The StoryBots Heart Valentine’s Day!

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!

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!

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!

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!


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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Innovative new site, Educade, features StoryBots with teacher-created lesson plans

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Exciting news! StoryBots has just been featured on Educade.org, a new and completely free site where teachers can share lesson plans, ideas and learning tools for a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Educade is a portal designed to “meet the needs of teachers and parents everywhere by providing the largest online library of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with engaging and innovative learning tools, enabling teachers to maximize their impact on student learning.” Since Educade’s launch, teachers have been posting the innovative ways they’re using technology in the classroom.

Here’s a look at a couple of the amazing educators who have created lesson plans based on the StoryBots learning tools!

Featured Lesson Plan: The Letter J

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Nina photoNina Neulight is an experienced educator with a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA, and in-classroom experience having taught grades K through 12. She has created a lesson plan all about The Letter J, based on StoryBots’ ABC Videos and ABC Lyric Sheets. Check out her ideas on introducing the letter and new vocabulary words, using props and encouraging kinesthetic learning!
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Featured Lesson Plan: Biggest Pizza Ever

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deborahraphaelDeborah Raphael works in the LAUSD Arts Education Branch and is an advisor on Educational Technology and the Arts. Using Starring You Books, her lesson featuring The Biggest Pizza Ever uses a dynamic cross-curricular approach, integrated with multiple English Language Core Standards and Common Core 21st Century goals. This lesson not only brings stories alive using theater concepts, but is also a very creative use of the Starring You Books by StoryBots, that can be adapted for K-5th grades. It focuses on a wide range of skills including speaking, listening, estimating, collaboration as well as pantomime, tableau, problem solving and improvisation. As we were lucky enough to see first-hand, Ms. Raphael’s lesson kept her students super engaged and excited to learn!

Check out the StoryBots learning tools on Educade here!

Happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

Halloween is quickly creeping up, and we’ve got a trick-or-treat bag FULL of fun ways that you can celebrate the spooky season.

First, Halloween Friends, our new Starring You Book for October, is out! This unearthly story tells the tale of a mysterious group of friends trick-or-treating, showing off their unusual tricks to earn their treats. Download in the Starring You Books app.

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We’ve also launched a brand new page just for Halloween activities, which you can find at StoryBots.com/halloween. Here, you can make your very own StoryBots Hallo-wallo-ween video, as the StoryBots call Halloween, where you can cast up to 5 faces! Your family can dance Hallo-wallo-ween night away as a werewolf, mummy, vampire, ghost, and Frankenstein. Make your own here!

You can also cast this video on the go, using the StoryBots Halloween iPhone/iPad app, completely free to download in the App Store.
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Lastly, we have a wide variety of Halloween activities, including coloring pages, letter tracing practice, mazes, recipes, and word searches! Download the entire packet for free here.

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Have a safe and happy Hallo-wallo-ween!