July Blog Review Round Up!

Posted by design on Aug 4, 2014 in Press Articles, Product Feature

We love moms who blog, and write, and review! This summer we’ve been in touch with some great reviewes who always have something new to teach us about our products. Take a look here:
July Reviews

 1. Play with Paper // 2. eeBoo Paper on Forbes.com // 3. Beat the Summer Slide //

““Paper Engineering: the most portable and affordable building medium is perfect for the summer. Paper allows you to build so many things: balls, books, mobius strips, flowers that don’t wilt but still look way better than fake flowers.”–Jenn Choi

4_5_64.  Animal Rummy, A Game to Hold onto // 5. Obstacles, Think Outside the Box // 6. Non-Traditional Puzzles

“My youngest loved the unusual animals and plants depicted in What Do You Know; my parents studied the artwork; my nine-year-old enjoyed displaying her superior knowledge of Spanish; and I was happy to play something that didn’t involve SpongeBob.” — from the Educated Mom (#4)

Can’t get enough of eeBoo reviews? Don’t worry there’s more!

7. Pom Poms on party hats // 8. Back to School Prep and Supplies  // 9.  Unique School Supplies //10. Summer Travel Picks // 11. Must Have Travel Toys

Want to review an eeBoo product on your blog?

Contact Cait@eeBoo.com!

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Best Books of 2013!

Posted by design on Dec 16, 2013 in Press Articles, Product Feature

eeBoo Tell Me a Story Cards make Toys are Tools Best Books of 2013!

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http://www.toysaretools.com/2013/12/best-childrens-books-2013.html

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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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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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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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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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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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Toys are Tools Reviews Community, and Does a Giveaway!

Posted by design on Dec 4, 2012 in Press Articles

Toys are Tools recently reviewed Community, and relayed the tremendous number of benefits kids and parents receive when playing with this simple game. Community is meant to be played cooperatively, meaning players to do not play against each other, but with each other.  Each child picks out various Location Tiles they feel represent integral aspects of their own Community, such as the Hospital, Library, School, and Police and Fire Station. Children then use their allotted Road Tiles to successfully connect each Location back to the Home Tile.   While Community fits the bill as being a fun and entertaining activity for children, it also serves a much greater purpose. While most games on the market are designed to foster a feeling of competition against players, Community is designed to inspire collective effort and camaraderie. Also, it helps to impart a very valuable lesson many parents strive to help their children understand: the importance of compromise. Since each play takes turns and must use their pieces to reach the end goal together, the best results come forth when players work together. On a practical level, Community provides children with the opportunity to develop their visual-spatial skills as children choose the best Road Tile to use in each space. Toys are Tools writes,  ”…believe it or not, despite there being no winner, this game is challenging.  It can present a bunch of problems and your child has to solve them, either on his own or with the group.  He can get help from the group but he is still responsible for his (turn) final decision, “which tile will I use to create a road?” and “which direction will I allow it to go in?”  He only has three choices at a time.”

Community is for ages 5+, and retails for $19.99. You can read the full review here.

Don’t forget to participate in the Giveaway!

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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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