Enchanting World of Tulipop: Bringing Icelandic Gifts

Described as Iceland’s answer to the Finnish Moomins, Tulipop is an quirky colourful world full of enchanting characters appearing on children’s giftware in Iceland and across Scandinavia.

You can find the entrancing and whimsical characters on plates, bowls and cups; from Bubble, a shy and dreamy mushroom boy to Gloomy, an adventurous mushroom girl, to the intimidating-looking but kind Mr. Tree.

The gorgeous (and practical!) range is created by best friends Signy Kolbeinsdottir, a celebrated illustrator, and Helga Arnadottir, a former marketing executive, who had their hearts set on creating a beautiful kid’s range they would want to buy for their own children. The range is now found both online and in a growing number of independent children’s boutiques in the UK.

So beguiling and magical are the characters, the Tulipop duo were pleasantly surprised by an approach by UK-based app developers, Boluga.

Boluga founder, Rob Cunningham-Brown explains, “I met Signy and Helga at a trade show in London where they were exhibiting their Tulipop giftware. I was immediately struck by the beauty and charm of the Tulipop characters and knew they would be perfect to bring to life through an app.”

The resulting partnership has indeed brought the Tulipop world to life in the fun and quirky ABC app. Inspired by Tulipop’s popular ABC wall posters, the app features Tulipop’s cute characters alongside interactive elements of play.

The app introduces the alphabet, both by name and phonetically, with humorous interactive animations from smashing eggs to bursting bubbles. Each letter has its unique animation resulting in hours of fun for preschoolers. We tried it with our three year old fluxling who was delighted with the ‘learning through play’ approach, and adored the fun animations that helped to reinforce the educational focus of the spp.

The app looks just beautiful too, with the intense colours and the cute soundtrack adds to the experience. Tulipop’s creator, Signy Kolbeinsdottir, comments, “Our goal was to created an app which was in the spirit of Tulipop – quirky, colorful and fun – and I do hope kids will have a blast using it while learning at the same time.”

We think they’ve done just that, and certainly highly recommend this app for kids beginning to recognize their first letters. Next of course, we’d love to see the Tulipop cartoon series!

The Tulipop ABC app is available as a 99p download from the Apple App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and from Google Play and the Amazon App Store for Android devices.

The world of Tulipop can be visited at www.tulipop.com.