Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Smartivity Dinosaur Adventure Colouring Sheets – Review

 I don’t know what’s with young boys and dinosaurs..is it because it’s George pig’s favourite toy or some other reason, my toddler loves dinosaurs too! He has a toy dinosaur that walks and roars and lights up, he also has a dinosaur PJ set, and a George pig soft-toy holding a dinosaur. So when a package from Smartivity Edge arrived home and there were dinosaur colouring sheets inside, you can imagine the excitement!


Now, these are not your ordinary colouring sheets, no! Once the kid is done colouring the dinosaurs (the pack comes with 10 sketch pens or you can colour them with crayons or colour pencils that you have); make these dinosaurs come to life via the Smartivity Edge app! We have reviewed another AR based toy earlier on the blog, but this one is a little different because you have to first colour the dino, and when you scan the sheet – the dino comes alive with the same colours that you coloured it with! (Yes, you can try having a pink or blue dino if you wish). I think it’s absolutely cool to have your artwork be breathed life into, thanks to technology.

It’s a great way to teach kids about the different species of our pre-historic extinct friend. They have a lot of other age-according themes to choose from like – Wonders of the world, underwater adventure, jungle safari (these are for the age group of 3+ year old kids, which is the range suitable for my toddler). For older kids, they have a lot more to offer – you can check it out on their website.
Price ranging from Rs.249 onwards, I think this makes a great gift to your kid or to give to other kids as a birthday gift!


You do have to be careful while colouring, if dark colours are used near the outlines - it may not work or get scanned on the app - so I think it's better to use crayons or colour pencils instead of sketch pens. I would recommend them to replace sketch pens with crayons/colour pencils. 

About the Brand:
Smartivity, an Education Technology startup based out of Delhi started by a bunch of passionate and driven young minds from India's most premier institutes (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad) and experienced creative, gaming, design and technology professionals.  
They are Pioneers of Augmented Reality activities for children and designers of the most unique, cool and world-class S.T.E.M. learning based educational D.I.Y. Toys for children between 3 to 14 years of age, Smartivity Labs is driven by the mission to make learning "smarter" for children.

Smartivity designs toys, engagement activities and playful learning tools that serve as the bridge between the physical and the digital worlds for children. From S.T.E.M. learning based Educational D.I.Y. Toys to Augmented Reality enabled activities to Robotics to Internet of Things, every Smartivity product is designed to thrill, delight and impart fundamental learning to your child.

Further highlighting Smartivity’s achievements briefly:
o   Smartivity raised $1 Mn(INR 6.6 Cr) Pre-Series A round of funding led by publishing firm S Chand and early-stage investment firm AdvantEdge Partners.
o   Smartivity Labs, India’s leading edu-tech start up with a focus on delivering play-filled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts) and Math) learning through tech-enabled toys and activities, has expanded its horizons to discerning and demanding global markets like USA, Australia, Spain and Portugal, among others.
o   The only brand to represent the country at the Dallas Fall Toy Preview 2017, the largest educational toys trade fair which was held at the Dallas Market Centre, in Dallas, Texas, USA from the 3rd – 5th October. The fair was graced by some of the world's biggest retailers including COSTCO, Walmart, Target.  
o   Smartivity has partnered with Canada headquartered PlaSmart Inc, one of the largest distributors of niche toys in North America to distribute its products in USA and Canada. STEM Educational toys is among the most sought after categories in toy industry with a global market size of USD 29 billion.
o   This is also one of the few categories that is showing 8 per cent year-on-year growth for the past 5 years across the world and Smartivity, with its in-house, design-patented, “Made In India”, products is the only Indian company to participate in this key industry event.  
o   As recognition of being featured in the AR VR Market Pulse Report India, GrowthEnabler awarded a badge of recognition to Smartivity.
o   Smartivity is among the only 15 products from India to be selected for display as representative of Indian Innovation at the biggest Entrepreneurship and Start-up event in the world Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad that was inaugurated by Ivanka Trump and Narendra Modi.