Over the past couple of months, a large number of people have tried and tested our Maker Box, and we’re happy to say that they were nothing short of pleased with it. We have been featured in reviews, articles, and gift lists, and we couldn’t be more prouder.
In this post, we wanted to share some of these posts with you, written by Cool Mom Picks, Huffington Post, and many others, respectively. Beneath each excerpt you can find links towards full posts.
The New Maker Box Combines Digital and Real-world Play for Kids
“To my nieces, screen time is like water. Without it, I think they’d go all limp and cockeyed. So I love discovering apps for them that encourage both tech literacy and imaginative play.
The two come together together beautifully thanks to the brand new Get Qurious Maker Box, which we think parents will be really happy to discover.
You may have heard about its super successful Kickstarter campaign last year, and now that the box is finally out, I think that Get Qurious is going to be a fantastic gift for…ahem, curious kids. And their parents, who love giving educational gifts that kids will enjoy.
There’s essentially a free iOS app you download creating an augmented reality play world around the story of The Three Little Pigs (other stories will be along soon, no doubt). Within the box, you get lots of smart, hands-on activity tools like story cards or a puzzle, all designed to bring kids into that virtual world and help create it and control it in a totally hands-on way.
That’s making the best of how kids learn.”
The Get Qurious Maker Box Introduces Kids to Augmented Reality Play
“Pokémon Go got many people to engage with an augmented reality game for the first time. But Los Gatos startup Get Qurious wants to expose even younger kids to AR games through tactile play.
The company has introduced the Get Qurious Maker Box, which combines physical game cards with an interactive digital world. Using AR imaging, you can use the physical game cards to spur storytelling animations on the iPad. It is targeted at children ages 4 to 9.
You play by holding a physical game piece — such as a picture of a cartoon pig — in front of the iPad’s camera. The app recognizes the pig and triggers an animation. The first Maker Box takes the classic “Three Little Pigs” story and brings it to life as an animated storybook through the app, the interactive story cards, puzzles, a sticker book, and pretend play masks.
“The idea is to have a lot of physical activities, using their hands and crafting,” said Manoj Jacob, cofounder of Get Qurious, in an interview with GamesBeat. “Normally, kids engaging with an app are just sitting still and looking at a screen.”
Get Qurious helps children learn concepts of logic, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and creativity through physical play and 3D storytelling. The idea is to enable multi-modal learning in children by engaging all of their senses.
“We were inspired by the need to blend education and entertainment,” said Sesh Sareday, cofounder of Get Qurious. “While everyone has been excited about mobile devices, people are concerned about the addiction to screens. What’s been left out is the physical play. This is a new way of play.”
STEM Toys: So Much Fun Your Child Won’t Realize How Much She’s Learning
“The benefits of STEM skills, those focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math, are numerous and well documented. This holiday season, take the opportunity to give the children in your life toys that will foster these skills and set them up for success.
Best of all? Toys that focus on STEM skills are among the most fun out there so you don’t need to worry about your child missing out the latest huge plastic toy.
Below are some of the best.
HABA Marble Run: HABA is well known for its high-quality, long-lasting wooden toys. But, they are not just well-made, they are super-fun. No child can resist the allure of a marble run. HABA has the most versatile marble run available. Once you have the starter set, add pieces like the Propeller Ramp or Skyscraper to renew interest in the marble run and keep kids learning new building and engineering skills.
Melissa & Doug Cardboard Bricks: Even very young kids like building BIG. The perfect solution? Jumbo Cardboard Blocks that are bright, colorful, and allow kids to build near life-sized structures with minimal storage space required. With these blocks, kids learn essential building concepts while having tons of fun.
Smart R2-D2: Star Wars fans of all ages will love this Smart R2-D2 that is Bluetooth enabled to allow the droid to explore your home. This R2-D2 can be programmed to follow custom routes and even dances along to music. What better way to get kids interested in programming than through one of the most beloved characters of all time?”
“Smartphones and tablets are clearly here to stay. I’m a fan of tools and activities that embrace the use of these devices, rather than unrealistically coming down on moms for allowing their children too much “screen time.” Kids play differently than I did when I was a child, but imagination and storytelling still reign supreme. Thus I was excited recently to discover the Get Qurious Maker Box, which combines the best of both worlds.
Get Qurious is a company that creates interactive games and activities and, according to its web site, has a vision to “create products that invoke curiosity, spark imagination and let children dream to reach for the real things they want.” The Maker Box, which is the only product offered on the company’s web site at this time, includes four activities that combine physical play pieces with digital experiences on a smartphone or tablet. All activities are based around the Three Little Pigs story, which makes for incredibly cute artwork and illustrations!
