Our Favorite Gifts for the Election Season

Posted by design on Oct 4, 2016 in Just for Fun, Learning through Looking, Product Feature, Special Event

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shop eeBoo’s election themed products & more educational toys here.

Use promo code PENCIL for Free Shipping on your order over $50. US Only. Through 10/15/16.

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New Art Book: Learn to Draw People by Kevin Hawkes!

Posted by design on Jun 23, 2016 in Articles we like!, Learning through Looking, Special Interview

Kevin Hawkes

Here at eeBoo, a few of our team members used this art book– and created the doodles shown above!

Send us YOUR drawings on Facebook or Instagram , tag them with #eeboolearntodraw

Learn to Draw People, a new art book from Kevin Hawkes and eeBoo

A wonderful addition to our Learn to Draw series, the new Learn to Draw People Art Book includes tons of fun drawing tips, as well as humorous and witty editorial comments about the art of drawing and sketching.  Full of helpful hints and illustrations that build on skills you learn as you go, this book will help you develop your own drawing style and build your confidence with a beautiful visual foundation.  Perfect to pair with our new sketchbooks and upcoming graphite pencils!

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Categories is on the Toys are Tools Blog! + Giveaway

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The Toys are Tools Blog is one of our favorites when it comes kid-testing and thoughtful reviews. It is all about the educational and skill building without sacrificing fun. They just reviewed our game Categories. Categories is full of friendly faces doing all sorts of funny things, playing with balls, wearing hats, eating snacks! The objective is to find sets of three that one trait in common, for example, they are all eating.

The expert  Nicole Kolenda, M.S., CCC-SLP, P.C., Speech & Language Pathologist and Jenn both took a look at this game. I think they nailed it when they write,  ”For the eeBoo cards, I think kids need the time to observe and really look at everything….you can’t just LOOK, you have to THINK about what you are looking at.”

Head over to the Toys are Tools blog QUICK and you can enter to win 2 free games.

Purchase Categories at your local toy store or at the www.eeBoo.com 

 

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Time Out New York Kids Chooses About Face!

Posted by design on Nov 11, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

Time Out New York Kids Holiday gift guide 2013: Gifts for preschoolers selected About Face! Thanks Time Out New York!

About Face was created by Saxton Freymann. Saxton collected found objects on the streets of New York, the beach, in the country and wherever else he may have traveled. Once photographed the individual elements come together to create a wide array of funny faces and surprisingly honest facial expressions. eeBoo sales associate Cait captures the flexibility of About Face when she explains why it is her favorite eeBoo product: “About Face is an educational GOLDMINE! By simply using objects arranged to resemble facial features, About Face teaches out-of-the-box visual thinking, encourages the development of facial expression recognition skills, expands vocabulary (name each object with your child), teaches color identification (ask your little one to choose only tiles with red or green objects), and helps a kid express how they feel.”

About Face Time Out Kids

 

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Design Tiles is Getting Excellent Press

Posted by design on Nov 4, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature
Design Tiles got a whole page feature in the holiday gift guide!

Design Tiles got a whole page feature in the holiday gift guide!

The cover of Novembers Canadian Family Magazine.

The cover of Novembers Canadian Family Magazine.

 

We’re so proud Design Tiles made a big splash in Canadian Family’s Holiday Gift Guide in their November magazine.

If you haven’t read Jen Choi’s review of this product on her blog:  Toys are Tools you should take a moment to give it a read through! Jen’s thoughtful reviews and creative toy testers ended hit on many of the high points of Design Tiles: an art medium that doesn’t require drawing, detail oriented, pattern recognition and more. But our favorite point the review makes is towards the end. Design Tiles teaches one “How to make sense without saying a word!”

Thanks Canadian Family and Toys are Tools!

*Below is an image from Saxton Freymann when he was making the prototype for Design Tiles.

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Blogger S’wicked Adores eeBoo’s Craft Line!

Posted by design on Jun 21, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

“If there is a kid in your life who’s into crafts—wait, let me rephrase. If there is a kid in your life at ALL, they would have walked into the Eeboo booth and refused to leave. Seriously, they probably would have volunteered to be shipped with the booth back to Eeboo headquarters. Eeboo’s booth was so jam-packed with an expanding crafts line, it was practically overflowing into the aisles…” - S’Wicked 

Eeboo pom pom crafts (Angelica Zambetti modeling pom pom necklace)eeBoo’s Craft Line has been expanding, and some of the newest products are sure to be hits! Check out some of them below!

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eeBoo has given this time-tested craft material new life with an abundance of beautiful colors meant to inspire the young crafter! With 100 Popsicle Sticks in 10 beautiful non-toxic colors, the crafting possibilities are truly endless. These simple and familiar objects are perfect for creative experimentation and construction. They are a classic part of a child’s arts and crafts studio. Project suggestions, including popsicle stick animals and crowns, are included on the back of the packaging. Ages 5+

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What could be better than a big, bright, multicolored and incredibly soft Pom Pom? One that the young crafter has made himself of course! eeBoo’s new Pom Pom Maker provides the materials and instructions for this simple, irresistible craft project. Just wrap soft yarn around the Pom Pom Maker, tie a few ties, snip a few snips and voila! A poofy, fluffy Pom Pom! Each kit comes with a Pom Pom maker that makes Big (3”) and Small (2”) Pom Pom, 6 ft of yarn in 10 colorful strands, and simple instructions. Comfortingly soft and cheeringly colorful, these home-made Pom Pom can work as decoration, a fun accessory, or a just soft, fluffy keepsake. Replace the yarn when it runs out and the pom pom maker will continue to work for years to come! Ages 8+. 

