Pixel Press Floors ~ Draw Your Own Video Game

Here is a interesting app your older children may like. Pixel Press Floors. Pixel Press Floors is a promising new iPad app (currently free) that kids can use to turn drawings into pictures. This is the simple explanation of the service. Students draw on specially designed paper (printable) or draw in the app (designs printable). Students then use their iPads to see their drawings become games. Games can be shared with others through the Pixel Press arcade. Watch the video below to learn more about Pixel Press Floors.

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DESCRIPTION FROM DEVELOPER

Pixel Press Floors offers three great ways to play – Creating games with pencil and paper with “Draw-on-Paper” and then taking a picture of it, creating games directly on the screen just like you would on paper with the “Draw-in-App” tools, or playing games already drawn & shared by others in the “Arcade”.

Capturing directly from paper with “Draw-on-Paper” is currently only supported on the iPad 3+ and iPad Mini Retina, and “Draw-in-App” is supported on all iPads 2+.

The “Arcade” is available on all iPads and iPhone 4s+ and iPod 5th Gen+.

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Bring your video game ideas to life, simply by drawing!

Pixel Press Floors is changing the way we experience mobile games by letting anyone be the creator, publisher and player of their own video game. With our creator platform, you can literally draw your own video game – no coding required.

By recognizing the shapes (“glyphs”) you draw on paper or in the app using our “Draw-in-App” tools, we instantly turn your level blueprint into a game that can be tested, designed, played – and most importantly, published to the “Arcade” where others can enjoy your level and you can track how many times it’s played.

**TO CELEBRATE OUR LAUNCH, CREATING IS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!**

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WHAT DO I NEED TO CREATE?

> Pixel Press Floors app – You’ll need an iPad to “Create-from-Paper” and play – and you can create directly in the app just like you would on paper using touch or a stylus with our “Draw-In-App” tools.
> Paper, Pencil & our Sketch Guide (optional) – Print the free Sketch Guide at home (visit projectpixelpress.com to download the PDF) and take a picture of what you create with your iPad’s camera.

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HOW DO I CREATE?

The glyphs you draw (for example an “x” is a spike and a “+” is a coin) are transformed into gameplay objects. From there you can apply a design to the element, test it, and play it. It’s that simple, and once you learn the glyphs, you’ll be creating like a pro.

Full instructions on how to create can be found in our Sketch Guide and How-to Videos at projectpixelpress.com.

IS THIS A GOOD FIT FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS?

Parents and teachers are already discovering amazing way to use our software to teach kids STEM focused learning principles – such as prototyping, design thinking, teamwork & collaboration, trial & error, and user empathy.

To learn more and become a part of the community, visit education.projectpixelpress.com.

FEATURES

> Run & jump Mario-style gameplay
> Play and create your own games for free – optional in-app purchases to unlock new tools like enemies and new power-ups
> Create with 14 creator glyphs: terrain, moving blocks, ladders, portals, monkey bars, power-ups, coins, super coins, falling blocks, spikes, exploding blocks, start and end position, pits & fire balls, and keys
> Featuring two original themes to create from, “Save the Parents” and “Fiddleheads: Stones of Eden”, and more coming!
> Publish your levels to the Arcade and see level leaderboards, times played, and level likes
> No ads
> Retina support
> Supports iOS 7 MFi Controllers

DOWNLOAD APP HERE : PIXEL PRESS FLOORS

 

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Skylanders Battlegrounds $6.99 App DOWNLOAD FREE TODAY!!!

I know I said the site would be on vacation for a week, but don’t want others to miss this deal. I know many of us parents that have children that just love Skylanders.

DOWNLOAD SOON, WILL NOT BE FREE FOR LONG!!!!
DESCRIPTION FROM DEVELOPER

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Leap into battle with the brand new Skylanders SWAP Force™ characters!

Bring the Skylanders to Life™ and free the war-torn Battlegrounds! Choose your favorite Skylanders and face off against Kaos’ evil Warlord Army! Explore never before seen areas of Skylands, meet new friends and battle fierce enemies.

Skylanders Battlegrounds™ is an action packed adventure where you can play with two Skylanders at the same time. Unlock new powers and weapons to help you in the battle against Kaos and his warlords.

