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The World’s Smallest Toys

These are literally the coolest toys ever! We know the original games, but now they are available in the world’s smallest size! Check these out!

WS RUBIKS_IN HAND_LORubik’s Cube

The world’s top-selling 3-dimensional puzzle is now available in the world’s smallest size. Twist and turn the cube using various combinations to return it to its original state, one solid color on ever side. Yes, it works! 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″.

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WS PERLEXUS_LOPerplexus Original

Perplexus original, the ultimate challenging 3-dimensional, labyrinth game contained in a sphere, now comes in its smallest size ever! Flip, twist, and spin your way to the finish line. Maneuver the transparent globe to guide a tiny ball down one of multiple challenging tracks.  4 inches big, this palm-sized puzzle is easy to play but has 100 obstacles to challenge young minds to master. Yes, it works!

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WS ETCH_LO_V2Etch A Sketch

Twist your way to exciting pictures with the World’s Smallest Etch A Sketch! It works just like the classic Etch A Sketch, powered by skill and creativity. Have fun with your imagination and create a wonderful sketch. Then shake the magic screen to erase the image and start a new one. Easy and fun, and yes, it works! 2″ x 1/2″.

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DUNCAN IMPERIAL YO-YO

The original and #1 selling looping yo-yo of all time! Works just like the original. Perform tricks, flips, loops, and more. Colors vary. 1 inch diameter. And yes, it works!

Summer Fun Toys!

Did you know that upstairs in our Toys & Games department we have a couple of display tables dedicated specifically to fun summer stuff?

RingStix Lite

RingStix is a simple and innovative variation of the most common game in everyone’s childhood, catch. It uses two Stix shaped like inverted swords to propel a ring at ones partner, who catches the ring and throws it back using his Stix. The game is easy to learn and can be played from 30 yards away. Hours of fun awaits you with this awesome game. Full set for two players includes 4 Stix and 1 Red Ring.

Don’t Tip The Waiter Splash Game

This classic game takes a dip in the pool for a whole new challenge. Players take turns stacking cups on the waiter’s tray. Be careful because too many cups will tip the waiter. If you make the waiter drop the cups back into the water, then you are out. Last player standing wins. Includes 3-dimentional floating waiter, cups and instructions. Full set for 1-4 players, ages 4+, includes 3-dimentional floating waiter and cups.

The Amazing WUBBLE Bubble Ball

The Wubble is like no other ball or toy you’ve ever played with before! You see, it looks like a bubble… and moves like a bubble, but you play with it like a ball! You can kick it, whack it, throw it, bounce it – and even sit on it! The Wubble giant ball floats, wobbles, dribbles, spins, smashes – and makes really WACKY SOUNDS!!! So what makes the Wubble bubble ball so special? It’s made from top-secret super-thermo-stretch-tacular stuff that makes it squishy, squashy, super soft and lightweight and allows it to be inflated to a gigantic THREE FEET TALL. Use the battery-operated air pump (included) to inflate your Wubble bubble ball in around three minutes and when you’re finished playing, just deflate the Wubble with the deflation tool (included) and stick it in a drawer for next time. The best part is that the inflatable Wubble bubble ball is fun to play with indoors or outdoors, all year round. Now go get a Wubble ball and have a blast!

SMAKABALL

Smakaball allows anyone the ability to catch a ball one handed, fully extended from the bodY. It’s a great way to get kids up off the couch. You can play in the park, in the pool, in the backyard, a rec room or gym. The toy breaks down for easy storage so you can take it anywhere. The materials Smakaball is made of are soft and safe for anyone ages 6 and up, so parents can have peace of mind when their kids are out playing. You can play a variety of games with as many people as you like. Be one of the first people in the neighborhood to get a Smakaball.

Be sure to check out the Toys & Games department located upstairs across from Scrapbooking & Education. We are constantly getting in new games and fun toys; every visit is sure to be different!

Art Strings Home Decor

When I came into work on Wednesday morning, all of the girls were raving about our new home decor items from Art Strings. The quotes are fun, and the little pictures that accompany them are absolutely adorable. Check out some of our favorites below!

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These cute little quotes are great to hang up in the kitchen, the living room, or any of the bedrooms in your house. They’re a cute decorative touch, and are great as gifts for anyone. Art Strings has a variety of categories for their artwork, including kitchen/food, religious/inspirational, bath, landscapes, humorous, and many more.

