Toys are Tools blog is doing an eeBoo Art Book giveaway!

Posted by design on Apr 9, 2013 in Learning through Looking, Press Articles, Product Feature

The Learn to Draw Art Books are among eeBoo’s top-sellers, and from Toys are Tools review, it’s not hard to see why! eeBoo commissioned 3 acclaimed children’s book illustrators to  design books that teach children how to draw. The Art Books are open ended, and do as much to playfully encourage children to try something new as they do to provide parameters and instruction.

eeBoo’s Learn to Draw Art Books are in ascending difficulty level, but can be used in any order. The first one is Learn to Draw Simple Forms in the Home and Garden with Lizzy Rockwell for ages 5+, then Experiment with Light, Form, Type, Portraits & More! with Melissa Sweet for ages 5+, with the highest level of difficulty being Learn to Draw Animals with Kevin Hawkes for ages 7+.  Regardless of the recommended ages, children (or adults) in any stage of life are sure to find something useful and inspiring in each of these books.

Petra Pankow, educator at such esteemed museums as the MoMA and Guggenheim, “said that it was a generous gesture on the part of the book to make fun of mistakes. “It gives the book a lightness,” she said, noting that the book encouraged kids to celebrate trying things out.”

“We are focused less on performance and more on enjoyment and usually it’s in this dimension that the magic takes place.” – Blogger at Toys are Tools

“The Learn to Draw book also skillfully uses familiarity to help the kids get drawing.  The kids learn to draw the things they see everyday like things in their room, their kitchen, their backyard… it’s so cool!!” – Blogger at Toys are Tools

Toys are Tools is doing an eeBoo Art Book giveaway!

Enter to win, here, now!

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Melissa Sweet Inventor Profile by Toys are Tools plus Giveaway!

Posted by design on Aug 3, 2012 in Press Articles

Photo of Melissa Sweet, courtesy of Melissa Sweet and posted by Toys are Tools


 

Toys are Tools recently interviewed eeBoo artist, Melissa Sweet! The interview gives beautiful insight into the mind of the maker of many designs on eeBoo’s products. Melissa Sweet is the artist behind eeBoo’s best sellers like the Life On Earth Matching Game and Tell Me a Story – Mystery in the Forest!

 

 

 

In the interview, Melissa Sweet explains that she wants her art to be approachable for kids. Her designs are simple and clean, yet captivatingly beautiful. Despite her talent, Melissa Sweet holds herself to be “living proof that you’re not born drawing well.” She believes that everyone can be an artist, and creating art shouldn’t be intimidating for youngsters.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated one of eeBoo’s Learn to Draw Books and brought to the design process the conviction that ”every kid wants to feel good after they make something.” eeBoo drawing books aim to embolden children to explore their artistic nature without reservation or shyness.

Melissa Sweet discusses the benefits of encouraging kids to draw. She expresses that she ”would say there might be a difference between looking at something and actually seeing it and when you draw, you have to see it.” In turn, she says, eyes are opened up to appreciating other manufactured goods. All products begin the same way — on a piece of paper. “So for instance, a kid’s sneakers – It had to be drawn first,” Melissa explains. We love the idea of children becoming aware of the artistic talent behind the objects they use everyday!

 

Melissa Sweet keeps eeBoo Paper Flowers in her studio!

 

You can read the interview here. Don’t forget to participate in the giveaway of 2 Melissa Sweet books on Toys are Tools website!

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The Creative Salad’s Unique Use of Life On Each Matching Game!

Posted by design on Aug 1, 2012 in Press Articles

One of our team members at eeBoo recently stumbled upon this blog post by the Creative Salad, featuring eeBoo’s Life On Earth Matching Game. The  post describes an innovative idea for repurposing the beautiful tiles as refrigerator magnets!

 

The artwork for eeBoo’s Life On Earth series is designed by well-known children’s book illustrator Melissa Sweet. The recently redesigned box contains 24 square tiles. A wide array of species are celebrated through beautifully drawn images on thick and durable cardboard. Children can use these cards to simultaneously explore the beauty of nature while sharpening their recognition and memory skills. The Oppenheim’s have awarded the Life On Earth Matching Game the Platinum Seal for Best Toy Award.

The matching games are recommended for children 5 an up, and retail for $16.00.

Other games by eeBoo that represent Melissa Sweets artwork include the travel size Life On Earth Matching Game, the Life of Earth Tot Towers, Life On Earth Bingo, Life On Earth Dominoes, and many others.

 

If you love Melissa Sweets artwork, but you will love eeBoo’s Learn to Draw Art book by Melissa Sweet. The Art book is for children 5 and up, and retails for $6.00.

You can read about the Creative’s Salad wonderful use of eeBoo’s matching game here.

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