Make St. Patrick’s Day extra magical – with the help of the StoryBots!

15 Mar

You’re in luck! The StoryBots have a fresh batch o’ activities and a brand new story for St. Patrick’s Day. At the end of this rainbow, there’s an adventurous book and a crafty packet to help your family celebrate. Those leprechauns better watch out…

Embark on a quest to catch an elusive leprechaun in The Great Leprechaun Chase. Your child runs through a playground, scurries all around town, flies through the air, and swims through treacherous waters to catch the leprechaun and capture his pot of gold. It’ll take more than speed to trick this cunning opponent! Read in Starring You Books.

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We have a FREE downloadable Activity Pack, which includes a yummy recipe for shamrock cookies, coloring sheets, puzzles, and more! Download here.

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Also included is a quick guide on the tried and true methods to trap a leprechaun. Have your child get creative with ways to snag this fast fairy! Discuss the best bait to use, and which type of trap will be most effective. It’ll keep the St. Patrick’s Day magic alive in your household!

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Prepare your best monster impression for World Read Aloud Day!

5 Mar

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The StoryBots are super excited to support World Read Aloud Day! Celebrated on the first Wednesday in March, World Read Aloud Day, or WRAD, is dedicated to taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Of course, a great way to celebrate this day and support the cause is to spend some time reading aloud to your child from Starring You Books! Have your child pick his/her favorite book, and settle in for some epic story time.

Here are some tips for reading aloud from LitWorld:

  • Be animated and use a voice that matches the expressions and emotions of the characters during a read aloud to bring the experience alive for listeners.
  • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.
  • Ask questions as you read. Ask children to predict what will happen next, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new.
  • Allow children to ask you questions and model the behaviors of an active reader, such as looking back to the text to answer questions.
  • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the children’s life, their favorite books, or any connections the children come up with.

Check out this kit with even more ideas on how you can celebrate the day!

The StoryBots Heart Valentine’s Day!

3 Feb

Looking for ways to have some Valentine’s Day fun? The StoryBots have plenty of activities to help you celebrate the season of friendship and love, including a brand new activity book and new videos!

Check out this Valentine’s Day activity pack, all about the holiday — including recipes to make chocolate truffles and pink lemonade, heart-filled coloring pages, tips on a how-to make your valentine’s bag extra special, and valentines to customize for all your family and friends! This pack contains everything you need for a family-friendly Valentine’s Day. Download for free here!

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We’re kicking off a brand new series this Valentine’s Day in our Learning Videos app — Emotions! Appropriately enough, “Love’s Not Just a Word” is the first emotion covered in the series. Your kids can sing along as the StoryBots sing about joys of giving love freely. In addition, we’re also adding to our Body series with “Your Heart Has a Beat”.

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Download the Learning Videos app to watch all these lovely videos!

Our top story: StoryBots on your TV screen in 2013!

1 Jan

2013 was a big year for StoryBots! We increased our portfolio to 14 apps, spread to over 2400 classrooms around the world, and brought families closer together. The word about StoryBots has hit the airwaves, and we’re happy to showcase a snippet of StoryBots press coverage from 2013. Check out this recap, featuring StoryBots on CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and more. Tada!

A big thanks goes to those who have covered StoryBots during the year. We greatly appreciate the hundreds of clips featuring StoryBots far and wide, across the country and around the world. It’s been a blast spreading smiles and bringing families together wherever they may be, and we’re excited for what 2014 holds!

We’re Crazy for Christmastime!

10 Dec

The holidays are upon us! The StoryBots have been as busy as elves preparing all of our holiday goodies for your family.

For some song & dance merriment, check out our new Starring You Video, Crazy for Christmastime. Personalize the video with the faces of five of your friends and family, and let the holiday spirit take over!

On the go? Cast this video from your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, with our “Christmas: Starring You!” app available for FREE in the App Store. Download it here.

Bring some Christmas magic to tuck-in time, with the new Starring You Book, “The Christmas List.” The kids will love seeing themselves run through their wish list for Santa in this holiday adventure. Download the app here.

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What would the holiday season be without some crafty fun and delicious recipes? The StoryBots Holiday Activity Book is packed with ideas on how to deck the halls of your home with handmade crafts, bake yummy treats, and of course plenty of coloring and activity pages to fill those winter days.

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Happy holidays from the StoryBots to your family!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the StoryBots!

21 Nov

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the StoryBots are giving thanks! We’ve just released a new Starring You video to celebrate the season, in which 5 people can be cast. The whole family can dance along as the StoryBots remind us why we’re thankful in a brand new, super catchy song called “Thank You for Thanksgiving”. Make your own video for free at StoryBots.com/thanksgiving!

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We’ve also released a new Thanksgiving activity packet, full of fall-themed recipes, coloring pages, word searches, letter tracing, crafts, and thank you cards. Download for free here!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Kids Take Over StoryBots HQ – Again!

11 Nov


We recently hosted another installment of StoryBots’ Kid Day at our office, inviting a rambunctious group of 3-7 year-olds and their parents for a day of play with the StoryBots! The kids got to test out pre-release versions of our newest apps, getting a sneak peek into what’s coming soon. We’re thrilled to say we heard rave reviews — the kids loved it all and shared plenty of smart feedback.



IMG_9489There was also a great round of storytelling with our ever-popular Starring You Books. Each kid became a star, with their name and face featured as the main character of adventures ranging from deep-sea diving to making gigantic pizzas and having epic snowball fights. The kids especially loved when our artists would point out which parts of the books they illustrated!

IMG_9451The day was capped off with a pizza-fueled screening of brand new videos from our Learning Videos series. As usual, our team came away with loads of inspiration for what to build next.

For more about the event, check out this article from LA Parent, who attended, or the photo gallery below!

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