1. Playtime Is Serious Business for Kids’ Development

    Playtime Is Serious Business for Kids’ Development

    Ever wonder what exactly a kid is getting out of playtime? Does it just look like a chance to blow off steam to you?

    While it can be a great stress reliever for children, it’s also a key element of their development. What they are learning while playing can help them for life.

    This article will show you some of the biggest benefits to playtime and ways to encourage your child to spend less time on screens and more time using their heads and bodies. Let’s look at how playtime can help them.

    Your Child Will Have a Strong Body

    Kids these days sit around a lot. They spend a lot of time watching television, playing on the computer and tablets, and they don’t spend as much time outside testing their limits as kids did a generation or two ago.

    By encouraging active playtime you will help them build muscles, strength, and improve their cardiovascular system. You’ll also be keeping their weight in check, which will help them avoid childhood obesity.

    To excite your child about doing active play, buy or borrow an assortment of balls and other equipment they can use for playtime. And make sure they have plenty of time at parks using the equipment there.

    They’ll Have the Confidence Levels of a Rock Star

    Nothing can make a kid feel good about themselves quite like accomplishing a goal they’ve set out to do. Whether they’re climbing to the top of a big slide and summoning up all their courage to slide down or using their creativity to dream up a life-like imaginary friend, they’ll be proud of their feats.

    To help your child foster a healthy amount of confidence, you should give them a chance to handle their own challenges. Don’t swoop in at the first sign of discomfort or struggle. If you solve all their problems for them, they won’t get to be the hero in their own story.

    They’ll Get To Do What Interests Them

    What’s life without passion? Kids really come alive when they get to pursue things that interest them. So much of their time may be spent on what their parents or caregivers want them to do. That doesn’t leave a lot of opportunity for following their hearts.

    To make sure you’re not inadvertently keeping your child from their passion, watch them closely. See what makes them light up and laugh. Do they love music? Be part of their makeshift band where they use a bowl and a wooden spoon for a drum. Sing and dance with them to let them see that everybody has a silly side to set free sometimes.

    Be An Encourager

    When it comes to playtime, you need to recognize how important it is to your child’s development. Don’t be a person who dismisses the value of playtime as something frivolous and unnecessary.

    Channel your inner child and put yourself in your child’s shoes. Make sure they have all the playtime opportunities and access to equipment that they need. Their future selves will thank you for making them strong, confident, healthy, and imaginative.

    Thank you to our friend Jenny Silverstone from Mom Loves Best for sharing with us!
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  2. Scoot Here, Scoot There, Scoot EVERYWHERE!

    Scoot Here, Scoot There, Scoot EVERYWHERE!

    Scoot here, scoot there, scoot EVERYWHERE… these wheels won’t let you down!

    Micro Kickboard is the U.S. distributer of a Swiss company, Micro-Mobility, selling the best scooters and kickboards in the nation.

    Well, “How do you know it’s THE BEST?” you may be thinking.

    Micro Kickboard is known for their simple design and excellent engineering. Micro has been awarded worldwide, multiple times, for its prestigious designs. These high end designs have transformed scootering all over the world!

    Scooters are an amazingly fun way to encourage outdoor play. Kickboard USA's safe, durable, and incredibly maneuverable polyurethane wheels and handlebar make riding as smooth and easy as can be. The deck is designed with raised silicone micro grip for added safety. Easily adjustable handlebars make this scooter just right for growing kids!

    The T-bar is even removable for frustration-free storage and travel! Even better, Kickboards are known for being the quietest lean-to-steer scooter.

    Micro offers scooters for ages ranging from 1 to 99+. All scooters come in different bright colors and some even have LED lights to make the ride brighter and more fun!

    The Micro Mini 2 Go Deluxe Scooter is recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. This scooter is designed to grow with your child! It starts off as a seat with removable storage underneath for any belongings. Your toddler can learn balance and coordination all while enjoying the outdoors. Once they are comfortable, the seat can be taken off and the handle bar height can be adjusted for your child to get scooting while standing up!

