History of Stop Motion

Sep 17, 2014

FROM GODZILLA TO FANTASTIC MR. FOX, SEE ONE OF THE OLDEST ANIMATION TECHNIQUES GROW FROM INFANCY TO ADULTHOOD.


3D-Printed Wolverine Claws

Sep 8, 2014

Here at Raskullz HQ We love all-things-3D. That’s why we couldn’t be more stoked about this epic invention from a group of engineers working on new child prosthetics. Aaron Brown, a volunteer over at E-nabling The Future (the group behind the 3D-printed prosthetics initiative) took things one step further by designing a set of fake Wolverine claws to make kids wearing the prosthetics feel like superheroes.

It’s an inspiring project with radical results.


How the Sun Sees You

Sep 2, 2014

As summer winds down it’s nice to see such a creative reminder of how important it is to be safe out there in the sun. And we just had to post due to an awesome Cutie Cat helmet sighting at the 2 minute mark!


Action Movie Kid

Aug 25, 2014

Action Movie Kid is back, and this time the adventures are even bigger.


The History of TMNT

Aug 7, 2014

In honor of the newest release in the TMNT universe, we’d like to share with you this awesome video that takes us through the complete history of this epic franchise:


TMNT Target!

Aug 5, 2014

We are so totally pumped that our new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle helmets made a starring appearance in the new Target commercial along with all other products TMNT. Cowabunga!


Static Magic

Aug 4, 2014

Reveal your kids’ Jedi powers using static electricity with this episode of ExpeRimental from The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Watch ordinary household objects move without being touched as neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott and her son Hector investigate:

By rubbing a balloon or straw on a cloth or their clothes, they make balancing pencils, pens, and spoons move without touching them! In these experiments they discover how things with opposite charges attract, and those with the same charge repel. They investigate whether the phenomenon will work with a variety of objects and even a stream of running water…

Try it yourself! The accompanying info sheet is here (pdf).


How to be Awsome

Jul 31, 2014

Stay tuned for Kid President’s guide to being awesome:


Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Jul 21, 2014

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory visit fromMister Roger’s Neighborhood is an excellent addition to our factory and How Things Are Made video collections. Watch as Mr. Rogers narrates.

We love when the same story is told from different perspectives. Don’t missSesame Street: how crayons are made — a shorter, wordless version with an equally wonderful soundtrack — and Bert Haanstra‘s Oscar-winning, jazz-filled short film Glas.


App Review: Plants

Jul 17, 2014

Plants by Tinybop from Tinybop on Vimeo.

Plants is the second app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library. The first, The Human Body, reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 143 countries and was named one of the App Store’s Best of 2013. Like the Human Body, Plants is a slow-play app which aims to help kids make connections about the world and prompt big questions.

Buy Plants for $1.99 in iTunes. And most of all, make sure to check out this epic (!) stop animation by Kelli Anderson.

Paper to Plants from Tinybop on Vimeo.