As much as I embrace technology and consider my¬†iPhone another appendage, I still feel¬†nostalgic for the simpler times when tech didn’t rule over everything, especially for my kids. Which is why I find the¬†Kickstarter campaign for a new toy experience called¬†Wonderblox¬†so intriguing.

Wonderblox takes those wooden blocks every parent is familiar with, and adds a very digital spin to them. Along with the blocks, Wonderblox a play set that you set your iPad into, and a companion app featuring words and letters that kids have to match with the blocks by placing them on the screen.

 

Wonderblox educational digital toy for kids on Kickstarter | Cool Mom Tech

This¬†concept of physical toys and digital apps merging together reminds me of Tiggly, but¬†Wonderblox¬†has more of an educational spin to it. And instead of¬†having technology embedded into the blocks themselves, the play set features a built-in mirror using¬†the iPad’s front-facing camera, in order recognize which blocks are being placed on screen. Pretty neat.

Wonderblox is aimed at kids ages 3-6, though I would use extra caution with the younger kids especially because we’re talking about hard blocks of wood and your pricey tablet, here. I also want to be sure that it’s not going to scratch up your screen, or that you’re sure to use a screen protector.

However for older pre-K and kindergarten students who likely know their way around iPads, I think Wonderblox has the potential to be a terrific blend of tech and educational play.

I also like the fact that kids can use the blocks independently¬†just as¬†regular blocks. Great reminder that even when the power goes out¬†on the iPad–or the TV or the audio system–there is¬†still plenty of good old fashioned fun¬†to be had¬†in the world.

Wonderblox needs $50,000 of Kickstarter donations to reach its goal and has about a month left in its campaign. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information. 

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