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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An Inventive Way to Play with About Face

Posted by design on Feb 4, 2013 in Learning through Looking

Blogger Toys are Tools  came up with a fun little way to play with eeBoo’s About Face, a game with endless possibilities! She and her son held a competition for who could make the Angriest Face. Her son won after creating the picture on the left!

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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.

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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.

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Can you come up with a Face that looks more surprised than this one? Email your picture to cait@eeboo.com!

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Woman Around Town Reviews the Creative Possibilities for About Face!

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

Woman Around Town reviewed eeBoo’s About Face for this years’ Holiday edition. About Face, one of eeBoo’s newest games, has been met with tremendous enthusiasm and has quickly climbed eeBoo’s ranks of Best Sellers. Not only has About Face become a strong seller, but it is a winner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award — Gold Seal, and the Oppenheim Snap! Award.

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.

Children reap the creative potential found in open ended play when playing with About Face. The writers of Woman Around Town report two kids’ imaginative play in their Holiday review. You can read the review yourself, seen below:

 

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The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Picks the Best Games for Pre-Schoolers!

Posted by design on Sep 24, 2012 in Press Articles

 

 

 

 

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio sought out “easy to do activities with your preschooler that will help them as they learn concepts in school“ for review and two eeBoo activities were among the selected! The two games chosen are eeBoo’s brand new About Face, and eeBoo’s classic Pre-School Colors Puzzle Pairs.

The Oppenheims write that “The most important gifts you can give your child are opportunities for them to see themselves as capable learners.”

 


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 Freyman. 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. About Face awakens children’s natural sense of design, and inspires out of the box visual thinking.

About  Face is for children 3 and up, and retails for $15.00. It is the winner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award – Gold Seal, and the Oppenheim Snap! Award. The Oppenheim review imparts that About Face is “a good talking game with objects to know and name and extend vocabulary.”

 

Color Puzzle-Pairs encourages color recognition and naming in young children as part of a fun activity. Each color is associated with simple objects, animals, and food so that kids can carry their color-naming skills into every day life. Every color is labelled to support pre-reading ability and alphabet recognition. Little ones can also master motor skills as they use their hands to piece the puzzle pieces together.

Color Puzzle Pairs is for children 3 an up, and retails for $14.00. It is the winner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award — Gold Seal!

You can read the full Oppenheim Toy Portfolio review here.

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