“The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K”

Posted by design on Oct 22, 2014 in Articles we like!

Did you see this article in the New York Times? Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager explain how meaningful PLAY is important in our pre-schools. Here at eeBoo we are always thinking how to nurture literacy, cooperation, imagination, creativity and compassion through play.

Illustration from Antonia Ladrillo

“As they play, children develop vital cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional skills. They make discoveries, build knowledge, experiment with literacy and math and learn to self-regulate and interact with others in socially appropriate ways. Play is also fun and interesting, which makes school a place where children look forward to spending their time.”

Image via Sam Blanco http://samblanco.com/2014/09/04/aboutface/ ” I have tried out iPad apps that have similar set up, but none have been as successful as these cards”

“What does purposeful play look like? When you step into an exemplary pre-K classroom, you see a room organized by a caring, responsive teacher who understands child development. Activity centers are stocked with materials that invite exploration, fire the imagination, require initiative and prompt collaboration.”

Via Toys are Tools by Jen Choi: “eeBoo’s instructions actually advise you to talk it out. “The bear and the dog both have balls.” or “They are both playing ball.” It’s all part of organizing and practicing use of the folders of your mental file cabinet “

We’re curious! When looking for a preschool program for your 4 year old what qualities are you looking for? How do you make time for play in your home?

Read the whole NYTimes article here: http://nyti.ms/ZH4GP1

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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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TD Monthly Picked eeBoo’s About Face!

Posted by design on Dec 12, 2012 in Press Articles, Product Feature

“In this fun game, kids create an endless cast of characters as leaves, ribbons, coins, seashells, paper clips and a variety of found objects combine to make millions of faces. 160 object images. Made from 90% recycled materials.” – TDMonthly

Not only has About Face become a Best Seller, but it has also won the Oppenheim Best Toy Award (sticker included) and the Oppenheim Snap Award. About Face features four tiles with images of found objects that resemble facial parts, such as hair, eyes, a nose and mouth. As kids flip over and rearrange the tiles, they are presented with an infinite number of educational benefits. While it teaches out of the box visual thinking and inspires a sense of design, it also teaches facial expression recognition. About Face can be used to teach color identification when asking kids to pick only objects that are red. It can be used to help expand a growing vocabulary as parents point out the name of each object. 

About Face is for ages 3+, and retails for $14.99. You can read the full review here.

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Education.com Picks Their Favourite eeBoo Products!

Posted by design on Nov 7, 2012 in Press Articles

Education.com picked their 4 favourite eeBoo products for their Holiday Gift Guide! eeBoo’s Travel Matching Life On Earth, About Face, JUMBO Double-Sided Girl in Stars Pencils, and eeBoo’s Play Papers all made the cut.

 

eeBoo produces 4 styles of Travel Games, including Life On Earth. Like eeBoo’s traditionally sized matching games, Travel Life On Earth stretches children’s memory skills during playtime. Life On Earth features the artwork of acclaimed children’s book illustrator, Melissa Sweet. Children play with a beautiful assortment of flora and fauna, printed on 90% recycled durable cardboard material, while seeking their matching piece in a test of memory. This is the perfect game for fun-on-the-run, and as Education.com puts it, “a beautiful take on your average memory game that’s just tiny enough to occupy that last unused corner in your suitcase.” You can read Education.com’s full review here.

About Face is one of eeBoo’s newest games, and has been received with tremendous enthusiasm! About Face supplies children with a playful platform for their developmental processes to grow. Children flip over, rearrange, and play with 4 tiles that feature images that resemble facial parts. Hair, eyes, a nose, and a mouth — all made out of everyday objects. The educational benefits are endless. Apart from teaching out of the box visual thinking, About Face teaches facial expression recognition. Parents can use the possible expressions as a way to open up discussions about feelings, as they ask their children to make a face that matches their mood that day. Additionally, About Face can be used to help teach color identification by challenging kids to pick only objects that are red, green, brown, and so on. Even more so, parents can use this as a jumping off point to help expand their little ones vocabulary as children ask what various objects are. Younger ones can even use this as a puzzle as they try to line up appropriate facial pieces together. The potential for learning is truly infinite! You can read Education.com’s review here.

About Face has won the Oppenheim Best Toy Award — Gold Seal, and the Oppenheim Snap! Award for children with different are delayed developmental capabilities.

 

eeBoo’s JUMBO Double Sided Pencils are perfect for little kids tiny grip. With a different color on each end, kids can color with bright and exciting colors that inspire a sense of creativity while working on their motor skills. Each Pencil Set comes with it’s own JUMBO sharpener.  Education.com puts it perfectly by saying, “this high quality kit will have your creative kid content for hours of creative color time.” You can read Education.com’s full review here.

