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Hello!

My name is Mali! I’m from a company called HABA and I am very curious. At least, that’s what the grownups say about me. There are so many interesting things to discover in the world! But some things are really complicated, so I have loads of questions. Fortunately for me, the people at HABA are very nice and explain everything I want to know. And then I can tell you all the new things I have learned.

Sincerely yours, Mali

April: Who paints the HABA play figures so colorfully? 

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Dear HABA Toy Production,

Yesterday afternoon, my family and I made a wonderful Easter decoration. We painted white, plastic Easter eggs in all different colors and hung them outside on a bush. Afterwards I asked if we could play a round of Rabbit Rally. That was so much fun! But while we were playing, I also wondered, how does HABA manage to paint their play figures so colorfully and evenly?

Sincerely yours,
Mali

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Alexander from HABA toy production

Dear Mali,

Thank you for telling me about your lovely afternoon with your family. The weeks before Easter are truly an excellent time for crafts and playing games together. Since you enjoy Rabbit Rally so much, I have another Easter game tip for you, Carrot pinching! This game also contains delightful, colorful rabbit play figures. But, like all wooden game materials in HABA games, they are not painted one at a time. With the enormous number of play figures that we produce every day, that is simply not possible. Let me explain to you, dear Mali, how a colorful wooden figure emerges from a board. For example, let’s follow the creation of the delightful rabbit from your game. Before a piece of wood can be used in toy production, it has to dry for some time in the drying chamber. Then there are several steps to take until individual rabbit figures are cut out of long wooden slats with a special saw. Next, the figures are sanded, so all edges and curves are nice and smooth. So far, the rabbits are still ‘naked.’ They need color! So, the rabbits are sent off to the paint shop where there are large barrels of water-soluble, ecologically sound and child-appropriate paint in a variety of colors. Here is where the rabbits take their color bath. Interesting, isn’t it? But I bet you’re wondering how they get their cute faces? A special pad printing machine does this job. When the rabbits are completely dry, they are laid in the game box with the other game materials. This last step is done by hand.
So, dear Mali, now you know how the amusing rabbits from your game come to be. I wish you loads of fun hunting for Easter eggs this Easter and hope the Easter Bunny has hidden some wonderful surprises for you!

Sincerely yours,
Alexander

March: What does Spring look like? 

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Dear HABA Package Designer,

Yesterday, we took a walk through the park with our kindergarten group. Along the way, our teacher said she was so happy that spring is finally knocking at the door. I am also really looking forward to Spring and spend all my time looking around for him. I look and look, but simply can’t find him. Now I’m worried that he will come and I won’t see him! Do you know what Spring looks like? How will I recognize him?

Sincerely yours,

Mali

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Dana from the HABA packaging design

Dear Mali,

Don’t be worried, there is no way you can miss seeing Spring! When the days become longer and you can see more and more sunshine, Nature begins to wake up from her winter’s sleep. The grass begins to grow again, the trees sprout new buds and beautiful, fresh flowers shoot up from the ground. The animals are happy, too, when Spring returns again. You can hear the birds singing so many different songs. Some are very loud and others are quieter, just like a real concert. Not only can you hear, see and feel Spring, you can also taste it! I bet you are wondering how you can do that, aren’t you dear Mali?
That’s easy. You and your parents simply take a flower pot out on the terrace or balcony and fill it with fresh earth. Now, sprinkle some seeds in it, for example, radish seeds. With a bit of patience and care, you will soon be able to harvest fresh, tasty radishes that you have planted all by yourself! They are so delicious on bread or just as a healthy snack. Gardening is so much fun! Try it out, Mali, and you will be amazed out delicious Spring can taste! 
Of course, you can enjoy Spring in your children’s room just as much as you can outside in Nature. For example, you will find lots of springtime in the fabric garland daisies, the mobile dandelion dream or the rug floral wreath as well as many other HABA children’s rooms accessories. Naturally, all these products need to be packaged in attractive springtime trappings before they go off to the stores and come to you and your parents at home. That’s what we do at HABA packaging design. We work closely with designers, product managers, photographers and writers, making sure that the photos and texts are nicely arranged on the packaging. We work with special computer programs and have a great many fresh springtime colors. You can see them on packages such as My Very First Games – Hanna Honeybee or My Very First Games – Little Garden. Both of these games for small children are all about bees and gardening. So, as you can see, we at Packaging Design are also very busy when spring comes knocking at the door.  
Now, I wish you and your family loads of fun discovering the wonders of Spring. Maybe you would like to pick a bouquet of fresh springtime flowers for your mommy? I bet that would make her extraordinarily happy!

