OOZ & OZ creates Morph-O-Scopes – fun optical illusion art activities adored by children all over the world. Toys that engage all cultures and all ages, across the learning spectrum – garden variety, gifted, exceptional, and autistic. Award-winning art and science toys and unique hand-eye coordination party games that surprise and delight and teach and challenge children, just enough.
This has been our mission since 1989, when founder Myrna Hoffman invented an unusual coloring and drawing activity for her daughter’s 7th birthday party. The idea was based on “anamorphosis” – an ancient Chinese optical illusion amusement technique that had fascinated her for decades. It uses curved mirrors to re-form wacky morphed drawings magically into normal reflections, like a reverse fun house where the person is weird-looking, but his reflection is totally normal! Party guests were so captivated by the brain-tickling fun that their amazed parents urged Ms. Hoffman to create more mirror art educational toys and games.
Award Winning Toys The following summer Ms. Hoffman founded OOZ & OZ and produced her ingenious Circus Kit, which immediately earned a Parents’ Choice Gold Doing & Learning Award. The Circus Kit has since earned 19 more top toy awards. In 2009, Ms. Hoffman added another Morph-O-Scopes Kit – Sports of All Sorts – which is on its way to equaling its sibling – already winning 5 top toy honors. There are also 3 great Morph-O-Scopes Party Fun Packs, 4 delightful Morph-O-Scopes Packets, and a cool Morph-A-Month Subscription of printable coloring pages.
Oprah Winfrey‘s Oxygen Network named Ms. Hoffman a 2001 national winner of its “Build Your Own Business” Contest. And in May 2004, Ms. Hoffman earned the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Success Award for Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan District.
A born artist, inventor, and entrepreneur, Myrna Hoffman was organizing neighborhood carnivals for charity and earning the first of her many creative awards before the age of 11. She now resides near her daughter in Seattle, Washington, where she is growing ……………………………………………………………… her line of brilliant family fun products.