W5Go! Colours App!

W5GO’s Colour episode has been updated!

Included in the update: 

  • MORE COLOURS!
  • Interactive Animations
  • More Words to Learn
  • Augmented Reality Simulation of What uses colour
  • Virtual Reality Simulation of Colours around the Farm
  • Colour Test

Children start to notice colours around the age of 18 months, soon after they start being able to identify textures, shapes, and sizes. Most children are able to name one colour by 36 months, and by the time a child begins kindergarten, they are expected to identify and properly name basic colours (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink).

Colour Identification 

It is important to teach children that colour has no shape or size, it is simply what colour an object is. It can be difficult for some children to differentiate colours, shapes, and sizes as they are learning them all around the same time. In this application, there is a series of treasure hunts that will have the child identify many different objects by their colour.

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This episode aims towards teaching your child the basics of colours. The names, what makes colours, primary colours and how to identify colours. The easiest way for a child to learn and understand concepts is by interactive and repetitive learning, which could prove difficult for adults hearing the same songs, colours and numbers every day. We ensure all of our W5GO episodes are free from advertisement, no internet needed and have no in-app purchases. We make sure your child is having a safe learning experience. Therefore you can feel comfortable letting your child play through and explore our episodes on their own, over and over again until they fully understand the concepts.

How Do We See Colour? 

What makes colours? Your child will learn the basics of how light makes colour. When light is present colour is visible when the light is absent you do not see colour. When light hits an object, the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest and that is what you see. This is an interactive activity where the child will be able to adjust the lighting of the scene to visually see how light affects how we see colours.

Primary & Secondary Colours 

Learning the primary colours is a great base for a child to start to understand how colours work. In this episode, we explain what the primary colours are (Red, Yellow and Blue), how they cannot be made and how you can mix them together to create secondary colours.  This is portrayed through a fun animation followed by a paint by an activity where the child will have to colour in images with a selection of Primary or Secondary colours.

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Colour Blindness

Within this episode, there is an interactive Ishihara test (Colour Blindness test). By playing through this application with your child, you may be able to help identify any sort of colour identification issues.  It is estimated that 4.5% of the world’s population is colourblind. It is most commonly found among men (1 in 12 males) and is fairly rare in women (1 in 200 females)(Colour Blind Awareness)

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Colour blindness is often a genetic condition inherited from their mothers’ side, other conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis can also contribute to a person having colour blindness. People with normal colour vision can see about one million distinct shades of colour, whereas colour blind people see only 5-10% of distinct shades.

It is often difficult to determine if a young child is colourblind or not since they are still learning the colours themselves. There are some signs to look out for such as;

  • Incorrectly identifying the colour of an object
  • Short attention span while practicing colours
  • Issues identifying Green or Red colour spectrums
  • Trouble differentiating coloured texts on a coloured page
  • Eye-Strain while working with colours

Although it is a concern that colour blindness will affect a child later in life, it is not something to worry about. A child is born with this condition and does not know any different than what they see. It may require some attention while in school, but will not be a factor in daily life.

If you suspect your child is colour blind consult a physician for a medical test.

 

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4 Ways to Make Eating Fun for Children

Children can often be picky eaters and when it comes to dinner time things can sometimes get messy. You want the best for your child obviously, and ensuring they get all their vitamins and nutrients, but sometimes those good vitamins come from fruits and veggies your children just don’t like.

How can we make food fun and exciting for children?

Colour! Colour! Colour! 

Children love colours! Naturally colourful foods are naturally more appealing for children and often provide more vitamin and nutrients than boring dull coloured foods.

EataRainbowHave you heard of Eating a Rainbow?  Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colours, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours.

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. Create a rainbow of colour on your plate!


Make it Interesting! 

What is your child currently interested in?  Math, Art, Geography, or maybe a movie like frozen? Try creating meals according to themes.
In my household, we like to explore cultures and will have greek night, Mexican night and so on.

