Holiday Gifts: Toys, Toys, Toys!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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