Morph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts Kit
Age range 5 years thru 12 years
Toy Type CP Creative Product ES Educational Skills SC Science TY Toy UN Unique Lovers of Arts & Crafts and STEAM science flip over this "mirror-aculous" optical illusion toy. Inspired by an ancient Chinese visual amusement device that hid secret messages and images in plain sight, inventor Myrna Hoffman turned the concept into delightful 21st century drawing and coloring pages fun for even your most tech-savvy kid today. It's a brain-powered toy - no batteries or screens needed. The device has two basic parts - 1. morphs (twisted drawings), and 2. a curved mirror decoder. When the mirror decoder is positioned on a morph, Shazaam! Its reflection is a surprise cartoon! Hoffman's coloring challenge: to make color appear in the right places in the reflection, kids have to find the corresponding up-side-down morphed shapes and color them in on the paper! (Psst! Kids think they're just coloring when, in fact, they're developing their analytical ability, spatial reasoning, and hand-eye motor skills.) Left-brainers love figuring out how morphs are made! Right-brainers love the twist on coloring! Hoffman first used the concept as a unique coloring activity to entertain children at her daughter's 7th birthday party. Party guests were so captivated by the eye-boggling activities that their amazed parents urged Ms. Hoffman to develop more mirror art educational toys and games. So she did. Hoffman's delightful Sports of All Sorts Kit - eighth product in her line - has earned universal praise and numerous honors. The Sports Kit offers hours of unique, engaging gender-neutral, child-safe independent play. It's quick set-up, non-messy art fun. Made in America . The Kit comes with 32 morphed coloring pages, 2 mirror decoders, 16 crayons, instructions in three languages (English, Spanish, and French) and an enrichment guide. Brain-tickling activities include connect morphed dots, complete morphed pictures, navigate a morphed maze, draw your own morph, slant art, a funny "slider", and our totally mind-messing 4-Dot Challenge - a snap for some five year-olds that challenges some adults! Not too easy. Not too hard. And definitely not boring! (Oohs and ahhs guaranteed!) One homeschooling parent enthuses: "An incredibly versatile kit. If you are studying the human body, this is a great jumping off point for discussions on reflection and refraction and how the eye and brain translate visual information. It could be an terrific addition to an art history unit and would fit perfectly with the Renaissance and early explorers.... And all the coloring pages are reproducible for personal or classroom use which is a huge bonus to anyone using the kit with more than one child." Ever since that first birthday party, Hoffman's mission has been to create timeless, ageless, anamorphic toys and activities that surprise and delight and teach and challenge children, just enough. We think the Morph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts Kit succeeds admirably.