Author: Matt

  • Machinarium – Amanita Design

    What is it Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure game featuring a cute robot solving puzzles in a beautifully-drawn quasi-steampunk city. Who is it for It’s for anyone, young and old, but some of the puzzles are pretty tricky and even precocious children under 7 or so would need some grown-up help. But it’s a great […]

  • Steam Train, Dream Train

    [amazon_link asins=’1452109206′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a24781e8-d862-11e8-95b3-e1f3e25ce563′] What is it Steam Train, Dream Train is a very charming, beautifully-illustrated book that tells a simple story in verse of a freight train being loaded by animals, explaining all the types of train cars along the way. Who is it for Kids as young as 2 (or possibly […]

  • Dig Out!

    What is it Dig Out! is an app game on Android and iOS. Control a miner in a 2D world, digging gems while avoiding falling boulders and monsters. The game is similar to many others I’ve seen, but this one is polished and developed much more, giving it high replay value. The game has an […]

  • Pete the Cat

    [amazon_link asins=’0061906220′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’408f17d9-0149-11e8-b6ec-81bc19427e09′] What is it Pete the Cat is a series of books starring a cool cat and his animal friends. Pete the cat is now an icon with his own musical and his own TV show on Amazon Prime. Who is it for The books are for younger kids, as […]

  • Children’s Museum Networks

    There are four networks of children’s museums in the U.S.: ACM – Association of Children’s Museums ASTC – Association of Science-Technology Centers NARM – North American Reciprocal Museum and ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (If there’s another that I missed, please let me know at matt@matchstick.com). Belonging to a network means you can […]

  • Holes

    [amazon_link asins=’B00HMCLVQQ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’48e1314b-b2c1-11e8-a6d7-2b1b88ac6acd’] What is it Holes is a “young adult mystery comedy novel” that was also made into a movie, about a boy working digging holes in what is essentially a juvenile prison camp. There is a parallel story that takes place exactly 100 years earlier, involving some of the characters’ […]

  • The Book with No Pictures

    [amazon_link asins=’0803741715′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] What is it The Book with No Pictures indeed has no pictures, but uses variations in typeface and color to create a very entertaining story that is a hit with young kids The story is not about a character, but is instead about itself – about a book that […]

  • Tumble Leaf

    What is it Tumble Leaf is a very charming stop-motion animation series about a blue fox living on a shipwreck and his adventures with other animals. The animation quality is impressively good. The tone is gentle and sweet. If you have any interest in animation or storytelling, the Tumble Leaf page is a fascinating look […]

  • StoryBots

    What is it Storybots is a series of 100+ educational music videos featuring animated and/or puppet robots. They cover subjects such as the planets, dinosaurs, the alphabet, and more. The production quality is very high and the videos are very entertaining. Who is it for Kids of all ages can get something from the StoryBots […]

  • Shake a Leg!

    [amazon_link asins=’037585424X’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’68f3d8f4-a24e-11e8-8b94-01969266677a’] There are so many board books available for little kids, and it’s hard to know in advance which ones kids will actually like. This is one of the few that our little ones keep pulling off the shelf What is it Shake a Leg! is a stanard-sized board book […]