At Little Pim, we believe all children deserve to learn a second language. Our language learning series makes learning a foreign language easy and accessible to all kids–at the age they learn best, from 0 to 6 years. Continue reading “Little Pim’s Language Learning iOS App for Kids”
Yup, that’s our holiday ebook in the Kindle store! It’s hard to believe that a little over 2 months ago, Around the World with Little Pim was basically just an idea. We launched our Kickstarter campaign with crossed fingers, and now here we are: fully funded with our holiday ebook on Amazon just in time for the holidays.
But enough reminiscing…
The Little Pim holiday ebook is finally a reality and we really hope you enjoy it. We have sent Little Pim to France, Mexico, Brazil, and China to sample some tasty holiday treats and learn about how other countries and cultures celebrate the winter holidays. Join him on this delicious adventure and you might just pick up a few new words in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese!
If you could go on a holiday food tour like Little Pim, where would you go?
Aaaand we’re live! We’ve only got 30 days to make our goal, so let’s make ’em count. We can’t do this without your amazing support so click below to learn a little more about the Little Pim ebook Kickstarter, make your pledge, and share with your friends!
What Is Kickstarter?
- It’s a website where anyone can pitch a creative project. So we’re pitching our ebook!
- If you think it’s a good idea, you can back the project. Donations of ALL sizes are welcome
- If you back a project with a donation, you get a reward! Our rewards, which would make great holiday gifts, include pre-orders of the ebook, getting your child drawn in as a character, and lots of other surprises in between…
- If we reach our goal, we get the funds we need to make the ebook and you get your rewards!
- If we don’t make our goal, we get nothing and you don’t get a reward. You also won’t be charged. It’s all or nothing on Kickstarter.
…but you won’t have to wait for it that much longer! Portuguese DVDs and flashcards are set to hit the warehouse any day now, and we’re as excited as you are. So, starting this week, Little Pim will be accepting pre-orders on the Portuguese Complete Set:
Orders will start shipping on October 15th, but if you’ve been waiting for this day, why wait any longer? Before you know it, your kids could be asking, “Outra Vez!” Each Portuguese Complete Set includes the first volume of Little Pim DVDs (“eating and drinking,” “wake up smiling,” and “playtime”), the brand new Portuguese flashcards, a colorful multi-lingual poster, and the classic, soft Little Pim plush. To start a little smaller with your child’s learning, the Discovery Set is also available for pre-order in Portuguese.
This is a magical time for new products, so stay tuned for more exciting announcements!
Okay, go down… up… a little to the right… there! Our second volume of flash cards is out! Do you see them?
This beautiful set of cards is chock-full of brand new images of Little Pim ready to teach kids some of the new words that appear in the second volume of Little Pim videos. They can be used on their own or along with the videos (“at home,” “feelings,” and “let’s count!”) to teach and reinforce words related to mealtime, playtime, and emotions.
The new illustrations are so cute, we couldn’t resist showing some of them off. These are a few of our staff favorites:
This handsomely boxed set of sixty beautifully illustrated flash cards features Little Pim the panda and introduces basic words and phrases in Spanish (or in French). One side of each card includes a translation and phonetic transcription for adults; the other is the drawing alone. Each card indicates the Little Pim DVD on which the word or phrase is introduced.
EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), a leader in educational entertainment, and Little Pim, the award-winning foreign language learning program for children, today announced a partnership to bring Little Pim content to LeapFrog’s LeapPad. Content will…
Little Pim Books are here! We are very excited to share with you the publication of our first books for young learners of Spanish and French, called FEELINGS and COLORS. The books make delightful companions to our Spanish and French learning system of DVDs, flash cards, CDs and interactive games. They tell colorful simple stories for kids aged one through age four, and are full of pull tabs, lift the flaps, and of course, their favorite panda, Little Pim!
In FEELINGS, Little Pim helps kids learn how to say useful phrases like “I am happy” and “I am scared” and “I am shy” and in COLORS we learn seven colors, through a balloon treasure hunt that ends in a surprise party! The books are written in English, with French and Spanish words and phrases throughout, and as always, we include easy phonetics so that parents can use these even if they don’t speak the language themselves.
I love reading books to my children and never found the right bilingual books that were engaging and interactive. These books will help you bring French and Spanish learning to storytime in a new, super fun way.
Like all Little Pim products, our books are beautifully designed, affordable, and easy to use. Two more books in this series, published by Abrams Publishing, will come out in the Spring, so stay tuned. For languages other than Spanish and French, look out for our e-books, coming soon!
To order the books, click here.
We’re so pleased to announce that Little Pim German has won a 2011 Tillywig Brain Child Award!
