Articles by Timbuktu

There’s been a lot of demonization of developers using in-app purchases inside apps aimed at children. A few days ago Apple had to refund customers in the U.K. when their five-year-old boy accidentally spent $2,500 in in-app purchases in just 15 minutes. The settlement obviously made headlines and the debate followed. Sadly,…

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In 2010, British newspaper The Telegraph posted a startling statistic: British children were more likely to own a mobile phone than a book. A study conducted by the National Literacy Trust reported that more than 85% of students aged 7 to 16-years-old had a cell phone, while only 72% had…

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One year ago we visited one of the best schools of the world, “Al Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi” in Reggio Emilia, Italy. This school is well known all over the world for being the international center of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education. One of the main sources of inspiration for…

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A close friend and collaborator of Timbuktu, Alberto Sarullo, worked very hard in the last two weeks. He built a Lego Robot that can play Ruzzle. Can you believe it? We couldn’t. That is why he sent us a video (which is amazing BTW) to demonstrate his outstanding achievement. Take…

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Most of us approached storytelling through rhymes. The first stories we have been told as kids were probably poems. Why do kids love poems? Are rhymes important for the child development? Indeed, they are.

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Lately, we’ve been working harder than usual. Today, we’re happy to tell you that the Timbuktu team started producing some new amazing titles both for iPhone and for iPad, both in English and in Italian! We’re pretty excited about them, and you should be too, because they are *amazing*. Let’s…

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Children love to be involved in what is happening around them. They love to do “grown-ups stuff”, and they happen to suffer from the fact that grown-ups don’t take them seriously enough. They look so cute when they discuss grown-ups issues, that we laugh at their ideas (even if with…

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