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Jet Stroller

The Toymaker of Williamsburg just restocked the red and black Jet Stroller – Elegance. This sleek stroller is perfect for pushing little ones around Williamsburg, Virginia. Stop in our store on Merchants Square to see it today.

Jet Stroller – Elegance is a red and black stroller that is easier for you and more comfortable for your baby. This durable stroller is lightweight, portable, and comfortable. It has a wider seat base that will be more comfortable for your child…and keep them happily riding for longer. The five point harness also ensures that your baby is securely fastened in their seat.

The Jet Stroller has eight wheels that are 6” in diameter. These allow your black and red stroller to glide over any surface. This stroller is equipped with a fully adjustable and removable canopy to shade your little one. The seat of the stroller also reclines for comfortable snoozing.

Parents love the Jet Stroller too. Its taller handles make for a more comfortable walk for parents as well. It also has a large upper storage console which allows for easy access to personal effects.

When you’re done strolling, the Jet Stroller can be easily folded up with one hand and weighs only 11 pounds so it’s portable as well. Jet Stroller measures 30” L x 19″ W x 39.5″ H.
 
Jet Stroller

Jet Stroller

Jet Stroller

Open House and Military History Weekend

We’re in the countdown! The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House and Military History Weekend are quickly approaching. If you missed our previous posts about these exciting events, read the highlights below or click on the titles to check out our detailed posts.

 

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

When: Friday October 12, 2012 3:00-6:00p.m.

Open House Highlights:

    • Meet W. Britain General Manager Richard Walker
    • Door prizes every hour
    • FREE plastic W. Britain toy soldier for the first 100 children at the event
    • Preview the newest Toymaker of Williamsburg exclusive W. Britain figure

 

Military History Weekend 2012

When: Saturday October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    and Sunday October 14, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MHW Highlights:

    • Boot camp for kids (ages 4-12)
    • Presentations from notable veterans
    • Display of vintage military vehicles
    • A large vendor area

 
Display of Vintage Military Vehicles
See some photographs of vintage vehicles that appeared at our Open House in past years below.

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

The Toymaker of Williamsburg and W. Britain Open House

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze is classic toy from Hape. Squiggle, swoosh, shimmy, and slide. You kids will love making beads dance through this endless maze.

Hape Toys is one of the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Their products represent the next generation of play with a focus on sustainability, education, innovation and fun. Natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.

Developmental benefits of Original Supermaze include improved

  • Dexterity
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Problem solving
  • Imagination
  • Cooperation
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding of cause and effect

 

The Original Supermaze received many awards including Parents Magazine Pick of the Best Toys, Parenting Magazine Toy Hall of Fame, and Parents Choice Classic Doing and Learning Approval. Original Supermaze is made from wood, steel wire, and water based paint and measures 40.6x33x51.4cm.

See all of our environmentally responsible and developmentally beneficial toys from Hape on our official site now!
 

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze

Original Supermaze

Classic Toys

Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts on the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is a respected independent consumer review of children’s media. It was founded in 1989 as the only independent consumer review of children’s media by mother daughter team and child development experts Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim.

Entrants for consideration in The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are not charged entry fees. Winners are selected by noted experts in child development, children’s literature, and education. They choose their award winners based on a number of criteria. Some of their topics of consideration include:

  • What is the product designed to do and how well does it do it?
  • Does it invite active doing and thinking or simply passive watching?
  • Is it safe and well-designed, and can it withstand the unexpected?
  • Does it “fit” the developmental needs, interests and typical skills of the children for whom it was designed? What message does it convey?
  • What will a child learn from this product?

 

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys posts about Thoughts on Toys from the Founder of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts. Stephanie talks about how important it is to bring home toys with lasting play value. These toys “place your child at the center of the play experience” and often tend to be the more open ended, classic toys.

When taking an inventory of your toys, Stephanie suggests that parents pay attention to these criteria:

  • Does your child have variety in their types of toys? For a well-rounded play experience, kids need many different types of toys.
  • Are your child’s toys gender-free? Gender specific toys often teach a specific type of lesson. Having gender free toys introduce kids to a variety of lessons.
  • Does your child have art supplies? Art supplies encourage creativity during play.
  • What about family games? Games are one of the best ways to play together.

Read more toy tips on Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys and see some of our favorite classic toys below.

 
Classic Toys

Magnetic Art Easel

Magnetic Art Easel

Do Art Watercolor Pencil Art

Do Art Watercolor Pencil Art

Circa Baseball

Circa Baseball

Carrom Game Board

Carrom Game Board

Arts Month in Williamsburg VA

It’s Arts Month in Williamsburg Virginia from Labor Day through October 7th. Special events are happening all month long and many of our Merchants Square shops and restaurants are celebrating with specials.

Aromas on Prince George Street has Guest Artist, Ginny Fisher, displaying her contemporary art of a variety of subjects, both still life and aquatic.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill welcome art lovers with daily specials.

The Jazzy Giraffe is featuring two American jewelry artists this Fall. Kathleen Noward Tucci’s jewelry is made from recycled rubber from bicycle and motorcycle inner tubes. Sarah Canvender is an American artist whose jewelry is all based on metal working with brass screening.

The Cheese Shop celebrates Arts Month with Artisan cheeses, handcrafted breads small batch specialty foods, handmade to order sandwiches, wines, beers and so much more!

At The Fat Canary, guests can enjoy handcrafted, artful and memorable dining seven nights a week in an atmosphere filled with carefully selected artwork.

