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A lot of parents are looking for toys that are not only fun, but also teach this holiday season. Eebees Adventures might be just what you are looking for — the founder and president of “Every Baby Company,” Stephen Gass joins us now with more.

What is eebee’s adventures?
Eebee’s adventures is an award-winning series that engages babies with playful ideas and parents with ideas about play and development.

What is the every baby company?
The Every Baby Company is an infant/toddler play and development company whose simple, yet essential mission to be a catalyst for rich play experiences that:

  • use the latest developmental research to provide insight into how the world works for babies and babies work in that world.
  • engage the very youngest learners, enhance and encourage meaningful communication, and interactions between children and parents, caregivers, and play partners of all ages,

How is eebee’s adventures different?
The adventures, whether on a screen or on the floor, are all about play and exploration. The one thing that the research is clear about is that babies learn through play and interaction with people and the objects in their world — we call it “relationship play.” The baby is building knowledge through building relationships with people, things and ideas. That’s the way we all learn. It’s a natural process.

How does the eebee approach translate into a play products?
Play is the way in which kids learn so much about how the world works and they work in that world. Often, the more open-ended the materials, the more opportunities there are for experimentation and discovery.

HAVE A BALL set – $30
For example, in the HAVE A BALL set, there are three different types of “rolling” toys — a ball, but this one has a cylindrical center that also “rolls” — depending on how it’s placed in the ball, this ball can also “wobble.” One ball has eebee-like handles for easy grasping and catching, but it rolls differently than the big ball; and this wheel, it rolls, but takes a little more motor skill to get it going — on its side, it could slide. The more variation, the greater the likelihood of a new idea, play pattern, and there’s also more to talk about — talking with your baby about what’s going on is the best way to promote language development-just describe what you see.

BOWL ME OVER set – $38
While bowling is a traditional game, this one comes with 2 different bowling balls that set the stage for comparisons, turn-taking, or parent and child playing together. The different expressions on eebee’s face are designed to encourage simple, playful and silly communication and language games. A game of bowling also gives baby practice with hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and cause and effect thinking if I do this eebee does that.

ADVENTURE PLAYMAT and ACTIVITY PLAYHOUSE – $98
This play mat when laid out flat offers very young babies with a soft, safe and stimulating environment filled with a range of activities from eebee’s graspable hair to a peek-a-boo panel and a range of textures to explore. The real excitement of this mat is that parents can easily transform it into an array of different play environments that will support their baby’s growing curiosity and independence. For example, it could become a tunnel, a series of bases or steps to encourage crawling and reaching a goal; a playhouse for imaginative play; a place to explore open, shut, in and out. With each different configuration, there’s a new game, activity or idea to explore and learn.

How are eebee’s adventures products created and developed?
Each eebee’s adventures product is inspired by “best practices” in early childhood education and informed by the latest research in how babies learn and grow. every baby company co-founders, Stephen Gass and Don Burton, have academic backgrounds in child development and cognition in addition to experience creating and managing innovative learning businesses at Sesame Street, Noggin and Disney. In addition, every baby company works closely with an esteemed council of academic advisors and experts in the fields of child development and early learning.

All toys available at FAO Schwarz, FAO.com and eebee.com