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Minilab returns to South Ken Kids Festival!

We had a super day at South Ken Kids Festival last year (check it out here!), and when we heard that this year was the 20th anniversary of the yearly festival, we couldn’t wait to return. This year, South Ken Kids took place from the 13th-19th of November, and saw thousands of little artists descend […] Read More

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Autumn Activities to inspire you and the kids 🍂

It’s officially autumn, and that means a lot of our favourite things. Wrapping up warm in comfy clothes, watching the trees change and, as many parents will probably agree, many a hot cup of coffee! Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of the transitional time of year… Get outside! The […] Read More

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Can Apps Help Us Raise Empathetic Children?

We mentioned in one of our recent articles that apps can help kids develop their social skills. But how can something digital affect our real relationships? One of the key abilities that children’s publishing and media can tap into is empathy. Children learn to identify the situation of others, putting themselves ‘in another’s shoes’, at […] Read More

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Social Skills without Social Media?

Raising a happy and sociable mini-person in the digital age can be a bit of a media minefield. We’ve put together a few ideas on how to balance the fun of digital with real-world social skills…   Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that in a BBC survey ‘more than three-quarters of 10- to 12-year-olds have […] Read More

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Artie’s Magic Pencil at the BolognaRagazzi Digital Awards

Last week, we were lucky enough to receive a prestigious mention for Artie’s Magic Pencil. Our CEO travelled to Bologna, Italy, as part of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Last year, the fair saw 26,000 visitors and gave 20 awards. The award ceremonies include categories covering books and digital media that enrich children’s lives all over the world. And guess […] Read More

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How can apps benefit my child’s education?

  It’s 2017: more than ever our kids are using mobile and tablet technology to its fullest. Whether it’s messaging, taking photos or playing games, there’s an app for everything and they’re more readily accessible than ever. The American Academy of Pediatrics describes today’s child as ‘immersed in digital media’, and updated its guidelines in […] Read More

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Minilab’s 2016 Highlights!

2016 – what a year! You’ve been an adventure worthy of Artie and his magic pencil, or even the genius Professor Astro Cat! As a startup in the gaming industry we’ve had plenty to do while our first few apps took off, and all in all there have been some exciting steps forward. A big thank you […] Read More

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