Hoohobbers is a family owned and operated unique children's company. Since 1981, Hoohobbers has designed and manufactured top of the line products that children call their own. Our blog is here to share fun family ideas and talk about the latest in the world of children.
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is what is the world does the word Hoohobbers mean? Well... wonder no more... here's the story...
When Hoohobbers first created their first product, the classic junior director chair, the founders knew they had something great on their hands. A company was born dedicated to innovation, modern design, functionality... the biggest problem they faced was coming up with a name that appropriately encapsulated this new vision.
Bill, the founder, dreamed of a name that was whimsical, unique, fun, sounded like a kids word but had never been heard before. Hoohobbers was his word for something when he didn't have a word for it. Similar to "whatchamacallit" or "thingamabob." With that Hoohobbers came and stayed. Really, a fancy word for "that really great product for my child that I simply can't live without."
As parents ourselves, we are constantly looking for ways to have a great time with our kids without spending a lot of money. Recently, we had a blast with these new (and old) ideas. We made great memories, had quality time with our children and didn't spend a dime! Thought we'd share the ideas with you:
Outdoor Fun: (it's cold in Chicago but whenever it hits above 50 we bundle up and go outside)
Scavenger Hunt in the Park: Write a list of 10 common things you find in a park. Head outdoors and send the kids searching. We declare everyone a winner and have cookies as a prize. To length the activity, have each child decorate a brown paper lunch bag to put their treasures they find outside.
Glassic "Gym Class" Games: In our backyard we play all the old classic games I loved as a child. Our favorites are "red light/ green light" and "Simon Says"
Indoor Fun: (alas, for months now we have played mostly indoors)
Choose your own Adventure Storytelling: Remember those books? This is basically the same idea except done with storytelling instead of reading. I start a make believe story and after a few minutes give the kids an option for how the story will proceed. For example, 1) the princess will cross over the river to see what is in land ahead or 2) the princess will go back through the woods to find the prince
Campfire Sing-Alongs (known in our family as "smores around the stove") Most kids love smores... help them make them indoors using your stove and then sing familiar songs as you enjoy!
Love the MADE IN THE USA trend... seems like everything old is new again!
These days there is a lot of buzz about the importance and value of supporting American made products. Hoohobbers has proudly manufactured all of our products in the USA for more than 30 years. Some of our other favorite Made in the USA companies are...
Green Toys Three Crazy Monkeys Maple Landmarks Ciao Bella Natural bath and body
Hoohobbers buzzes around the holidays as loyal customers continually come back to buy their favorite Christmas and Hannukah gifts. Here is a list of classic, popular products that make great gifts! Personalized Rocking Chair: one of the original products. Kids love to feel like something is their own. This chair is light-weight enough for them to drag to their favorite spot and the perfect size for any child age 1 1/2-4.
Child Art Easel: With four art options (chalk, whiteboard, magnets and paper) this easel will satisfy every little artist. One of this easel's most unique feature is that it grows with your child from tabletop height all the way to 46".
Rocking Horse: It's lightweight, folds for travel and storage and has a soft head so your little one's noses will be bump free! What more could you want from this adorable horse!
With December well under way, so too are holiday traditions. A favorite in our family dates back to the days when I was a little girl eagerly anticipating Santa's arrival. The tradition is the early elf and he visits your house sometime in early December. His visit signals the beginning of the Christmas season. When I was young we would know the early elf had come because he left a small present by our bed in the middle of the night. We never saw him or heard him but the day he arrived was a magical one to us. My sister recently began the tradition with her two young boys by purchasing the book, "The Elf on the Shelf" by Carol Aebersol. This adorable gift set came with a small elf figurine and a book that tells the tale of the elf's arrival, his purpose in your home and how your kids can interact with him on a daily basis. A week into it and the kids love it!
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For 30 years Hoohobbers has maintained a few core values that have led us as we run a company and raise our families as well. This blog is dedicated to value-driven discussion and ideas. Amongst our core values are high quality, excellent customer service and sophisticated, traditional design with a modern slant.