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Bean&Gone™ Kids Apps and Digital Resources to Enjoy Together

Tackling the increasing issue of digital babysitting in parenting with a range of apps and digital resources for parents and children.

Bean&Gone™ Kids Apps and Digital Resources to Enjoy Together

Tackling the increasing issue of digital babysitting in parenting with a range of apps and digital resources for parents and children.

£1,790
pledged of £75,000pledged of £75,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 21 2015
Last updated November 21, 2015

About

Being a parent is great fun, but not always easy. We know.

One of the great pleasures in life is to sit with your child and read a story, to play silly games, to have fun and to discover things together. Young children especially crave such attention with Mom (Mum) or Dad and for parents it’s a rewarding way to spend time with your child and help them develop some of the most essential skills for their life. 

Dylan (2), Sophie (5) and Dan...(37)
Dylan (2), Sophie (5) and Dan...(37)

But, we live in a busy world, it can be all too easy for modern parents to be tempted to pass up such time by handing the child a smartphone or tablet device, whilst other matters are managed. Of course, there is often no bad intention behind doing so — it is merely a reflection on the usefulness of today’s technology and the multitude of things parents have to deal with every hour of their busy day. 

However, the reading, playing, having fun and discovering things together all go to creating lasting memories and helps to reinforce the bond between parent and child. So, what if there was a way to give both parents and children the best of both worlds? Something that could be 'the thing' you do together, never pass up and both get something from that time together?

We believe that Bean&Gone™ offers an answer to those questions.

The Bean&Gone™ series of interactive digital apps and resources are part of a multi-phase plan to bring parents and children together. For children, it’s about having fun and enjoying the lovable Bean characters, with lots and lots of relevant interaction. Parents are provided with a fun, interesting multi-layered story and the opportunity to sit and enjoy a new world of discovery whist they make decisions about how a story should flow with their child. 

One of the coolest parts of each app, is the storyline choice feature where the child and parent have the chance to decide the direction of the story. In total there are nine choices, resulting in nine slightly different adventures, creating captivating and longer lasting memories for both. 

The Bean&Gone™ series reaches out to children and parents in a way no other apps have ever done before. 

Our stories follow Jim and Jess, two unassuming, inquisitive Beans on an adventure of a lifetime. Sit back, relax, discover, laugh, have fun, and immerse yourself in a world of classically themed, Sci-Fi inspired, multi-dimensional, time-bending, universe-spanning adventure stories. 

One of the most exciting elements to Bean&Gone™ is that we get to breathe new life into an older set of hand-drawn books produced by British illustrator, Richard Fowler back in the 1970s. 

An original Beans illustration by Richard Fowler
An original Beans illustration by Richard Fowler
Richard Fowler, 'A Book-Full of Beans'
Richard Fowler, 'A Book-Full of Beans'

We are really excited to be taking inspiration for Bean&Gone™ from the Beans books by Richard Fowler. They were books that we enjoyed at a young age with many hours spent reading and pouring over the rich images in those books and it's the same immersive experience we are bringing back in a new digital format with Bean&Gone™.

All of the above sounds great — right? Creating the characters, developing the storylines and having fun, is who we are and what we are all about. We truly love what we do and to do it in a way that helps children and parents is such a rewarding experience. 

We decided to come to Kickstarter to give our plans a much needed 'kick,' hence why we need your help in bringing our stories into the lives of children and parents across the world.

Create your own Bean in the 'My Bean Machine' from the Activity App - see your creation appear in the story!
Create your own Bean in the 'My Bean Machine' from the Activity App - see your creation appear in the story!

And, there’s a surprise, in conjunction with the launch of the first app, called 'An Accidental Adventure', we are giving away a free Bean 'Activity App', so kids and parents can create their very own unique Beans and share them with the whole family and friends.

Summary (£75,000/$115,000) 

The money raised through your support will go towards the following:

  • Creating the Bean 'Activity App'
  • Creating the 1st story app, 'An Accidental Adventure
  • Creating the 2nd story app, 'A Wild Water Treasure Hunt
  • Oh… and delivering a few fun surprises along the way. 

