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Get Crafty with Make Your Own Cards This Festive Season

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Get Crafty with Make Your Own Cards This Festive Season

As we enter into the festive season, and into a second lockdown, it seems that this year’s Christmas celebrations are going to look a little different. Some of us may be far away from friends and family, and we might be feeling a little bit grouchy (or Grinch-y!). Pick up a ‘Make Your Own’ card, as we’ve got some fantastic ways to get the whole family celebrating Christmas! 

November Club Pack

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November Club Pack

Curious which cards our Club members received? Read on for an insight into the exclusive audio content they’ve been enjoying this month (before even hitting the card store!). 

Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

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Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly with Yoto

Bedtime can be a tricky moment in any household. It's a nightly event where wills collide and even the most agreeable of children might unleash their wild side. When we designed Yoto Player, we knew it had to give parents more than a screen-free way to explore great kids' audio. That's why we gave it a nightlight and a clock, and have continued to add new features that support parents every day.

October Club Pack

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October Club Pack

The nights are closing in, the pumpkins are coming out, and our October Club pack is the perfect thing to keep you safe from the ghosts and ghouls this Halloween season.

Mop Rides the Waves of Life | An Interview with Jaimal Yogis

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Mop Rides the Waves of Life | An Interview with Jaimal Yogis

As we carry on celebrating kids' mindfulness content on Yoto, we spoke to the award winning author, father of three and mindfulness expert, Jaimal Yogis, about mindfulness during a pandemic; mindfulness for kids; and his new book "Mop Rides the Waves of Life".

Your Yoto Player just got even better...

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Your Yoto Player just got even better...

As most of you know already, Yoto products are designed to get better over time. They run on an operating system (Yoto OS) which we can update remotely - a bit like your smartphone does. While our team of tech heroes are always tinkering away making improvements to the software that runs your Yoto Players, we do like to update you with major updates from time to time. So here it is!

September Club Pack

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September Club Pack

School is back in session, the air has turned crisp, and our September club pack has landed on doorsteps across the UK.

Teach Your Kids Phonics with Yoto

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Teach Your Kids Phonics with Yoto

Phonics is an essential part of language learning, and if you're a parent with young children then you've probably heard quite a bit about it. But what is phonics, exactly?

5 Easy Mindfulness Activities for Kids

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5 Easy Mindfulness Activities for Kids

Mindfulness is a fantastic way for kids to focus their minds and quieten their thoughts, giving them self-sufficient tools to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life. But what is mindfulness, really? And how can you and your family begin to enjoy its benefits?

August Club Pack

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August Club Pack

Yoto Club members received their second doorstep delivery of our newly relaunched Yoto Club, featuring a new calendar, some fun new activities, and a brand new selection of exclusive audio to enjoy. 

Mindfulness for Mums and Kids | An Interview with Izzy Judd

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Mindfulness for Mums and Kids | An Interview with Izzy Judd

To celebrate the launch of kids' mindfulness content on Yoto, we spoke to the musician, author and mother of two, Izzy Judd, about mindfulness for kids and her new book "Mindfulness for Mums".

Kids' Mindfulness Audio on Yoto

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Kids' Mindfulness Audio on Yoto

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is giving something your full attention. It means calming the mind, resisting the urge to act, and taking a moment to pay attention. By doing so, you train your mind to observe without judgement and to take in stride the ups and downs of life.

Brand New Yoto Club is here!

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Brand New Yoto Club is here!

Want to be part of the best kids audio members club in the world? check out our Brand New Yoto Club and what Club members received this July!

Yoto Player Youtube Review!

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Yoto Player Youtube Review!

A full video review of the Yoto Player by The Hidden Gem, a former teacher.

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"The Magical Box" Review by The Test Pitt

"There is so much more going on here - namely the free Yoto Radio and blank card programming - we really do recommend it."

The Mog Collection - Yoto Review

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The Mog Collection - Yoto Review

Discover 6 fantastic audiobooks from Judith Kerr and why we love them so much at Yoto HQ!

Ladybird Audio Adventures - Yoto Review

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Ladybird Audio Adventures - Yoto Review

These original Audio Adventures from one of the UK’s leading pre-school publishers are so much more than your average audiobook! Prepare to be amazed by these incredible stories that transport you all over the world. 

How to throw your child a birthday party at home

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How to throw your child a birthday party at home

Birthdays are a big deal for kids: the friends, the theme, the cake. Here's how to give them the best celebration, even when you can't leave the house!

2020 Spring Club Pack

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2020 Spring Club Pack

Spring has sprung! The daffodils are blooming in the parks and our Yoto Club Members have received their new packs through their letterboxes! 

Tips for Working from Home with Kids

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Tips for Working from Home with Kids

Working from home? We hear you. At Yoto HQ, we’ve always been conscious about balancing work with family - after all, we’re a company run for parents, by parents and have been regularly working from home since we started the company.

Yoto Player – First Look Review

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Yoto Player – First Look Review

"The Yoto Player aims to give kids their own device, without the distractions of the screen or internet connection" check out Yoto Player's review by Tech.co

Yoto Player Review

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Yoto Player Review

"An all in one, audiobook solution, specifically crafted for children" says Nick Rowe, journalist at Technuovo. Check out their full review here. 

An interactive, educational and screenless audio device

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An interactive, educational and screenless audio device

A new device allows children to listen to music and stories without being exposed to screens. 

Pentagram and Yoto design screen-free audio player for children

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Pentagram and Yoto design screen-free audio player for children

Yoto called in Pentagram to revamp and build on the foundations of their first Yoto Player, which was launched in 2015. The studio was responsible for the industrial design of the audio player, as well as the visual identity, packaging, and website and app design.

