International Day of Play

Play is much more than fun and games, it’s an important tool for children to develop essential skills. Every child should be able to experience the extraordinary benefits of play every day – especially on the International Day of Play, taking place June 11.

JUNE 11, 2024: In celebration of International Day of Play and to offer toy companies an opportunity to work together to ensure the world’s most vulnerable children have access to play, The Toy Foundation™ (TTF) is inviting companies to donate toys to The Toy Bank. The Toy Bank delivers toys to a vast network of charities, allowing small, medium, and large toy companies to create a meaningful collective impact. Donated product will be picked up quickly and delivered to children in need around the world.

Bluebee Pals will collaborate with the Toy Foundation and provide donations through the Bluebee Pal Project. “We are honored to part of the International Day of Play”. This is an exciting opportunity for companies of all sizes to participate in an international campaign. It’s vital for all children around the world to have access to toys that promote play and education for future  development.

International Day of Play was recently adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to celebrate the power of play, which is a fundamental right that builds resilience, instils confidence, and helps children develop. It is a necessity to invest in diverse, inclusive, and safe play spaces, extending access to all, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

Since 2003, The Toy Bank has provided play to more than 32 million children worldwide.

App Library for Parents featuring the Bluebee Pals App

The Bluebee Pals App is excited to announce their 5 star approval rating and certification in Parents App Library.

Parent App Library CertifiedIf you are worried about the apps your child is using, both free and paid, then why not explore our library of age-appropriate curriculum relevant apps? Their apps are teacher reviewed, ad-free and covers key subject areas such as English, Maths, Science and more. Suitable for iOS and Android devices.

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Their teacher-created user guides will give you the confidence on how to use the apps at home.

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Need to find a specific topic or areas of learning? Filter by subject, device, age and topic to pin-point the right apps to support your child.

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All kids deserve a chance to thrive, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. Hence the creation of our special education app library to cater to them, so that no child gets left behind.

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Parental guidance can add a lot of value to educational apps. Kids need help to build the use of revision apps into their daily practice routine. Knowledge-building apps work best when children are encouraged as they develop independent learning skills. Other apps gain a whole new dimension when parents spend time supporting children as they use them.
The Parental App Library guides you towards the best apps for your child by explaining what each app does and which parts of the curriculum it addresses. The Library goes further — it provides you with guidance to support, help, and encourage your child to utilize apps to maximize their educational development.


App with 5 Star Rating-Bluebee Pals

We are thrilled to announce the 5 star rating for the Bluebee Pals App by the highly esteemed Educational App Store.

Educational App Store is a discovery, review, and recommendation platform for educational apps and websites. Apps and websites are certified and reviewed by professionally experienced teachers to assist parents and educators in progressing a younger child’s education. In addition, they believe in challenging the status quo of app discovery through trust and transparency.

Bluebee Pals is a mini game and activity app for early learners, pre-k, and kindergarten kids.  The app can support its associated range of Bluetooth-enabled physical Bluebee Pals, but this is not essential, and the on-screen Bluebee Pal will accompany kids as they learn.

Bluebee Pals App is free and does not restrict any of its content. There are no in-app purchase or subscription options at all. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.


App Review by EAS: What is Bluebee Pals App?

There can be no doubt that apps have captured the attention of kids. Games occupy their entertainment, and digital learning activities support their education. Anything that motivates and inspires kids is excellent, but we need to be careful that kids don’t concentrate on anything at the expense of other positive experiences.

That’s part of the motivation behind Bluebee Pals. The app’s designers don’t want today’s kids to miss out on the warmth and comfort of a favorite soft toy, so they have combined a fun learning app with Bluetooth-enabled soft toys to merge the digital and physical realms.

As you’ll see in this review of Bluebee Pals, the developers haven’t made it a closed system. Even without extras, the app is a great addition to kids’ devices for fun and learning, especially as the full app is free.



Bluebee Pals is a free app that can connect to a real-life Bluebee Pal plushie toy but what we really love is that this is not a baseline requirement for using the app. Even without the physical toy, the app is entirely usable.

The app has a good selection of mini games and activities popular with early learners. These have a variety of play styles and learning content. Played independently by a child, some are purely fun while others teach early skills. When an adult joins in, any of the activities can be used for developing knowledge and thinking skills. Bluebee Pals app’s supporting website helps parents know how to do this.

We did not use a compatible physical toy during this review of Bluebee Pals, so every feature mentioned is available to you at the app’s basic cost, which is free. Of course, kids might want a Bluebee Pal after playing this app, but the choice is yours, and you would already know something about the Bluebee Pals material and how relevant it is to your kids.