    Micro Mini 2 Go Scooter

    The Micro Mini Deluxe scooter is for children ages 2-5 years with a weight capacity up to 75 lbs and an adjustable T-bar to accommodate the little ones as they grow. Your child will love “surfing the sidewalk” and you will love all the fun and exercise it brings to the family.

    Mini Deluxe Scooter

    The Micro Maxi Deluxe scooter is for children ages 5-12 years with a max weight of 150 pounds. Kids learn to steer and improve their balance while enjoying a completely smooth ride due to the polyurethane wheels. This scooter is great for a variety of ages!

    Maxi Deluxe

    Wherever you’re going, Micro will take you! Not only does Micro make spectacular scooters, they encourage families to get outside and get exercise! We also encourage your children to always wear a helmet whenever riding their Micro scooter.

    Scoot scoot on over to Wonder Works to get the award winning Micro Kickboards now!

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  3. 10 Ways to Use Your Corkcicle

    10 Ways to Use Your Corkcicle

    Have you joined the CORKCICLE CRAZE yet?!

    The craze is real - and for good reason! Corkcicles keep your drink cold up to 25 hours (more if you use ice!) and hot up to 12 hours.

    There’s ZERO condensation. No more rings on your table or wet hands!

    Corkcicles are triple insulated stainless steel, super durable, and have easy-grip sides and a screw on cap.

    I am personally Corkcicle obsessed.

    My daily “leaving the house” check list looks like this:

    • Keys

    • Wallet

    • Purse

    • Phone

    • Corkcicle

    Here are 10 ways to use your Corkcicle, the ultimate accessory!

    1. Keep your drinks cold on a hot beach day-

    We know nothing beats the heat of South Carolina, especially when spending your day at the beach. Instead of lugging a giant cooler filed with water bottles, bring your Corkcicle! Your drinks will stay cold all day! The 60oz Corkcicle will keep plenty of water refreshingly cold… or even two bottles of wine for mom and dad!

    Beach Corkcicle

    2. Keep your cocoa hot on a cold winter day-

    Not only do Corkcicles keep your drinks cold, they ALSO keep them hot. Whether it is hot cocoa, coffee, or apple cider…. Corkcicle is the canteen for you! There’s nothing worse than when your hot drink cools off! Beverage disaster averted!

    Cold Day Corkcicle

    3. When one glass of wine just isn’t enough-

    The 24oz Corkcicle can hold an ENTIRE bottle of wine… or upgrade to the 60oz canteen that holds TWO bottles! Pop open the bottle, pour it into your canteen, and you have chilled wine ready for the entire day! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!

    Wine Corkcicle

    4. Morning smoothie or weekend milkshake-

    Are you a smoothie or milkshake person? Whichever you are, that shake needs to stay cold! I drink a green smoothie every day after the gym. Before, by the time I finished my workout, my smoothie would always be melted and warm… ew! Now with the Corkcicle, my green smoothie stays cold and I stay happy!

    Corkcicles

    5. To save the environment-

    Have you joined the “no straw” challenge this summer?! JUMP on the no plastic train to save the sea turtles, starting at Wonder Works! We carry Corkcicle stainless steel straws that are eco and turtle friendly. Slip them into your bag, and you have plastic-free straws ready to use at all times! Let’s make a difference together!

    Eco Friendly Straws

    6. To be more like Oprah-

    One of Oprah’s favorite things of 2017 was the Stemless Corkcicle! Oprah said that not only does it keeps your drinks hot or cold for hours but it keeps “soccer moms happy right through overtime." The stemless is available in 8 bold colors, holds 12oz, and is perfect for wine, cocktails, tea, sangria and more.

    Stemless corkcicle

    7. To continue your coffee addiction-

    The Corkcicle Tumbler is a mommy favorite. Depending on how much coffee keeps you going, the tumbler comes as a 12oz, 16oz, or 24oz. If you, like everyone else we know, drink coffee or tea every day, this tumbler is a GREAT investment. Bring your tumbler with you to Starbucks or your favorite coffee shop, and have the barista fill your tumbler instead of their cups. Help save the environment! WIN WIN!

