Category Archives: Beloved Toys

2014 Academics’ Choice BRAIN TOY Award Winner!

Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit Wins 2014 Academics’ Choice Award for Mind-Building Excellence SEATTLE, WA (May 1, 2014)  –  OOZ & OZ is pleased to announce that its Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit has been honored with a 2014 Academics’ Choice Brain Toy Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for…

“Coloring meets funhouse mirror magic” – A Review

Morph-O-Scopes by OOZ & OZ - coloring page morph and mirror decoder

The following review of Morph-O-Scopes Kits appeared  in the September 2010 CoolMomPicks. We learned of it only weeks ago! The review is reprinted here with permission of Liz Gumbinner, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of CoolMomPicks.com. “I’m not going to lie to you: When I opened the Morph-O-Scopes Kit box my daughter received for her birthday one year,…

Thinking Outside the Rubik’s Cube – Art Phenom Pixel Pete

Dr. King by Pixel Pete

“Dream Big” was a year-long project in which “Pixel Pete” Fecteau created a brilliant mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using 4,242 manipulated Rubik’s Cubes!  Fecteau created the installation for ArtPrize2010 – Grand Rapids, Michigan’s fabulous annual art competition. Exhibit attendees’ votes determined the winner. “Dream Big” made it to the top 50 of…

…there are tops, and then there are TOPS !

Antique Spinning Top

Spinning tops are one of the oldest recognizable toys found on archaeological sites.  They originated independently in cultures all over the world – doubtless due to a basic human fascination with things that spin and teeter and balance. (Good old physics!) Japanese spinning tops (“koma” or “goma”) are considered some of the very best in…

Forget Justin Bieber. Just Get Rebuses!

Happy Father's Day Rebus

Have to entertain a group of middle school kids? Believe it or not, rebuses can wow ‘em! I was a new art teacher at an affluent private school in Virginia. Three of us were assigned lunch duty to keep order in the cafeteria and police the area. Well, I remembered how bad it felt as…

How Cracker Jack Changed My Life

Funny Papers charms

August 1950. A magical month for 8 year-olds at the Jersey Shore. We got 25₵ each day to spend anyway we wished, on comic books (10₵) or candy or games at the arcade! Our best fun adventure, though, was crawling under the boardwalk to find fallen treasure – coins or small gumball machine prizes  –…

Decorated Eggs Redux

Crushed easter egg restored

The dictionary defines “redux” as “restored” or “brought back”.  Here are two little stories about Easter eggs redux. Easter Egg Restored “It” happened the last time my daughter and I decorated eggs.  “It” was completely my fault. I accidentally crushed one of our creations.  Oh my goodness!  Such tears from one little girl!  I felt…