Brain Child awards are specifically for “exciting products that energize the mind while seamlessly blending fun and learning”. Below are the wonderful things Tillywig had to say about Little Pim:
“It’s been well established that children have a window of time in their early years during which they can easily learn multiple languages. It would be a shame not to take advantage of that golden window, and Little Pim is an early language-learning system designed to do just that. The German Gift Set Plus comes with a boxed set of 60 German word and phrase cards and a boxed 3-pak of German language DVDS introducing over 180 words and phrases, as well as an 8-inch Little Pim Panda plush toy, all packaged in a reusable see-through tote. Little Pim is a cute and peppy panda, appearing throughout the DVDs and on every language card. The live action and animation make the DVDs highly engaging, and each well-illustrated flash card also denotes which DVD teaches that card’s word or phrase in order to help reinforce learning. The DVDs are lots of fun, very child appropriate, and parents enjoy learning from them as much as do children! Little Pim offers products in 10 languages.“
Thank you for supporting us and helping bring access to fun foreign language education to children all over the United States (and beyond!).
We believe that treks with kids are made easier with a little preparation and these days it doesn’t hurt to have an iPhone, car DVD player, or tablet to make the trip that much more enjoyable. With Little Pim you can combine entertainment & learning.
Does it get any better for your wee travel buddies?
We’re thrilled to announce that Little Pim was selected to win two prestigious awards this month!
Dr. Toy has chosen Little Pim’s Gift Set Plus- a gift set that includes three of our language DVDs, a set of Word & Phrase Cards, and a plush panda- to win a Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Product Award! Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, has been for many years one of the nation’s and world’s leading experts on play, toys, and children’s products. With 30 years of direct experience, Dr. Auerbach includes educationally oriented, developmental and skill building products from the best large and small companies in her four annual award programs.
We also received another new award from the Dove Foundation Review Board for our Spanish 3-Pak (Vol. I).
As you plan your seasonal getaways, be sure to take Little Pim along- our Digital Downloads are compatible with your mobile device or smartphone. With 10 languages to choose from and our two iPhone Applications: Little Pim Talking Coloring Book and Little Pim Word Bag, the only thing left to pack is sunscreen.
Here are some travel games you can play:
1. My favorite car game as a child was I spy. This is a GREAT game for your kids to build their vocabulary, both in English and in a foreign language. Even if they can’t spell yet, you don’t have to play I spy with letters – you can play it with sounds, or other descriptors. Passing by a field? I spy something that goes “moo”. Whether it’s a cow or una vaca, it’s a fun game to keep your kids engaged with what’s going on around them, and build their vocab and ability to describe their surroundings.
2. Make a map of where you’re going. Or rather, let your kids make a map – it doesn’t have to be to scale. Getting them to draw landmarks they see along the way – whether it’s a strange tree or a wacky building – this is a fun game for any aspiring cartographer.
3. Counting cars, counting cows, counting anything really. This is a fun game even as an adult (you can play it with license plates while your kids play it with car colors). Again, get them to count in English or in a foreign language. You can make it a quest to find a house or car that’s red/rouge/ 主要翻译, and helping your kids count in another language.
4. And last, but certainly not least – what journey would be complete without Little Pim? Get a digital download, put it on your smartphone or tablet, and let your kids watch and learn as you weave through traffic. Alternatively, pop in the Spanish or French bop CD, and have yourselves a good old-fashioned road trip sing-along!
To celebrate our awards, we’re holding a special contest! In the comments below share one item you never leave behind when traveling with your children. One person will win any one DVD or Word & Phrase Cards deck of their choice!
Creating Little Pim episodes is always an adventure. From writing scripts, building sets to castings, there is never a dull moment!
You may have noticed the exceptionally high quality props from Plan Toys® that are a regulars in our episodes. Plan Toys® is a green toy company that specializes in sparking children’s intellect and imagination.
To make your holiday season just a little bit brighter, we’ve teamed with Plan Toys® to create a special contest. Between now and December 7th, view the video below and tell us the Spanish name for the two rooms taught below. Hint: The rooms are in the Plan Toys® dollhouse.
One person who answers will win a Little Pim DVD of their choice and a Little Pim Plush Panda! If the winner is also a fan of Little Pim and Plan Toys® on Facebook, he or she will also take home pack of Word & Phrase cards in either Spanish or French.
The winner is Kerri with the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
While in Cambridge, I also had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic and charming Dr. Naomi Steiner, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Steiner wrote the most thorough, practical book I have found about raising bilingual kids (7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child). The book shows that every child can learn a second language – whether or not their parents speak the language – and offers step by step approaches for families.
As a mother myself raising bilingual children, we had so much to talk about! Dr. Steiner’s children speak German, French and English — and her teenage daughter started Chinese this fall! I am so happy Dr. Steiner is helping to advance the pediatric field’s understanding of the ways speaking two languages benefits young children’s brain development and she will be making important contributions in this fields. Keep an eye out for her.
Boston has a very international population, which is why it isn’t that surprising that our soon to be Brazilian distributor calls this city home. This is Heloisa Fitzgerald, a talented and passionate fellow mom-preneur I met through Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).
Heloisa is launching “Little Pim Brazil” in 2011. Little Pim is already distributed in 6 countries outside the U.S. and we are very excited that Heloisa, a native of Brazil who is raising her own two daughters bilingual in Portugese and English, is going to introduce the Little Pim method to English learning tots in Brazil. Magnifico!
This was a whirlwind 24-hour trip that left me charmed by Cambridge, energized by the people I met, and looking forward to going back for more Little Pim language fun events. Next time I’ll bring my boys, but may not be able to get beyond Curious George & Friends if I do…