DIY.org - Cub scouts designed for the Minecraft generation by James Huggins

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I read an article recently written by Vimeo founder Zach Klein called 'How Minecraft and Duct tape wallets prepare our children for jobs that don't exist yet', where he talks about his new project DIY.org. Described as a sort of cub scouts for the digital generation I thought it was worth checking out and well, I'm glad I did. DIY.org is essentially a platform for kids to come together as makers, inventors, artists etc. and earn badges by completing various challenges, much like you would as a cub scout.

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The difference is that the badges you can earn range from the interesting 'Hacker' and 'Makeup Artist' to the downright nutty 'Summerologist', for those who can achieve maximum relaxation during the summer holidays. The point here is that DIY.org doesn't dictate the areas of interest but focuses on rewarding and sharing the fruits of your childs labour, whatever that might be. We were a little sceptical at first, so tried it out with our two children aged 7 and 9 and now we're hooked.

If you want a really easy, fun and simple way to encourage the kids to go out and try something new this summer then DIY.org is more than worth a look.

Bloxels - Build your own video games by James Huggins

We blogged a while about Pixel Press and their brilliant draw your own video game experience. Well now those clever little monkeys are back with a new project called Bloxels. Taking the physical / digital interplay even further Bloxels lets you map out level designs for games using physical blocks. As the video above shows it looks quick, easy and LOADS of fun.

Pixel Press are soon launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Bloxels and that's where I am going right now to pre-order my copy.

Find out more at www.bloxelsbuilder.com

Little Tiger Press to publish Stomp picture book! by James Huggins

It doesn't seem that long ago that we posted about our publishing partnership with Macmillan Children's Books to take Little Legends into print so it's incredible to be able to announce another one. Caterpillar Books, an imprint of Little Tiger Press will be publishing the fabulous Stomp picture book from author Jeff Norton and illustrator Simon Cooper following a new publishing deal.

Check out the full story here >