The box includes 12 story page cards, two masks, one double-sided puzzle and one sticker book. I explored the materials in the box with my children yesterday. First step was to download the Qurious Maker Box app, which was free from the Apple Store.”
22 Valentine's Day Crafts Your Kiddo Can Make
“Arts and crafts with toddlers can get a bit messy — but it's always lots of fun, especially when there's some kind of theme present. Valentine's Day is a perfect occasion to create pink and red heart-shaped projects with your little one, so break out the construction paper, glitter, paint, and glue, and get creative with these 22 Valentine's Day crafts for tots.
- Valentine Heart Stamps
Work with what you've got! Paint and an empty roll of toilet paper are all you need for some stampin' valentine fun with your lil one.
- Valentine Bingo in a Jar
Make a Valentine's Day craft that can be used all year long! These Bingo jars are an awesome snow day activity or can be traveled with thanks to the cute jar!
- Confetti Paper Hearts
Shower them with love — literally! Sweet C's Designs' paper-filled hearts are a great craft that can later be used as a classroom party favor.
- Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe Heart
A large-scale valentine version of the classic tic-tac-toe game is a fun way to pass the time — and it's super easy to make!
- Crayon Hearts
Is your craft drawer filled with broken crayons? Take a note from Mom Luck and turn them into festive drawing utensils.”
Interactive Play With Get Qurious-Maker Box!
“With winter here and in full swing, it's always great to have fun activities for our kids to keep the creativity flowing, boredom at bay and opportunities to learn new things. The Get Qurious-Maker Box is a fun and engaging hands-on way to play creatively and is based on the Three Little Pigs. The box includes exciting interactive games, activities, and puzzles that help encourage kids to explore and discover. It combines physical play pieces along side an interactive digital world. The Get Quirous Maker Box fosters your child's logic, thinking, reading, imagination, and creativity.
How it Works
Each box is filled with a variety of different activities that help keep your child engaged and focused through tactile play. When we received our box and opened it up, I could tell that the box was filled with a great set of high-quality activities and well-designed characters. The Get Quirous-Maker Box is recommended for children ages 4-9, but my son who's three had absolutely no problem playing and interacting with all the wonderful activities that came in our box.
What You Receive In Your Box
Each box contains 4 different activities for your child to enjoy.
- Story cards—a set of 12 cards.
- Masks—two different masks.
- Puzzle—a 7-piece puzzle that is double-sided and black and white.
- Sticker book—a 12 page booklet plus two sheets of reusable stickers.
Bring it to Life with the App
Get Quious-Maker Box also has an app that you can use in conjunction with the activities in your box. Simply download the "Get Qurious - Maker Box" app to your iOS device. The games inside the app are what bring all these pieces to life. It's as simple as pointing and playing. Just open up the activities from the home screen, scan the pieces from the box to bring them to life!”
H2: Characters Come to Life in the Point and Play Maker Box for Creative Kids!
“Get Qurious is an interactive play-based experience for children ages 4-9. The Maker Box takes the classic Three Little Pigs story and brings it to life with its engaging, interactive app, story cards, pretend play masks, sticker book, and puzzle.
I always get excited when a company I agree to work with tells me that my product is on the way for my review. You see, with overwhelming product reviews flooding my email, I have become pretty selective with the ones I choose to share with my readers. Over the years, I’ve grown to know what types of resources would be a nice fit for my audience. That’s why when a friend reached out to me asking if I’d take a look at Get Qurious, I didn’t hesitate to agree to review it after seeing how fun it was when the kids gave it a whirl. I’ve learned that the best reviewers are the users of the product… in this case, the children.”
Get Qurious Maker Box Review
"Maker boxes are all the rage these days. You can can order boxes with crafts, art projects, literacy based activities, science experiments, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.
Now I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon of any trend very quickly, so I hadn’t ordered any such boxes yet, however, the idea is an intriguing one. After all, it’s like opening a present, and who doesn’t like presents? Plus, what parent wouldn’t love a box filled with activities to entertain, educate, and encourage imagination for their children?
So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Get Qurious Maker Box, I jumped at the chance.
Get Qurious was started through a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. In their own words, their maker box creates an “augmented reality play experience that combines physical game pieces with an immersive, interactive digital world.” In a nutshell, the box combines stories, puzzles, games, and props that all connect to a digital app, allowing users to play with the contents of the box both physically and virtually. For today’s technology-driven world, it’s a pretty cool concept."