Last month was all about design and this month we are talking color, so this seems like the perfect time to bring up Colorforms. Created in 1951 by two art students, Colorforms came into being when Harry and Patricia Kislevitz experimented with flexible vinyl as a wall paint alternative.
Originally geared towards artists, Colorforms took off commercially once they were packaged with background boards and marketed for kids. Not only did they give us Colorforms, the Kislevitzes were decades ahead of the wall decal trend.
Colorforms were the first plastic-based creative toy and one of the first toys advertised on television. A pioneer in toy-licensing, Colorforms entered the fray with their 1957 Popeye forms. Today you can find Colorforms featuring Yo Gabba Gabba, Michael Jackson, Fancy Nancy, and the illustrations of Mo Willems and Eric Carle, among many others. For the 60th anniversary of the product last year, Colorforms reissued the original set pictured above that includes 350 Colorforms, a play board and spiral bound activity book.
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