Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Our Themed squiggle pads are ideal for kids who have an interest in animals, sports, fashion, vehicles and more. These pads promote learning and encourage research. They are our # 1 goodie-bag item. Choose from 6 titles that range from ages 5 and up.
Our SPIN and SEEK hidden-object games are a must have for any road trip. Spin the wheel then find the 3 objects hidden within thousands of squiggly lines. Play with a friend to see who can find the obects first. Look for additional titles coming soon. Ages 4 and up.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Soon, we're going to start allowing fans to not only comment, but upload their own doodle creation with their smartphone. It is proven that doodling is a great way to increase concentration and improve your memory. I would suggest that you get a pencil and paper in your kids hand today. Check out the article below.
A Sketchy Brain Booster: DoodlingGood news, doodlers: What your colleagues consider a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give you a leg up on them by helping you pay attention.
Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.
"People may doodle as a strategy to help themselves concentrate," said study co-author Jackie Andrade, a University of Plymouth psychologist. "We might not be aware that we’re doing it, but it could be a trick that people develop because it helps them from wandering off into a daydream."
Andrade’s findings, published Thursday in Applied Cognitive Psychology, are an interesting wrinkle on cognitive load theory: The mind has a limited amount of attention to give and, once occupied, stops processing other stimuli.
Cognitive load is exploited by magicians, whose verbal and physical flourishes distract from sleight-of-hand. It also explains why driving while talking on a hands-free headset is no safer than driving while holding a phone. And it could be the reason why doodling is so much better than daydreaming.
"It takes a large cognitive load to daydream. That has a big impact on the task you’re meant to be doing," said Andrade. "Doodling takes only a small cognitive load, but it’s just enough to keep your mental resources focused on the main task."
Andrade’s team asked 40 people to listen to a recording containing the names of people and places. Afterwards the people wrote down the names they could remember.
While listening, half of the test subjects were also required to shade in shapes on a piece of paper. Afterwards, they remembered one-third more names than test subjects who didn’t doodle while listening.
"The exciting thing is that people actually got better while doing two things at once," said Andrade. "Doodling is not as bad a thing as we might think."
Citation: "What does doodling do?" By Jackie Andrade. Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 3, Feb. 26, 2009.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Once we made this decision, our next step is to occupy their time in other ways. Play board games with them was a natural fit. At first, it was a bit of a challenge, mostly because I create board games for a living and the SQUIGGLE series of activity and doodle pads, so they have been put through the ringer as my testing guinea pigs.
|Playing SQUIGGLE Selection|
It has been 3 months and things are looking good on the home front. Now, when their friends come over, they are the ones suggesting they play a game and not sit in front of the TV or ipad. We are really pleased. Board games should be a part of every child's life as they allow kids to express themselves, build self-esteem, encourage creativity, inspire conversations and so much more. So why not pull out a board game this weekend and have some good old family time!
|There's a baby elephant in her tummy!|
Friday, October 05, 2012
SQUIGGLE Monsters is a fun and creative way to explore the wild and wacky side of your imagination! First you create a squiggly line on the dry-erase board, then you spin the wheels to select a combination of features to make your monster (ie. Two Heads - One Leg Monster). Next, it’s up to you to turn the squiggly line you created into that monster. The best part when you’re done is you get to make up “fun facts” about your monster on another dry-erase area. (i.e. Name, Favorite Food, Job, etc.) Play with friends and create your monster master piece.
A little history of about myself:
As a kid, I was a doodler in school! I was the kid who sat in class and filled my notebook cover with thousands of squiggles, pictures, pattens, and bubble letters. I couldn't and still can't go anywhere without a pencil and paper in hand armed and ready to sketch. I'm a visual person and need to sketch every idea and thought out to get a clearer picture. If I'm at a doctor's office, waiting at the DMV, or just sitting at the kitchen table my pen will uncontrollably begin doodling. Once a doodler, always a doodler.
|Monster markers store under drawing board|
|Opens like a book|
|A monster with a long tongue and skinny arms|
|A monster with spider legs and big lips|
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
We met with buyers from the likes of Learning Express, Micheal's, Barnes and Noble, Toys r us and many more to show them what new items we created. This show is a great way to gauge the reaction and interest level of the retail buyers. If you don't get the OK nod when you meet and explain a new product, you can easily go back to the drawing board a fine tune the concept, design and price.
