Back(pack) to School!!

Happy back to school time!!!

You're little one will be pretty in pink in this "Sparkalicious Glitter Backpack".

You’re little one will be pretty in pink in this “Sparkalicious Glitter Backpack”.

Hi there toy lovers!  Hope your summers were packed to the brim with fun, family and action!  But now, it’s time to get back to class…

You're gonna need a bigger boat to capture this cool catch!

You’re gonna need a bigger boat to capture this cool catch!

The terrible thing about backpacks is they're difficult to fit over butterfly wings.  Luckily, Bixbee's got it all figured out!

The terrible thing about backpacks is they’re difficult to fit over butterfly wings. Luckily, Bixbee’s got it all figured out!

Has the return to school been smooth sailing?  Does your little one have everything they need for school? Do they have the coolest backpack and lunchbox?  Or is it time for a serious upgrade?

Never fear; your friendly neighborhood Toy World is here!!  Stop by and check out our stock of school supplies.

And especially don’t miss our Bixbee backpacks and lunchboxes! These unique backpacks are fun, fabulous and philanthropic! With every backpack purchased, they will donate a backpack full of school supplies to a child in need.  What could be better?!

Bixbee Backpacks feature a special horizontal design to keep the weight evenly distributed across your kids shoulders.

Bixbee Backpacks feature a special horizontal design to keep the weight evenly distributed across your kids shoulders.  Not to mention the coolest designs.  EVER.

 

Spring Celebration!

Our Spring Celebration is Tomorrow!

We’re seeing March off in style!

Giant Paper Flowers

March is not only National Craft Month, but also the herald of spring!  And to celebrate, we’re having a little crafting party.

Come down to the store on March 30th from 1 pm-5 pm and join us in making a field of tissue paper flowers.

Field of Flowers

All you need to bring is your own two hands, we’ll provide the rest of the supplies, we’ll even teach you and your little ones the ins and outs of flower crafting.  You can keep the flowers you make to brighten up your house and it’s all 100% free!

And for all our savvy shoppers who want the crafting to continue, get 10% off all craft kit and supplies in store that day!

Hope to see you there!

This Just In!

New Lottie Dolls have just arrived.

Lighthouse Keeper Lottie Doll

“It is Open Day at Harry Point Lighthouse and Lottie is excited to explore the lighthouse and find out how it saves ships and lives. A tall tower with a light at the top, lighthouses warn ships of dangerous areas and help sailors find out where they are, especially at night. Lottie learns about the job of the lighthouse keeper; the brave men and women whose task it was to look after the light and make sure it could be seen clearly at all times.”

Lottie Dolls, outfits and accessories abound.  These fashionable ladies have been stealing headlines and winning awards ever since they arrived and we are proud to carry them in our store, and now, in greater abundance than ever!

Pandora's Box Lottie Doll

“Lottie is volunteering at Branksea Animal Shelter, helping to look after the homeless cats and dogs. One day a cardboard box is mysteriously left outside the front door with a hungry and frightened Persian cat inside. They decide to name her Pandora. Unlike the Greek myth, where a box brought unhappiness, here the arrival of Pandora is a cause for joy and fresh hope. Lottie helps to nurse Pandora back to health and make sure that her furry coat is kept clean and fluffy.”

Get accessories, pets and outfits for your existing dolls, or check out our newest dolls, after all, a girl’s gotta have her friends around.

Raspberry Ripple Lottie Doll Outfit

“It’s raspberry season again! Lottie enjoys going outside to pick plump and juicy raspberries straight from the bushes. It’s messy work, but worth it!”

Lottie Dolls have created quite a stir, they’ve received 19 awards in the UK, Canada and right here in the USA, including 5 Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards.  These dolls reflect the girls who play with them, they don’t wear make-up or heels and promote a positive, and healthy body-image.  And these dolls don’t just play dress-up, they’re active, interesting and intelligent with places to go and things to do.  Find a doll that reflects your daughters’ interests, not just her looks.

New Marshmallow Guns!

The new double barrel marshmallow gun is in!

Marshmallow Fun Company's Double Shooter

One of many products we tried and tested at Toy Fest West, this one is by far one of our favorites.  This fun, flavorful blaster is tons of squishy, soft, marshmallowy fun for the whole family.  Whether you’re adding to a collection of marshmallow blasters or picking one up for the first time this gun is worth every penny.

Also in: the snapdragon.  This little baby sits nicely between your knuckles and fires just like a slingshot, but of course, to be used with only the softest of ammo.

Marshmallow Fun Company's Snapdragon

Holding the snapdragon between your fingers makes it much easier to steady and aim then a traditional slingshot.

