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2021 June Yoto Club

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2021 June Yoto Club

The sunshine and warm weather is officially here! And if that’s not enough of a reason to smile then this month’s Club delivery will certainly give you a reason to grin (and giggle!).

Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Story Cards

From Ladybird Adventures to Funnybones, find out which story Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

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Yoto Community Favourites - Musical Cards

From Mrs H Sings to The Wheels on the Bus, find out which musical Yoto Cards our online community love the most.

2021 May Yoto Club

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2021 May Yoto Club

This month, we introduced some well-known characters to the Yoto gang, as well as more bouncing beats and even a trip through the solar system! We also included a head-scratching activity and a creative challenge, and we celebrated International Nurses Day to thank our nurses for all that they do.

Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

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Yoto Raises $17 Million in Series A Investment to Help Bring Audiotime to Even More Kids Across the Globe

Yoto announced today that it has raised $17 million in a Series A funding to help facilitate its rapid growth across Europe and North America. The investment was led by Acton Capital with participation from JamJar Investments, Global Founders Capital, Emerge Education, as well as MPL Ventures.

5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

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5 Screen-Free Activities for Kids

While the past year has made us all rely on screens for work, school, and connecting with friends and family, taking time away from screens is great for your kids' health and creative energy. What better time to do that than Screen-Free Week?

Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

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Yoto creates new audio experiences featuring Disney and Pixar family favourites

A collection of well-known Disney and Pixar stories will be launching on Yoto from May 2021 and throughout the year. Alongside licensing existing audio, they will also release brand new original content created by Yoto.

Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET <br>in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

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Yoto Announces Partnership with AMEET
in New LEGO Books® Audio Deal

Yoto has announced its partnership with AMEET Publishing. The global partnership will see Yoto and AMEET co-create six new audio card packs to complement its well-established LEGO DUPLO range available from June.

2021 April Yoto Club

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2021 April Yoto Club

The chicks have hatched, the chocolate has been devoured, the eggs have all been hunted, and Spring has officially sprung! And with it, a brand new bundle of audio cards have been delivered to the homes of Yoto Club members in their April Club Packs - the perfect delivery to put some spring in your step this season! 

2021 March Yoto Club

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2021 March Yoto Club

We’ve been dropping off some super stories and magical music cards onto the doorsteps of all of our Yoto Club members in their March Club packs -  perfect for rain or shine and getting through the last bit of winter. 

Yoto is one of the Coolest Music Toys in Rolling Stone

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Yoto is one of the Coolest Music Toys in Rolling Stone

Yoto Player was featured in Rolling Stone, on the coolest music toy list to give as a gift this Christmas, and this is what they had to say about it!

Yoto Player partners with LifeScore to launch audio cards to help kids dream positively

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Yoto Player partners with LifeScore to launch audio cards to help kids dream positively

NEW! A collection of musical cards developed to help children sleep and enjoy emotionally positive dreams.

Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

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Interview with Zanib Mian: Author of the Planet Omar Series

Zanib Mian is a celebrated children’s author best known for the Planet Omar series. Having studied Molecular Cell Biology at University College London, Zanib taught Science in secondary schools before launching Sweet Apple Publishers. The independent publishing house is committed to publishing books that feature characters from backgrounds that are less often represented in childrens’ books.

Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

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Interview with Jeff Kinney - Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. 

2021 February Yoto Club

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2021 February Yoto Club

Yoto Player review by the TechAdvisor

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Yoto Player review by the TechAdvisor

TechAdvisor reviewed the player with some special tester: six-year-old Olive and her one-year-old brother Remy. Find out what they thought! 

Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

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Yoto's Referral Scheme is Changing

We love our referral scheme and are always thrilled to see our customers sharing the love. But it's been clear for a little while that there's work to be done to make it even better. So, in early March, we'll be moving to a brand new referral scheme!

Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

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Yoto Player's 1st Birthday

A year ago today, we packaged up the first of our 2nd generation Yoto Players and sent them off to their new homes. Forgive us if we're a little nostalgic, but sometimes you need to look back to see how far you've come. We've taken lots of baby steps to make Yoto what it is today, and we're excited about what it will be tomorrow.

Happy New Year, Happy New Club!

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Happy New Year, Happy New Club!

The crackers have been pulled, the resolutions have been made, and the first Yoto Club pack of 2021 has officially been delivered across the country to welcome in the New Year. While the year may be starting off with a bit of uncertainty, what we know for sure is that we’ll continue to deliver monthly audio delights to the doorsteps of our Yoto Club Members all year round! 

2020 December Club Pack

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2020 December Club Pack

The fields are frosty, the air is crisp, and our December Club Packs have been delivered across the country to kick start the festive fun. They may not have been posted down the chimney (Royal Mail have enough on their plate!) but they’re guaranteed to bring a bunch of yuletide joy to the whole family. 

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! 

This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020

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This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020

Yoto Player was chosen as one of This Morning's Top Toys of Christmas 2020 and we're so excited about it!

TIME - The best inventions of 2020

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TIME - The best inventions of 2020

Yoto Player is one of TIME best inventions in 2020 here's what they had to say about it.

2020 November Club Pack

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2020 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!). 

Getting Started with Yoto Player

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Getting Started with Yoto Player

Here are a few quick tips to ensure you and your family can enjoy your new Yoto Player right away.

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.

2020 October Club Pack

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2020 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!

2020 September Club Pack

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2020 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?

12 Items You’ll Need For A Staycation - British Vogue

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12 Items You’ll Need For A Staycation - British Vogue

It’s time to invest in the gear that’ll make the at-home holiday adjustment that little bit easier. 

2020 August Club Pack

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2020 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.

Yoto Player is a carefully connected screen-free speaker for kids

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