Fun picks for making spirits bright
Looking for the perfect gift? You’re in luck in your have little ones. Twinkle The Supersonic Deer, Golden Glisten The Star-Powered Deer and Tinsel The Speedster Deer have joined The Merry Mission from Build-A-Bear Workshop. These furry friends spread the light and joy of the season. Outfits are available too. See www.buildabear.com.
The Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBelle is an animatronic friend that encourages baby to get up and move. Pressing BeatBelle’s LED grid tummy or the buttons on her feet rewards baby with songs, learning content, and dance moves. There are three modes that “grow” with baby.
Other popular options from Fisher-Price include the Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo, Laugh & Learn Let’s Get Ready Sink, Laugh & Learn Learning Centre, Think & Learn Code-a-pillar, 3-in-1 Sit, Stride & Ride Lion, and Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway. Thomas fans will love the Thomas & Friends TrackMaster and Thomas’ Sky-High Bridge Jump.
Barbie and Dancin Fun Horse are ready for a dance party. The horse plays three different songs and Barbie and her horse have three different ways to get the party started: the two can dance together with Barbie seated on top in the horse’s pink saddle; they can dance together with Barbie standing next to her horse; or the horse can dance alone. Activate the dancing with the push of a button on the horse’s mane. Age 3+
The Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace by VTech expands to more than four feet wide. It includes a ballroom, music room, kitchen, parlor and observation tower. In the palace, you can place Princess Darla on five MagicPoint locations to experience her friendly personality. When she sits at her MagicChat table with a friend (additional characters sold separately), they will chat and sing with each other. Age 1+
The interactive DigiArt Creative Easel by VTech can be transformed from a light-up dry-erase board to a chalkboard and drawing table. Learn to draw objects, shapes, numbers and letters step-by-step by following the lights using the magic pen. Children can explore their creativity while listening to 10 classic songs. Age 3+
The Power Wheels Kawasaki Brute Force gives kids the thrill of a real ATV riding experience. Its Monster Traction drive system can muscle over ruts, wet grass, gravel and mud for maximum fun. There’s even an on-board shovel to enhance the rugged off-road experience. Twelve volts of battery let kids push the pedal to the metal for a top speed of 2.5 mph in forward or reverse. Then when ready, the parent-controlled high speed lock-out can be removed for a maximum speed of 5 mph in the forward direction. Power-Lock brakes stop the vehicle as soon as the foot is removed from the pedal. See www.fisher-price.com.
Imaginext Power Rangers Green Ranger & Dragonzord RC brings the epic action on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show to the floor in your family room. Kids can turn the Power Pad on the Dragonzord’s back to open his chest, place the Green Ranger inside the cockpit, and take command using the Dragon Dagger remote control. Move the Zord forward or backward and push the button to rapid-fire five missiles in a row and send enemies running for cover. See www.fisher-price.mattel.com.
The Sing-A-Ma-Lings are huggable goofy characters that speak in their own silly language and get you singing. Every character has their own song they can sing along with you. Age 3+
Tonka Tinys are micro-sized vehicles built Tonka tough but pocket-sized for adventures wherever you might be. Choose from 22 different replicas of real-life trucks. Each vehicle comes with its own garage for storing and stacking. Age 5+
The Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change how your child uses an iPad by opening it up to hands-on-play. The Osmo Genius Kit Gaming System for iPad comes with five games. Each game can be downloaded for free from the Osmo iTunes App Store.
The Osmo Coding Game Kit for iPad teaches kids to use coding commands to control Awbie, a playful character. They start with simple coding combinations and build up to more challenging ones. Not only does Osmo Coding introduce coding to children, it also teaches logic and problem-solving skills. Osmo’s latest game, Monster, allows kids to bring creations to life. As the first product to animate physical drawing, Osmo Monster lets kids become the directors and cartoonists of their own stories. See osmo.com.
Get ready for an epic rivalry game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs or Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Rivalry Series. Skate, pass and shoot in the net to claim the victory. Then, unveil the coveted hockey award with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Stanley Cup Presentation. You can present the cup to the winning team! The PLAYMOBIL NHL Score Clock with Referees will allow you to keep track of all the goals, while counting down the time remaining in each period. Call timeouts and penalties with the whistles, and ensure the game is fair. Age 6+
Cruise the streets in luxury with the PLAYMOBIL Porsche 911 Carrera S. Enjoy the base model or take it to the shop and upgrade it with a rear spoiler, front apron and red rims. Groom your ponies at the PLAYMOBIL Pony Farm. After a ride, brush them down with the brushes and grooming tools, clean their stable area, and treat them to carrots. At the PLAYMOBIL Furnished Children’s Hospital, take a patient’s height and weight before escorting him to the adjustable exam table in the operating room. Examine him with the help of medical tools, then transport him to a second-floor recovery room via the functioning lift. Age 4+
Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is more than a robot. Since it’s powered by the Lightning Lab app, you can learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share creations with the community. The Force is strong with you. Channel it with the Star Wars Force Band by Sphero. Like a Jedi Knight, you can control your BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with a wave of your hand and expand your abilities with Force Training. See sphero.com. Age 8+
The Jimu Robot Meebot is an Apple Store exclusive robot kit that gives users the robotic servo motors and parts to create a humanoid robot character. Six robotic servo motors give Meebot smooth, life-like movements as he walks, waves and dances. Use the easy-to-follow 3D animated instructions on the Jimu Robot free app and then program him to move. The introductory Jimu Robot Explorer Kit provides seven robotic servo motors and the parts to build five predesigned characters using 3D animated instructions on the free Jimu Robot app. After building the robot you can program it. The advanced Jimu Robot Inventor Kit provides 16 robotic servo motors and the parts necessary to build six pre-designed characters: Rhinoceros, Elephant, Giraffe, Mantis, Horse and a complex Humanoid robot. You build them using 3D animated instructions on the free Jimu Robot app. Age 8+
The true-to-movie deluxe Batman Voice-Changer Helmet features light up eyes, push button sounds and phrases, plus an integrated voice changer. You can become your favorite DC Comics Super Hero. 3 AAA (R6) carbon zinc batteries are included. Age 4+
Melissa & Doug’s 200 Piece Wood Blocks Set features 200 blocks in four colors and nine shapes for your little builder to stack, build, and knock down! Bright, non-toxic colors add to construction and sorting fun. See www.MelissaAndDoug.com.
With the Saeco Moltio espresso machine, you will be able to enjoy a perfect cup of espresso, just the way you want it, at the touch of a button. The Moltio’s memo function allows you to adjust coffee strength and temperature. This machine brews seven coffee varieties and features a one-touch milk carafe along with a five-step adjustable grinder. See www.philips.ca/c-m-ho/coffee.
The Milton Shoe Company (TMSC) is a luxury men’s footwear brand made from the finest whole-grain leathers by skilled craftsmen in Portugal. Every component of the footwear, from the green interlining to the Goodyear welted soles, reflects a high standard of quality. Milton shoes are available online at www.milton.shoes. There’s free delivery for Canada.