Planet Preschool BlogJosh Selig, Little Airplane president and veteran producer, invites input on preschool TV from around the globe. Join the conversation.
Out of the Sandbox BlogToy and kids media expert Wendy Smolen looks at the new, best, brightest (and worst) products of play and technology. Join the conversation.
Kids Got Game BlogGame designers Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Ed.D and Anne Richards dish on what it takes to make engaging, developmentally appropriate interactive experiences for kids and preschoolers. Join the conversation.
Hey, Digital Geek!Digital media expert Lianne Stewart helps kids content creators navigate and evaluate the maze of emerging platforms. You can ask her anything.
Bridging The GapPlayCollective's PlayVangelist David Kleeman (and colleagues) seek ways to connect two communities that love children and media: content creators and academic researchers. Join the conversation.
Last week, I was in the port city of Qingdao for Kidscreen East and my morning run took me past fishermen with cute dogs, old men in swimming trunks and, much to my dismay, a scary Chinese clown pulling a dark, empty cart through the fog. At first, I thought I must be going insane because, when you’ve spent as many years as I have making preschool shows, seeing a clown emerge from the fog is almost certainly the form that your madness would take. But this was not madness. No, it was just one of the many odd and inexplicable things that you see when you’re in China.
Kidscreen blogger David Kleeman talks to Vikki Katz, assistant professor, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, about children’s media brokering in immigrant families.
Last week, The New York Times ran an article on the front page of the Arts section titled “Text Games in an Era of New Stories,” which declared that interactive fiction is having a moment. As a longtime fan of interactive fiction, and a big believer that games can tell wonderful, compelling stories equal to those in any other medium, it’s music to my ears.
After a glorious weekend of parades, barbeques, fireworks and picnics, I got back to the real business of summer by connecting with Kristin Riddick, author of the Kat McGee middle school book series, including the timely Kat McGee Saves America. Kristin’s take on holidays and media made me rethink the reasoning behind all those red, white and blue cupcakes I devoured.
It’s July. If you are a sane person, then you’ve already shifted your focus from children’s television to more appropriate summer concerns like making sure your paper plates are strong enough to support potato salad. But, if you are like me, a workaholic with a particular interest in China, than you’ve skipped the barbecues and the cottage to make sure you’re 100% ready for the most important Chinese media event since Big Bird strolled down the Great Wall in 1982.
It’s a rich time for this study surrounding exploration and reimagining of play and gender roles. “Boys Can Be Anything: Effect of Barbie Play on Girls’ Career Cognitions” found that 4-7 year old girls who played with a Barbie (dressed either as a doctor or in fashion clothes) had narrower views of career options for girls, compared to those who had played with Mrs. Potato Head. However, its questionable design and significance may generate great headlines – “Barbie vs. Mrs. Potato Head” – but it isn’t necessarily good science.
In this season of commencement addresses, happiness is trending. All over the country, esteemed speakers from diverse fields are telling graduates to “do what makes them happy.” Happiness is also what we, in the kids’ media business, are selling. After all, if our products don’t elicit smiles, something is seriously wrong.
A kids’ TV show is sort of like a big mother cow. And the t-shirt companies, the toy companies and the book companies are like a bunch of baby cows. So, once a year, the baby cows come to Las Vegas where they try and nurse on the teats of the big mother cows. At least that’s how I tried to explain Licensing Show to a curious child. Any questions?