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Aardman designer encourages kids to get creative in art TV show

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Ricky Martin works at both Aardman animations and CBBC




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Design magazine for kids goes digital

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You and the little ones can now enjoy Anorak on your electronic devices




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These tips will keep kids interested in coding

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Getting kids interested in coding seemed somehow easier back in the days of the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. If you’re having trouble, don’t worry. 




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10 Most Adorable Kids That Rocked Social Media In 2014

There’s not really a set formula on how to make videos that go viral although it is clear to see that those that do, tug on heartstrings, one way or another. And who can better manipulate your emotions than kids — charming, adorable and pretty talented kids, to be exact.

The Internet swooned over these 10 kids who burned up social media in 2014 with their funny antics and cute charm. Some of them have been at this for a while, while others became accidental stars overnight but the most surprising fact is that they are all under the age of 10. Warning: Extreme cuteness ahead. Proceed with caution.

Noah Ritter – The “Apparently” Kid

In August of 2014, this incredibly precocious kid became famous after a video of him being interviewed by WNEP-TV was uploaded onto their YouTube channel. Aptly titled, “Apparently” This Kid Is Awesome, Steals The Show During Interview, the video shows him being interviewed at a carnival about a ride. Apparently, he enjoyed his time there as well as his appearance on live television. He’s been invited to be on ‘The Ellen Show’ a few times and he even got to do his very own commercial.

Zhang Junhao – The Talent Show Kid

His name may not sound familiar but chances are that you’ve probably seen a particular video going around on the web of this little guy grooving. Merely 3 years old, Zhang Junhao wanted to "spread a bit of happiness" and auditioned for a Chinese talent show (spoiler alert: he made it to the next round). A YouTube account called DramaFever then uploaded his initial audition which quickly went viral for his impressive dancing skills and ability to adapt to different styles. It currently has 56 million views.

Yebin – The Kid Who LOVES Cookies

Baby Yebin, as she is known, garnered a following of admirers after her Korean mom posted a particular video that went viral. It showcases an attempt by her mother to teach her about "stranger danger". You can’t help but laugh at the little girl’s antics. Ye Bin’s YouTube channel currently has close to 45,000 subscribers (at the time of writing) and the video that made her famous has gotten over 500,000 views.

Mateo – The Kid Who Just Wants Cupcakes

In March, a video surfaced online of Mateo Beltran, a spunky 3-year old whom was on a mission. He wanted some cupcakes instead of dinner (because lunch was enough, apparently) but after being refused them by mom, he went behind her back to get some from Grandma. What ensues from here is this charming little guy’s attempt to reason with his mother, Linda.

Since the video, he’s appeared on The Ellen Show (and got some cupcakes, of course). His parents have since started selling t-shirts with his famous phrase for his college fund and part of the proceeds also go towards the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

Zony & Yony – The Kids Who Dance

Zony & Yony are twin sisters from Taipei, Taiwan and they went viral thanks to their YouTube dance videos. In particular, the video of them dancing to K-Pop group Crayon Pop’s Bar Bar Bar has gotten more than 6 million views. Their fame got them flown in from Taipei to be on ‘The Ellen Show’ in May, which brought them even more fame… and a trip to Disneyland!

They’ve been invited back on the Ellen Show several times to perform. Most recently, they showcased their dancing skills to Taylor Swift’s "Shake it off".

Breanna Youn – The Kid Too Cute To Resist

Breanna’s mom has been posting videos of her on Vine where she has a steady following of 311.7K followers. However, it was only via the Instagram account that was set up that she really rose to fame. Her Instagram followers has since grown to a cool 1.2 million — pretty big numbers for an ordinary 5 year old girl. The videos showcase her and her daily antics and they’re pretty adorable to watch. Originally based in Korea, after a holiday in Saudi Arabia, paid for by wealthy fans, they decided to stay there .


James Hashimoto – The Action Movie Kid

Forget Schwarzenegger and Van Damme, there’s a new action hero in town. James aka Action Movie Kid quickly gathered fans on YouTube thanks to the awesome special effects skills of his father, Daniel Hashimoto. Daniel, an animator with Dreamworks, began posting videos of James’ adventures in April and since then the videos have raked in millions of views.

You can catch James in the new 2014 YouTube rewind video and word on the street is that we’ll see more of Action Movie Kid in the future.

Ty – The Kid Who Got Poked In The Heart

Like adults, even kids get into arguments sometimes. This video first uploaded to Facebook (and later on YouTube) by Tara Willmott. It features a group of 3 year olds, comprimising Ty and the Roberts’ sisters, arguing over the weather in Arkansas. Their interaction is adorable with lines like “You’re not real, I’m real” get thrown in. The video currently has more than 12 million views.

Sadie – The Kid Who Loves Her Brother

We all struggle with growing up but 5 year old Sadie seemed to have a bit more of a struggle with the fact that her 3 month old brother Carson would no longer be as young… or cute (I don’t blame her, he’s pretty adorable). Her uncle, Alex Miller, uploaded the video where Sadie refuses to accept the fact that her brother is going to have to grow up one day. Her outburst has since been viewed more than 30 million times.

Tre – The “Exasperating” Kid

Getting told that you’re getting another sibling is a big deal. You can tell just how much of a big deal it is for Tre when his mom told him that she was pregnant. This eloquent young man tried to explain to his mom why he didn’t take too kindly to this news.

Captured on video by his mom, Shanee, this video has made its way around the Internet has and has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Like quite a few of the other kids, Tre was invited onto ‘The Ellen Show’ where both he and mom were treated to a special surprise.





