Recently, Calgary’s Child received a special invitation from Santa and his elves to visit their workshop at the North Pole to get the inside scoop on the hottest holiday toys. It was an offer we couldn’t refuse! So we quickly flew to the North Pole, tested, tinkered, toyed, made a list, and checked it twice. And here they are, our top pick of toys, the best of the best for 2017, all shiny and bright!
Tonka® Tinys™ Rescue Response Station Playset: Take your Tonka Tinys on an epic adventure! Launch vehicles over the flames, through the cinder block wall, and down the gravity ramp! This playset includes 3 exclusive Tiny vehicles, and is compatible with every vehicle in the line. Purchase at Walmart; Toys “R” Us.
You & Me Baby So Sweet Nursery Doll: This sweet-faced baby doll is the perfect choice for your child’s first doll. Soft and cuddly, she’s easy for little hands to manage and is slightly weighted so she easily sits up. Purchase at Toys “R” Us; toysrus.ca.
Soggy Doggy: The shower-spraying, doggy-shaking game! Race around the board washing and showering Soggy Doggy. But watch out, he loves to shake himself dry! Try not to get caught or it’s back to the start. Be the first to make it all the way around to the doggy basket to win! Purchase at Walmart; Toys “R” Us; Mastermind Toys.
Glimmies Glimtern from Just Play™: Aurea, the ladybug Glimmie, is decorated with adorable, glittery accents. She’ll feel right at home when your child places her inside the Glimtern and lights up! Hang the Glimtern in your child’s bedroom as a fairy lantern to comfort your child through the night, or open up the lantern house to use as an adorable playset. Purchase at Toys “R” Us; toysrus.ca.
furReal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger from Hasbro: This tiger cub responds to sounds and touch with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations! Pet his head and his eyes might close. Pet him on his muzzle, and he moves! He even has a little chicken toy that he reacts to when it squeaks. With poseable back legs, he can be hugged and cuddled. Purchase at Walmart; Toys “R” Us.
Glitter Fingerlings™ from WowWee® Monkey Bar & Swing Playset: Right side up or upside down, this playset is the perfect place for your Fingerlings pets to monkey around! This set includes Liv, a cute, exclusive, periwinkle blue Fingerlings Baby Monkey. Liv loves to interact: responding to touch, sounds, and movement with cute monkey babble, blinking eyes, and head turns. Hang her by the tail on the monkey bars, or push her back and forth in the swing. A Mastermind Toys® Exclusive! There are several Mastermind Toys® stores in Calgary; mastermindtoys.com.
Hatchimals Surprise Giraven from Spin Master™: Once again this year, Hatchimals are a hot toy for the holidays! Introducing the new Hatchimals Surprise. These magical creatures are hidden inside colorful speckled eggs! Who will your child hatch? Purchase at Walmart; Toys “R” Us.
Recoil Multi-Player Starter Set with Wi-Fi Game Hub: Recoil is a next level first person shooter gaming experience. Turn any location into an immersive GPS-enabled battlefield. Feel the explosive rush of FPS gaming as you run from point-to-point in the real world, while the 3D positional audio places you in the middle of the action. Field up to 16 elite fighters in squad-based combat as the world around you becomes an interactive battlefield. Purchase at Walmart; walmart.ca.
Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck: With 2 sides of toddler-friendly learning fun, this Fun Food Truck serves up hours of role-play and hands-on activities. Its blend of kitchen and vehicle play keeps mini-entrepreneurs busy: greeting customers, working the register, prepping orders on the light-up grill, and more! Purchase at fisher-price.mattel.com.
Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery: Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is learning all about baby care thanks to her role as a Chief Resident. Preschoolers can nurture and care for their baby dolls right alongside Doc with this adorable role-play centre full of exciting doctor features and accessories to explore! Purchase at Toys “R” Us; toysrus.ca.
Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme: From the streets of Gotham City to the middle of your living room, the Batbot Xtreme brings the high-flying, projectile-launching, and super fist-punching action of your kiddo’s favorite Batman stories to life - with tons of cool features and accessories like a voice-changer and Batcycle, too! Purchase at fisher-price.mattel.com.
Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™: The coolest way to create! Take an Oonies pallet, place it in the inflator, and watch it magically grow into an Oonie! They stick to each other so your child can make amazing creatures and designs! No glue. No water. No mess - just air-filled balls of amazing fun! Inflate, create, and make ‘em great! Purchase at Toys “R” Us; toysrus.ca.
LEGO® BOOST Creative Toolbox: A building and coding set that lets children bring their creations to life by adding movement, sound, and personality! This kit introduces children to coding through a free app that contains guidance, building instructions, and simple coding commands. Much like building with LEGO® bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in a simple horizontal layout. A tablet running iOS 10.3 and newer/Android 5.0 or above is required to build and play. To purchase, visit shop.lego.com.
GOT YOU, BABE!
Aden + Anais® Classic Dream Blanket: The Classic Dream Blanket features 4 layers of 100 per cent cotton muslin for the softest, most plush baby blanket! Its uses go beyond cuddling as it also makes a snuggly surface to lay your little one on, no matter where the day takes you. And when your dream blanket gets dirty, not to worry as it’s machine washable and stays soft wash after wash. Purchase at adenandanais.ca.
Polar Stroller: Want to stay active with your little ones this winter by using your stroller? Polar Stroller has revolutionized how to make that happen! With two new Stroller Ski lines for 2018, they now fit all 4 Wheel Strollers, Bike Trailers, Joggers, and Special Needs devices. Attaching onto your existing wheels in seconds, floating through deeper snow and gliding over the snow-packed pathways, your winter adventures await you. Now Winter and Strollers are fun! Purchase at polarstroller.com.
Fisher-Price® Zoom ‘n Crawl Monster™: For sit-at play, little ones can fill the monster with colorful balls, then bat at the rollerball to watch them spin around on its belly and spill out. When baby is ready to crawl, their silly monster starts zooming around, spinning and tumbling the balls out as it goes, encouraging baby to chase after the cruising monster or the balls! Purchase at fisher-price.mattel.com.
LOL Surprise Lil Sisters Ball - Series 2: Offers 5 layers of surprise! Each layer unveils a hint of which LOL doll you’re going to get! Bathe the babies for an additional water surprise! Purchase at Chapters; chapters.indigo.ca.
Paw Patrol Work & Play Stickers: Fans of this Nickelodeon’s popular TV series will love the Pups at Work and Play Sticker Fun Pack! Includes 4 sticker sheets, 4 coloring pages, 1 big sparkly bonus sticker, and 100+ stickers! Purchase at Chapters; chapters.indigo.ca.
Melissa is the Copy Editor at Calgary’s Child Magazine. She hopes this year she can hitch a ride on Santa’s Sleigh to Hawaii for the holidays (her bags are already packed and ready to go!).
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