This not will not only make your child interested in the food their eating but can act like a little lesson learning about foods and cultures. Introduce them to food items you might not normally find in your homes such as naan bread or maple syrup (depending on where you live of course).

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The presentation is key! If your child doesn’t think it looks appealing it will be a struggle to get them to even try it. This is where you can get creative!
Ideas: 
Fun Shaped Food
Fruit Kebabs
Happy Burgers or Pancakes!

Make a happy face out of your ingredients

Dip it! Children love to dip their food. Use healthy dip options for vegetables like yogurt.

Get them involved! 

There are so many benefits by getting your child involved in the kitchen, not only does this provide precious family bonding time but it also allows children to learn new skills.

From farm to table get your children involved meal preparations and they will have a lifetime love and appreciation for their food.

Start at the store, take them to the grocery store or market and show them where we gather our foods from. Give them the option to pick you a couple fruits, veggies or full meal they would like for dinner. We all feel more connected to something we have contributed to. Help them make good choices at the store explain to them the difference between good nutritious food and junk food.

Take them on a field trip! Taking them to the farm to see where their food comes from, meet the farmers who grow it will not only help them develop an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing food but also gets them excited about food!

 

W5Go Healthy Kids Seasons! 

This app features three episodes; Food Groups, 5 Senses, and Personal Hygiene.

This app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, it includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning!

Explore how we take care of our bodies to keep us happy and healthy!

Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies.

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Unique Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas Pickles

 

pickleOn Christmas Eve, once the children have gone to bed, many parents around the globe sneak downstairs to help Santa deliver the gifts, as well as hide a Christmas pickle in the tree!

In the morning before anyone can open gifts, someone must find the pickle! By doing this, children can explore and appreciate all the ornaments on the tree. The colour of the pickle makes it quite hard to locate and can sometimes take a while to find.

This wonderful tradition teaches children teamwork, patience and to enjoy the moment. In a lot of households, children rush to the tree and start tearing open presents. By placing the pickle in the tree for a scavenger hunt, children are forced to stop and appreciate the moment, be patient and work together to find it.

This tradition, originally from Germany, has been adopted and modified by many different cultures. The person that finds the pickle is usually rewarded by receiving a special gift from under the tree, or they are allowed to open their present first.

Hide Your Broom! 

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This is quite the tradition to spark your imagination! It’s not common in North America to associate brooms and Christmas, but this Norwegian dates back centuries to when people were much more superstitious than they are today. They believed the evil spirits such as witches and ghost would come out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. This is still a very popular tradition in Norway. Most people hide their brooms in their houses to avoid them being stolen.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes! 

Tis’ the season of family, cheer and giving. Operation Christmas Child is a tradition started in Canada by the Samaritan’s Purse organization. They work with the community to create boxes full of goodies and personal products that children in difficult circumstances could use.

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Christmas is different for everyone around the world not everyone is able to have a holiday full of gifts, family, feasts and festivities. These boxes bring so much joy to children in need and are quite fun to put together and wrap.

Get into the Christmas spirit with your family and friends and come together to create a couple of boxes. You can order packing party kits from their website, which include shoeboxes and other supplies.

OCC-pictureWhen creating your Christmas box choose a gender and an age range you would like to make the present for. Find a shoebox and fill it with presents, wrap it (make sure the lid can still be removed), place an age range and gender sticker on it and drop it off at the closest donation location.

Helpful Items: 

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.

For more information visit Operation Christmas Child.


Fill your Best Shoes with Hay and Vegetables

St.Nicholas day is the first major event in the advent calendar across many European countries. Celebrated on December 6th by Western European countries and Romania, December 5th in the Netherlands and on the 19th in Eastern European countries.

The evening before the feast of Saint Nicholas, children gather their favourite shoes and place them by the door or on a windowsill for St. Nicholas. Often filling their shoes with hay and vegetables for St. Nicholas’ horses. Traditionally, children would wake up to shoes filled with coins, fruit, sweets or smalls gifts (Shoe Sized).

