With just seven Saturdays left before Santa takes a slide down that chimney, it’s time to pull the wish lists out and get going. Thanks to the Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC)’s annual report, you can make smart choices that’ll thrill the kids and make you happy too.
The CTTC’s Children’s Choice award winners are the top toys of the year that have been selected by the most important raters – children. These toys have the kind of proven appeal that’ll earn huge smiles and loads of playtime.
For the younger set, these toys are tops:
- Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable from Mattel
- Critter Clinic by Battat
- Plus-Plus Mini 600 pieces by Plus-Plus
- Robot Invasion by Bloco
- Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game by Learning Resources
For kids aged eight and older, these are the favourites:
- Even Steven’s Odd! by Educational Insights
- Marker Maker by Crayola
- Snap Circuits Light by Elenco
- Make Clay Charms by Klutz
- What’s It? by Peaceable Kingdom
- Space Scooter by Space Scooter
- Medieval Siege Tower with Catapult/Leonardo da Vinci Catapult by Pathfinders Design and Technology
The CTTC’s Best Bets for 2014 list includes 32 toys “that testers have consistently rated as top notch in areas of assembly, design, function, durability and safety,” as it notes at toy-testing.org. Highlights include:
- Walkness Monster by Battat 10 mos+
- Manon Duo Memo at the Farm by Sardine Productions 3+
- Spot It! Basic English by Blue Orange Games 6+
- Glitter Boards Butterflies by Djeco 7+
- PicWits by Mindware 9+
- Scheming and Skulking by Grandpa Beck Games 9+
The CTTC’s annual report also includes categories and lists for Great Books and Recommended Reads. Check them out at toy-testing.org.