Forest Adventures! Mobile App

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Raining outside? Enjoy the wonders of the forest from the warm comforts of home.     In this fun-filled adventure, your child will explore the virtual forests of  W5Go! They will discover what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis.

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After playing through the Forest Episode your child will be able to identify the four seasons, various trees and plants and where trees and plants get their food.  Enjoy a virtual reality interactive game of iSPY, look for the different animals in the forest and watch as they scurry away when you find them!

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In a virtual reality simulation, you will stumble upon footprints left behind by various creatures of the forest. Interact with these footprints to get a closer look and watch as the animal who left them comes to life through animation.

Using augmented reality a globe will appear and visually show the four seasons around the world. Explaining the basics of northern and southern hemispheres and how when it is winter in one hemisphere is it summer in the other.

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Learn English while venturing through the forest, several words will appear on the screen, and are featured in the voice-over. This will improve spelling, pronunciation,  vocabulary, listening skills, and overall communication.

KEY FEATURES: 
VR iSpy game
VR footprints to animals
Discover species
Basics of Photosynthesis
Learn English
Ad-free, no in-app purchases
Real life-based visuals

Are Video Games Good for Children?

Since the introduction of videos games in the early 1970’s the world has had mixed reviews on whether or not video games are good for children. With so many advancements in technology, it is a great idea to gradually introduce children since their adult lives will most likely involve these technologies.

Everything is good in moderation, and video games are no exception! Research shows that children that spent one hour a week gaming showed better motor skills and higher achievements in school.

Playing video games can yield many benefits for developing children and even adults.

5 Benefits of Video Games 

327549-P9JVVK-103Language Skills Video games are a great way for children to learn a language. Reading the text on the screen, as well as hearing voice-overs children are exposed to new vocabulary and can gradually develop stronger language skills through play.

Every game has a set of instructions many are adventures where you need to accomplish a task to move forward and complete the game. Following instructions helps to improve reading comprehension. Reading and understanding a task and then implementing what you know will not only help you win the game but is a strong skill that applies to all areas in life.

Problem-Solving & Concentration Skills –  Games are mainly stories with a series of puzzles you need to solve to get to the end. Some with many different storylines, tasks, characters, and more complex scenarios there is plenty to keep track of and remember when completing a video game. Thus, making you sharpen your concentration and problem-solving skills. 

Two kids using tablet pc under blanket at night. Cute Brothers with tablet computer in a dark room smilingA lot of these puzzles are trial and error, trying things over until you get it right. Some psychologists refer to this as deep practice.

Deep practice teaches you to focus on a task, fully immersing yourself in it until you reach the desired outcome. When you learn to put your mind into this level of concentration, you tend to notice more details in your work and learn more efficiently. Fun fact they used deep practice as a part of fighter pilot training.

Hand-eye Coordination & Multitasking – Video games have been proven to improve hand-eye coordination over time. Hand-eye coordination is important for sports, handwriting, typing skills, reaction time and can help you become more productive in everyday tasks.
260704-P4K1T2-273The University of Toronto studied the relation between video games and hand-eye coordination. The study tested 18 gamers ( who played a first-person shooter game at least three times a week for at least two hours each time), and non-gamers on a follow the target task. The initial test showed no difference between the group. During the six month period, there was not much difference or improvement in the early stages. Over time the gamers became more accurate and showed significantly better hand-eye coordination.

Social skills & Team Building – We often think of video games as being anti-social, but it really is quite the opposite. Most games are now built with large communities involved, connect with your friends online, or attending one of the many video game expos.
Some franchises have gathered such a following these communities have become more like families.

Video games create an online environment where we can work together as a team to achieve a goal. Some games such as league of legends or fortnight require you to create a strategy and work together to win a round.

260196-P4JXDC-881Mental Health –  Video games are not only a useful learning tool, but they have great benefits for mental health.  Coming home from a hard day at school or work and playing a video game for an hour can definitely help you to relax.

Studies show that playing 30 minutes of video games per day can treat anxiety and depression at a level that rivals prescription medication. Specifically, puzzle games like Angry Birds, Tetris or Bejewelled have shown a great ability to alleviate anxiety and depression.