Trade shows can be pretty exhausting, but I'm already looking forward to the next show . . . New York Toy Fair 2013!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
RandomLine Brings Imaginative Fun to Children in Need with Donation of Activity Pads to Kids Wish Network
Earlier this year, Kids Wish Network sent out a plea for donations of educational products and games to distribute to children in need; RandomLine stepped up to the plate. Their creative, engaging products serve to enrich a child’s mind and help keep spirits bright, which is absolutely perfect for the children facing difficult situations who are served by Kids Wish Network’s gift-giving programs.
RandomLine provided a wide variety of their SQUIGGLE® On-the-Go Activity Pads that are full of drawing and doodling activities to let their creativity and imaginations run wild. With a range of subject-themed, educational and “just for fun” pads, children of all ages will be entertained while they learn and create. These pads are well-suited for kids confined to hospital beds or shelters, as well as at-risk children with few activities at home to keep them engaged; they can carry the pads wherever they go and whenever imagination strikes, they are ready to create!
Each and every RandomLine, Inc. product will be given directly into the hands of deserving children nationwide through Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Banks and Kids Wish Network On Tour. Both programs bring joy to children all across the country facing difficult circumstances such as illnesses, abuse, neglect and homelessness by providing them with toys, books clothes, educational products, games and other necessities.
For more information on RandomLine, Inc., please visit www.randomline.com.
If your company manufactures or distributes any toys, gifts, games, accessories, electronics or anything else geared towards children and teenagers, please contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center. Any help would be tremendously appreciated. For more information on Kids Wish Network, please visit www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you would like to donate merchandise, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
SQUIGGLE® Spin and Seek™ Spooky Fun is a hidden-object game that can be played alone or with multiple players. There are 100 pages with objects hidden within thousands of squiggly lines. A spin of the wheel selects 3 objects to find on the page, such as a cat, owl, haunted house, witch, ghost and more. Each page is different and the objects change with every spin of the wheel, so it’s always a challenge that can take seconds or minutes to find. “Finding hidden objects is a fun pastime that provides some real old-school fun”, says John Kiely, the creator of SQUIGGLE. Select from 6 different Spin and Seek themes; the Original, BFF, Fashion, Sock Monkey, Halloween or Holidays. Each pad retails for $5.99.
The SQUIGGLE line of games and activity pads now includes over 30 creative activity pads and Spin and Seek pads that offer something different for all ages and interests. RandomLine strives to leverage the success of SQUIGGLE and continues to grow this strong and popular brand. Many parents look for alternatives to digital games that inspire creative thinking and keep children engaged especially when traveling. RandomLine’s SQUIGGLE creative activity pads are the perfect solution.
Available through Toysmith and sold in the specialty market, educational stores, book stores, gift shops and museums throughout the United States. In addition to RandomLine’s SQUIGGLE series, other products include family board games, educational activity pads, dice games, wipe off creativity centers, and more.
Visit www.randomline.com to learn more. Toysmith is the exclusive world wide distributor of RandomLine products and can be reached at: 800-356-0474
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sock Monkey History
The sock monkey originated in an era when the craze for imitation stuffed animals swept through Europe and the US. It met the thriving Arts and Craft movement. Craft makers began sewing stuffed animals as toys to comfort children. An increase in the public's familiarity with exotic species, monkey toys soon became a fixture of American nurseries. However, these early stuffed monkeys were not necessarily made from socks, and also lacked the characteristic red lips of the sock monkeys popular today.
Sock monkeys remain a popular toy to this day. Most vintage red-heel sock monkeys found today are no older than the late 1950s, and many date from the 1970s. A number of methods for dating sock monkeys have been debated by collectors, including the shape of the red heel, the tightness of the weave, sock seams, the style of clothing worn, and other features. The term "vintage" red-heel sock monkeys is typically relegated to sock monkeys made from red-heel socks knitted by the Nelson Knitting Company and from similar socks knitted with red-heels by other companies in the same time period. The term "modern" red-heel sock monkeys is normally relegated to sock monkey dolls created after Fox River Mills, Inc.(Osage, IA) acquired Nelson Knitting Company in 1992.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Spin the wheel, then find the hidden objects in the thousands of squiggly lines. For ages 4 and up.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Visit www.randomline.com to learn more about this new and innovative company. Toysmith is the Worldwide exclusive distributors for RandomLine and the of SQUIGGLE line.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Visit www.randomline.com to learn more about this new and innovative company.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESumner, Washington – Toysmith, a leading specialty toy and gift company, is pleased to announce it has finalized a distribution agreement with RandomLine, Inc. Effective immediately, Toysmith is now the exclusive distributor of the RandomLine, Inc. brand of products.
