eeBoo Tell Me a Story Cards make Toys are Tools Best Books of 2013!
eeBoo Tell Me a Story Cards make Toys are Tools Best Books of 2013!
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.”
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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.”
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.
Ocean Magazine, a travel magazine for women, featured eeBoo’s picnic game as a great go to activity when enjoying fall picnics. They write, “one of the most enthralling games for a small group to indulge.” We love it because it is great for mixed ages and doubles as a play set!
We actually stumbled across this review–which always makes a review like this extra special! Tamara Fisher, a writer for the blog and a gifted education specialist, found Obstacles at her local toy store. It is worth reading the review in the whole, but her general point is creativity is declining, “Of possible concern regarding creativity is apparent evidence based on research that children’s creativity .. has been declining in recent decades” but games such as Obstacles can counter act this decline and ”be a fun way to encourage kids to think innovatively about how to solve problems and overcome barriers.” Visit the blog to read the whole review: Obstacles as a Path to Creativity.
I love that Tamara touches on the flexibility of Obstacles’ rules. Her and her fellow players also came up with some stunning solutions! “Our solution to the Ice Obstacle involved placing the cushion on the shower curtain, using the stick of butter to grease up the shower curtain’s surface area on the ice, and pulling the cord from around the cushion to attach from the shower curtain to the giant bird who would fly and pull us across the ice as we used the feather duster for a stabilizing rudde.r”
Thanks Tamara for the great review!
You can purchase Obstacles here or at a local retailer!
eeBoo’s beautiful Paper Chains are easy to assemble (no glue required!) and brighten any room. Each kit comes with 120 links and the completed chain is 24 feet long. With 20 striking patterns scanned from authentic vintage ribbons, eeBoo’s Vintage Ribbon Paper Chains are a fun way to decorate with the whole family!
The easy-to-make Valentine’s Paper Chains are adorned with vintage-inspired Valentine’s Day imagery, with 30 different link designs. This timeless craft project doubles as an excellent family activity and decoration! These Valentine Paper Chains make a great gift for a special someone!
With 38 different link designs, featuring classic Halloween illustrations, the Halloween Paper Chains allows give revelers plenty to look at. Hang them on your door for trick-or-treaters, or at a spooky party!
With a splash of colorful art, eeBoo transforms the classic Composition Notebook into a gem to be coveted by children and adults, alike! While the cover dones beautiful artwork by illustrator Winsor McCay, and even a touch of flocking for tactile flair, the inside cover is replete with useful information including: class schedule template, days in each month, tables of measure (liquid/linear), metric conversion table, multiplication table grid, 9 inch ruler… and even a classic poem!
You can read the review here.
Blogger ‘A Life Sustained‘ loves eeBoo’s I Never Forget a Face Matching Game! They even came up with some inventive ways to play! With her son, the blogger ”played a game in which I asked him to hand me a card by describing it. “Hand me someone with red hair,” for example.” We love this!
The smiling faces of 24 children from countries all over the world are fun and sometimes challenging to match in this memory game. The back cover shows each child and identifies their home country. And for a fun twist on this classic game, eeBoo created I Never Forget an Animal Face. Easily recognizable animal faces are fun to find as players turn over pairs of tiles, searching for a matching pair. Children and adults alike enjoy these games of memory and observation skills!
You can read the review here!
“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’s Craft Line has been expanding, and some of the newest products are sure to be hits! Check out some of them below!
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+
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+.
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.
Also try our other Paper Chains: Holiday, Ribbon, Animal and Letter!