 

And to add to your fun, pick up one of the official Marshmallow Gun Company’s talking targets.  It will give your kids something to shoot at other than you :)

Marshmallow Fun Company's official talking target

Their Most Prized Possessions

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Julius, 3, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti has traveled around the world photographing kids with their favorite toys and most prized possessions.

The results are really very touching; no matter how much or how little children have, they all love to play, and feel a special connection to the toys they do own.

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Tyra, 3, Stockholm, Sweden

What are your children’s favorite toys?  You might be surprised by what they choose.  Though their answer may change from day to day, such a simple question can offer you unique insight into your children’s world.

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Watcharapon, 4, Bangkok, Thailand.

Though Galimberti’s photos show only one moment, there’s no reason yours can’t extend through the years.  What a perfect, unique way to document your little ones as they get older, showing not only their physical growth but also how they’ve changed through the years.

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Naya, 3, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica.

Click here to learn more about Galimberti’s work.

Fanciful Femo Food

Make your own delicate, decorative clay food.

Polymer Clay Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting, Strawberries and Chocolate Shavings.

It’s easier than you think to make delicious looking miniature polymer food for your tiny friends.  And it all comes out so sweet, you’ll have to resist the urge to give it a taste!

Here are our tips and tricks to take your clay craft to the next level. Continue reading

Bountiful Bunnies!

 More stuffed animals than we know what to do with…

Blossom Bunny Rabbit by Melissa & Doug

Uh-oh.  Someone left the rabbits all alone last night and they’ve done what rabbits do best . . . multiplied!

 

Which means we have more than we can handle!  The only solution is to find them all a forever home of their own,  with you!

Aurora's Bitty Bunny Assortment in Lavender, Pink and Mint.

 

Please come adopt a sweet, cuddly bunny of your own, just in time for Spring.  You can never have too many of these fluffy friends in your life or in your bed!

Stop by and pick the perfect pal for someone you love!

 

New Stuffies

Adorable new stuffed animals have just arrived!

Wobbly Brown Puppy

Wobbly Bobblees Brown Puppy from Aurora

Don’t you just love it, when your puppy cocks his head to the side, as if he’s listening to every word you’re saying?!  Wobbly Wobbly Bobblees Dog from AuroraBobblees have got that look down pat.  They cock their heads, tilting from one side to the other, and if you give them a little shake, they’ll wobble like your favorite bobble head.

No batteries involved, these little guys’ heads wobble all on their own, and they’reWobbly Bobblees Cat from Aurora soft through and through.

When these little guys tilt their heads and look up at you, it’ll be love at first sight, we pinky promise.Wobbly Bobblees Monkey from Aurora

We’re Having a Party!

We’re seeing March off in style!

Giant Paper Flowers

March is not only National Craft Month, but also the herald of spring!  And to celebrate, we’re having a little crafting party.

Come down to the store on March 30th from 1 pm-5 pm and join us in making a field of tissue paper flowers.

Field of Flowers

All you need to bring is your own two hands, we’ll provide the rest of the supplies, we’ll even teach you and your little ones the ins and outs of flower crafting.  You can keep the flowers you make to brighten up your house and it’s all 100% free!

And for all our savvy shoppers who want the crafting to continue, get 10% off all craft kit and supplies in store that day!

Hope to see you there!

Premium Sketchbook

Premium Sketchbook

For all you artists, designers, fashionistas and even doodlers, we are excited to carry the perfect sketchbook for you.  To hold your ideas and designs is no small feat and requires more than an ordinary sketchbook and Peter Pauper Press has delivered.

SketchbookThis big black book will hold your art with simplicity and style, no over-the-top art from some other artist decorates the cover, we’ve left the decoration to the true artist; you.  Fill the pages with your ideas and observations, you have 96 of them to fill, so it will take you some time to reach the end.

Love a drawing and want to frame it?  Hate one and want to burn it?  No problem, every page is micro-perforated, so small you can barely tell, for easy tear-free removal from your journal.Micro Perferation

Every detail has been seen to in this black beauty, from the high quality 128 gsm sketchpaper to the binding itself which lies flat to ease the artist’s creative flow.  The 8.5″ x 11″ journal is ideal for dry media; pencil, charcoal, Conte crayon, chalk pastel and specialty pens.

Complete the gift with Peter Pauper’s Studio Series Micro-Line Pen Set.  These specialty pens are waterproof, and fade-proof with no bleed through.  With a consistent, smooth flow of ink, these pens are perfect for bringing your sketches and illustrations to life.  The set includes six pens of varying size.

This sketchbook is the perfect gift for someone special.  Art is for us all, to observe the world and capture it, or recreate it according to our wishes, but we must nurture it and let it grow when we are young.  Give a young artist a gift they will treasure; encourage their creativity and give it room to blossom and mature.