RandomLine, Inc. was created in 2002 by John Kiely, a dad who loves to play. His goal is to offer products that encourage children to be creative and use their imagination. No Noise. No Batteries. Simply Imagination is RandomLine’s motto.
RandomLine’s primary brand is Squiggle®. Squiggle products are based on the idea of a squiggly line. Squiggle is a fun doodling activity that can be done anywhere! Products include an assortment of Games, Just for Fun On-the-Go Activity pads, Educational Activity Pads, Themed Doodle Pads, and Wipe-off Drawing Pads.
John Kiely, Chief Squiggler and Owner of RandomLine, Inc stated, "I am thrilled to have a company like Toysmith recognize the potential of the SQUIGGLE brand and RandomLine products. Their involvement is going to present incredible opportunities and allow me the creative freedom to continue product design and development for the SQUIGGLE brand and beyond."
Toysmith will begin shipping RandomLine products starting in October 2011.
Jeff Bunkowske, National Sales Manager of Toysmith, stated, “We are excited to be the exclusive worldwide distributor of Squiggle® Series games, doodle pads and activity pads. These educational products are recognized throughout the industry for encouraging creativity for all ages. Bunkowske added, “The addition of the Squiggle® Series line further expands our comprehensive offering of children products that provide open-ended play, stimulate children’s minds and encourage creativity and discovery. Specialty retailers will be able to add the Squiggle® Series products to their Toysmith orders to get the best in-stock service, discounts, freight and dating terms”.
About RandomLine, Inc.
RandomLine, Inc. is the creator of the Award-Winning SQUIGGLE® Series games, doodle pads and activity pads. Designed and developed to provide educational benefits, energize creative thinking and encourage creativity in children to adults. SQUIGGLE® is available in Barnes & Noble as well as the specialty toy market, educational stores, bookstores, gift shops and museums throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Visit www.randomline.com to learn more about this innovative company.
Since 1982, Toysmith has been providing the best in programs and customer service for specialty retailers, offering a growing family of award-winning specialty branded toys and gifts emphasizing fun for children of all ages. Its products are sold worldwide to Specialty toy retailers, education market, craft and hobby, museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, attractions, theme parks, gift stores, specialty catalogs and internet retailers.
Contact: Sales Support at 1-800-356-0474.
Monday, October 11, 2010
My Four Monkeys: Product Reviews & Giveaways For the Family
Monday, September 20, 2010
RandomLine is proud to announce the launce of the Daily SQUIGGLE on Facebook.
What is The Daily SQUIGGLE?
It’s a fun, creative mind exercise. It gets your creative juices flowing! "Our brain-workout only takes a minutes and you don't need a jogging bra!" says the creator John Kiely
Who can participate in The Daily SQUIGGLE?
Anyone. But you must “Like” the Daily SQUIGGLE or RandomLine first.
The Daily SQUIGGLE is a kid-friendly site, so use discretion when posting a comment. Any inappropriate comments will be deleted.
How to participate in The Daily SQUIGGLE?
- Each morning, a squiggly line is posted on our Facebook wall and we ask our FANS what they see in the squiggle.
- FANS add a comment. ie. “I see an apple tree”
- Once a FAN adds a comment, they can “Suggest to Friends” (located in the left column under the logo) or SHARE with friends to accumulate the most “Likes” on their comment (see the NOTES tab for a visual explanation). The FAN who gets the most “Likes” on their comment will see their guess come to life in a drawing the following day. We’ll do our best to create it!
If there is a tie, we at RandomLine will choose the winner by adding our “Like”.
Monday through Saturday is for fun, but every Sunday, our FANS have a chance to win a $10 gift card at Barnes & Noble and a SQUIGGLE On-The-Go doodle pad.
The rules are simple when it comes to the Sunday Gift card prize:
- The FAN with the most “Likes” on their comment wins.
- RandomLine can participate as well and “Like” a comment.
- The Sunday contest will end at 8am EST Monday morning.
- Prizes will be awarded and shipped to a US address ONLY.
- Winners will be notified by a direct message for their information.
The Daily SQUIGGLE is brought to you by RandomLine. We are the creator of the SQUIGGLE Series games and creative doodle pads for ages 4 to adult.