Read about weekly Arts Month events on Williamsburg Weekends and make sure to stop by The Toymaker to check out our arts and crafts for your little artist.

 
Art Supplies for Kids

Learn to Paint Set

Learn to Paint Set

Do Art Color Pencil Art

Do Art Color Pencil Art

Young Artist Finger Painting Set

Young Artist Finger Painting Set

Magnetic Art Easel

Magnetic Art Easel

Color GRIP Watercolor Pencils

Color GRIP Watercolor Pencils

Drawing Power Art Set

Drawing Power Art Set


 
See these and all of our Art Supplies for Kids on our official website now!

Plastic Toy Soldiers

Our plastic toy soldier sets are complete play sets for kids. Toy soldier play sets allow kids to re-create history and re-enact everything from The American Revolution to The Civil War to WWII. These colorful plastic soldiers can represent figures from different armies and countries. Toy soldier sets range from a dozen pieces up to hundreds of figures. Some come with specific themes or represent specific battles like our Battle of Yorktown boxed set or our Civil War Soldier Set. Others have a more generic theme and can be used to re-create anything your kids can imagine.
 
Many of our plastic toy soldier sets even contain accessories like flags, cannons, horses, and maps. See some of our plastic toy soldier sets below or shop all of our toy soldiers for kids on our official site now.

 
Plastic Toy Soldiers
 

Revolutionary War Playset

Revolutionary War Playset

Gettysburg Box Set

Gettysburg Box Set

Action Figures

Action Figures

Civil War Soldiers

Civil War Soldiers

Revolutionary Soldier Set

Revolutionary Soldier Set

The Soldiers

The Soldiers

Bruder

The Toymaker of Williamsburg just received a new shipment of Bruder trucks. See our recent Bruder arrivals below!

Bruder makes high quality toy vehicles for kids. Their models range from construction vehicles to tow trucks to farm vehicles. Bruder models are very detailed and introduce children to real world objects.

Bruder stays true to its slogan “just like the real thing” with their model-sized toys that turn play time into role-play time. Each Bruder toy lets children experience the adult world through their toys’ easy-to-handle play functions and true to life design which let kids learn through play or “grasp through grabbing”. Bruder is even an environmentally friendly company because of their manufacturing practices including an in-house recycling loop and energy saving production.

This exceptional company focuses on innovation, customer satisfaction, and sustainability and is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic toy vehicles.

See our recent arrivals or shop all of our Bruder toys on our official site now.

 
Bruder Trucks

Caterpillar Telehandler

Caterpillar Telehandler

Cat Track Type Tractor

Cat Track Type Tractor

JCB MIDI CX Backhoe Loader

JCB MIDI CX Backhoe Loader

CAT Skid Steer Loader

CAT Skid Steer Loader

W. Britain The 2012 Summer Collection Catalog

W Britain Logo The Toymaker of Williamsburg just received a limited number of complimentary catalogs from W. Britain. Our newest W. Britain catalog is The 2012 Summer Collection and we are happy to send them to our customers free of charge.

W. Britain The 2012 Summer Collection Catalogue contains the newest additions to their WWI, Zulu War, Museum Collection, The War Along the Nile Series, and Napoleonic collections. See these exciting new toy soldiers and get historical information about new figures now.

To receive your complimentary catalog, call The Toymaker (757-229-5660) or send us an email including your name and address to toymaker1@widomaker.com. If you haven’t done so already, you can also sign up for our mailing list and write your catalog request in the “comments” field of the signup form. The Toymaker does not share or sell any personal information including email addresses.

There are limited numbers of these popular catalogs so contact us today!

 
The 2012 Summer Collection

W. Britain The Summer Collection Catalog

W. Britain The Summer Collection Catalog

Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day! September 19 is the official celebration of “aarghs” and “shiver me timbers” and “mateys”. This year (2012) marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide celebration of this event.

Talk Like A Pirate Day began in June of 1995. While exercising, creators John Baur and Mark Summers started talking in pirate slang and recognized the benefit of this silly and entertaining lingo. They identified the worldwide need for this squash buckling slang – at least once a year – and declared it a holiday. They assigned the date September 19 to this event and decided the perfect spokesperson would be Dave Barry, humor columnist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The second part of their plan didn’t become a reality until many years later.

For the next seven years, the founders celebrated Talk Like A Pirate Day just with friends until one day they discovered Dave Barry’s email address. They contacted him and introduced themselves and their idea in the email then offered Barry a chance to be official spokesperson for the event. Dave Barry took them up on their offer and brought attention to the event in 2002. It has been a growing success ever since.

Why celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day? It’s fun! Ahoy, Arr, Yarr Matey…

Starrrrt celebrating now! Draw out those Arrrrrs and check out pirate necessities from The Toymaker below. For more background about International Talk Like A Pirate Day see the official website now.

See these and all of our pirate toys on our official website today.
 
Pirate Toys

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship*

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship*

Felt Tricorn Hat

Felt Tricorn Hat

Pirate Dagger

Pirate Dagger

French Pirate Blunderbuss

French Pirate Blunderbuss

Deluxe Flintlock Blunderbuss

Deluxe Flintlock Blunderbuss

Pirate Ship Puzzle

Pirate Ship Puzzle

Pirates Treasure Puzzle

Pirates Treasure Puzzle

Captain Hook

Captain Hook

* Inquire about our Playmobil Pirate Ships by phone or in store now!