Kiri is a new screen list smart toy that allows children to play in a hands-on way while learning and then expanding their knowledge of a variety of subjects without the need for a screen. The Montessori approved toy has been designed from ages one and upwards and can be seen in action in the video embedded below.
Launched via Kickstarter this week early bird pledges are available from $57 or £45 offering a 53% discount off the recommended retail price. If all goes well worldwide shipping is expected to start sometime around April 2020.
“Kiri is a tech-forward smart wooden block for ages 1 and up. Built on Montessori principles, it teaches languages, STEM, and an expanding library of subjects, all without a screen. It’s super fun, super intuitive, and we need you to help us make it happen! We started building Kiri over 2 years ago with a simple premise: Is there a way to build a tech-forward toy without a screen that is still fun and engaging?”
“The benefits of technology in education are clear: Kids learn better in a more personalised way. However, studies have shown that too much screen usage among children has been linked to depression, ADHD, anxiety, and social issues. Even tech visionaries like Steve Jobs knew the danger of too much screen time. Referring to his kids: “Actually we don’t allow the iPad in the home. We think it’s too dangerous for them in effect.”
For more information and a complete list of all available pledge options jump over to the official crowdfunding campaign page by following the link below.