 

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Music For Children! Mobile App

Music and Musical Instruments for Children is an Interactive, AR-enabled Fun Learning App for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners, letting your Children understand the Music, learn about and Play with Musical Instruments, and experience the musical sounds of Nature.

Music for Children goes through the 5W’s of music: 

What is Music?
Who makes Music?
Where can we find Music?
When do you listen to Music?
Why is Music essential?

From listening to birds chirping or playing with different instruments like piano, violin, drums, and guitar, experiencing the musical tunes from all around the world, a guessing game (based on music played by different instruments and produced by nature), a DJ table (for composing the music), and some fun questions to portray the importance of Music in one’s life are some of the features which your Child could experience within this app.

KEY FEATURES: 

-Augmented reality instruments with sound effects
– Interactive games
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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Each episode we try to promote some of the UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals). We intend to incorporate Quality Education and Reduce Inequalities.

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or another status.

We believe by creating free educational apps for children available on all platforms and around the world, we can reach children in need of education. Children that may not have access to instruments, reading, and other materials can learn and experience it through our applications. Knowledge is power by giving children the tools to learn we can empower them to achieve all their dreams and create a better world.

For more fun education apps check out W5Go.com and follow us on social media to get up-to-date app & video releases!

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AR Dollhouse- Updated

What’s New

  • Choose the amount of time you would like to play. 1,2 or 3 minutes.
  • Call the truck! Get your brand new household items faster.
  • Tap and place items.
  • Rotate the 3D dollhouse to see other rooms.
  • Point system
  • Interactive learning features for children

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Introduce your child to the wonders of augmented reality! W5Go’s AR Dollhouse uses marker-based augmented reality, meaning the graphics will only generate on a surface containing the marker. Making this very safe for children to use as they stay in one place while playing the game.

Set Up: 

  • Download from Google Play  or App Store
  • Print and place the marker on a flat surface
  • Position maker so that the road is in front of you (The truck uses this road to deliver objects)
  • Choose the amount of time you want to play
  • Place objects in their correct locations and try to beat your score!

Learn the names for many household objects and discover where these objects belong in the house. Try and beat the clock by placing as many items in their correct locations before time runs out.

Once the game is done you will be able to see which items you placed correctly and incorrectly. Fun animations will show you where each item belongs.

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Recycling & Water Conservation for Children

All of us want to leave the world a better place for children and generations to come. The easiest way to help that vision come true is to teach children about the importance of recycling and preserving resources.

recycle1Children are great imitators and learn so much from their family and friends. We can incorporate recycling and small gestures into our lives, to help children see the small daily actions reduce our waste. By doing this we pass on important morals and values to children and instill an appreciation for nature within them.

Easy ways to reduce plastic waste in your household

1. Avoid plastic water bottles. Plastic does not fully break down, and it takes about 450 years for one water bottle to break down into smaller pieces in the landfill or ocean. Say you drink one water bottle a day that is 365 water bottles a year that could easily be replaced with one reusable water bottle! Fun activity! Find a reusable water bottle and have your child draw fun designs on the sides.

2. Pack an eco-friendly free lunch. This can be time-consuming but use this as bonding time with your child! Spend a Sunday baking healthy snacks to put in their lunches. Use glass containers and a reusable lunch bag and send them to school with a zero-waste lunch.

3. Say NO to straws and plastic utensils! 500 Million straws are used every day in the United States, most of which end up in the ocean or landfills endangering marine animals. Pack a comfort package in your bag in your car with reusable utensils such as bamboo or stainless steel and paper or glass straws (Paper straws are great for children!). Glass Sipper has many cute glass straws with animals on them. Fun activity! Ask your child how they can reduce their waste while eating and have them help you pack a food comfort package.IMG_6804_clipped_rev_2_1000x

4. Bring reusable shopping bags to the store. It is hard to remember these reusable shopping bags since our generation is not used to it. It is important we remember to bring them to set an example for our children, so they grow up with it being the norm. An easy way to remember bags is by placing them back in your car when you finishing putting away groceries or by placing them near the door on your way out.

