Jun 09, 2016
Author/ Illustrator Billy Steers and his friend TRACTOR MAC will be visiting our Market Square Day booth this Saturday, June 11th! It's a great opportunity to sit on the coolest tractor around and meet his talented creator. We'll have the complete collection of story books and you'll have the chance to get signed copies right on the spot. Market Square Day runs from 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Oct 02, 2015
G.Willikers! Toy Shop is happy to host master silhouette artist Clay Rice this Sunday, October 4th. A gifted storyteller (he has 3 children's books: The Lonely Shadow, The Stick & Mama Let's Make a Moon ) Clay will be reading during his visit as well as taking appointments for creating a beautiful silhouette of your child. This is Clay's 6th visit to Portsmouth!
"While most of his schoolmates were struggling to cut out circles with safety scissors, 6-year-old Clay Rice saw a blue heron and fashioned its silhouette from a blank piece of paper. That day, he began his apprenticeship in the family trade of paper-cut art.
“Silhouette artistry has been in my family for 85 years,” Rice says. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was dubbed “America’s Greatest Silhouette Artist.” The elder Rice traveled around the world, making profile portraits that became treasured keepsakes. He was also known for creating intricate paper-cut landscapes of his native South Carolina.
“Granddaddy made it look so easy,” Clay Rice says. “He started me out doing barnyard animals. Then he would say, ‘Cut out a cow, a pig, and a chicken all in a row.’” Soon a whole paper landscape unfolded.
Aug 02, 2015
Another "Thank You" to our friends at the Portsmouth Public Library for hosting the How-To Festival yesterday! The library was buzzing both inside and out with so many creative people sharing their talents. We were there teaching kids (and a few grown-ups) how to make popsicle stick kazoos & spinning button toys. We also brought a game called Lift It that we'll be playing on Wednesday, August 5th at our last Game Night of the summer.
We found the craft instructions at www.housingaforest.com
Jun 26, 2015G.Willikers! Toy Shop recently hosted our second STEM Night at the Portsmouth Public Library. Children (and their families) were encouraged to play, create and build using Magnatiles, Keva Blocks, Wikki Stix, dominoes and marble mazes. We're inspired by and proud of all of the young New Hampshire builders that came out to participate and we're looking forward to hosting two different Game Nights at the library on Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday, August 5th from 6-8pm. If you have a favorite place to play in Portsmouth...tweet about it at #playportsmouth. See you on Market Street!