Category: for 12-year-olds

  • Puzzlescript

    What is it PuzzleScript is an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine. Open-source here means that it is completely free and all code is visible to anyone who wants to learn from it. HTML5 is what we used to call DHTML back in the day, and essentially means it’s made with JavaScript, and runs in a […]

  • RoverCraft

    [amazon_link asins=’B073RDQZFS’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6221a3d5-5ddc-11e8-8a0c-81a1530e854b’] What is it RoverCraft is an app that lets players build “space cars” and drive them along bumpy alien landscapes, collecting coins and avoiding crashes. Who is it for The game is simple enough for kids as young as 4 to have fun with it, although only older kids […]

  • Bloxels

    [amazon_link asins=’B01FUFJ4ZQ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c15763e9-5acf-11e8-9873-efc5257a865a’] What is it Bloxels is a free make-your-own videogame app that lets kids (or adults) create 8-bit style sprites and levels for 2D platformer games without needing any coding. The Bloxels kit includes a 13×13 grid with colored blocks so that younger kids can manipulate ‘pixel blocks’ (bloxels) physically […]

  • Spaceflight Simulator

    Every week we try out at least 5 different apps, either on an Android phone or the iPad. They are all free except for the rare occasion when we decide that the paid version will be worth it (e.g. in the case of Plants vs. Zombies). The apps are free usually because they have ads, […]

  • Slingball

    [amazon_link asins=’B06XH36HFP’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’445435d2-427b-11e8-9784-65fb46f3a333′] This was a gift from Grandma. She found it for $4.99 at a drugstore or somewhere like that. It was not meant to be a Major Gift (the way Lego sets are, for birthdays and Christmas) but the Slingball set ended up being the Essential Toy that went with […]

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    [amazon_link asins=’B01K5BSWX0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’06c34dc5-222f-11e8-83ec-33b1390ae0eb’] This is a movie that flew under the radar (at least my radar) and I hadn’t heard of it until we stumbled upon it on Netflix while searching in vain for a Miyazaki movie. Of course, since having kids my culture and media radar is essentially non-operational and I […]

  • EcoLunchBox

    [amazon_link asins=’B0040MH642′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d840cbf3-1fef-11e8-b1c5-cf94e78a1529′] When the kids started kindergarten, we began the ritual of packing lunches, but were concerned about the cost, health aspects, and environmental problems with using little plastic sandwich bags. So we splurged (~$30) on a metal ‘bento box’ we found online. We got the Three-in-one and we’ve used it […]

  • Chrome Music Lab

    Chrome Music Lab is a collection of 13 free online musical ‘toys’ that let kids (and adults) play with music and in the process, learn something about pitch, rhythm, and structure. They require no instruments or musical knowledge. The site relies on JavaScript, which is supported on all browsers on all devices. Each ‘toy’ (or […]

  • Magformers

    [amazon_link asins=’B002NGOH1W’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4abc6a27-1d6e-11e8-a40d-c5c0ca798c19′] These things have been standard fare at childrens’ museums and science museums since they were developed in 2008. I had seen them many times but didn’t know what they were called. Unlike some other magnetic toys, these are perfectly safe for infants to gnaw on. From the website: “Each […]

  • Games World of Puzzles

    [amazon_link asins=’B01KKLIO9W’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’62b5cded-1d6e-11e8-84c5-9fe4bce2f500′] Games Magazine has been around for 40 years. I was around 8 when I started getting it. I couldn’t do most of the puzzles in there but enjoyed the ones I could, and strived to do better each issue and try new puzzles. The format of the magazine has […]