CHWEEN-set

eeBoo’s popular Paper Chains have been taking the world by storm, and the two newest introductions are poised to continue the trend! Bursting with mesmerizing vintage designs, eeBoo’s Valentine Paper Chains and Halloween Paper Chains are expertly curated for the most festive effect. Both styles contain 120 links and make 24 feet of chain that will make any room a party! And with 30 different link designs for the Valentine Chains and 38 for the Halloween Chains, revelers will have plenty to look at. Beyond party decoration, the Halloween Chains can be used to decorate a porch or front door, and the Valentine Paper Chains make a special gift for a special someone.

 

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Also try our other Paper Chains: Holiday, Ribbon, Animal and Letter!

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Gifts & Decoratives Adores eeBoo’s Waste-Not Kits!

Posted by design on Jun 14, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

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Gifts and Decoratives features eeBoo’s Waste-Not Kits in this months’ issue! eBoo’s Waste-Not Animal Kits are the perfect gift for the eco-minded family that plays together. The simple, brilliant idea behind Waste-Not is to repurpose discarded materials by transforming them into toys. Each kit comes with die-cut felt, a plastic needle and thread. Simple instructions show how to turn such items as a water bottle or yogurt container into an adorable cloth friend, such as a Fox, Hedgehog or Chameleon. Not only do the kits raise environmental consciousness, but they teach simple sewing skills and encourage the valuable, artistic ability to see an object in a fresh way. Recycle a container and make a friend! What’s not to like? Kits are marked with level of difficulty.

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Toys are Tools Loves eeBoo’s Scratch Papers!

Posted by design on Jun 14, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature
Blogger Toys are Tools loves eeBoo’s Scratch Papers! This exciting new product quickly jumped onto eeBoo’s Best Sellers list, mere weeks after coming out. It’s no wonder why, when each paper provides a new and beautiful dimension to drawing.
eeBoo produces 3 styles of Scratch Papers: Foil, Pattern, and Fluorescent. In each style, 20 8×8 sheets and a bamboo pencil are provided. 
 You can read the full review here.

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“It is also great for little kids who are too tiny for figurative drawing,” Petra commented.  “It’s just such a magical look that you can achieve… If you were to teach about lines and shapes which are sort of basic art education units to teach,” she said, “I think it would be nice for that.”

A new approach to drawing: When you make your mark,
You’re actually scratching brilliant color from the dark!
From beneath the inky blackness, flashy foil will shine
To add light and sparkle every time you scratch a line!

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Toys are Tools Loves eeBoo’s About Face!

Posted by design on May 6, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

Toys are Tools  blogger loves eeBoo’s visual skills activity, About Face

About Face features images of found objects in categories of objects arranged to look like facial parts — such as eyes, a nose, a mouth, and hair. Children are encouraged to flip over and rearrange the tiles to create a multitude of different faces. About Face’s educational benefits are wide ranging, from teaching out-of-the-box visual thinking, encouraging the development of facial expression recognition skills, to teaching color identification (choose only tiles with red objects), to expanding vocabulary as children ask parents what each object is.

Winner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award, and the Oppenheim Snap! Awards.

See some of the Faces Toys are Tools made, and read the review here

“…it’s such a wonderful way to expand vocabulary associated with feelings.” – Toys are Tools

“Petra Pankow, who has taught me so much about the role of art in education told me this.  “There is a certain magic in this ability to make meaning in this way, that I think, as you grow older you might actually lose this.” – Toys are Tools

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MAC&Toys Has a eeBoo New Favorite: Obstacles!

Posted by design on Apr 29, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

Blogger MAC&Toys has found a new eeBoo favorite: Obstacles! The new review raves about the developmental benefits, and laughs, that it brings. Obstacles provides children with an assortment of Obstacles to overcome during the game, in order to get back to Home. Tool cards are provided, with wide ranging ideas like a Propeller Hat, Puppet, or a Peanut Butter Sandwich. Each child must mentally negotiate which Tool card is best in each scenario. Obstacles encourages problem solving, cooperation, and imagination.

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My favorite way to play the game with a small group of kids is to have them each put down a tool on each obstacle and explain how they would use it.  After each of them has finished explaining how they would use their tool, the group has to decide which tool would be most effective for that given card.  It might take time to negotiate and come to a decision but I think it is a tool that will help our kids in so many life situations.  Learning how to negotiate can be a difficult thing to teach kids, especially the ones that I work with.  Doing it in a fun and lighthearted way may be a good non-stressful way to practice the skill before generalizing it to other life situations. – MAC& Toys

…what I love most about this game is that you can never be wrong and that you are required to really think outside of the box.  - MAC&Toys

You can read the full review here. 

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