1. First Day of Fall FUN!

    First Day of Fall FUN!

    Happy first day of Fall!! With Fall comes large sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and a little more indoor play than we have been used to! Goodbye pool days and hello after school activities!

    Wondering how you’ll entertain the kids? Have no fear!!! CREATIVITY FOR KIDS IS HERE!

    Wonder Works has an entire section of crafts for all ages. With Creativity for Kids, childhood creativity lasts a lifetime! Their mission is to provide children with experiences that stimulate and encourage their natural creativity. Creativity develops children’s problem solving and critical thinking skills that are needed to achieve lifelong success!

    What better way to start off Fall than a PIZZA PARTY WITH CREATIVITY FOR KIDS!

    But wait…. FIRST you and your kids can plant your own pizza garden inside your house! Head over to Wonder Works and grab your very own “Plant a Pizza Garden” for ages 6+!

    Now that you have your pizza kit it’s time for the fun to begin!

    1. Decorate your pizza tray!

    Plant a Pizza Garden from Faber Castell comes with stickers consisting of basil, tomato, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives and more! Start off your pizza by decorating the tray with all of the fun stickers! Don’t forget to add the seed labels and pizza crust!

    Stickers

    2. Plant!

    Everything you need is included in this kit- just add water! In the plastic planting trays add soil and then add the basil, oregano, sweet peppers, and tomato seeds! All of the seed packs have facts on the back to help educate your children while making their garden.

    Plant Pizza Garden

    3. Water!

    Place the pizza tray in a sunny window. With the special garden mister, water the seeds every day!

    Water Pizza Garden

    4. Grow!

    In a few days, your seeds will start to sprout! Watch the seeds grow every single day. After a few weeks, your seedlings will need more room to grow! All you’ll need to do is re-plant them to an outdoor area.

    Plant a Pizza Garden

    Okay now that the basil, oregano, sweet peppers, and tomatoes that YOU GREW have grown, it is time for that pizza party!!!

    Order pizza, microwave pizza, or for added family fun have a HOMEMADE PIZZA NIGHT! Grab some dough at the store or make your own! (We LOVE this easy and fast recipe!). Then add sauce and cheese, and get cooking with the little ones! Once the pizza is ready, don’t forget to add the toppings that you grew in your very own home!! We hope you enjoy the magic of the Pizza Garden! Tag us in your pictures as you watch your garden grow @wonderworkstoys on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    Happy planting!

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  2. Plus-Plus HOW TO

    Plus-Plus HOW TO

    Plus-Plus is a hot new construction toy that kids can’t get enough of! Plus-Plus has ONE SHAPE with ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. Every piece is shaped as a double plus sign, hence the name “Plus-Plus.”

    All Plus-Plus come as vibrant colors in a cylindrical tube that’s easy to throw into any bag! We have heard from many parents that they love Plus-Plus as an easy on-the-go toy. Bring it on the plane, to dinner, or in the car!

    Kids are able to make 3-D builds or 2-D mosaics. Each tube comes with instructions on how to make a different 3-D build with different colors depending on the design. The more imagination… the more fun!! Plus-Plus comes in two sizes, the Basic and the BIG. Plus-Plus BIG is great for smaller hands or bigger ideas.

    Here are some Plus-Plus HOW TO descriptions you could print out for your kid(s) to offer more Plus-Plus building FUN!

    1. Create a 2-D mosaic of the alphabet and numbers!

    Plus Plus

    2. Now that you’ve conquered letters and numbers... create a 2-D mosaic of people!

    Plus Plus 2D

    3. DING DING…. LEVEL UP! Build a 3-D face!

    Plus plus 3D face

    4. That was too easy… can you build a 3-D flower?!

    Plus Plus flower

    5. Wow, you are getting really good at this! Try making a 3-D backhoe!

    PLus Plus backhoe

    6. You have reached the final level!! Warning: this one is super difficult. Create a… drumroll please… 3-D BUNNY!

    Plus Plus Bunny

    Plus Plus 3D Bunny

    For more complicated builds visit plus-plus.us/plus-plus-instructions and follow along to the videos with your kids! Plus-Plus is fun for the whole family and can be found at all of our Wonder Works stores! Come say hi!

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  3. The Holidays Just Got Easier with Layaway at Wonder Works!

    The Holidays Just Got Easier with Layaway at Wonder Works!

    Fa la la la la! The countdown to Christmas has begun at Wonder Works! Beginning September 5, Wonder Works will offer Layaway in our Mount Pleasant and West Ashley stores! Layaway will help you lock down the hottest toys of the season in time for holiday celebrations. Plan ahead and avoid the stress of last-minute shopping - no crowds, no fuss, and you're sure to nab the season's hottest toys before they fly off the shelves. Visit us today and begin your holiday shopping!  