What skills does it teach?

Bluebee Pals app includes learning content covering personal hygiene and daily routines, ABCs, sight words, colors, and other early learning material.

What age is it appropriate for?

Bluebee Pals is designed for kids aged 4+. The upper end will depend on your child’s educational progress and any needs they might have. The app’s features, including the link-up to compatible soft toys, can provide focus and motivation for kids to keep trying. The app’s supporting information provided by teachers, therapists and other educational professionals describe how to do this with tutorials on the Bluebee Pals Website.

Is Bluebee Pals app easy to use?

The text within the app is narrated so that kids know what to do with each activity, and the activities are grouped by rooms in the Bluebee Pals’ house. The house’s playroom contains simple mini games, puzzles, and activities. The player’s Bluebee Pal will involve and demonstrate to the player different routines relevant to each of the other rooms.

The app contains links for parents to help them learn how to support their child’s development in general and using the Bluebee Pal’s app. The information is detailed and informative as practitioners such as the app’s Teacher Ambassador have created it.

The most difficult thing with anything that connects to other devices is making that connection. If you are contemplating getting a physical Bluebee Pals toy for your child, you’ll want to know how easy it is. Fortunately, Bluebee Pals starts with a video explaining how to do this in straightforward terms that, if followed, should not pose a problem. Parents should watch this when they get the app to know how to do it.

How will students benefit?

Kids who just have the Bluebee Pal app will have a fully featured new app to learn with and play. If their parents are watching their spending, kids might be used to seeing their apps cut them off from some of the content, either for lack of in-app purchases or subscriptions.

Bluebee Pals app won’t do this, and kids can play and learn without hitting an educational dead-end caused by a paywall.

How will parents benefit?

Bluebee Pals educates parents. Too many apps do nothing to enlighten parents on how they can use the app to support their kids as they take their first steps in learning. Bluebee Pals provides a wealth of supporting resources ranging from general education to special needs, such as speech therapy.

The supporting information works well with the app’s features but also goes further with practical suggestions and guidance on how to work with kids.

How will teachers benefit?

The ‘educators’ tab behind the protected gateway has loads of information, ideas, and lesson plans. This is not restricted only to classroom teachers but also considers the role of homeschoolers and special education tutors.

These ideas and resources are great starting points to help busy teachers build lessons around and get the most use out of the app and, possibly, a classroom Bluebee Pal toy.


While a physical Bluebee Pal is not part of this review, it is useful to understand how they fit into the full experience.

If you own a physical Bluebee Pal, it can connect to any app on a Bluetooth-compatible device. The toy will then animate and talk as it reflects the sounds from the app. The app connected to could be the one reviewed here, but it could also be a third-party app (such as a favorite bedtime stories app) or a website.

The toy will need the app or website to include sounds or narration as it cannot add speech to an app that does not already have it.

The Bluebee Pals app and physical toy are ideal companions but not dependent on each other.

How much does Bluebee Pals app cost?

Bluebee Pals is a free app without advertisements, subscriptions, or in-app purchases. It is part of a broader ecosystem of learning resources and physical toys, but it is still very usable without any extra apps or purchases.

Is Bluebee Pals app safe to use?

All of the Bluebee Pals app content is suitable for kids of its targeted age group. While there are some external links in the app, these give parents extra information and are behind a parental gateway. Parents need to enter a valid birth year to progress into the parental area.


As a standalone app, Bluebee Pals is an exceptional  mini game app for young kids. These apps are popular with kids who love the not pressured play style of such games. The activities may seem simple and repetitive to you, but too many young kids, they are just what they want.

Other mini game apps might have more content, but it is locked behind in-app purchases and subscriptions, whereas Bluebee Pals gives you everything for free. This makes Bluebee Pals a great addition to an existing app for extra variety or as a way to see whether your kids enjoy this style of app before you do spend money. Either way, your kids will likely continue to enjoy this one.

If you like the idea of your child linking their learning with a soft toy, then look at the app’s supporting cast of lovable soft toys.



Private Speech Therapist and Bluebee Pals

My name is Julie, and I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist. I was super excited to hear about Bluebee Pals and how they can help facilitate communication with my kids! It looks like an incredible product for some of my younger, not yet verbal children. I work in a low-income, rural area of North Carolina, so I’m conscientious about what I use or recommend to these families.

I have been SO impressed with how my kids have responded to Bluebee Pals. I have been getting my feet wet and introduced it to 5 kids on my caseload in the last four weeks. I am happy to share my testimony regarding the positive reaction from my early childhood students. Bluebee Pals are genuinely a practical assistive technology tool to engage communication.