    Tumbler

    8. As a thermos for your baby milk-

    Keep your baby’s milk in a cute Corkcicle! It is easy to carry around, have in your bag, and open and close with no mess! We also have a 9oz Corkcicle that is perfect for little hands. Add on a straw top converter to prevent messes!

    9oz Corkcicle

    9. Camping and hiking-

    Whether you’re backpacking an entire weekend, hiking for the day, or camping for a week, water is a necessity! Corkcicle offers so many different sizes, you're sure to find the perfect size for your trip! The 64oz is amazing for long weekends to keep you hydrated while the 24oz is great to slip into your backpack side pocket for the day. Whatever you neeed, we got you!

    24oz Corkcicle

    10. Last but not least…. ON THE BOAT-

    Boating is an essential part of a summer in Charleston, and the local southerners across the lowcountry love bringing their Corkcicles along for the ride. Boating is a time for families to come together - even the family pets! Enjoy a cold beverage all day long, and be sure to share with your furry friends, too!

    Boat Corkcicle

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  4. Hearthsong's Top 5 Toys for Summer 2018

    Hearthsong's Top 5 Toys for Summer 2018

    Ohhh to go back to the days of being a kid again. Life seemed so simple!!

    Playtime and toys are vital to kids’ development. Hearthsong is a company that we absolutely adore because of their wholesome products that encourage creative thinking and imaginative play.

    Hearthsong believes “childhood is a time when children need to experience as much creative, imaginative play as possible because kids experience so many of life's first lessons through play.”

    We at Wonder Works could not agree more. Children are undeniably magical!

    Hearthsong offers a wide range of products from outdoor activities to puzzles and educational toys. The company’s mantra is “Toys You’ll Feel Good about Giving.”

    Get ready to feel GREAT about these 5 Top Toys of Summer 2018 from Hearthsong that will encourage the MAGIC of childhood:

    A giant Inflatable Easel with paints. What is it about a toy being LARGE that makes it 10 times more fun?! Bring painting outside on a hot summer day and then rinse off your child’s artwork when they’re ready to create their next masterpiece!

    Inflatable Easel

    Hearthsong doesn’t stop at easels; they also offer INFLATABLE BOWLING. For BIG TIME fun this can be set up outside or indoors. Kids love kicking, throwing, and finding creative ways to knock the pins down! Your family can enjoy the game of bowling without having to make a trip to the alley!


    Inflatable Bowling

    LED Bumper Balls bring inflatables to the next level. Everyone has that one toy that they buy for their children but secretly really want to try out. This may be the one for you! LED Bumper Balls come with 2 in a pack so your child can play with a buddy.

    These giant balls are filled with glitter AND LED LIGHTS that are motion activated… so the faster they run and the more they bump, the brighter the lights!!


    Bumper Balls

    When we think of summer we think of sunny days! Unfortunately, sometimes it rains and parents need to scramble to figure out how to keep the munchkins occupied. Well, Hearthsong has just the toy for rainy days! GOLF POOL.

    Golf pool is an indoor game that twists together mini-golf and billiards! Just set up the velcro green mat on the floor and watch your kids as they start putting golf balls into the pockets!

    Golf Pool

    Summer = sunshine, smiles, and SWINGS. Hearthsong’s Regatta Boat Swing has plenty of space to fit two sailors who are ready to cast away on a mighty adventure! Don’t worry… of course this sailboat has colorful flags to fly in the wind during the long journey!

    Regatta Boat Swing

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  5. The MUST HAVE Beach Toy of 2018

    The MUST HAVE Beach Toy of 2018

    With summertime in full swing and the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's the perfect time to find beach toys to entertain your kids!

    This year, be sure to pack the newest fad in beach fun from Toyosity… THE SURFER DUDE. The world’s very first self-riding beach toy!