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How to design engaging digital products for kids

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When it comes to designing for kids, there’s one thing for sure – kids aren’t just miniature adults. Rather, they present a completely different set of interaction, experience and usability conundrums. To get a handle on how to design better digital products for kids we spoke to education professionals exhibiting at Bett 2015 – the world’s leading event for learning technology.




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10 activities that will get kids excited about coding

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Lists of ten make perfect sense given that humanity embraces anything ten – ten fingers, ten toes, the Dudley Moore/Bo Derek film (she was the “10,” not him), music genre by decade (70s disco, 80s rock), and the terminal “Parts of Ten” chapter in every




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Krochet Kids #KnowWhoMadeIt Campaign: A 24-hour “Name Your Price, Define Your Impact” program from the transparent apparel brand

Krochet Kids #KnowWhoMadeIt Campaign

Every item produced by California-based Krochet Kids comes complete with the signature of its maker. The brand offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories that have been handmade by women in Peru and Uganda—empowered by the non……

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Highlights from Frieze London 2014: A towering wooden statue from KAWS, aluminum workwear, a psychedelic kids installation and more in our look at the globally renowned art fair

Highlights from Frieze London 2014


The 12th edition of contemporary art fair Frieze London took place last week at the always manicured and picturesque Regent’s Park in central London. With a massive selection of galleries as well as live events and talks, visitors were treated to everything…

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Moulin Roty Children’s Tool Boxes: Kits complete with all the essentials for DIY kids to become DIY adults

Moulin Roty Children's Tool Boxes


Many adults amble through their daily lives without a proper tool kit. When a need arrives—be that for a hammer or saw or any type of screwdriver—they’re at a loss. Perhaps if the value of such a…

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10 Tools To Teach Kids The Basics Of Programming

We are living in a digital era where gadgets from computers, smartphones to tablets have become an essential part of our lives. Even kids these days pick up an iPad as and figure out apps like how a fish takes to water. With kids becoming more tech-savvy as time goes on, there’s no reason why they can’t learn the basics behind their favorite technology. That’s right, we’re saying that there’s no reason why you can’t teach your kids programming from a young age.

This will not only develop the analytical programming skills of kids at early age but will also help them get an idea that whether they want to become a programmer in future. Here we’ve put together for you 10 educational tools that can be used to teach and develop programing skills in kids. Most of the listed tools are based on a visual programming language which has drag and drop interface for programming. These colorful and engaging tools will ultimately help build up your childs programming skills.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch says that programming is designed for everyone. By using Hopscotch, you can teach the basics of programming to your kid easily. Currently, you can only download the Hopscotch app for free on the iPad. Hopscotch allows your kids to develop their own games, stories, animations and other many interactive programs by dragging and dropping blocks of code. One can shake, tilt or even shout at the iPad to control the characters in program. [Visit site]

Scratch

Scratch is a programing language and online community, which is developed and maintained by Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab. Scratch is a free to use service and it allows your kids to create their own animations, games and stories. Your kids can share their creations with others around the world using the online community of Scratch. [Visit site]

Alice

Alice is a free to use 3D programming tool that allows one to create animations for telling a story, playing an interactive or a video to share on the web. The main purpose of Alice is to give your kids basic exposure to object-oriented programming. By using Alice, students will learn to create animated movies (containing people, animals and vehicles) and simple video games. [Visit site]

Tynker

Tynker is an online programming learning system designed to motivate kids to translate their creative ideas into games, projects and animated stories, and circulate their apps on the web. Tynker uses easy visual programming language in which no programming syntax is required but only blocks of codes are combined together to create programs. There’s a fee for lifetime access but they offer online self-paced courses, mobile puzzles and summer camps as well. [Visit site]

Hackety Hack

Hackety Hack is an easy to use programming tool which can be used to teach the absolute basics of programming. One doesn’t need any prior experience of programming before they start working on Hackety Hack. It is based on Ruby programming language. Ruby is used for development of programs such as desktop applications and websites. It is really easy to build graphical interfaces using the Shoes tool of Hackety Hack. [Visit site]

Kodable

Kodable is a free to use programming app for iPad. The tagline, “Learn to code before you know how to read” is embodied through their method of learning programming through a fun game. Kodable is specially designed for kids aged 5 years or above, so that they can learn programming by playing games with little instructions. Kodable has 3 levels of programming including K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade and 6th – 12th grade. [Visit site]

Stencyl

Stencyl is fast, free and convenient. It allows you to develop games by using a drag and drop (block-snapping) interface, and no coding is required at all. If you do not want to use the block-snapping interface then you can type in code as well. Stencyl has extensive platform support and games developed on Stencyl can be played on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux too. [Visit site]

RoboMind

RoboMind is a programming tool for kids which uses its own language called ROBO. It is a very simple language which does not require any previous knowledge of programming. The main objective of RoboMind is to move a virtual robot on a two-dimensional grid and perform simple tasks. By using RoboMind, your kids can learn the basics of artificial intelligence and later on even use it on real robotic kits such as LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0. RoboMind gives a 30 days free trial of their tools. [Visit site]

Etoys

Etoys is an easy to use programming tool that kids can use to create their own games, models and stories. An Etoys project can be developed by using graphics, animated objects, music, sound, scanned pictures and text. Etoys is free to use with a liberal license. [Visit site]

Waterbear

Waterbear is a convenient and free to use programming toolkit for kids which uses a drag and drop approach for programming purposes. Waterbear is a visual programming language which means there is no need to learn syntax to start programming with it. Kids can create a new file, look at examples of other creations and play around with the different features among other things. There are even descriptions for each element that are easy to follow as well. [Visit site]





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