Sincerely yours,

Dana

February: Why can’t I dress up like a witch every day? 

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Dear HABA Decorating Team,

Should I tell you what I will be at our kindergarten Mardi Gras party? I’m going as a beastly, gruesome witch with a huge witch’s hat and cloak! Naturally, I have a magic wand with bewitching powers! Everybody better watch out at Mardi Gras, especially those boys who are always teasing me! Do you like to dress up as much as I do? Can’t we dress up more often, instead of only at Mardi Gras? 

Sincerely yours,

Mali

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Dorothea from the HABA Deco Team

Dear Mali,

You certainly have picked out a gruesomely lovely costume! And I bet those boys in your kindergarten group are going to keep a safe distance from such a wild witch! I also love to think up an extraordinary costume each time Mardi Gras comes around, especially something totally unique. You certainly know how much fun it is to put on a costume and makeup, slipping into a role of someone completely different for a day. That’s probably why so many children and grownups love Mardi Gras, Fastnacht or Carnival. Depending on the region, the “crazy days” have different names and are also celebrated differently. Mardi Gras is celebrated with enthusiasm in many European countries, including France, Belgium and Italy. But the most famous Carnival, known for its fantastic costumes, is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   

As you can see, dear Mali, Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world, but only at a special time of year. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dress up at other times! How about turning your next birthday into a costume party? You can have a certain theme or let your guests dress up in the costumes they like best. Dressing up is wonderful fun, not only at Mardi Gras! You can get some ideas by taking a look at HABA’s wonderful children’s costumes and role games accessories. In no time, you and your friends can become valiant knights, sassy witches, scary vampires or enchanting princesses and fairies. A well-filled dress-up trunk is every child’s dream, but with a little bit of fantasy, HABA costumes can be easily adapted. Just ask your mommy or daddy if you can borrow some of their clothes and accessories. 
  
I wish you a wonderful Mardi Gras party in kindergarten and loads of fun dressing up all year round. And perhaps you could invite the boys in your kindergarten group to a costume party? Playing and celebrating together, especially when dressing up and creating exotic new worlds together is not only great fun, it also makes fast friends!

Sincerely yours,

Dorothea

January: Why is winter cold? 

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Dear HABA Asia Team,

Do you know what I like most about Christmas? Snow! When it snows, I want to run outside right away and build a snowman or go sledding. But Mommy always says I must put on warm clothes first, so I don’t get sick. After all, she says, it’s winter and cold outside. Why is that? And is it so cold where you are, too?

Best regards,

Mali

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Felix from the HABA Asia Team

Dear Mali,

I can easily understand why snow fascinates you! Many, many children all around the world feel the same way about snow. Grownups like snow, too. Particularly when they enjoy doing winter sports or walking through a snowy-white winter landscape. But there are times when the grownups groan when it snows, like when they have to drive the car on slippery, snowy roads. Still, you wanted to know why it is so cold in the winter. That has to do with how the Earth is tilted. In summer, the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards the sun, and in the winter, it tilts away from the sun. That means that we are further away from the sun in winter, so it gets cold. You will learn more about exactly how that works in school. But I can tell you something else that is really interesting. Here in Hong Kong, where HABA Asia has its office, it’s also winter in January, but it never gets cold and the children here have never seen snow. In Hong Kong, the climate is damp and tropical and the temperature stays around 25 degrees all year round. We can walk outside in t-shirts all the time, even in winter! It’s not only like that here, but also in other countries on other continents. The Earth has many, very different climate zones. If you look at a globe or map of the world at home, you can see how the Equator circles around the center of the Earth. The area around the Equator is the warmest in the world, and the farther away you live from the Equator, the colder it gets. All the way up or down to the Arctic or Antarctic, the coldest places on the planet. That is something else you will discover much, much more about in school.  

The seasons and how they change is something very beautiful, because Nature looks very different each season. Our Puzzles The Seasons lets you discover summer, spring, fall and winter again and again, any time of the year. It’s always fun, no matter what the weather. Since you love the snow and being outside, you would have loads of fund with HABA’s Bricklayer set. In the winter, when it snows, you can build a fantastic igloo…and in summer an excellent sand castle!

Whether you play indoors or outside, I wish you a beautiful winter. Enjoy it, Mail, it only comes around once a year!

Best regards,

Felix

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