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Over the craziness of Holiday Season at Wonder World Toy Store & Baby Boutique, I began to notice just how popular Classic Games. What is a Classic Game? I consider a Classic Game to be anything that came out before the 2000s and you probably played them with you grandparents. Think “childhood memories” for Millennials and older. Classic games can also be played with multiple generations together.


So why are Classic Games making a comeback? They were flying off the shelves this past Holiday Season with many of the purchasers saying “I don’t think he [gift receiver] has ever played this game before.” With technology being a dominant source for entertainment, people are forcing the younger generation to play Classic Games.

What are some popular Classic Games?

Scrabble




Yahtzee



Chutes & Ladders


Clue


Pretty Pretty Princess




The list can go on and on, but you get the idea.


Why should the younger generations take time off electronics to play these (and other) games?

  1. Human Interaction- playing a game with people creates a fun moment in time that forces you to interact with real people rather than staring a screen.

  2. It’s Fun- you will laugh during some point of playing any game. Even if it’s just a chuckle from a funny word that is played during Scrabble. There WILL be laughter.

  3. Creates Strategy Building Skills- every move in a board game is all about strategy with little goals throughout.

  4. Creates Brain Power- no matter the age, your board game has you do something that forces you to think without you even realizing it.

  5. Decreases Stress- this coincides with fun. When you’re having fun, stress is decreased.

With these reasons, I hope you grab a Classic Game and play one with someone!

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Do you always see these pictures pop up on Pinterest that look amazing, but you need to buy a million things and then your popsicle stick frame suddenly costs a hundred dollars and you have a million popsicle sticks leftover? I've got you the solution! I used this craft kit to create a LOVE sign using your child's hand and foot print.





Wooden Pallet Hands and Feet LOVE Sign


Not everyone is an artist. All you need is this craft kit, to be able to write "L" & "E" and your child's hands and toes! Easy enough. Follow these steps to create the popular LOVE Sign on your own wooden pallet without dumpster diving for pieces of wood that will only give you splinters.


Kit Contains:

Wooden Pallet

Paint

Painbrush





What You'll Need:

Pencil

Baby fingers & toes

wet wipes

patience


Steps:

1. I like to visualize my space, so to do this, I will draw out 2 lines lightly with my pencil to divide the space into 4 quadrants with parallel and perpendicular lines. (I forgot to take a picture of this step and my next 2. Oops!)

2. Outline "L" in pencil in the top left quadrant.

3. Outline "E" in pencil in the bottom right quadrant.

4. Smear paint on your child's hand in whichever color paint you would like.

5. Place hand in top right quadrant. This will create your "O".

6. Clean hand- this will also give you a few minutes to let the hand print dry a tad before moving on.

7. Smear paint onto 1 foot.

8. Place foot print at an angle to form 1 side of a "V" in the bottom left quadrant.

9. Clean foot- this will, once again, allow some dry time before moving on.

10. Repeat Steps 7-9 with other foot to create the other side of the "V"



11. Paint your "L" & "E"



12. I outlined my "L" and "E" in a red to make them stand out better

13. I wanted to incorporate the year into this piece, so I wrote Piper's name on it like so...



13. Let dry and viola! A cute Valentine's Day memory that you can admire year after year.





I hope you enjoy this easy Valentine's Day Craft that you are sure to treasure forever!




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*This review is strictly my own thoughts and I am not being paid by the company to share them.


Owning a toy store is a child's dream come true. They come in and will ask for the latest toy they saw on YouTube. On the flip side, they'll ask for seemingly impossible to even exist toys. Speks & Fleks fall into the later category. Fidget, fidget, fidget. It's back to fidget toys we go. Except this time, kids have a high bar set due to the popular 2017 trend of fidget spinners.





In come Speks. I had found them! It took MANY Google searches of "new fidget toys" and similar wording. A video of Speks popped up in one of them and I couldn't keep my eyes off it. This is what my customers have been begging for without even knowing something this amazing exists. Sneak peek of my review summary: we love it.





So, what are these things called Speks? I know you're asking. They are magnetic balls, 512 powerful rare earth magnets to be exact, that you can mold into different shapes with your fingers. The box says it all "mashable, smashable, buildable". With your finger tips, you can glide these balls into a endless shapes. Now, if you know me, I'm not one to fidget. I can't relate to needing something to help ease the uncomfortable feeling of not being able to sit still. However, I can relate to the joy you have playing with these. They are fun!


Each set contains:

-512 rare earth magnets

-16-page starter guide (As if you need it, your fingers will be too busy shaping them to flip through the pages of this guide)

-metal building base & splitter card

-carrying case (please don't lose this- you need it for the best storing solution)




Now, onto Fleks. These are a member of the Speks family and also utilize magnets for intense fidget action. They are super bendy silicone with magnets at both ends to connect them together to form sculptures at any surface. Here are some pictures of my creations.







In Summary, we love them both. These items would make great gifts for people who sit at a desk all day. I do need to stress that the box says 14+ because of the small parts, so please use at your own discretion.


You can purchase both at my toy store, Wonder World Toys. Please consider shopping locally with me online (shipping available- shoot me an email for a quote- toysandalex@gmail.com).


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