One feature I’ve been loving is pairing Bluebee with Epic books or just using youtube to have Bluebee “read” books to kids. It has been so engaging for my little ones, who typically aren’t book lovers. Also, the speed and accuracy with which I can pause a story to review vocabulary, cue for page-turning, ask questions, etc., has been excellent.



I have also found Bluebee to be an effective tool for using songs/nursery rhymes. Some of my kids get hyper-fixated on technology, so using my tablet or phone to play songs is more of a distraction than anything else. Using Bluebee to play the songs has changed the game! I love that I can use his arms to model finger plays/gestures associated with songs (head, shoulders, wheels on the bus, etc.).

Using text-to-speak apps has been a fantastic experience with Bluebee. I have many kids working on greeting others, and it’s been so easy to use Bluebee as a low-stakes “peer” to practice this skill. It also gives me complete control and the ability to navigate practice conversations without my kids feeling like they’re always just talking to me.

I was so surprised to use text to speech, even for babbling sounds! For my kids just learning early sounds, Bluebee could model back reduplicated; CV babbles, which was engaging and impressive for my little ones.

I am still experimenting with pairing Bluebee to communication apps and devices, but this is next on my list. So far, I am so grateful to have received this product!

AAC Communication and Bluebee Pals

We recently collaborated with AAC to the Core:

My name is Kristen Ponce and I am a speech-language pathologist currently working at an early education center with preschool students from the ages of three to five. I have been an SLP for eight years. Throughout my seven years, my caseload has continued to grow and change and now I currently serve our students with significant communication delays with the majority of my students being minimally verbal and communicating through the use of some sort of assistive technology device. I have learned a lot about AAC implementation, strategies, and systems both high tech and low tech.

I am privileged to be a part of an amazing school team of teachers and therapist who are always willing to think outside the box with me and try new supports and strategies. It is my hope that by sharing our ideas, it will help others beginning their own journey into the world of augmentative and alternative communication.


Bluebee Pals Reviews

 Bluebee Pals is so engaging for many of my students!  Students of all levels and ages request that we use it during language therapy sessions.  We use it to request, comment, protest and for social exchanges in both small group and large group sessions!  In addition to being great at facilitating communication, it is so easy to use.  Just turn it on, connect to Bluetooth and it is ready to go!  ~Sara Spisak, Speech-Language Pathologist

Bluebee Pals have been such a fun addition to my therapy sessions! My older students love using it to play music! My students who use augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC) are so motivated to use their devices when they see Bluebee saying what they said! Almost every student will come to therapy and ask if they can use Bluebee! ~Kristen Ponce, Speech-Language Pathologist..

When I first pulled the Bluebee out I modeled “hi” on my students AAC device. The student smiled and watched. He was very intrigued! He pressed one button and watched Bluebee and let out a little giggle. He started pressing several buttons and watching then started big belly laughing! It was so much fun to watch him see his words through a stuffed animal. Every time I pull it out it is a hit! I can’t wait to use it more throughout our circle time and in more activities! ~Rachel Danley ECSE Teacher

Bluebee Pals Captivate Therapy Sessions

The Bluebee Pal Project, which traditionally donates to schools and special needs organizations, changed its trajectory in a new direction this year. The Bluebee Pals Project extended donations to individual speech therapists who work with large school districts. The positive response and feedback have reinforced years of determination and hard work; our Interactive tech plush companions are an effective, engaging assistive technology tool that supports children in achieving communication goals.

Bluebee Pals is so engaging for many of my students! Students of all levels and ages request that we use it during language therapy sessions. We use it to ask, comment, protest, and for social exchanges in both small group and large group sessions! In addition to being great at facilitating communication, it is so easy to use. Bluebee is user-friendly; turn it on, connect to Bluetooth, and it is ready to go! ~Sara Spisak, Speech-Language Pathologist

Bluebee Pals have been such a fun addition to my therapy sessions! My older students love using it to play music! My students who use augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC) are so motivated to use their devices when they see Bluebee saying what they said! Almost every student will come to therapy and ask if they can use Bluebee! ~Kristen Ponce, Speech-Language Pathologist.  


When I first pulled the Bluebee out, I modeled “hi” on my student’s AAC device. The student smiled and watched. He was very intrigued! He pressed one button and watched Bluebee and let out a little giggle. He started pressing several buttons and watching, then started big belly laughing! It was so much fun to watch him see his words through a stuffed animal. Every time I pull it out, it is a hit! I can’t wait to use it more frequently throughout our circle time and in more activities! ~Rachel Dan, Speech-Language Pathologist.



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