1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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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