    Sit back, relax, and know your child is safely playing with the super cool Surfer Dude! WE LOVE this beach toy because it is ideal for shallow water play and entertains for hours! KIDS LOVE to see their surfing buddy catch every wave. Each features a cool dude or dudette with crazy hair riding a brightly colored surfboard.

    There are six to collect: they all have different names, styles, and hometowns! “Aussie” Alice is from Hawaii while “Hossegor” Hank is from France!

    They can surf EVERY wave without getting lost in the ocean or losing their board… and yes, they come back to shore EVERY time.

    Think of it like a boomerang for the water!

    First, go to your nearest Wonder Works store or order online, and have your child pick out just the right Surfer Dude! Then head to the beach.

    Surfer Dude

    When you reach the shore, your child throws the Surfer Dude into the ocean and watches him catch the waves and cruise back into shore! Kids will get exercise without even knowing it while running back and forth with their Dudes. The fun lasts for hours and even big kids join in on the fun!

    Kids with Surfer Dudes

    “Just Surf” is Surfer Dude’s mantra. This is intended to be a reminder that life is a series of ups and downs, and that it is often best to ride with the waves. Surfing is BOLD. Stepping onto a surfboard and into the endless deep ocean takes courage and strength.

    Surfer Dude

    Give your child a Surfer Dude today and set the tone for enjoying a beach trip with happy kids and bold adventures!

    Smiling with Surfer Dude

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  6. School's Out and Summer is Here!

    School's Out and Summer is Here!

    School’s out, the kids are bursting with energy, and Wonder Works is here for you! The kiddos have been sitting behind desks for far too long, and all anyone wants is to be outside enjoying the summer vibes and fresh air!

    Do you wonder how it used to be so easy to get out of the house, but now it can feel like a hassle with kids and all the gear needed for parenting?

    Make summer easy with fun, at home, ACTIVE games! Yes, we have B4 ADVENTURE products just for you!

    B4 Adventure products are designed to get your kids off the couch or tablet and running outside to play. They will never want to leave the backyard!

    Ninjas are being born all over with the incredible Ninja Line. The Ninja Line is easy to put up between two trees and includes different obstacles that attach with ease. Some of the obstacles include rings, ladders, knots and more! Similar to the idea of monkey bars, but WAY COOLER AND FUN.

    Not only do you build your own kid-friendly backyard gym, kids build overall strength AND their confidence. A customer’s son said, “I can’t wait to complete the Ninja Line and become a real Ninja Warrior!”

    For sports lovers, we have the answer for those who are getting bored with just kicking the ball around. If you want something new to grab their attention, say no more… we have a GINORMOUS SOCCER BALL. Upgrade your soccer ball now, and the fun will never end! Younger kids love pushing the ball and chasing it, while older kids enjoy passing and playing soccer games with a ball made for giants.

    Playing with a giant soccer ball all day can get very tiring in the Charleston sun, but no need to go back inside! The Aqua Sprayer is the perfect cool down water sprayer that can shoot up to 40 feet! Your children can turn into a water ninja by running around, hiding behind trees, and jumping out to spray their friends. The Aqua Sprayer is also a great companion for the pool and the beach!

    Your perfect summer day is now coming to end with the sun setting and the calm breeze cooling you off. The family is all home and the kids inevitably get a second burst of after-dinner energy. Finish your day with a family swing session in your backyard with B4 Adventure’s Dream Catcher Swing. This swing brings color to your yard and is great for all ages.

    All of these products are found online AND in our four stores. Stop in now to say hello and start your summer adventure!

    Is your child monkeying around all day? Why not monkey around on the NINJA LINE?

    Ninja Line

    Soccer is fun… but soccer can be 10x cooler with this GIANT SOCCER BALL.

    Giant Soccer Ball

    Summer is hot… especially here in Charleston. Cool down with the AQUA SPRAYER.

    Aqua Sprayer

    Grab a friend and enjoy a summer evening swinging on the DREAM CATCHER SWING.

    Dream Catcher Swing

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