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Kids, Toys and Technology

Parents nowadays are particularly wary about their kids using technology – and I get them. I used to be on that side of the fence too. “No way are my kids touching a mobile phone or a tablet until they’re old enough to afford one!” was what I would always say. Hah! Such a preachy, unexperienced mother I was then. In fact, technology had a great impact on Selene. At one and a half year old, because of Youtube educational videos, she learned the alphabet, a number of songs, word coordination, colors, numbers – all on her own.
Seeing that, I suddenly felt like a hypocrite for thinking all the things I did about technology prior. In the end, I realized how it will affect my kids is greatly dependent on how I guide them with it. Instead of seeing it as Public Enemy #1, it could be a learning tool I can use to our advantage. Of course, we all have our own parenting takes on this and I also understand other parents’ takes on not letting their kids use any technology. What I’m aiming for here is that there should be no room for judgment on parents like me who are chums with gadgets.
Having said this, we recently discovered a brand of toys that merges traditional play toys with technology. PAI toys’ Augmented Reality merges play time with STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education. Some of their toys include Paibloks that build and control with a remote, Cube-tastic that is like a Rubik’s cube which you can connect with an app, Augie, an award-winning toy which is the first premiere coding robot equipped with augmented reality. I didn’t see it during the event but the brand also has a PaiBand that’s sort of like a Fitbit for kids which lets them do certain physical activities where they can collect points.

Ocean Pets

The toy in focus today is Ocean Pets recently awarded as Creative Child for 2017 Product of the Year in the US. It uses augmented reality and special putty that allows kids to create their own virtual aquarium. You build the fish using a special putty (clay-like but better) and take a photo of them which will then upload onto the app – there, you can collect them, feed them and interact with them as you grow them like Tamagotchi. I love that the app is very educational and kids can learn about the different organisms in the ocean apart from just encouraging play.
Once kids have started personalizing their virtual aquarium, they can go on to explore the underwater world by learning fun facts about marine life. It also encourages kids to care for our planet as it gives tips on how to keep our oceans clean and safe for the sea creatures that live in it. It’s a great tool to introduce young kids to marine science and the importance of being kind to our planet.
Awarded Creative Child for 2017 Product of the Year in the U.S.
Selene creating her fish friends which she will upload on the app. You can’t just keep adding though. You have to care for the first fish friend you upload and let her grow before you can unlock the next level and add on more fish.
You have to download the app Ocean Pets on Play Store or App Store before playing.
Uploading the first fish friend in the aquarium.
Look! It’s swimming in our living room!
Selene is a big clay fan so this was such a perfect toy for her.
We turned off the AR function so our first fish friend is now in the ocean.
Wanted Selene to see how cool the AR function is. Haha!
This is best for independent kids 6 years old and up – but with guide, it can be used by younger kids. Tristan though is quite young for this but it didn’t stop him from investigating what Ate Selene is up to. Tristan’s perfect toy that we got is the Paibloks – he loves cars and he got a transformable police car that he can remotely control.
Ate Selene creates and molds while Tristan feeds the fish! So cute. I love that they can play this together… in harmony. haha!
It’s quite challenging to find toys that will keep your kids preoccupied for a good amount of time nowadays. And to have them learn and enjoy for that equal amount of time is even more challenging. I highly recommend Pai Toys technology in this aspect. It  doesn’t just keep your kids busy and moving, it also has them learning in a fun way. On top of that, with Ocean Pets, for example, it goes beyond  STEAM learning, it teaches about caring for the environment. And I truly believe that the love for our planet should be taught as early as now before it’s too late.
Pai toys is available in Rustan’s, Hobbes & Landes, Lazada.
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  1. Arselyn de Guzman-Intoy
    June 9, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Relate ako sayo momsh dun sa no gadget until ma-afford na nila bumili on their own. Ganyan din sabi ko before but with our time right now, mahirap na talaga icontrol yung mga gadgets. Ang take ko na dyan ngayon, ok lang na mag explore si Zophie sa gadgets provided may oras lang and may supervision. Na-amaze ako kasi ang husay nya magkalkal ng phone, kahit itago ko sa folders un apps and youtube, nahahanap nya 😅😅 saka napansin ko na din na yung kakanood nya sa mga chuchu tv, nakatulong din kaya madami sya alam na songs na, and pati sa colors, numbers and letters. Iba na talaga ang panahon ngayon 😂😂😂 maganda yang toy na nilalaro ni Selene, great tool para maexplore nya ang ocean friends. Was looking for toys din for Zophie na hindi nya agad pagsasawaan. Madalas kasi, mas enjoy pa nya laruin un box kesa sa mismong toy 😅😅😅

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