Kids Archive

PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets rather than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips, music videos, and more, as well …

'Voyage of Time,' Terrence Malick IMAX film with Brad Pitt narration, is an awesome cosmic meditation

You know what America needs right now? A little perspective. For that, I recommend you head to your local IMAX theater and see Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience.” It’s a psychedelic meditation on the history of the cosmos that’s very kid-friendly, and a wonderful reminder of the big, big picture. Image from ‘Voyage of Time,’ courtesy IMAX/Broad Green …

Father builds DIY 'American Ninja Warrior' course for daughter in back yard

Lylah, who is five, can now begin training for “American Ninja Warrior” in earnest, thanks to the DIY ingenuity of her most excellent dad. Father Gavin MacCall built a back yard course for his daughter Lylah at their home in Denver, Colorado. Dad’s Facebook video shows stuffed animals in the crowd, cheering her on. From USA Today: “The day she turned …

How to make origami dragonclaw gauntlets

Jeremy Shafer shows how to make flexible finger rings that look like reptilian claws by allowing joint movement. He also shows a handy way to maximize the number of squares you can make out of standard printer paper. Each ring is folded from a 3-inch square and about 3 rings and one claw tip can fit on each finger, so in all it takes …

Kid makes a diorama of her neighborhood disguised as an RPG rulebook

Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a little over a month. We play in an area based on our suburban neighborhood. My second grade daughter chose to do a diorama of a suburb for school so she could talk about our game and we built it so that …

Phoebe and her unicorn are back in Razzle Dazzle Unicorn!

Phoebe and her unicorn are back in Razzle Dazzle Unicorn! / Boing Boing Since 2015, our family has been in love with Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn books, a kind of modern take on Calvin and Hobbes, only Calvin is an awesome little girl, Hobbes is a unicorn, and the parental figures can see and interact with the unicorn, but are not freaked out …

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" – the pop-up book edition

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” – the pop-up book edition / Boing Boing Pop-up book veterans David Pelham and Christopher Wormell have collaborated on a just-in-time-for-ween edition of Edgar Allen Poe’s magnificent torch, 1845’s The Raven. report this ad Pelham and Wormell have serious pop-up/illustrated book chops (Pelham was on the 3D Human Body team, while Wormell’s back catalog is more …

A modern rebuild of the Radio Shack 150-in-One electronics kit

While looking into the Kano snap-together learning computer kit (Kickstarted in 2013, reviewed here last January) I got to thinking about Radio Shack’s classic, much-loved 150-in-One Electronics Kit, which occupied literal years of my time when I was a boy. That took me on a journey to Gareth Branwyn’s 2010 Make piece about scratch-building a replica, a project that seems to have either …