5. Cut out juices and sodas that come in plastic packaging. Soda is not good for your health or the environment, reducing your consumption is beneficial in so many ways. You can buy juices in Tetra Paks and cans that you mix yourself at home. Not only do they help the environment they are usually less expensive.

 

Conserve Water

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to spare. In recent news, many cities have been struggling to provide safe clean water for residents. It takes a lot of energy and resources to bring water into your home and even though most of us are used to water in our houses, we should remember this is a luxury a lot of people do not have.

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Why should we conserve water?
Although most of the world is covered in water 97 percent of it is salt water, two percent is in the icecaps and one percent left is available for drinking. When we conserve water, we can minimize the effects of drought and water shortages, preserve environments and help ensure we have a sustainable supply of water for future generations.

Teaching children how to conserve water is easiest when you lead by example!

 

Ways to Conserve Water 

  • Wet your tooth bush and only turn on the tap when you need to. Turning off the tap while brushing teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water a day!
  • Time your showers. Create a playlist or set an alarm for the time limit you would like to spend in the shower.  Shortening your shower by a minute or two can save up to 150 gallons a month.
  • When washing dishes don’t let the water run, fill up the sink and use that.
  • Use one glass for drinking water per day or use a reusable water bottle. This will help cut down on dishes.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. After using the water to water plants.
  • Walk through your house and replace any old toilets, taps or shower heads with energy efficient ones.

W5Go’s UNSDG Water Goals and Water Mobile App

E_SDG_Icons-06W5Go 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.

In this episode on Water, we aim to spread awareness of the importance of clean water, how it affects the environment and who depends on clean and reliable water sources. By teaching children how to conserve, clean and protect the water we are encompassing UNDSG’s 6th Clean water and Sanitation & 14th Life below water goals.E_SDG-goals_Goal-14

Explore the who, what, where, when and why’s of Water! In this augmented and virtual reality enabled the mobile app, discover the many forms of water and why it is a vital part of life. For children 3-12! This app is free, contains no ads, no in-app purchases and does not require wi-fi.

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“If you think you’re too small to make a difference… Try sleeping with a mosquito in the room”- Dalai Lama

 

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“One person can’t change the world!”

A lot of people have the idea that one person cannot change the world, but they can! Every little bit of conservation helps and when one person starts something others often join and it becomes a movement. If your child is struggling to see the point in these lifestyle changes let them know that although it may be difficult to see their efforts making a difference, every small action counts.

 


FUN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES

EARTH HOUR 

For one hour once a year communities come together to turn off as many lights and electronics as possible.

Earth Hour Activities:
– Have children turn off as much as they can (Identify Energy Usage)
– Go for a hike! With most of the lights off in the city, it is easier to see the stars
– Play board games by candlelight
– Have a party by candlelight

Throw an Eco-Friendly Party

Have a birthday coming up? Plan it with your child to try and make it as eco-friendly as possible.
– Avoid balloons! They are not biodegradable and end up in the ocean. Try decorating with tissue pompoms, or paper banners.
– If possible use your own dishes. No one wants to clean a pile of dishes but just remember you’re preventing plastic from potentially making its way to the ocean. This is a great way to lead by example.

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Family Movie Night

Grab the popcorn and have a family movie night. There are many great documentaries about the planet and recycling. BBC’s Blue Planet series is beautifully done and will have you and your children in awe of spectacular footage of animals and landscapes around the world. This is a great way for children to learn about animals and their habitats.

 

Join a Cause 

A lot of cities will have runs, climbs and other events to raise funds and awareness for different causes. These events are usually very family friendly and are a great example to children how a community can come together to achieve something.

Family Friendly Events in Toronto

The Toronto Zoo run is a course through the Toronto Zoo to help raise funds for the animals. During the race, you run past the enclosures and a lot of people dress up as their favourite animal.ZooRun17_-MedalsDisplay-photo

The Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada’s annual Walk of Life supports over 25 cardiac rehab programs and cardiac health-related organizations across Canada. The event offers six different distances at the Ontario Science Centre, giving people of all ages and abilities a chance to participate. Choose from a 1k, 3k, or 5k walk, or a 5k or 10k timed run.