On a hunt for toys that will have youngsters beaming and exclaiming with glee? Check out these enticing options.
VTech’s fourth generation kids’ learning tablet, InnoTab MAX features a multi-touch screen with a high-resolution display, plus kid-safe Wi-Fi. Its VTech Kid Connect app allows users to exchange text and voice messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers with smart phones. See www.vtechkids.ca. 3+
The Fisher-Price S’getti Scatter Game encourages thinking, problem solving, sharing and cooperation. A classic, it comes with two game levels to enhance play opportunities. See www.tcgtoys.com. 3+
The Maplelea line of Canadian dolls consists of Maplelea Girls and Maplelea Friends, dolls with soft, huggable bodies, poseable arms and legs, eyes that open and close, and a range of hair, skin, and eye colours. Each Maplelea Girl has a uniquely Canadian story to tell. Each Maplelea Friend helps you create your own Canadian story. See maplelea.com. 6+
The HEXBUG VEX Robotics Ant allows kids as young as 8 to construct their very own jumbo-sized robotic ant and customize its programming. Intuitive, tool-less components make it fun and educational. See www.hexbug.com. 8+
The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset by VTech teaches music, animal names, letters and colours. It includes over 80 sing-along songs, sounds and phrases. See www.vtechkids.ca for details. 1+
If the kids enjoyed the Disney movie Planes Fire & Rescue, they’ll get a kick out of U-Command Fire Fighter Dusty. His propeller spins with engine and flight sounds; his eyes and mouth move as he speaks. See www.thinkwaytoys.com. 4+
The latest release by the inventors at Sphero, Ollie is an app-controlled customizable tubular robot engineered for speed and programmed for tricks. Ollie spins, drifts and flips with app-powered tricks. Switch up the ride with custom tires and hubcaps. See www.gosphero.com/retail-partners. 8+
The Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Skatepark set offers the world’s most advanced robotic skateboards. The set includes everything needed to create the ultimate multi-level skatepark, including ramps, half-pipes, a bowl and stairs and rails. See HEXBUG.com. 8+
The Kidizoom Smartwatch makes it easy for kids to take photos and record videos on the go. It’s durable, splash-proof and includes fun photo effects, frames and filters. See www.vtechkids.ca for details. 4+
Kids can relive their fave Despicable Me moments with Bee-Do Fireman Minion Stuart. The Fireman Minion is soft, huggable, and has flashing headgear. Press his tummy to hear his original voice. See www.thinkwaytoys.com. 4+
For the ultimate in Thomas adventures, this 110-piece Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Tidmouth Sheds Deluxe Set includes track, bridges, vehicles and accessories. Everything fits inside the Thomas storage box. See www.fisher-price.com.
Elf Pets are special North Pole animals kids can adopt and love. Sent straight from the North Pole, each Elf Pet comes with a special storybook and instructions for adoption. See www.elfontheshelf.com.