We'd like to thank you for your generosity, invite you to join us in the amazing world of Bean&Gone™ and, who knows one day, there may be a unique Bean for everyone on the planet. 

Yours,

Dan and Jason (aka The Bean Team)

The Bean Team (Dan and Jason)
The Bean Team (Dan and Jason)

And for your pleasure we'd like to introduce you to Jess and Jim and give some further insight into our stories. 

Jim & Jess
Jim & Jess

The story follow the adventures of two Beans, Jim and Jess across different worlds, places, dimensions and eras. These two Beans are from the idyllic little farming village of ‘Hollybridge’, where everything is just perfect — all the Beans live in harmony with nature and each other. 

In the first app, we learn a bit about Jim and Jess and follow them as a series of events leads to them being plucked out of their home and plunged into an unfamiliar world. The second app picks up directly after the first where Jim and Jess must figure out what happened to them and what they need to do to try and get back home, as well as help the other Beans they meet along the way. 

Along the way Jim and Jess will encounter Pirates, Knights and Dragons, battle the elements whilst dressed in the wrong clothes all in an effort to try and get home?

Here's a few pages from 'An Accidental Adventure':

The main characters in 'An Accidental Adventure'
The main characters in 'An Accidental Adventure'

The first digital storybook, 'An Accidental Adventure' will be launched with a free Bean 'Activity App'. 

'Activity App'
'Activity App'

Also, here's the cover art for the 2nd App (normal download price £5.99/US$9).

'A Wild Water Treasure Hunt' — The second adventure in the series
'A Wild Water Treasure Hunt' — The second adventure in the series

Please note: USD($) Pledge values are approximate and subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations.

We'd love to have you join us on our social media channels:

 
One more thing... A big thank you to our team:

We'd like to thank everyone in the team for their tireless efforts in putting this campaign together with us. A particular thanks to must go to Chloe, Graham, Chris, Jaron and Ray, your help and support is appreciated more than you know. 


Risks and challenges

All of the promised rewards, whilst unique in nature, have been designed in such as way to work to the strengths of our company so can be fulfilled mostly within our existing capability. Were there is an association with a 3rd party, we've taken steps to ensure there is always an alternative supplier and means of fulfillment. And as a company we take the quality of our products very seriously and that attention to detail will extend to rewards.

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    Pledge £3 or more About $4

    BEAN BELIEVER (approx US $5)

    'I really believe in what you’re doing and just want to help you do it'.

    Thank you! Follow our journey and get our exclusive updates, behind the scenes access, insights and tips.

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    BEAN HAPPY SNAP (approx US $10)

    Bean&Gone™ reversible ‘Happy Families/Snap’ card games with 40+ cards. One-off Kickstarter edition.

    Includes BEAN BELIEVER reward.

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    BEAN APPS TRIO (approx US $15)

    Get early access to the Bean&Gone™ flagship digital offering before anyone else. This includes Storybook Apps 1 & 2 and our Activity App, for iOS and Android only. Equates to a Kickstarter exclusive saving of £2/$4 for digital books 1 & 2. (The Activity App is free).

    Plus get BEAN CLUB 'BRONZE' — 1 year online only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Bronze membership. Limited online access to club resources, including colouring, activity, game and puzzle sheets to download and print at home.

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    BEAN IN PRINT (approx US $22)

    Bean&Gone™ Kickstarter one-off exclusive 'soft-touch' print edition of the first storybook, 'An Accidental Adventure', with integrated sticker pages and a special signed thanks from the team.

    Plus get BEAN CLUB 'BRONZE' — 1 year online only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Bronze membership. Limited online access to club resources, including colouring, activity, game and puzzle sheets to download and print at home.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    BEAN APPS TRIO (BONUS) (approx US $38)

    Get early access to the Bean&Gone™ flagship digital offering before anyone else. This includes Storybook Apps 1 & 2 and our Activity App, for iOS and Android only. Equates to a Kickstarter exclusive saving of £2/$4 for digital books 1 & 2. (The Activity App is free).

