Our Favorite Brands: Ann Williams

By Leah | Toy Guides

Nov 05

Check out some of our favorites from Ann Williams, locally owned and women-owned creator of our favorite arts and crafts!

“From our cool and quirky office to a bottomless candy supply, Ann Williams is a one of a kind company where fun definitely rules. Instead of beginning our day with boring meetings, we start with one simple question, “What would be fun and super cool for a kid to make?” Stuff you don’t see anywhere else. And something you actually want to keep and wear and hang on your wall. That’s what we are passionate about.”

 

Craft-tastic

Make & Give Banners

Let friends know you’re having a banner day with these fun hand-crafted signs. Create six different messages of love, hope, and happiness and share how you really feel.

Ages: 6+

• Banner craft kit makes six different banners expressing messages of love, hope, and kindness
• A creative way for kids to spread kindness while showing others how they feel

Craft-tastic Jr

Wall Sticker Playhouse

“Kids will know wall-to-wall fun in the house with this 3-foot tall dream home that sticks right to your wall! They’ll use their stick-to-itiveness and imagination to decorate the home of their wildest dreams. Simply peel and stick (and re-stick) the 650+ repositionable, static cling stickers for no bore décor and hours of decorating fun.”

Ages: 3+

• Kids love stickers and this totally new way to play with them is even more fun and engaging
• Kids will have fun for hours playing and replaying using their creativity and imagination
• Helps kids develop fine motor skills, pincer skills and imagination

Magical Wizard Adventure

When kids open the enchanted book that lies at the heart of this thrilling new adventure set, they open a door to an adventure they will never forget!”

The book is really a “magic portal” that wizards use to travel from their world to this one and deliver a series of 7 fun themed activities and projects to their new apprentice. As each one is completed, kids receive a new task from the wizard. When they complete all 7, they earn membership in the Wizarding Guild

The set also includes a special letter from the head of the wizard council just for grownups. The note explains how the magic works and asks for help in making it happen. Lifelong memories for both kids and grownups are there for the making as you unlock the secrets of the world of wizards!”

Ages: 5-10

• Provides materials for 7 wizard-themed tasks that “magically” appear inside the enchanted book one at a time – kids will craft a magic wand, conjure mystical spells, create powerful potions, and more

• Creates an immersive hands-on experience (without screens or batteries!) as kids learn from “their” wizard and advance at their own pace to complete each activity and earn membership in the Wizarding Guild

• Keeping the kit contents a secret keeps the magic alive – but we can say it includes everything kids need to discover the magic within themselves and grownups need to create the magic as they both embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

 

Magical Fairy Adventure

“By decorating and setting up the enchanted fairy house in this delightful new adventure set, kids set the stage for an epic story they will never forget!”

The cute little house is really a “magic portal” fairies use to flutter their way into your home and your hearts. In gratitude, the fairies will leave a series of 7 delightful fairy themed activities for kids. As each one is completed, kids receive a new set of items to use to make a gift for another fairy. When they have given a gift to each fairy, kids will be named a Fairy Friend – a special honor given only to the cleverest and kindest humans! 
The set also includes a special letter from the queen of the fairies just for grownups. This secret note explains how the magic works and asks for help in making it happen. Lifelong memories for both kids and grownups are here for the making as kids interact with the delightful world of fairies!

Ages: 5-10

• Provides materials for 7 fairy-themed activities that “magically” appear inside the fairy house one at a time – kids will make a series of magical presents to attract new fairies to the enchanted house

• Creates an immersive hands-on experience (without screens or batteries!) as kids “meet” six different fairies and advance at their own pace to complete each activity and be named a Fairy Friend

• Keeping the kit contents a secret keeps the magic alive – but we can say it include everything kids need to meet a wonderful group of fairy friends and grownups need to keep the magic going as they both embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

 

Craft-tastic

Artist's Box

“How do you challenge children to listen to their inner artist”

You give them a variety of materials and then you as them to do something original. The 7 fun challenges inside this kit will inspire kids to use their imagination, think for themselves and solve problems creatively. Will they be the next Monet, Warhol or O’Keefe? There’s no telling what their creative side will come up with!

Ages: 6+

• Kids will make their artistic interpretations of a mobile, collage, sculpture, self-portrait —and more

• Each kit contains 7 cards with a number of prompts on each card challenging them to make something unique

• To help them, kids will find tissue paper, embroidery thread, cotton twine, pom poms, straws, feathers, styrofoam balls—and more—in order to create their 7 projects

• Kit includes 7 pieces tissue paper, 2 yd (1.8 m) cotton embroidery thread, 4.3 yd (3.9 m) cotton twine, 6 pom poms, 2 styrofoam balls, 7 chenille stems, 4 paper straws, 7 feathers, 4 pieces paper, 1 piece cardboard, 2 pieces double-sided tape, 1 oz (29 ml) water-based glue, 7 challenge cards

The Artist’s Box can help improve STEM/STEAM skill sets by keeping kids so engaged they don’t even know they’re learning. By taking advantage of a kid’s natural interest in building toys, this kit allows them to use their imagination and inspires them to think for themselves.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centric world. At Ann Williams, we’re big advocated of STEM and the expansion to STEAM, adding the “A” for Arts. After all, our CEO is a Mechanical Engineer and Mom!

Craft-tastic

Inventor's Box

“Without instruction, kids create. Without boundaries, they grow. Without restraint, amazing things happen. “

That’s the thinking behind the open-ended Inventors Box. The 7 fun challenges inside the kit will inspire them to use their imagination, think for themselves, and solve problems creatively. Help them unleash their inner Einstein and watch their 7 cool projects come to life!

Ages: 6+

• Kids will be asked to invent a robot, musical instrument, machine, new game—and more

• Each kit contains 7 cards with a number of prompts on each card challenging them to make something unique

• To help them, kids will find paper, twine, rubber bands, metal brads, plastic eyes—and more—in order to come up with their 7 inventions

• Kit includes 5 pieces paper, 3 pieces foam, 4.3 yd (3.9 m) cotton twine, 10 rubber bands, 4 plastic eyes, 4 mini thread spools, 8 wood craft sticks, 4 chenille stems, 3 feathers, 1 paper tube, 10 ft (3 m) washi tape, 8 metal brads, 5 paper straws, 6 yd (5.4 m) acrylic yarn, 4 pom poms, 4 pieces double-sided tape , 7 challenge cards

The Inventor’s Box can help improve STEM/STEAM skill sets by keeping kids so engaged they don’t even know they’re learning. By taking advantage of a kid’s natural interest in building toys, this kit allows them to use their imagination and inspires them to think for themselves.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centic world. At Ann Williams, we’re big advocated of STEM and the expansion to STEAM, adding the “A” for Arts. After all, our CEO is a Mechanical Engineer and Mom!

About the Author

Leah is the Cheif Marketing Officer at Toyology Toys since 2017. You can find her at the Toyology Toys offices in Royal Oak. She likes The Office, coffee in all forms and her cat, Poppy.