Failing. Not failed!
We are failing everyday and that is how a startup is different. It is a daily struggle to not be part of the ‘90% who failed’.
I started in 2012 and it has been quite a journey till Roo Kids Chat App. Always a right time to look back and revisit the lessons learnt. For the journey is not over yet.
Get Set, Go – The First Few Months in 2012
Gungroo was build with the vision of a safe & secure messaging for kids. That is how we started and that is what we are today. But somewhere along the way …
Private Family Network
The product started as a private network for families where an admin could allow kids logins to be created (without an email) and family members joining using their email address.
Online Contests for Kids help improve education results, improve intelligence or even a genius, make your kids brilliant thinkers and help with competitions. Especially, online art contests for kids.
Children live in a world full of imagination, they find it magical and through imagination they visit faraway places they have never visited before. Today kids have drifted away to the world of video games and such online games for kids; online games are fun but it does not offer anything for the kids to learn. As parents it’s imperative that you encourage them to get engaged in something creative like encouraging them to write stories or take part in art contests. Participating in art contests is a good way of expressing one’s vision and imagination about the world and the universe.
Art contests are a great way of learning life lessons, not to mention the fun factor it comes with. Every time a kid participates in a contest the kid is encouraged to work toward a specific goal that carries a deadline and comes with certain guidelines. This teaches them an important lesson on competition. The whole act of participating is very encouraging as it builds confidence that let the child move forward from ‘I can’t’ to ‘yes, I can’ mode. Whether the child loses or wins the very act of participating is very refreshing and fun. The mental exercise definitely helps improve their intelligence, make them brilliant and bring out the genius inside them.
If your kid is the kind who enjoys being online, then encourage your child to participate in online art contests. Winning prizes online are very exciting and the possibility of getting freer stuffs will keep the kids remain glued. Result? The children will inculcate a good habit of engaging in creative work. Online contests will improve their concentration level and helps them remain focused in whatever they do. Such contests are a good way of earning pocket money that has the potential of turning it into a probable lucrative way of earning large amount of dollars. The only precaution you need to take is to ensure that the online site offering the contest is genuine and safe for kids.
Delightful effect of chalk and crayon make this a wonderful art app. There are quite a few settings that will allow anyone to create really good work of art. We can choose a background image, put stock images or text on top of the board.
We faced some issues in moving and removing dropped images. The operation is not very smooth. Using wipes/duster near the area that is close to wipe/duster-stand can be tricky, as wipe/duster disappear if it too close. ‘Start from scratch’ option shows on app start. We had to restart the app to get access to this option. Hope these issues are address in next version.
Though the app does not have any educational content, the very act of creating art work stimulates a kid’s mind in right way. Various options make it a very powerful app to create wonderful works of art.
Nothing keeps a kids engaged like painting and sketching. Expect your kids to have lots of fun while indulging their creativity on this app.
We faced some issues that we have mentioned above. We hope these are taken care of soon.
There is very tight integration of Social Media with the game. Ideally it should not be so in games aimed at kids. These can be tucked away in a separate section for parent or allow a parent to control their access. Something to consider for next release.
Overall Rating: 3.3 – Review by Dinker Charak on June 2013
Cost (iOS): $1.99
Download (iOS): On iTunes
Reviewed Version (iOS): 1.0.1
Reviewed Using (iOS): iPad 2
Disclosures: We were provided a promo-code for the review. Gungroo has create a similar app on iTunes named My Sketch Roo. But it has much less features as compared to the app reviewed here.
We review iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod), Facebook, Google Play (Android) apps with Learn + Fun theme for toddlers, preteens, tween and teens (1-15). You can see list of all app we have reviewed here. You can submit your app for review here.
We are glad to announce our amazing iPad App for Kids – My Sketch Roo
You can check it out here.
Please do rate it and write a short review. Direct user feedback is the only way we will improve.