13 Trolls of Christmas 

This is very similar to the last one but with a very unique twist. In Icelandic folklore, there are 13 Yule Lads (Mischievous Trolls) of Christmas, each of which visits children for the 13 days before Christmas.

Each night of Yuletide, children place their favourite/best shoes by the window. Each night a different Yule Lad visits, leaving presents for good boys and girls and rotten vegetables for the naughty children. 

They all have different personalities and backstories, along with some interesting names.

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Stekkjastaur – Sheep-Cote Clod
(Bugs sheep and has pegs legs)
Giljagaur – Gully Gawk (Hides in the gullies, waiting to scare cows and steal milk)
Stúfur – Stubby (Short and will steal pans to eat leftover crust)
Þvörusleikir – Spoon-Licker (Steals Spoons)
Pottaskefill – Pop- Scraper (Steals leftovers from pots)
Askasleikir = Bowl-Licker (Hides under beds waiting to steal bowls)
Hurðaskellir = Door Slammer (Likes to slam doors)
Skyrgámur – Skyr- Gobbler (Yule lad addicted to Skyr Yogurt)
Bjúgnakrækir – Sausage Swiper (Hides in the rafters and steals sausages)
Gluggagægir – Window-Peeper (Looks through windows for things to steal)
Gáttaþefur – Doorway-Sniffer (Has a very large nose)
Ketkrókur – Meat-Hook (Uses a hook to steal meat)
Kertasníkir – Candle-Stealer (Follows children to steal their candles)


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Organize with the neighbours for children to cut and decorate brown paper bags to create a runway for Santa to land his sleigh on your street.

Once the bags are beautifully decorated, Christmas Eve place them at the bottom of your driveway before going to bed.

Spider Webs in the Christmas Tree 

Ukrainian Christmas trees are traditionally decorated with a fake spider and web. The custom, which is said to bring good luck, stems from an old wives’ tale about a poor woman who could not afford to decorate her tree. She woke up on Christmas morning to find a spider had covered it in a glittering web.

Remember: There is no better present than being present!

Happy Holidays!

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What is W5Go?

W5Go is a project for social edification created by Ecocarrier. W5Go aims to encompass as many of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release. Our goal is to create a large collection of immersive educational applications that are available to everyone.

Throughout the applications, we aim to help children learn English, by teaching 20+ words in every application. The best way to learn a language is through immersion, we introduce English through voice-over, graphics and text.   All of our applications are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and do not have any in-app purchases.

We have recently launched a youtube channel full of wonderful educational songs that your child will love!

All of our episodes are created for children aged 4-12. With bright colourful and graphics, we want children to learn English and simples concepts such as proper hygiene, through a fun interactive environment. We want to encourage children to use their imagination, explore and have fun while learning!

We believe that any topic can be taught to a child, by simply breaking it down into the five W’s (Who, What, Where, When and Why).  We want to encourage children to always ask the five W’s. When they question how things work and ask “why not” or “what if” they are constantly learning and embracing creativity. In all of our episodes, we go through the five W’s and let the child guess what the answers could be before explaining.

Why AR/ VR Technology?

Imagination_IconW5Go focuses on creating virtual environments for children to learn, explore and use their imagination in the safety of their own home.  With so many advancements in technology is it important for children to have an even balance of traditional learning and new mobile learning.

Our applications are VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) enabled. Since this technology is becoming such a large part of everyday life, experiencing this technology from a young age is very beneficial, and our applications are meant to complement a child’s traditional education.

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What advantages does W5GO™ offer?

Resourcefulness – it is a properly researched selection of essential information on important topics for the upbringing of a child

Availability – the information and learning materials are readily available to the child on demand with the use of a Smartphone

Evolution – W5Go Project subscribes to the Wiki notion for collaborative development. Teachers and specialists in child education are invited to give us feedback and to contribute to the development of W5Go Project.

