Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

A Summer of Learning with the Cat in the Hat

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Summer break is upon us and for many families, that means three months packed with fun activities with the kiddos! But just because your little ones have a break from school doesn’t mean they have to take a break from learning. Below are some suggestions of how you can utilize apps from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library to complement some of your summer activities. Whether you are splurging on a sunny beach vacation or just keeping it mellow at home, your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even know they’re learning! In fact, you might even learn something too.

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Activity: Traveling somewhere
App to Download: There’s a Map on My Lap!

Whether you are going on a family road trip or flying across the country on an airplane, reading There’s a Map on My Lap! is the perfect way to teach your kids how to use and read maps. This app introduces youngsters to different map formats (globe, atlas, puzzle), as well as tools (symbols, scales, grids, compasses). Read it together while you are stuck in the car or airplane, then allow them to practice what they have learned by analyzing a real map when you arrive at your destination!

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Activity: Visiting an aquarium or whale watching
App to Download: A Whale of a Tale!

If a visit to the aquarium or whale watching on the open seas is on your summer itinerary, Whale of a Tale! is a must-have. In this story, the Cat in the Hat teaches kids all about cetaceans- whales, dolphins, and porpoises- with interactive diagrams and glossary words. Read the app before you leave the house, then talk to your kids about what they learned when you see the animals in real life!

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Activity: Going to the park
App to Download: My, Oh My-A Butterfly!

An afternoon at a park is the perfect way to spend a warm summer day, especially with all the beautiful butterflies that emerge this time of year. Teach your kids all about the different types of butterflies, their life cycles from caterpillars, and much more in My, Oh My-A Butterfly, then see if you can identify the species of the ones you see in the park!

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Activity: Beach Vacation
App to Download: Clam-I-Am!

Headed to the beach this summer? Be sure to add Clam-I-Am to your kids’ reading list and have the Cat in the Hat teach them all about beach wildlife and their habitats. Once beachside, talk with your kids about what they have learned when you come across hermit crabs, jellyfish (don’t get stung!), sand fleas, starfish, seagulls, and more!

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Activity: Camping (or any outdoor activity)
App to Download: Fine Feathered Friends

If you’ll be spending some time in the great outdoors this summer, be sure to read Fine Feathered Friends- a delightful story that will take your kids on a bird-watching tour with the Cat in the Hat to teach them about a variety of bird species. Then, see if you can identify the birds you see while you are camping or spending time outside.

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Activity: Horse-back riding
App to Download: If I Ran the Horse Show

If you’re planning a horse-backing riding outing (or if you just have a horse fanatic in your house), If I Ran the Horse Show is the app for you! This app takes kids to the Cat in the Hat’s Super-Tremendous-Studependous Horse Show to teach them about all things horsey- including fun facts about 13 of the most popular breeds. Load up on facts before you get on that saddle and then get your kids to tell you what they learned.

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Activity: Hiking
App to Download: I Can Name 50 Trees Today!

Hitting the trails this summer? Make a game out of it by reading I Can Name 50 Trees Today- an app that introduces kids to many, many different types of trees- and then challenging your little hikers to identify the trees they see based on what they have learned.

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Activity: Going on a tropical vacation
App to Download: If I Ran the Rainforest

If you’re lucky enough to be going on a tropical vacation with your family, 1) we are jealous; and 2) make sure you bring If I Ran the Rainforest along! In this app, the Cat in the Hat takes Dick and Sally for an “umbrella-vator” ride through the understory, canopy, and emergent layers of a tropical rain forest. Teach your kids all about some of the plants and animals they might see on vacation!

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Activity: Visiting the Museum of Natural History
App to Download: Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur or There’s No Place Like Space!

The Museum of Natural History is a great place to take your kids during the summer, and we have two apps that will help enhance their learning! If you’re planning on strolling through the dino exhibit, read Oh Say Can You Di-no-saur to learn some interesting facts about dinosaurs. If your kids love the planetarium, try There’s No Place Like Space!, which comes complete with an interactive telescope. Read the books again after your visit and talk to them about what they saw at the museum.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe summer break with their families! Tell us what your plans are in a comment below.


Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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April is Autism Awareness Month- a special time dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding about autism, as well as coming together to bring comfort, love, and acceptance to those in the autism community. Throughout the years we have had the pleasure of working with a handful of bloggers who are committed to sharing their experiences parenting (and loving) children with autism. Witnessing their journeys has  showed us that autism is so much more than just a label, and this month we want everyone in the autism community to know that they are loved, accepted and appreciated just the way they are!

Throughout April, the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight will feature bloggers who have found apps to be effective tools in helping children with autism communicate, have fun, and learn important skills. We are very excited to share their insights and hear more about their amazing kids!