Come in and check out our display of home decor. If you don’t find one that you like, just ask to see the Art Strings catalog and we would be glad to special order one just for you!

Great Movie Tie-Ins for Kids

Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 are hitting theaters this summer. Both of these movies have book tie-ins that are great for encouraging kids to read this summer.  Check some of them out below! Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn’t stand each other. The prequel to Disney/Pixar’s blockbuster hit Monsters, Inc., Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, the film opened on June 21, 2013.

This fun story has been released by Pixar in a number of different ways. Monsters University is available as a Little Golden Book, a read-along book, and a sticker book. Each of these versions is great in their own way–presenting the story of Mike and Sully with different types of beautiful artwork. Come look through these books today!

 


There are also a couple of supplemental books that have been released for Monsters University. Call or come in to find out more!


A copy of Mike’s yearbook–or rather “fear” book–has also been released for fans to enjoy. Printed like a real-life yearbook, the book features signatures from classmates and full-color photos of students. There are pages dedicated to sports, student life, and students clubs. The artworks is beautifully well done and very fun for kids. This book is a great supplement for any Monsters University fan!

Monsters University isn’t the only fun movie coming out this summer…

Gru used to be one of the most villainous villains in the world. He and his army of Minions even stole the moon! But when he adopted Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru became a dad. Instead of stealing landmarks, he makes pancakes, blows up unicorn balloons, and dresses like a fairy princess!

Little does this dad know, though, he’s about to make another career change–as a spy for the Anti-Villain League…

Despicable Me 2 is available as a paperback picture book that includes punch-out secret spy cards and details the journey that Gru takes to become a super spy for the Anti-Villain league! Kids will love the super fun artwork presented in this book.

 
There are also a few supplemental books that are available as well! Call or come in to find out more.
The Anti-Villain League Handbook
Do you have what it takes to join the Anti-Villain League? Find out in this hilarious companion book to the animated film Despicable Me 2, which includes never-before-published background on the preeminent anti-villain organization, top secret spying strategies, and a detailed look at the world’s most high-tech arsenal.
Make a Minion!
Wreak havoc with your own army of Minions! Give them what they need to take over the world with this fun activity book.

New, Creative Toys

Looking to get those creative juices flowing while taking a break from school? Check out these new toys at The Book Table, designed to help kids express themselves in fun ways.

Laser Pegs!

We have all played with various types of toy construction sets at least once in our lifetime, however with Laser Pegs® for the first time you can truly add light to the subject of playtime. Creative toys are hard to come by, so don’t pass up this one. 

We love Laser Pegs because they are different from other toy construction sets. Starting from the base, each new piece will gain its color and light when connected securely to the one below it. Laser Pegs come in lots of fun sets to help kids build dragons, bugs, and more. Completely safe and with long-lasting LED bulbs, Laser Pegs are one of the toys of the summer!

Automoblox

Dream It, Build It, Drive It

Your child is an individual with a unique sense of creativity and design. The creation of something new and unique– born of a child’s imagination– is the idea behind Automoblox. There are plenty of building and assembly-type toys on the market that include instructions and illustrations for your child to build the item pictured on the box. With Automoblox, your child plays outside the box–and builds the design pictured in his or her mind.

We love Automoblox because they are easy to use! Each set comes with all of the parts needed to build the car pictured on the box. However, they can be put together any way the kid wants to, and the sets can be combined. This toy allows for creativity and fun, and these cars are great for racing!

What Are We Reading?

Karen–The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars is a coming-of-age story about a boy growing up in the 70’s.  His dad is a politician, so he always has to be on his best behavior.  To make matters worse,  every Wednesday students in his school go to religious class.  Since he is not from a religious family, he gets to stay at school, the only one with his teacher.  She  decides they are going to study Shakespeare. The characters are well developed, and it’s a great story.  Any body will enjoy it from ages 9+.

Whitney–Twitterpated by Melanie Jacobson

Twitterpated is an adorable love story. It starts with an identity theft–well, kind of. Jessie and Sandy are roommates. Both are in their twenties and they live in Seattle. Sandy doesn’t think that Jessie dates enough, so she sets up a profile for her on LDS Lookup–“think Facebook for Mormons”–and Jessie is livid. However, she does end up meeting a super cute guy named Ben. Jessie got her heart broken once upon a time, and so she’s afraid of getting too serious. Sandy keeps pushing her though, so Jessie continues to explore outside of her comfort zone and keep dating Ben. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m really excited to see where Jessie and Ben end up!

