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.
The year has hardly begun and it already looks like it will be filled with awesomeness! Let’s begin with movies. 2012 was a good year for children’s movies that grown-ups loved too, Brave and Life of Pi topping the list. It looks like 2013 will keep up the good job, as several family movies are scheduled to release this year. Here are our top 5 (in release date order), which do you think will be your favorite?
1 – Oz: The Great and Powerful
This new Disney movie tells the story of what happened before The Wizard of Oz: the cast is great, the story seems fantastic and Oz, well, there isn’t any place quite as wonderful, is there? Release date should be on March 8th.
Today is an important anniversary for the history of ballet. 120 years ago, The Nutcracker was performed for the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Since then, The Nutcracker has been staged innumerable times in prestigious theaters as well as in school gyms, by professional dancers as well as by toddlers. Children all over the world performed The Nutcracker as their Christmas Play. We selected for you the best kids’ performances we could find on youtube. Enjoy, and let yourself be overwhelmed by cuteness.
1. Ain Yoon, 10 years old, playing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
Of course you already know that there are countless lessons your kids teach you every day, without meaning to. But here is a selection of kids that actually mean to teach lessons: in programming, maths, even medicine. They don’t simply listen to adults and take notes, but share what they know with you: in a simple, and surprisingly effective, way.
1 – Sylvia and her Super-Awesome Makers Show
Sylvia has few tutorials on Youtube, and she’s been working on them for the past couple of years: from copper etching to screen printing to – brace yourself! – arduino projects, Sylvia will coach you step-by-step though all sorts of fun activities.
Each family has its own Thanksgiving traditions: some common, some quite peculiar, but they all add uniqueness to family time. But who said they have to be the same every year? Why not introduce a new tradition to your family’s Thanksgiving next week?
We thought of a few ideas that both you and your kids will enjoy, and we would love it if you shared yours too! [read more]
If you work on brand design and have a five year old daughter a cool thing to do with your family is ask your daughter to describe famous brand marks.
This is what the author of this video did. A parade elephant, a shooting star with a planet, a beach ball (and please note: beach balls are really colorful!), cheetahs and more – the world of brands is full of amazing objects!
Repeating this experiment at home with your kids could be quite fun even if you don’t work in brand design, go ahead and try!
Because we are still in an excited back-to-school mood, we made a list of our favorite teachers in children movies. Which ones did we forget? Which are your favorite?
5 – George Lopez, of “Etre et Avoir.”
If you haven’t watched “Etre et Avoir” (To Be and To Have), do it now. It’s the adorable story of a small (really small, one-room small!) school in rural France, where kids between 4 and 11 are educated by one loving and dedicated teacher – he is a real person, so double respect. [read more]
Do you think animals can eat all they want without worrying about getting chubby? Or just be picky , not eat, lose weight and not care about it?
Well, you are wrong.
The over 16 000 animals of the London zoo are being very careful these days as it’s time for their annual weigh-in. Pot-bellied penguins, huge lazy turtles, tall giraffes and all the other zoo animals have to be measured and weighed, one by one, sometimes with really creative measuring techniques.