I came across this Advent Calendar idea and really liked it. I prefer a bit more color, so i’m currently working on my own version, it’s easy & fun! I picked up some Christmas themed wrapping paper at IKEA and started today. In the picture (WordPress won’t upload atm, keep u posted) you can see my progress: the roof is done and so are some of the toilet paper rolls!
Ps. The calendar will be filled with Sinterklaas (Dutch celebration) and Christmas activities, for inspiration check out this “ultimate list”!
Got a smiling coffee this morning from my Starbucks Barista @ Utrecht Centraal :). So cute
If you buy 1 game this year, please let it be Monument Valley. A truly amazing little game, it’s made so pretty, perfect and it just overjoys the player with it’s smart levels and great creations. Don’t complain about the price, it’s less than your Starbucks Latte!
For you fellow game designers and producers out there, please read the blog too, it’s so nice to read the fresh approach without going into hardcore f2p payment grinding loops.
Well, I had a lime leftover and felt like baking cookies. And I tasted some amazing grapefruit sugar cookies at work. I got the recipe grapefruit cookies from my kind co-worker and after some measurement (cups to grams) maths I was ready to go!
And YUMMY they are!!!
So you love these top 5‘s for the weekend, well, here it goes again, this time it’s all about cooking! Time to shortlist my current favorite top 5 kids cooking games! Ready? Steady? COOK! Uh… PLAY!
I added YouTube movies and references so you can check them out before purchasing, but believe me: these 5 apps are a guarantee for hours of fun for your kids and for sure worth the money (tried and tested seal of approval from my kids :))
1. Dr. Panda Restaurant 2
If you can’t stand the heat, get INTO this kitchen! Dr. Panda and the animal customers you’re cooking for will love you, make you laugh and give you loads of fun in the kitchen. You do get an assignment from the customers on what they want to eat, but how you make it, which tools you use and if you use ingredients they love the most is up to you. Add some pepper for a sneeze & dragon style flame spitting, add popular ingredients for confetti and hearts! Both outcomes will be loved by your kids for sure :).
Dr. Panda Games Website (hint: if you’re hooked to Dr. Panda, you’re in for treat because Thijs Bosma’s company Tribeplay created heaps more!). Follow Dr. Panda on Twitter!
Hello Ruby is the first Kickstarter project I ever backed
I think the idea is great, the drawings amazing and I just cannot wait for it to actually be made!
So, time to shortlist my current favorite top 5 kids apps, in random order, for kids of 2 to 5 years old. Maybe something to play over the weekend with your kids?
I added YouTube movies and references so you can check them out before purchasing, but believe me: these 5 apps are a guarantee for hours of fun for your toddlers and for sure worth the money (tried and tested seal of approval from my kids :))
1. Wungi Knights
A great creative app that allows you to earn building blocks for your castle, while playing mini-games. The mini games vary from sorting fruits, sword fighthing, horse caring and potion brewing. The latter 2 are favorite with my toddler. Great fun and nice art style.
Wungi Website (hint: if you have a kid that likes pirates, Wungi also has a great Pirates app out there!). Peter Hofstede (founder) on Twitter.
While working on a longer blog post about the big pink stinks (no it doesn’t!) discussion, which I’ll put live the coming week, I came across the Barbie #Unapologetic campaign and I really love it! This is what Time wrote about it, and couldn’t agree more, here’s my favorite quote:
“In essence, Barbie is always asked to apologize for what she looks like,” Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni tells me. “And the message there is to be unapologetic.”
Here’s the tweet of an #Unapologetic Barbie
Yes!!! We did it! We made a Rainbow cake and even though it has its flaws (too thick layers, wrong icing), it turned out colorful & YUMMY!
Just voted in the Game Developers Choice Awards. That was fun :). They probably got to me by my talk at GDC Europe a few years ago (further than that, I’m super invisible in the industry, hahaha).