Currently, we have 14 applications available across several platforms. All are free to download, free from advertisements, no internet required and have no in-app purchases.  Our vision is to create 100 episodes “Chapters” of W5Go so that children everywhere have the chance to learn English and experience AR/VR technology.

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Our lessons: 

Imagination:  What is imagination? Explore what inventions have been created by a spark of imagination! Ignite your imagination by asking What if? and Why Not?

Forest Venture through a virtual forest where you will learn about; seasons, sounds, animals, colours, photosynthesis, and hemispheres.

Greetings:  Explore the world in VR/AR. Learn basic formal and informal greetings from around the world, time of day greetings and experience other cultures.

Books & Reading:  There are many different kinds of books, learn the different genres of books, basic spelling and go on a choose your own storybook adventure.

Music:  What makes music? Learn about instruments, notes and where music can come from.

Colour:  Learn about the primary colours, the colours of the rainbow, what colours are used for, how light makes colour and when we want to be colourful.

Time: This episode you will learn how to tell time, what we use the time for and the general concept of time.

Digits:  Learn digits from 1-10 and multiples of 10-100.

Applus: Interactive math game. Gather the apples to reach the targeted number.

AR Dollhouse:  Stylize your own AR Dollhouse. Learn basic organizational skills, where to place objects within a house.

Water:  Learn what makes water (H2O), where we find water, who uses water and the importance of water.

Addition & Subtraction:  Basic addition and subtraction with numbers 1-10. Uses fun interactive examples such as cupcakes as visual aids to help see the addition and subtraction.

Noise: Discover what noise is and how your ears are affected by it.

Dialogue: What is dialogue?  This episode features a conversation with grandparents who will teach them about the importance of hygiene.


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Encouraging A Child’s Imagination

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Imagination paves the way for our future! Creativity and imagination is the driving force behind innovation. It is the reason we’ve gone to the moon, made phones pocket-sized, have cars that can go 301 miles per hour, and so much more!

Children have such a unique view of the world because there is so much they have yet to experience. Their imagination and creatively has no boundaries completely innocent. How can we encourage a child to embrace their imagination?

5 Ways to Encourage Imagination

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1. Storytelling & Reading 

Read, write and tell stories! Making reading a part of your child’s routine is a great way to enrich your child’s imagination. Books open the doors to other worlds, where the possibilities are endless.

Make a weekly trip to the library or bookstore and have your child choose a new book. Read the book aloud with them at night and talk about the story. Discussing what is happening in the book is a great way to practice reading comprehension.

Tell stories around the campfire. This is a great way to encourage improv and fire up your imagination. Make a game of this and have one say a line at a time to create a story together.

354870-PAPUF2-3702. Make Art

Doodle, paint, and draw. Give them an art kit full of crayons, markers, craft papers, and more. It’s no secret art & crafts are so much fun for a child, but they also yield so many benefits such as develops motor skills, problem-solving, social skills, confidence building, and ignites the imagination.

A blank piece of paper can be mighty intimidating to anyone because the possibilities are endless. The hardest part of any project is simply starting this exercise will teach your child to adapt and embrace challenges. Encouraging a child to fill a blank piece of paper will help them explore their creativity, personality, and allow their confidence to bloom.

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3. Go Exploring

Go hiking, camping, geocaching, explore museums. Seeing, feeling and hearing new things can be so inspirational for anybody.

Exploring the outdoors can spark all sorts of creativity and imagination. Many provincial parks offer short videos, voice guides and tours though trails teaching children the history of the park. The best way to learn new things is by being full emersed in the topic!

Algonquin Park has a wonderful video of their logging museum before you venture out through the trail.  Activities like this can be so inspiring, sparking a child’s imagination. They watch the video and walk the same trails these people walked. Thinking about how these people lived, right here and what they did. While walking the trail you can pretend to be those people, or ask your child questions about how they lived, or how your child thinks they did things.

