November 25, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide Day 23 - Morph-O-Scopes Twisted Pajama Party Packet

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 their 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.

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.

Did you know that morphing is actually an ancient optical illusion trick? More than 500 years ago, about the same time Columbus was crossing the ocean, in China a special mirror device was created that came to be called an “an-a-morph-o-scope”. The astonishing invention was then presented to Sultan Ahmed I of Constantinople, and from there it was brought to the attention of Leonardo da Vinci and other Italian Renaissance artists.

Over the years, anamorphic art became a forgotten, obscure technique, but OOZ & OZ rediscovered its high tech & low tech secrets and developed software to morph any image to share with you in timeless new Morph-O-Scopes cartoon coloring pages, toys, art activities and party fun! Unique, awesome, brain-tickling, rockin’, award-winning best toys, cool games and eye hand coordination challenges in art, perception, and reasoning. No hype! Seriously!

My Thoughts~!!

I thought this was a really cool concept and looked forward to investigating further~!!  When the Morph-O-Scopes Twisted Pajama Party Packet arrived, my son ripped right into it, he didn't care that it was themed for a girl, he loves to colour and this truly spoke to his genius.

He coloured the pictures and made the flat scope by himself and had no problems grasping the concept.  He just recently turned seven and I was sure we were going to have to help him put the decoder together.  It was a simple design and easy to fold together.

Then you put the mirror decoder in the center of the picture, it states where to place the decoder, and you will see that the squiggly, wiggly designs found on the colour page come together to make a picture~!!  Really neat~!!

He received five sheets to colour and one self-hooking mirror decoder, as well as a plastic bag for storage.  He spent hours designing and colouring and he gave the the Morph-O-Scopes a two thumbs up.

These would make an excellent gift for the your creative wonder and the prices are affordable for any budget~!!

I received a product to review from the above company or their PR Agency. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own - I was not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

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