Kim–The Children of the Promise series

These books follow an LDS family’s struggles during World War II. I am currently on the second book of the series, entitled Since You Went Away. I love these books! The author does such a great job pulling you in. You instantly feel close to each family member as they do their part to serve the country but also grow into the people they want to be. Great books you can’t put down! I highly recommend them!

Morgan–Room by Emma Donoghue

Most books aren’t written from the voice of a little five year old boy named Jack. However, Room is written from this perspective as the reader is thrown into this unique writing style. Donoghue does a spectacular job throwing the reader into Jack’s world as readers begin to see it through his eyes. We are quickly introduced into his routine of getting ready, watching the imaginary world inside the tv, and doing “exercise.”

It becomes painfully clear that Room is all that Jack knows: he has his friends Bed, Table and, of course, his mother, whom he refers to as “Ma.” Jack’s entire life consists of what is in the 11×11 ft room that he and Ma live in, as well as the mysterious man Jack calls “Old Nick”, who comes in Room at night.

Now that Jack has turned five, Ma believes Jack is prepared for the most intense game they’ve ever played: escape. This award winning novel follows Jack and Ma as they attempt to finally leave Room and the challenges that their freedom could bring. After all, Room is the only thing Jack has ever known.

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“Music expresse…

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

A great quote by one of our favorite authors! Have you been in to our music department lately? We are constantly pulling in fun things for all instruments. Our music staff is always willing to help you find that perfect piece, or to recommend something for your students. Looking for a specific song? Give us a call and have us check our inventory. If we’ve got it in stock, we will gladly put it on hold for you for three business days. If we haven’t got it in stock, we would be glad to see if we could special order it for you (no charge for shipping). And don’t forget about all of our instrument accessories! Call or come in today 🙂

The Piano Guys 2

If you haven’t heard of The Piano Guys by now, you’re missing out! Featuring pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, The Piano Guys is a Utah-based YouTube sensation. They use their talents with their instruments as well as the other “piano guys”–Al Van Der Beek, the “music/studio guy,” Paul Anderson, the producer/videographer, and Tel Stewart, the videographer/editor–to do covers of popular songs such as Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”, Cold Play’s “Paradise”, and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. They also record a ton of fun music videos to their music which you can check out here.

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The new Piano Guys CD has been released and we have it in store! It comes as a normal CD with 12 awesome tracks including “Begin Again”, the theme song to “Lord of the Rings”, “Charlie Brown Medley”, and “Mission Impossible” featuring the amazing dancing violinst Lindsey Stirling. They also composed two original tracks for the CD called “Waterfall” and “Berlin”.

This CD also comes as a deluxe edition which includes the 12-track CD as well as a DVD of 11 of their music videos.

We have a demo playing in our LDS department, so come check it out!

-Whitney

Little Pumpkin’s Got Rhyme

Metal PumpkinWe’re in the mood for some poetry! Here’s a poem, inspired by the decorative metal pumpkins that have been staring at the register all night:

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Little Pumpkin sat on the table so bare
Giving passing friends an oogl-ey stare.
He sat and he stared with his hands on his face,
On top of that table in his rightful place.
‘Til one Autumn eve a friend did arrive,
She thought he was cute and she did contrive,
To take him on home to sit on her porch,
Next to an iron lantern with a flaming torch.
And as little friends came by that night all dressed up,
To beg for candies on which they could sup,
He stared at them all with his oogl-ey face,
–They smiled right back before home they did race.

-Lis

These Mousey Adventures

What began as a best-selling children’s book series in Italy is now a popular franchise worldwide. The Geronimo Stilton books are a real treat for kids, and so is the offshoot series, the Thea Stilton books.

Geronimo is a mouse who lives in the big New Mouse City, writing novels and working as a journalist for The Rodent’s Gazette. His younger sister, Thea, also writes for the newspaper. Between the two of them and their many friends they get into a lot of mousey adventures. Thea’s latest book is called The Star Castaways, and it’s about her friends (aptly named the Thea Sisters), who are on a vacation to the moon.

The books are meant for ages 8-12, and they feature color illustrations, maps, fact boxes (each Thea Stilton adventure usually takes the reader to a new place), and games. The Thea Stilton books are very fun, and great for girls.