There are so many awesome activities to do while hiking like scavenger hunts, impersonations, hide and seek, and so much more. This is a great list of 7 Awesome hiking games for children!

Fresh air and exercise help to clear your head, induce creativity and helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Walking yields so many more benefits too! Such as lowering your risk of cancers, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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4. Verbal Activities

Games such as “ISpy”, sing-along songs, rhymes and riddles are a great source of entertainment and spark creativity. These games are designed to make you think on the spot, use your imagination and be creative!

Through play, children learn to make and practise new sounds. They try out new vocabulary, on their own or with friends, and exercise their imagination through storytelling.

 

5. Allow yourself to be bored!

292544-P6RIGY-566Turn off the screens and look around find something fun! Generations before you grew up without televisions and phones in our pockets. It is so important our children get that innocent of no technology. When a child does not have a screen in their face, they are left with the whole world in front of them. When we are opposed with challenges it makes us think outside the box and be creative.

W5GO wants to encourage children to use their imagination. In W5Go’s mobile app about imagination, discover the many inventions created from a spark of imagination! Explore careers and the endless possibilities when you ask What if? and Why not? using your imagination.

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14 Free W5Go Mobile Apps for Children

Imagination!

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Fire up your imagination with this fun inspiriting song that teaches the 5 W’s. and the importance of asking questions, pushing boundaries with What if? and Why not?

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Forest!

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Venture into virtual forests, discovering what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis. Identify seasons, trees and plants. Follow footprints to find out who makes them and what sounds they make.
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Greetings

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Learning about culture and diversity is very important in this rapidly growing world. Teaching your child with friendly greetings in other languages will give them the knowledge of how to welcome others from different cultures.

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Books & Reading

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Explore the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s of reading! In this interactive mobile app, your child will learn all about all the different kinds of books and reading materials available

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Water 

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Learn about Water, its sources and states, the importance of Water and even about its chemical formula i.e. H2O. Regular intake of Water, Causes of Dehydration, and Results of Extreme Dehydration.

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Music 

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Interactive AR/VR app that focuses on the 5W’s of music and how we make music. Have fun and make your own songs with instruments in AR.

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AR DollHouse

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Become familiar with furniture/household items and their correct placements within the Dollhouse. Place household goods/furniture correctly, e.g. “Stove” has to be placed within the kitchen, “Bed” has to be placed in the bedroom and so on.

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Applus+

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A simple addition and subtraction game for children. Look at the equation in the top left corner and collect the apple with the correct value on it to complete the equation.

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Digits 

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Count along and learn numbers 1-100, focusing on mainly 1-10. Learn many different ways we can count, on our fingers, a talley, and with animals. Find out where and when we use numbers!

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Noise

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Sound, Noise, and Hearing is designed for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners and
explains them about Noise, Sound, Hearing, and Listening. It describes them
about the Healthy Hearing, Importance, and Need of Good Hearing, about
Hearing the Sound, Unpleasant and Pleasant Sounds.
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Time

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Explore the 5W’s of time! Who uses time?What is time? Where do we use time? When do we keep time? Why do we use time?
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Dialogue

Dialogue_Icon.psd_0000s_0002_Layer-1“Dialogues for Children” is a Wonderful App for Preschoolers and Kindergartners, based on Interesting Conversations between, Grandpa, Grandma to their Grandson, Granddaughter – explaining them about the following important topics:
1. Knowledge and Experience. 2. Hygiene and Cleanliness 3. Smile.
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Addition & Subtraction 

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Addition and Subtraction is a fun interactive app that introduces children basic addition and subtraction, focusing mainly on numbers 0-10. Learning is always fun when cupcakes and puppies are involved. Count the animals in various photos, and cupcakes on the tray. Share and divide the cupcakes with your W5Go friends!
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