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Bring the Skylanders to Life™ in two ways:
• Connect the Bluetooth Portal of Power™ (optional accessory) to your device and bring your collection to life instantly. Swap them out during battle to win tough battles and leverage their unique powers.
• Use the unique codes to unlock your Skylanders collection.

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Features:
• Chapter 3 now live, defeat the maniacal mage Vengar and foil his plots.
• Unlock and upgrade powerful abilities for each Skylander
• Plan your attacks carefully in the Overworld
• Unleash devastating Portal Master powers, including Lightning Bolts and Dynamite
• Instantly swap Skylanders in and out of battle with the Bluetooth Portal of Power™
• Over 30 Game Center Achievements to unlock
• Import your Skylanders collection using the Portal of Power™ or Secret Codes
• Universal App with support for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

For more information on the Skylanders Battlegrounds™ Mobile Starter Pack, including the Made-For-iOS Bluetooth Portal of Power™, Jet-Vac, Cynder, Double Trouble, and the exclusive Platinum Treasure Chest, please go to http://www.skylanders.com

Skylanders Battlegrounds™ allows some in-game items to be purchased using real money. If you don’t want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases.

DOWNLOAD APP HERE: SKYLANDERS BATTLE GROUND

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME: DOWNLOAD ASAP

ChatterPix – Create Talking Pictures on Your iPad ~ Free App

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DESCRIPTION FROM DEVELOPER

Grab your camera! Let’s ChatterPix! Chatterpix Kids can make anything talk — pets, friends, doodles, and more.
Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 6-12.

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NOTE: For adults, check out our “ChatterPix” app for more fun and sharing via email and social media.

PLAY CATEGORY: Creative
TOOLS: 22 stickers, 10 frames and 11 photo filters

DOWNLOAD FREE APP HERE @ CHATTERPIX Kids

PLEASE NOTE!!! THIS APP IS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME. IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THIS APP BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD TODAY WHILE APP IS FREE!!

Explore the Shore Free Event at Point Defiance Park ~ Tacoma ~ Wednesday June 26th

Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium naturalists for low tide beach walks where you will identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location in order to add the information to the scientific Nature Mapping database. This opportunity is great for ages 5 to adult and is a fun and exciting way to learn about the biological diversity of local beaches and to better understand how to protect them. Each event will begin with a short introduction to tide pool animals. Come prepared with sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walking on a gravel beach.

WHEN Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE Owen Beach at Point Defiance Park
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma WA
AGE RECOMMENDATION Elementary School, Middle School, High School
COST FREE
PRE-REGISTER No
PHONE 253-404-3665
EMAIL amy.hale@pdza.org

Remider $1 Movies all Summer Long @ Regal Movie Theaters

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Regal Summer Movie Express – $1 Movies All Summer Long

Regal Entertainment Group is back with their Summer Movie Express for participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters. They will feature 9 weeks of kids movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10am. You can see the movies shown & the order on the Regal website.

The start times will vary with your location depending on when school gets out for the summer – starting tomorrow June 17th or June 24th depending on the area you live in. Find a participating location near you, along with the start time & movie schedule! It’s a great way to first expose your kids to the movies if you have little ones & don’t want to pay full price to see if they’ll last thru the movie!

Free Kids’ Technology Camp At Apple Stores

Free Kids Camps at Apple

Apple Retail Stores are hosting Apple Camps this summer. These camps will be  three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects.

This is happening in Washington and across the nation. Camps fill quickly, so please do register as soon as possible. For locations throughout Seattle go here for times – dates – locations: Apple Camps

Summer Boredom Busters ~ $1 Movies All Summer Long ~ Regal Movie Theatres

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Regal Summer Movie Express – $1 Movies All Summer Long

Regal Entertainment Group is back with their Summer Movie Express for participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters. They will feature 9 weeks of kids movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10am. You can see the movies shown & the order on the Regal website.

The start times will vary with your location depending on when school gets out for the summer – starting tomorrow June 17th or June 24th depending on the area you live in. Find a participating location near you, along with the start time & movie schedule! It’s a great way to first expose your kids to the movies if you have little ones & don’t want to pay full price to see if they’ll last thru the movie!