Island Parent’s curated list of this year’s top toys guarantees hours of fun—from playtime to meal time to bedtime! Read on for gift ideas that will inspire kids to explore, be creative and have fun!
Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Building Blocks
The easiest building system for young learners. Blocks never repel each other, creating endless possibilities for play. The non-toxic magnetic blocks also rotate 360-degrees when connected and click when they turn, providing even more opportunities for interactive and creative fun. blockarootoys.com
Mushie Cleo Pacifier Clip
Mushie pacifier clips are a favourite for parents and babies and come in a variety of unique, chic, and vintage-inspired colors that bring to mind a peaceful simplicity.
MarvelBeads Water Beads
Teeny non-toxic beads that when put in water, swell up and turn into a squishy cool sensory exploration. motlantoys.com
Tommy Dinosaur Multicolour Nightlight
Say hello to Tommy, a cute, rechargeable and multicoloured dinosaur— the perfect nightlight buddy to comfort your little dreamer at bedtime. With a tap on Tommy’s head, Tommy lights up instantly. Tommy is portable and can go anywhere. globe-electric.com
Play-Doh Compound Variety Pack
Get ready for a totally different Play-Doh experience. These oozy Play-Doh compounds come in oddly satifsfying textures and irresistibly fun colours. With varieties like classic, Krackle and Super Cloud, kids can squeeze, stretch and squish as much as they wish. playdoh.hasbro.com
Radio Flyer Cyclone
Zoom, spin and grin with this unique arm-powered ride on. Zooming forward? Sure thing. Racing backward? No problem. 360° spins? Absolutely! The Radio Flyer Cyclone can go every which way and deliver hours of entertainment and thrills.
WWF Wild Socks
Give a gift they’ll go head over heels for. Choose from 10 new wildlife designs or build your custom pack of three pairs for just $45. All proceeds help support World Wildlife Fund.
3D Pen Set
The award-winning 3Doodler Start allows kids to bring their ideas to life in 3D. Plastic extrudes and hardens rapidly allowing kids to literally create anything they can think of in 3D. robotixeducation.ca
Mindscope Twister Tracks
Build different tracks for these glow-in- the-dark cars that will go upside down in a 360-degree stunt loop.
Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera (or Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera)
Snap instant photos and selfies with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant. With its built-in selfie mirror, this camera captures perfectly framed selfies without any guesswork. Automatic flash and a brightness adjustment dial let you shoot bold, vibrant photos in different lighting conditions.
Obuby Walkie Talkies
Designed for kids ages 3 to 12, the walkie-talkies are perfect for games, hiking and parties. They are designed for easy use, with an ergonomic design, simple push-to-talk operation and a clear call alert function.
Victrola Eastwood Bluetooth Turntable
A classic re-vamped, this 3-speed Bluetooth turntable with built in speakers and dust cover is a blast from the past.
GreEco Pop Up Soccer Goals
Pair of ultra-portable goals (pack of 2) for training and small-sided games. No assembly required, Pop-up design, just take out of carry bag and unfold to open. Once done, simply twist/fold and put back in the flat oval carry bag.
K’nex Thrill Rides Web Weaver Building Set
This is one web you’ll want to get caught in with the Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set! Use the included parts and pieces to send the air propelled coaster car through horizontal and vertical thrills. Once done building turn off the lights—this coaster glows in the dark.
Hatching Toothless Interactive Baby Dragon
Hatch your own baby Dragon: agitate baby Toothless enough until he’s ready to hatch. With light-up eyes, you can see through his egg shell, rock it to make him growl, tap to hear him tap back, clap and he’ll respond. Shake and tilt the egg until he starts to hatch.
PVO Mini Projector
This mini pocket LED projector is lightweight and portable, easy to hold. Mini Projector, PVO Portable Projector for cartoons, an outdoor movie projector, LED Pico Video Projector for home theatre movie projector with HDMI USB TV AV interfaces and remote control.