    SPECIAL APP BONUS
    using a unique code unlock six mini stories in the first two Storybook Apps. To do this in the future you will need to purchase a physical Bean figurine which would typically cost circa $14/£9 each.

    Plus get BEAN CLUB 'BRONZE' — 1 year online only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Bronze membership. Limited online access to club resources, including colouring, activity, game and puzzle sheets to download and print at home.

    Includes BEAN BELIEVER & BEAN HAPPY SNAP reward.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    BEAN APPS & 'SOFT TOUCH' PRINT EDITION (approx US $55)

    Get early access to the Bean&Gone™ flagship digital and physical offerings before anyone else.

    This includes Storybook Apps 1 & 2 and our Activity App, for iOS and Android.

    SPECIAL APP BONUS
    using a unique code unlock six mini stories in the first two Storybook Apps. To do this in the future you will need to purchase a physical Bean figurine which would typically cost circa $14/£9 each.

    Also, you'll receive a Bean&Gone™ Kickstarter one-off exclusive 'soft-touch' print edition of the first storybook, 'An Accidental Adventure', with integrated sticker pages and a special signed thanks from the team.

    Plus get BEAN CLUB 'BRONZE' — 1 year online only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Bronze membership. Limited online access to club resources, including colouring, activity, game and puzzle sheets to download and print at home.

    Includes BEAN BELIEVER & BEAN HAPPY SNAP reward.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    BEAN CLUB 'SILVER' (approx US $78)

    Kickstarter special offer — 1 year on-line only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Silver membership. Online access to more exclusive silver club resources, including colouring, activity, game and puzzle sheets to download and print at home.

    Includes BEAN APPS TRIO (BONUS), BEAN IN PRINT, BEAN BELIEVER & BEAN HAPPY SNAP rewards.

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    BEAN CLUB 'GOLD' (approx US $100)

    Kickstarter special offer — 1 year online only ‘Bean&Gone Club’ Gold membership. Unlimited online access plus a printed enrolment certificate, printed seasonal activity booklet, an awesome printed Mini-Passport, including stickers for parents to use in the booklets and Mini-Passport.

    Includes BEAN APPS TRIO, BEAN BELIEVER & BEAN HAPPY SNAP rewards.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $256

    BEANIFY ME (approx US $300)

    Bean&Gone™ Bean individual portraits. Let us re-imagine you as a Bean from the world of Bean&Gone™. You’ll receive the digital file and a certificate of authentication signed by the Bean Team.

    Let us know if you have a special celebration and we'll do our best to deliver it to you in advance.

    Includes BEAN APPS TRIO, BEAN BELIEVER, BEAN HAPPY SNAP, BEAN IN PRINT & BEAN CLUB 'GOLD' rewards.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,276

    BUMPER BEAN PORTRAIT (approx US $1,500)

    Let us re-imagine you and your family (up to 7 people) as Beans from the world of Bean&Gone™. You’ll receive a large a canvas print and the digital file, as well as a letter of authentication.

    Printed landscape, on canvas A2 size (60cm x 45cm / 24" x 17"). Our aim is to provide in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas 2016 or by special request (wedding, birthday etc).

    Includes BEAN APPS TRIO (BONUS), BEAN BELIEVER, BEAN HAPPY SNAP, BEAN IN PRINT, BEAN CLUB 'GOLD' & BEANIFY ME rewards.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,189

    BIG BEAN EXPERIENCE (approx US $3,800)

    An experience to remember — Live Bean&Gone™ and create your own one-of-a-kind 3D Bean figure. Become part of the Bean Team for one Storybook. Get behind the scenes access as we draft, mock-up and test the continuation stories for the later Storybook Apps and have your say on the stories. This can be in person, over video call or any other communication. Includes 2 nights stay in local hotel if required. (Bare in mind we are in the UK).

    Includes BEAN APPS TRIO (BONUS), BEAN BELIEVER, BEAN HAPPY SNAP, BEAN IN PRINT, BEAN CLUB 'GOLD', BEANIFY ME & BUMPER BEAN PORTRAIT rewards.

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