Aditya won one of our contests recently. His father Harish KS sent us this note:
“First a fall, I would like to congratulate Gungroo for taking an initiative on the social media for provide an opportunity for kids to use social media without displaying any harmful content on the site. Since we see Facebook getting popular it’s getting to be a very unsafe platform for kids, Now a days kids will want to socialize more than before and for me Gungroo is the answer. Here a parent can monitor the activities that the kids do on the website and be sure that there are no harmful content.
And the contests that are been started by Gungroo gets the kids attention and they would also be eager to participate in the contest. This is something that kids would love to do.
Here is wishing all the best for the team.”
Thank you for your support! Another picture of Aditya in a traditional dress:
Teen Boys! Always love to try out something new and cool. Sometimes it is impossible to impress them. So I’ve listed some of the best gifts ideas for teens.
Here is the list of The Top 5 Birthday Gift Ideas for Teen Boys:
Boys are great fan of gadgets. Gadgets like music players, phones, headphones and gaming consoles are perfect gifts for teens.
Boys always like funky and cool looking stuffs and gifting wristwatch is a great idea.
Boys admire receiving a fragrance as a gift especially from their girl friends.
Cool cards for cool teen boys. Warofga is a physics game for Fun+learn and it’s a perfect gift for them.
5. Sport Items
Gifting sports items like basket ball, cricket ball, skate, etc are very common and exciting if they have room to play in.
Who said boys don’t like gifts! Though they may not seems as choosy like girls, they love to receive gifts anytime.
Here is the list of the Top 5 Birthday Gift Ideas for boys:
1. Wheeled toys
Boys like to play wheeled toys like cars, bike, trucks, trains, etc. Wheeled toys are the best birthday gifts for boys of age below 10.
Boys would love to go for gadgets more than any other gifts. Music players, phones, headphones and play stations are very popular gifts among teen.
Gifting construction games like puzzles, building blocks, scrabble is a very good idea since boys like building stuff.
4. Warofga Card
Parents want something fun+learn and this is the perfect gift for your boy. Warofga is a physics game and suggested blue color for boys.
Gifting science experimental game is very common among the students and it’s very useful to them as they get to learn more on science.
Though Indian animated movies came a little bit later, there are quite few animated movies that are very entertaining and can become all time favorites.
Here is the list of my top 10 Indian animated movies:
1. Delhi Safari
Mixture of fun, entertainment and awareness, a group of heroes come together to fight against the destruction their natural habitat.
2. Arjun – The Warrior Prince
A legendary archer who fought one man war against a powerful enemy army.
3. Roadside Romeo
A very entertaining movie of young and handsome dog who once lived a luxurious life.
4. Lava Kusa – The Warrior Twins
Most prestigious animation movie ever made in India and the story is about Lava and Kusa, twins who were born to mother Sita.
5. Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang
One can’t imagine how the fight of this two warring kingdoms of ants came to an end.
6. Ramayana – The Epic
It’s story prince Ram and his fight with demon king Ravan.
A small blue elephant who got separated from his mother and set a mission to take a revenge on his father death.
8. Koochie Koochie Hota Hai
Romantic love story of three young dog.
The movie is based on the central character of Bhima in the Mahabharata.
10. Toonpur Ka Superhero
A superhero movie especially for those who are big fan of Kajol and Ajay Devgan.
The year 2012 turns out to be quite interesting and entertaining with quite a few animated movies releasing. Here is a list of my top 5 animated movies of 2012:
A movie about a princess who is determined to make her own path.
2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
This animated film is based on the books by Gideon Defoe. Pirate captain set out on a mission to defeat his rivals.
3. The Lorax
An interesting movie on how to win the affection of his dream girl.
4. Madagaskar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted
Most entertaining movie and this time they joined a circus team to find the way back home.
5. Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift
Another great adventure after the continent is set adrift.
The tragic news of Empire State Building Shooting put parents in the position of explaining a tragic news to their kids.
While it is tempting to shield them from such news, it is important that they hear such news from their parent. No one can answer their questions and reassure their concern like a parent.