Canadian Toy Picks

Canadian Toy Testing Council Toy Picks

The Canadian Toy Testing Council recently released its 2011 list for can’t-miss toys aimed at parents, grandparents and anyone buying toys that are looking for safe and reliable play items. The testers and parents alike favor toys that will grow with the child. Toys that appeal to the whole family such as board games are also popular. These all make good choices for Christmas gifts.

Top Toy

The number one award went to VTech’s Text and Chat Walkie-Talkies.
A two radio set with the added capabilities of texting and playing games.

Other top honors went to:

Best Bet Award

Fisher Price Musical Croc Block Wagon – this allows children to feed the croc the blocks.

Playmobil Great Dragon Castle -similar to the Playmobil Knights set with the added thrill of dragons.

Alex Baby Builder bright and bold infant plush and developmental toys that are designed for Baby’s first year of life

The Original Green Toy Tugboat manufactured and assembled in California from 100% post-consumer milk jugs, and contains no BPA, phthalates or PVC

Leapfrog My Pal Scout/ My Pal Violet Download your child’s name and favorite things to this cuddly customizable puppy, Violet (Internet connection required) Listen to any of 5 pre-loaded lullaby tunes, 4 learning songs

Playkool Push and Stack Gears Four brightly colored gears on this wheeled critter figure’s body spin as your little one pushes the critter along

1st for Me Baby Alive Sips and Cuddles Soft and snuggly baby figure makes drinking sounds and noises just like a real baby

Djeco Finger Tracks contains 8 large part pre-printed pictures to paint, 2 each of four designs, 8 bottles of quality, safe children’s finger paint and a paint pallete.  All comes in a sturdy gift box.  From age 3 years.

VTech 3 in 1 Musical Band one-man band. There are three different ways to play – a piano, drum and guitar

Crayola Quick and Easy Face Paint with easy-to-use press on shapes. Liven up your next party, parade or rainy afternoon with this Crayola Quick and Easy Face Paint.

VTech V-Reader interactive digital learning toy that encourages young kids ages three to seven years to learn to read and improve their vocabulary and reading skills.

VTech MobiGo interactive learning device that uses a touchscreen and keyboard to control gameplay. Designed to encourage learning and the development of dexterity skills, the MobiGo device brings modern handheld technology to young users

Folkmanis Sea Serpent Stage Moveable mouth, tongue, and fins About 16 inches tall

Playmobil Firetruck and Ladder Unit Ladder extends up to 28 inches. Electronic flashing lights on top the truck

Poof-Slinky My First Magic Set trick are easy to learn and easy to perform with a professional result. Lots of great tricks and even a magic wand and comes with DVD instructions that go step by step showing how to perform the tricks.

Playmobil Heavy Duty Mobile Crane Jib rotates 360 and shores can foldout. Jib and rope drum are fixable. Comes with boulder and portable warning lights (batteries included).

Spin-Master Air Hogs Titan Glider Hawk Eye is capable of taking clear and steady video recording even while it is flying. Base on the outlooks of above image the heli has 2 channel IR (possibly the same chassis as the Sharp Shooter) that includes throttle and left/right control with analog trim

Foxmind Dig It shuffling around the patches of turf to dig it up is going to require creativity and cleverness. The challenge will only make the reward that much more delicious, so get out there, think it through and dig it!

Djeco Dresses of the World Art by Number Four beautifully illustrated, part printed templates featuring traditional costumes from around the world printed on to very thick card 21 by 28cms Eight artist quality gouache paints, artist quality brush and double nibbed pen

Poof-Slinky Ryan Oakes Magic Show Includes Instructional DVD, Appearing Magic Wand, Large Production Box, Small Production Box, and Change Diamond Trick

Out of the Box Publishing Run Wild Players race to get rid of the cards in their hands by creating sets and runs in the middle of the table. Don’t have the right cards? No problem— grab from a set or run already on the table, or play your cards on any existing set or run.

Out of the Box Publishing Super Circles 4…3…2…1…Blast off. Players race to play all their cards by matching colored rings on the previously played card. Quick minds and fast fingers will triumph.

Klutz Doodle Journal My Life in Scribbles book that makes self-expression as simple as letting your pen do its thing. This prompted journal is filled with cool, doodly artwork growing out of the corners and creeping up the edges of the pages like a wild vine of inspiration.

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