Outstanding organizations:
-Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
-Alpine Learning Group
-Kind Tree- Autism Rocks
-The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
-The Autism Women’s Network
-Left Brain/Right Brain
-Organization for Autism Research
-Quality Services for the Autism Community
-Snack and Friends
-Pacific Autism Center for Education

Read and share this incredible article:
World Autism Awareness (or Acceptance) Day: Hope and More Hope for Autism Parents Like Me
by Shannon Des Roches Rosa


Valentine’s Day App Sale!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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At Oceanhouse Media, our customers are truly at the ♥heart♥ of everything we do, so this Valentines Day we want to send a little love your way!

For parents, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your little ones how much you love them. What better way to do this than by snuggling up and reading together? If you’re looking for a way to illustrate your unconditional love, consider Ziggy Marley’s “I Love You Too” book app. If you have a faraway valentine, record your message in the app and send it wherever your little loved ones are! Want to practice? Ready, Set, Say “I Love You!”Are you feeling lucky? Enter to win the “I Love You Too” app PLUS a copy of the hardcover edition signed by Ziggy himself! Enter here.

Need some last minute inspiration for that perfect Valentine’s Day date with your significant other? Our “52 Great Cheap Dates” is 99 cents all week!

However you spend the day, we hope it’s full of love, smiles, laughter and hugs!

Love,

Oceanhouse Media


A New Way to Spread Holiday Cheer!

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Our favorite little reindeer (Rudolph, of course!) has been on the App Store for three holiday seasons as an omBook and a camera app, but this year he’s coming to life in a brand new way.

Catch up with Rudolph in a new holiday game, Rudolph’s Gift. Your mission is to help him deliver presents to as many children as possible, while collecting power-ups and dodging airborne obstacles along the way!

So what do you think? Will you accept the challenge?  Download Rudolph’s Gift for FREE on the App Store!

Tip: Collect the falling misfit toys to unlock bonus rounds!

Can you beat the current Game Center high score of 6.7 million? We think you can!

 

Game features:

  • Dual controls – Move Rudolph with one hand; Shine his light with the other
  • Earn high scores by delivering the most presents without colliding with obstacles
  • Upgrade Power-ups such as Cloud Buster, Invincibility, 4X Presents, and more
  • Fly with different characters (Santa, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, etc.) and Sleigh colors
  • Compare High Scores, Most Presents and Furthest Distance on Game Center Leaderboards
  • Hours of endless fun!

 

Get Rudolph’s Gift FREE for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch . . .  and iPad Mini! . . . and iPhone 5!


Capture Holiday Memories with How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

 

“And what happened then . . . ?

  Well . . . in Who-ville they say

  That the Grinch’s small heart

  Grew three sizes that day!”

  •    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

 

Generations of families have witnessed The Grinch transform himself into a warm, lovable character with a caring heart. Reading this classic tale has been a family tradition for decades. Now this holiday season not only can you read the book but you can read the digital version of this classic story and share your narration with loved ones far away in the newly updated How the Grinch Stole Christmas! digital book app featuring our “Record and Share” technology.

 

Now you can record your own narration of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and share it with family and friends this holiday season.

Oceanhouse Media has been working with Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch since December 2009 when we partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and developed three separate apps. We adapted the holiday classic book into a digital book app with three reading options and simple navigation tools for even the youngest of readers to enjoy all at the touch of a screen. We developed Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition, a zany camera app where you create whimsical Grinchmas cards. Plus, we also created Grinchmas!, a fun snowball and present-throwing game which went to #8 on Apple’s Top-Paid app charts in just a few weeks. Since then we’ve partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to release digital book apps for more than 30 Dr. Seuss titles. . . and counting.

How well do you know The Grinch? Test your knowledge with these fun facts!

  •   The book was published in the same year as the classic The Cat in the Hat (1957). Oceanhouse Media launched the digital version of The Cat in the Hat to critical acclaim just two months after releasing How the Grinch Stole Christmas! digital book app. Both have been runaway hits, ranking among the best-selling apps in the Books category on the App Store.
  •   In the original book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! contains only three colors (black, white and red) and yet the delightful images have created a colorful holiday memory for more than 50 years! Our digital book app reflects this same classic color scheme staying true to the original words and illustrations of Dr. Seuss and enhanced with professional narration, custom sound effects, synchronized word highlighting, picture/word association and record and share technology.
  •   Dr. Seuss modeled The Grinch after himself. He told Redbook magazine that “I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December (1956) when I noted a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So I wrote the story about my sour friend—the Grinch—to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”
  •    Dr. Seuss was 53 years old when the book was published, the same age as The Grinch (“Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now! I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! . . . But HOW?”).

So now that you know a little more about The Grinch, why not record and share your own take on this classic tale? It’s also a great way to capture your children reading and share it with family members that may be in different parts of the country or world.  Tell us how you plan to share the new version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! digital book app at info@oceanhousemedia.com.

We hope your holiday season is filled with all the joy in Who-ville! Merry Grinchmas!