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Sago Mini Forest Flyer Title ScreenHave you heard of Sago Sago toys yet? If not, you’re about to! They are a Canadian app developer who specialise in making apps for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Oh, and they were recently bought by Toca Boca (who I may have mentioned here once or twice before…!). My first experience with Sago Sago was when I heard about one of their apps called Forest Flyer. It sounded like something the geekson might enjoy, so I downloaded it and left it on his iPad for him to discover…

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The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name coverI was contacted via Twitter a couple of months ago and asked if I’d like to review a personalised story book. I’m always keen to show that geeks love books as well as gadgets, and so I agreed. I was given a code which allowed me to order two personalised books from the LostMy.Name web site, one for the geekdaughter (The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name) and one for the geekson (The Little Boy Who Lost His Name), at no cost. I hadn’t heard of Lostmy.name before, but I liked what I saw on the website. The team describe themselves as follows:

We are three dads (David,Pedro & Asi) and an uncle (Tal), who started this as a DIY project (it beats putting up wonky shelves). Our aim was to take the idea of a personalised book, and do it better than ever before. Course, we hadn’t entirely realised quite how much time and work it would involve – but then, when has a DIY project ever been any different?

I liked the sound of them right away!

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Toca Boca logoIt’s a bold claim when a company emails you describing themselves as “The World’s Leading Digital Toy Developer”, but when that company is Swedish app developer Toca Boca, it’s completely justified. After all, this is a company that has recently celebrated 50 million worldwide downloads of its apps, all of which appear to be universally loved. It’s certainly one of the few app developers who I have no hesitation to recommend everything they’ve ever released, as all their digital toys are built to a high quality, and encourage creative play by giving kids free rein to do pretty much anything they like in each game. Recently Toca Boca have released another two new titles, and they sent me promo codes to try they out…

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A weird day of solo parenting

by on November 12, 2013

Kids in superhero costumesOn Saturday the geekdaddy was out all day at the Doki Doki Japenese festival in Manchester. He set out about 8am and didn’t get back until just before bedtime. So I had a day wrangling the kids on my own. I’ve done that enough now that it doesn’t faze me at all, but for some reason this day there was a lot of weird stuff going on…

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App Review: Toca Cars

September 18, 2013

I may have mentioned once or twice before that the geek family are huge fans of Toca Boca apps on iOS (and now slowly coming to Android as well). They are one of a small handful of kids app developers who I will happily buy anything they produce. Imagine our excitement when we heard that […]

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Dear kids app developers – remember the other 7%

August 31, 2013

In June Apple held a World Wide Developers Conference, or WWDC. A number of new products were announced at this conference, accompanied by loads of information about Apple’s current line up. One slide that particularly caught my attention was the one showing what percentage of Apple users were using the latest version of iOS – […]

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Family fun at the Manchester Mini Maker Faire

August 12, 2013

Yesterday we headed up to the wonderful Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester to attend our first Maker Faire. What is a Maker Faire I hear you ask? Well, I think the official website makes a pretty good job of summing it up: Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, […]

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Toca Boca comes to Android at last!

June 5, 2013

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you might have noticed me talking about Toca Boca before. I’ve reviewed their apps, and they’ve also made it into my top apps for preschoolers list. They are one of the few app developers where I will buy everything they produce as soon as it’s […]

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What’s happened to Valentines day?

February 15, 2013

OK, when did Valentines day change?! When I was growing up, it was all about romantic love. the love between couples, or the unrequited love of a secret admirer. I never considered sending a card to my parents. I watched my school friends waving their coloured envelopes around at school, and I desperately wanted a […]

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Not such a successful fireworks night…

November 9, 2012

Every year our town has a large, professional fireworks display for Bonfire Night. It happens in our town park, and whilst you can see the fireworks for miles around, the best views are from inside the park. Last year we took both kids to the park, armed with ear defenders, and they both loved it. […]

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Silent Sunday 12/08/2012

August 12, 2012

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Watching the Planes

July 18, 2012

It seems ironic that the best family outings that we had over the long Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend last month were not at all Jubilee-related. I’ve already told you about my trip to the ballet with the geekdaughter, and whilst it’s taken me a little while to get around to writing this one, today I […]

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Silent Sunday 03/06/2012

June 3, 2012

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How a Lego designer made me rethink my attitude to the Friends range

May 17, 2012

A couple of weekends ago we had a family trip out to the Lego Show at Event City in Manchester. I had found out that it was happening a few weeks before, and booked us a ticket, despite having no idea of what would be there. It was a very reasonable price, and I reasoned […]

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