About this project
Leaving behind his career in Silicon Valley to spend more time with his daughter, Haran Yaffe wants to help build a bright future for children everywhere by reintroducing the simplistic, hands-on approach to playtime in households. That’s why he founded Ollies!
Haran first played with Ollies’ blocks as a child when they were manufactured by his father’s small toy company, “Yael’s Wooden Toys.” The company was named after Haran’s sister, Yael. When Haran introduced his own daughter, Olivia, to his original box of blocks, he realized that he wanted her to experience the same creativity and passion he had when he was growing up. Now working together, Haran and his father, Roni Yaffe, want to bring the family tradition of simple and playful learning to today’s generation. Continuing the family tradition, Haran founded “Ollies’ Wooden Blocks,” after his daughter, Olivia.
HOW DOES OLLIES WORK?
Simple, hands-on approach to playtime
Ollies Wooden Blocks are different from traditional building blocks because they truly offer endless possibilities. With nothing to limit their imagination, kids can create anything they want with these building blocks. They are enjoyable to build, and even more fun to take apart! The interlocking blocks fit each other perfectly, forming various angles and shapes. This not only prevents them from getting bored, but also encourages them to indulge in their creativity and better develop motor skills.
Ollies' Wooden Blocks can be played alone or with friends!
How Ollies' Are Made
Together, Ollies blocks encourage children to create an infinite variety of 3-D combinations.
Ollies is made from high quality Oak wood. This is combined with safe, durable, colorful interlocking plastic pegs, which makes Ollies ideal for timeless individual or interactive family play. Parents and kids alike will enjoy knowing that these creations are safe, durable and not easily destroyed. The aesthetic appeal, durability, and endless shapes available, provide an ideal toy for children that also encourages critical thinking, color and shape recognition as well as encouragement to strengthen children's fine motor skills.
*Ollies team is committed to the environment, At Ollies we do our best to use surplus Oak directly from wood artisans*
For little hands and BIG minds
The outstanding characteristic of Ollies Blocks is their simplicity. The precision-made interlocking pieces fit perfectly into each other, while the angles and positions can be changed mid-play.
Haran Wolfowitz Yaffe:
Award-winning entrepreneur, musician and motivational speaker, Haran lends his inspirational talents, traveling throughout the world as an advocate for self-empowerment and innovation. Haran was severely wounded but made a strong recovery, defying all odds.. He continues to speak on behalf of disabled veterans, hospitals and related organizations as a partner of advocacy groups and support agencies. In his free time, Haran loves to explore the world and stays active as a musician.
Roni invented the blocks in the early 80’s and brought them to life under the name “Yael Wooden Toys”. Roni is a prolific entrepreneur and inventor of water transportation and thermosolar technologies. In the late 90’s, Roni discovered the DiNA+ (Single Memory Unit). Still, the blocks are his favorite invention and the original blocks are on display at the Nurnberg Toy Museum in Germany.
Carissa Wolfovitz Yaffe:
Carissa is a gemologist, designer and stylist. Carissa is the stealer of Ollie’s cuddles and she keeps the house safe from being torn to pieces by Ollies almighty hands. Carissa leads the customer satisfaction and makes sure that everything is in order. Simply put, she’s the mother of Ollies.
Olivia Lea Wolfovitz Yaffe was originally named Sarah Connor, knowing that she will save humanity from the machines. After much deliverance she was dubbed Ollie Poppie Li AKA Ollie.
Risks and challenges
At Ollies, we strongly believe that creative play and imaginative experiences play a central role in child development. We believe that your funds will enable us to create a community which shares our values and give us the push we need to reach mass production.
Once Oliies’ Wooden Blocks are successfully funded, we’ll do our best to make sure that the production and delivery run in a timely fashion so that your wooden blocks can be delivered on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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