Yoto Player smart speaker designed for children

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Yoto Player smart speaker designed for children

Yoto Player is a new smart speaker designed for children, enabling them to control the music or audiobooks they listen to.

Pentagram designed a smart speaker that’s like HitClips for kids

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Pentagram designed a smart speaker that’s like HitClips for kids

The Yoto Player, a connected speaker for kids, has more in common with old-school cassette players than smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home devices.

This smart speaker for kids is a godsend for modern parents

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This smart speaker for kids is a godsend for modern parents

Worried about the potential side effects of excess screen time, and propelled by Montessori teachings that see independence as a boon to child development, two parents created a connected screen-free audio device that plays stories and more. 

Sprog-casts: Pentagram designs audio player for children

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Sprog-casts: Pentagram designs audio player for children

Yoto and Pentagram have teamed up on industrial design, innovative branding and visual identity to launch the premium, screen-free, interactive audio player for children.

Pentagram has designed a screen-free audio platform which puts kids in control

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Pentagram has designed a screen-free audio platform which puts kids in control

Pentagram has developed the industrial design and branding for the Yoto Player, an interactive screen-free audio player for children.

2019 Christmas Club Pack

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2019 Christmas Club Pack

Every season, Yoto Club members are sent a carefully curated pack of new Yoto Cards. See what members received last Winter.   

2019 Autumn Club Pack

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2019 Autumn Club Pack

A new season meant a new Yoto Club Pack, and since autumn was the perfect time to snuggle up with a classic story we offered three of them for our Club Pack members, plus a radio card for little listeners. See what members received last autumn. 

The World’s Best Stories Come To Yoto with Penguin Random House Partnership

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The World’s Best Stories Come To Yoto with Penguin Random House Partnership

We’ve teamed up with Penguin Random House to bring you Yoto cards featuring some of the world’s best children’s stories. 

13 Days of Screen-Free Activities For Children

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13 Days of Screen-Free Activities For Children

In honour of Matilda and Roald Dahl himself, we decided to be brave and go #13DaysScreenFree with our kids. Read on for our favourite unplugged activities!

2019 Summer Club Pack

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2019 Summer Club Pack

We’re excited to share the four super cards that our Yoto Club Members have received last summer! Check them out here.

Yoto — Educating Children and Interns Alike by Erica Felder

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Yoto — Educating Children and Interns Alike by Erica Felder

Yoto's mission is truly education and it can be seen not only in their products but in how they run their company as well.

2019 Spring Club Pack

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2019 Spring Club Pack

We are so exciting to reveal our very first Club pack! Yoto Club is our subscription service, all members receive a selection of new content straight to their door four times a year. Check out what our members have received last spring. 

5 things inspiring The Literary Consultancy's Aki Schilz right now

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5 things inspiring The Literary Consultancy's Aki Schilz right now

Aki Schilz is director of editorial assessment company The Literary Consultancy. She's a tireless champion for writers, literature and literary values. Here, she shares five things inspiring her to think and work differently right now.

Yoto and HarperCollins team up to bring Judith Kerr’s Best-loved Mog Character to new platform

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Yoto and HarperCollins team up to bring Judith Kerr’s Best-loved Mog Character to new platform

Yoto and HarperCollins Children’s Books are collaborating to bring everyone’s favourite family cat, Judith Kerr’s Mog, to young readers through Yoto’s clever speaker technology.

7 Reasons to Back Yoto on Kickstarter

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7 Reasons to Back Yoto on Kickstarter

Yoto Player, the clever speaker for kids started as a kickstarter project.

10 reasons I want my children to grow up away from TV, computer and tablets

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10 reasons I want my children to grow up away from TV, computer and tablets

We took the conscious and rather difficult decision to keep our children away from all types of screens while growing up or at least until they turn 6–7.

Yoto Talks TED: Sir Ken Robinson on how the ‘system’ of education teaches our kids to be less creative

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Yoto Talks TED: Sir Ken Robinson on how the ‘system’ of education teaches our kids to be less creative

This talk by Sir Ken shows how the way in which our kids are taught in school is based on yesterday’s principles and is not based on what tomorrow will bring. 

Yoto Talks TED: Tyler DeWitt on making science fun

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Yoto Talks TED: Tyler DeWitt on making science fun

To a child, if something is fun — then it’s important. And if it’s important, of course they’ll focus energy on it. But the fun starts first. By making teaching fun — like crazy fun using secret agent viruses — Tyler DeWitt shows how science can be fun. 

Yoto Talks TED: Sugata Mitra on how children can drive their own education

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Yoto Talks TED: Sugata Mitra on how children can drive their own education

This is about how the Internet can be liberating for kids. It’s really about harnessing the power of computers and the Internet. 

Yoto Talks TED: Sir Ken Robinson on Schools and Creativity

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Yoto Talks TED: Sir Ken Robinson on Schools and Creativity

Sir Ken talks here about how not to squander the innate skills that our children have — and how unless we nurture their creativity then they’ll have little chance of being well-prepared.

The Importance of Storytelling

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The Importance of Storytelling

Storytelling broadens the imagination, and can even help children make sense of things going on within their lives that they haven’t been able to deal with previously. 

Yoto Talks TED: Dave Eggers on Collaboration in Learning

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Yoto Talks TED: Dave Eggers on Collaboration in Learning

In this TED talk, Dave Eggers presents how he looked at a different way of sharing knowledge in a way that inspires people to develop themselves.

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