    4 Top Secret Layaway Advantages from the Wonder Works Elves to you!

     

    1. Decrease Holiday Stress with Layaway.

    Start your layaway today! Shop now and avoid the holiday traffic! You pay 1/3 at the beginning and the rest later. We elves will keep track of all your orders; it's easy!  

    2. We Wrap Your Gifts For You!

    Just call us by December 14th requesting complimentary wrapping and pick up your wrapped gifts on December 15th! Now that's magic!  

    3. Share Your Layaway with Family Members!

    They can pitch in and purchase some of the toys from your layaway. Your child's wish list is bound to come true!  

    4. You Will Have All Of The Hottest Items

    All of this year's trendiest toys will be safe and secure in your layaway, even if the store has sold out!   If you have any questions about Wonder Works layaway policies, please call or visit one of our four Charleston stores and a magical Wonder Worker elf will be more than happy to help!   Happy shopping!

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  4. School Can Start for All Ages This Year!

    School Can Start for All Ages This Year!

    School is right around the corner, and we are PREPARED with toys from Fat Brain designed to EDUCATE your kids!

    As the older kids are making their way to the school bus and learning how to read and write, your little ones can be at home learning too! Stimulating your children’s senses and fine motor skills is important for young brain development. Fat Brain focuses on fun and educational toys that little hands can’t get enough of!

    We love Fat Brain for their safe, colorful, smooth products that families in South Carolina have grown to love. These developmental treasures are always in high demand - our magic makers know to keep those shelves restocked all day every day!

    Fat Brain’s pipSquigz, Suction Kupz, and Spoolz are the ultimate "KEEP THEIR ATTENTION TOYS.”

    These 3 Fat Brain toys all have vibrant and bright colors, soft textures, and easy grips. They are durable, stimulate the senses, and encourage fine motor skills.

    Suction Kupz and pipSquigz are perfect for the high chair, stroller, and bath tub, and they can travel anywhere. Spoolz inspire hours of playtime exploration. Parents and children both adore these simple yet versatile play toys!

    PipSquigz are little colorful suction suckers for 6 months and up. The bumps and wavy ridges are perfect for stimulating touch, the vibrant colors stimulate vision, and the light rattle and suction “POP” stimulate hearing. And in the midst of all this sensory stimulation, these cool little suckers engage both fine and gross motor skills!

    Pipsquigz

    Suction Kupz come as a set of 6 silicone cups with suction on the bottom, making the same “POP” sound as the pipSquigz. My 10 month old and 2 year old nieces can’t get enough of these Kupz! The 2 year old pretends she is drinking coffee like mommy while her little sister is teething with them.

    Fat Brain Suction Kupz

    Spoolz are a set of 7 colorful spools that are a great stacking toy. But that’s not all they do! Watch as your kids roll them across the playroom, balance them, and push their creativity. There are endless STACKABILITIES!

    Spoolz

    Now onto a Fat Brain SPHERICAL toy!

    Tobbles Neo is another great stacking toy that adds in the physics of motion and tactile curves. This toy is perfect for awakening touch and dynamic play.

    Similar to other Fat Brain toys, it has an easy grip and is for awesome for sensory exploration, coordination, and fine motor skills. Tobbles Neo includes 6 vibrant and weighted spheres. Little hands can’t get enough of the stacking, wobbling, tilting, and balancing!

    Tobbles Neo

    But Shape Magic doesn’t stop there! We also have the OOMBEECUBE!

    This cube has six tethered shapes attached to it! The strings are strong and secure so shapes are never lost. Each shape is textured for textile exploration and made of 100% food-grade silicone; PERFECT for teething! The vibrant colored shapes each slide smoothly into their respective slots. Your child can discover colors and shapes while playing with their OOMBEECUBE!

    Oombee Cube

    TWIRL IT, SPIN IT, and sit back as your child plays for hours!

    The Mini Spinny has been a Fat Brain favorite since it came into stores. The whole Lowcountry was asking for it and our shelves have been constantly refilled!

    The Mini Spinny is a go-anywhere sensory toy with three bright propellers that twirl down a corkscrew pole. Your child keeps flipping it over and over again watching the propellers spin and twirl! This toy encourages sensory exploration ad strengthens growing brains!

    MiniSpinny

    Fat Brain couldn’t stop there… last year they introduced the SPINAGAIN! The FIRST EVER stacking and twirling toy!

    This product is a corkscrew pole with 6 dual colored discs (from largest to smallest) that spin fast and then smooth to settle on the base. Kids love watching the discs twirl down the pole and then flipping it over to see them all spin off. They continue to SPINAGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN… your toddlers will be busy for hours!

    Spin Again

    School can start for all ages this fall! Just head over to your nearest Wonder Works and pick up your favorite Fat Brain toy. We hope to see you soon!

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  5. 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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  6. 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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