead of one, making it resemble Mickey Mouse’s iconic circular head and ears (or Deadmau5, if you’re an electronic music aficionado).

The 3D printed attachment is pretty simple to install and even simpler to use. It comes in three solid colors (that gold one looks rather nice), as well as two decorated variants that resemble Mickey and Minnie. When assembled, it works almost flawlessly, distributing just the perfect amount of soap needed to clean hands… and that adorable mouse-head works as the perfect playful element to get kids to wash their hands more often, keeping them safe and sanitized!

Designer: Slic3DArt

This Beanbag Chair Is Designed to Be Filled with Stuffed Animals

Because who has room in their home for a beanbag chair AND a pile of stuffed animals, Creative QT designed the Stuff ‘n Sit stuffed animal storage beanbag chair. So it’s not really a beanbag chair, is it? It’s more a stuffed animal chair. Or, even more accurately, an empty piece of zippered fabric.

Available in three different models (27″ toddler, which holds about one laundry basket of stuffed animals, 33″ large which holds two, and 38″ extra-large which holds around three), prices range from $24 – $35 (affiliate link) depending on size and exterior pattern. The company also encourages you think outside the bag and not just fill the chair with stuffed animals, but also unused dress-up clothes, towels, blankets, and extra pillows. Cookies and candy? Probably not.

Granted it’s probably not the best idea to fill the chair up with action figures, but they’re all I could find. As a matter of fact, I’ve already got it about half-filled. I mean I’m really not sure why my roommate kept all these original Star Wars action figures in their packages anyway.

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Columbia X Star Wars Mandalorian The Child Jacket: This Is the Way to Dress Your Tot

Like everyone else in the universe, I can’t get enough of The Mandalorian on Disney+. Besides binge-watching episodes, I dote over my Baby Yoda Chia Pet and even my dog, Ziggy, guards his Baby Yoda dog toy just like Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin. Although we doubt Mando ever chewed off Yoda’s ears.

So, imagine my dismay when I didn’t buy Columbia’s Mandalorian Interchange Hybrid Jacket the second it dropped. The $300 weather-proof zip-up instantly sold out, as did the streetwise $120 Mandalorian Heavyweight Hoodie, and even the $40 Mandalorian Helmet Gaiter, which kinda looks like a cosplay accessory or a soft version of welder’s safety headgear.

Funny thing is, that the collection included pieces for the whole family… the adult stuff sold out early. I would have put my money on the now-sold-out Child Bunting, a cozy fleece onesie with a green Yoda hoodie.

So, if you’re a fanatic (*raises hand*) and need a Columbia x Mandalorian collection piece – any piece, in any size – I advise you to shift into hyperdrive to grab The Child Jacket for toddlers ($75) before they get gobbled up like Sebula slurping up Baroonda Swamp Suckers.

Frankly, the puff jacket is the most practical of all the pieces, providing a water-resistant shell, “Omni Heat” lining, and a soft, mint green Sherpa hood with baby pink ear details. The last time we looked it was still available for human offspring sizes 2T and 3T.

Disney, Vodafone and Fuseproject create a smartwatch that safely connects your child to the digital world

How many of you have younger siblings that you feel have access to technology and a digital world that didn’t exist when you were growing up? The opportunity for the younger generation these days is endless but the general feeling is they don’t quite grasp the responsibility that goes along with interacting with it. For instance, the smartphone provided (for emergencies) but gets ‘lost’ regularly, because they don’t understand how valuable/expensive that device is. They didn’t pay for it, after all. They also spend most of their free time on Social Media, which, like all internet communities, has its “good” and “bad” qualities. this generation is growing up in a completely different landscape, one that is too vast and overwhelming to guide them through.

Neo smartwatch might be the tool they need. The product offers a safe way for kids to interact with smart-technology, with some parental supervision. The Neo watch has similar features to our smart-watches (snapping pictures, sending text messages, calling family members, etc.), but in a product that is easy for children to use. The watch’s display is a 1.2-inch touch screen, which is large enough for their not-quite-nimble fingers. Most functions can be controlled with the push of one button (located in the top corner), making it even easier for your child to use. The watch is also angled at 45-degrees, which provides a more comfortable viewing angle and reduces wrist strain. “The smartwatch’s durable and ergonomic design is coupled with an angled watch face that improves the viewing angle for the user, reducing strain on the wrist. The angle also provides a comfortable and natural way to use the front-facing camera. By tilting the screen at a 20-degree angle, we remove the need for problematic over-articulation of the arm, offering a more comfortable movement for viewing and interacting.”

To amplify the workings and how it helps the children, the studio explains, “An easily-accessible and tactile elastomeric button is strategically positioned at the top corner of the screen and serves as the primary action button for all of Neo’s basic functions: taking pictures, answering calls, gaming, and more. A child is also able to hold this button down for 5-seconds to trigger the “quick call” function, contacting family members from a circle of trusted contacts. A built-in speaker and microphone enables communication with family members using VoIP for calls, and chats, both one-to-one and in a group.” During my childhood, I played with quite a few toy versions of real products: an Easy-Bake oven, Barbie-branded flip-phone, you get the idea. The Neo smartwatch serves the same purpose, but for a new generation – one that would benefit from a supervised introduction to digital technology.

Designer: Fuseproject for Vodafone

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Magnetic, modular instruments join together to help kids produce their own music!

Music is a language in and of itself, it’s hard to learn, let alone produce. Thankfully, there are some schooling options to make learning music more accessible, however, that option comes later in life, and we all know learning a new language is easier when we’re young. Terrene Huang created Chorus, a modular, music-making product for kids between the ages of nine and thirteen in order to implement the whims of music production into everyday life for children.

The entire assembly of Chorus includes a guitar, microphone, piano, drum, live instrument, reverb, filter, EQ, and delay modules. With each instrument module, users can create loops within 16 beats. Additionally, the main module provides one-on-one interaction with an animated bird who doubles as the user’s instructor. This consistent visual helps young music-makers whenever trouble comes along with chord progressions or drum beats. This main module is the hub of the whole operation, providing module calibration, a volume slider, and a knob to adjust the tempo. By pressing the tempo knob, users access the rest of Chorus’s features, such as music production fundamentals like reverb and EQ. Mini-lessons keep children’s musical learning progression on track, helping to cognitively place the music production students, but Huang was careful to provide supplemental learning preferences. Children acquire skills and knowledge primarily through sensory learning, in this case: sight, touch, and sound. Chorus’s modular structure caters to sensory learners with its colorful and vibrant color scheme and the modules that are easily removable, stackable, and customizable. Each module also easily magnetizes to another and is color-coded, which only enhances the product’s intuitive design. In addition to the instrument modules, Chorus offers users the chance to incorporate audio effects, such as reverb, delay, EQ, and filter.

The combination of instrument modules and music studio capabilities is what sets this children’s product design above the rest on the market. By allowing children the chance to not only play music on real electronic instruments but also produce and mix that music in a comprehensible, manageable way, Chorus takes young learning seriously and helps to ensure that users also feel excited to learn.

Designer: Terrene Huang

Google pulls popular Android apps that collected kids’ device data

It’s not always easy for app creators to avoid violating kids’ privacy, and a few of those developers are learning this first-hand. TechCrunch reports that Google has removed Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay, Android apps with a...