The classic art of Origami is presented in a way easily accessible and enjoyable for kids with eeBoo’s Play Papers. While kids are encouraged to experiment with open-ended play and come up with creative uses of their own, instructions and project ideas are provided in each pack. Kids can stretch their brain while using their developing motor skills to fold, cut, and piece together their Play Papers for their project. Playing with crafts, such as eeBoo’s Play Papers, provides children with the opportunity to express themselves and build confidence while turning a simple idea into a finished craft piece. While children are openly stretching their creative capabilities, their problem solving ability and hand-eye coordination skills are quietly growing, too! You can read Education.com’s review here.

 

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Gifts & Decoratives chooses ABOUT FACE as the Toy of the Week!

Posted by design on Oct 25, 2012 in Press Articles, Product Feature

This week, Gifts and Decoratives chose About Face as their Toy of the Week!

One of eeBoo’s newest activities, About Face includes 160 Object Images arranged to look like hair, eyes, a nose, or a mouth. When pieced together, children discover hundreds of possibilities for creating faces. Objects range from leaves to paper clips, light bulbs, and sea shells. All of the objects were found on New York City’s streets and photographed by acclaimed children’s book illustrator Saxton Freymann.

Each combination of objects can reflect a different personality, and children get to see how simply changing the mouth may affect whether their Face looks happy, sad, or even surprised.

About Face can be played any way a child desires, but also provides helpful instructions to inspire combinations. Suggestions included are choosing only objects that are red (helps to teach color identification!), objects found near the shore, or only objects with smooth surfaces. When following these instructions, children sharpen their memory and recognition skills. About Face awakens children’s natural sense of design, and inspires “out of the box” visual thinking.

About Face is for kids and up, and retails for $14.99. You can read the review here!

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eeBoo’s New Oppenheim Awards!

Posted by design on Sep 5, 2012 in Award

Five eeBoo products have wpm Oppenheim Awards for Fall 2012! Click below to read the full-size announcement, as well as some the the press on About Face, Animal Face, Community, Mosaics and Obstacles!

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Momma’s Bacon Review of About Face!

Posted by design on Sep 5, 2012 in Press Articles

Momma’s Bacon has reviewed one of eeBoo’s newest activities, About Face! About Face includes 160 Object Images arranged to look like hair, eyes, a nose, or a mouth. When pieced together, children find a million possibilities for creating faces. Objects range from to paper clips and light bulbs to  leaves and sea shells. All of the objects were found on New York City’s streets or the sea shore and photographed by acclaimed children’s book illustrator Saxton Freymann. Instructions are included for a number of play variations, such as using “only objects with hard surfaces,” or “only objects that are red.”

About Face awakens children’s natural sense of design, and inspires “out of the box” visual thinking. It is the recipient of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award — Gold Seal, and the Oppenhiem Snap Award! Momma’s Bacon describes About Face as “a creative child’s dream.” Not only does About Face inspire an awareness of creative design, but it also sharpens facial recognition skills as children observe the differences in mood as they swap one object piece for another.


About Face is for ages 3+ and retails at $15.00. An added bonus is that About Face is made out of 90% recycled material! If you like About Face, you might also like eeBoo’s Art Supplies, Crafts, and Felt Mosaic activity.

You can read Momma’s Bacon’s review of About Face here.

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Time Out To Play Video Review of ‘About Face’!

Posted by design on Aug 6, 2012 in Press Articles

Time Out To Play

One of eeBoo’s newest activities, About Face includes 160 Object Images arranged to look like hair, eyes, a nose, or a mouth. Time Out to Play notes that About Face uses “kids imagination to transform an item into something else it resembles.” When pieced together, children discover hundreds of possibilities for creating faces. Objects range from leaves to paper clips, light bulbs, and sea shells. Each combination of objects can reflect a different personality, and children get to see how simply changing the mouth may affect whether their Face looks happy, sad, or even surprised.

 

About Face can be played any way a child desires, but also provides helpful instructions to inspire combinations. Suggestions included are choosing only objects that are red, objects found near the shore, or only objects with smooth surfaces. When following these instructions, children sharpen their memory and recognition skills. Time Out To Play awarded About Face 5 stars for assembly and instructions.


About Face is made from 90-percent recycled greyboard and soy-based inks. The activity includes 70 cardboard 2.25″ x 2.25″ strips in total, each double sided. About Face is for children 3 and up, and retails for $15.00. 

You can read the full review here.

 

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