Etch A Sketch

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French electrical technician André Cassagnes applied his experience with the clinging properties of an electrostatic charge to invent a mechanical drawing toy with no spare parts. He called his creation L’Ecran Magique, the magic screen. Introduced at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1959, the gadget failed to draw much attention. Numerous manufacturers passed over a chance to pick up the new toy, concluding that Cassagnes wanted too much money for it. However, the Ohio Art Company took a second look and invested $25,000, more than they had ever paid for a license. Ohio Art renamed the toy “Etch A Sketch” and began mass production later that year. Saturation advertising on television turned the toy into a must-have item for Christmas, 1960, and Ohio Art’s factory worked feverishly until noon that Christmas Eve. Etch A Sketch has changed little since then. Static charges hold a mixture of aluminum powder and tiny plastic beads to the inside of a clear plastic screen. Knobs control the horizontal and vertical rods that move a stylus where the two meet. The point scores a line across the screen’s reverse side. Experts can draw a curved or diagonal line. Turning the screen over and giving it a shake erases the picture.

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Etch A Sketch is for ages 3+ No batteries required Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. The Etch-A- Sketch is widely known as a children's toy, but did you know that it could be used for much more? Etch-A-Sketch is becoming increasingly popular as an art form. With just time and practice, you could draw almost anything on an Etch-a-Sketch.

Jennifer Garner has one of the most recognizable faces in the world, so we'll let you be the judge of whether an Etch A Sketch portrait she shared is indeed her spitting image.

The 'Yes Day' star shared a photo of the portrait that one of her children drew of her using the vintage toy.

On Instagram, Garner, 48, wrote: 'Mom: A Portrait, by a tween (who is very ready for spring break.)'

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While she didn't say which of her children was the artist, the 'tween' clue means it was likely Seraphina, 12, who is the middle child of Garner and her ex-husband, Ben Affleck. The former couple are also parents to Violet, 15, and Samuel, 9.

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Anyone who has ever used an Etch A Sketch knows just how difficult is to create a masterpiece, let alone anything that resembles more than a messy doodle.

Fans were impressed that Seraphina captured her mom's likeness, including her long hair, big eyes and a casual T-shirt. However, one person pointed out that one of Garner's trademark features was missing.

'What? Etch A Sketch doesn’t do dimples?' the person joked.

Plenty of other comments praised the young artist's work.

'That's really good actually!' one person wrote.

'But how does that actually look like you!!' another impressed fan added.

The toy also sent some people on a little nostalgia trip.


'I loved etch a sketch as a child,' one person wrote. 'I had a blue one, loved making circles on it.'

Related: The actor is already dusting off her dancing shoes.

Garner opened up last year to TODAY about what it has been like to slow down and spend more time at home during the pandemic.

“It’s OK to just be home, and I’m grateful that we’re finding ways to connect remotely while we can still sleep in our own beds at night,” she said. “I think that there are a ton of really beautiful silver linings. And my kids were so busy as well, so it’s nice to just be home and all be together.”

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