School's out and summertime is here… are you ready for the madness? If you’re starting to sweat, don’t worry ‘cuz your perspiration is always our inspiration! Beat the heat, kid boredom, and the kids bickering in their seats while traveling by car or concord with our top kid-tested and parent-approved products for summer 2017.
ALWAYS ON THE MOVE!
The Original smarTrike® High End 5-in-1 Infinity: The Infinity is a versatile, high-end, 5-in-1 trike designed for a stylish and adventurous outdoor ride! The Infinity showcases rich fabrics with a reclining seat and shock absorbers for happy naps on-the-go. This well-crafted trike features 5 convertible modes and 1-touch steering technology to accommodate kids as they grow between 10 and 36 months. For more information, visit smartrike.com. Purchase at Toys “R” Us.
HEELYS® at Mastermind Toys®: The original 2-in-1 shoes are back with improved design and wicked style! With removable wheels, kids can walk or roll - the choice is theirs. The double wheel design is for those just starting out with Heelys® for the first time. The second wheel offers more stability for learning. For more information, visit heelys.com. There are several Mastermind Toys® store locations in Calgary or purchase at mastermindtoys.com.
BACK YARD ADVENTURES
Step2® Paw Patrol™ Water Table: Tots will be wagging their tails for hours of fun with this sensory play table! Kiddos can help Ryder and friends speed off to the rescue by sending pups down the water slide for a fast and fun way to start the rescue. For additional indoor sensory play, kids can fill the water table with rice or beans! For more information, visit step2.com. Purchase at Toys “R” Us.
Little Tikes® Cook ‘n Play Outdoor BBQ: Kids can have their own pretend cookout - a great way to develop social and sharing skills in an active play format. The play food set includes a hamburger, hot dog, and grill utensils. Kids’ imaginations will grow with this feature-filled BBQ! For more information, visit littletikes.com. Purchase at walmart.ca.
IT’S RAINING; IT’S POURING...
The Coolest Canada Colouring Book by Carole Marsh: What a fun and creative way for kids to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial! Original art of Canada characters, scenes, and symbols add education to the colouring fun. Each page includes enticing educational facts that provide a terrific introduction to Canada. Purchase at scholarschoice.ca.
Playmobil® Ghostbusters™ Firehouse: Something strange in your neighbourhood? Call the Ghostbusters™ Firehouse! Here you will find Spengler mixing up his ghost-fighting mixture in the lab, Stantz keeping a close eye on the library ghost, and Janine answering ghostbusting calls. When a call comes in, watch them race into action sliding down the fire pole to the garage. This set is packed with accessories for hunting down ghosts, including a detachable proton pack and laser, ghost trap, silicone slime splatters, and more! Purchase at playmobil.ca.
Morph™ Sonic Green by ORB™ Factory: Morph™ is the shape-shifting fluff that shapes, builds, bounces, and floats! Sonic Green is a super light, super fun sensory sensation. The coolest compound you’ll have to feel to believe. And Morph™ sticks to itself, making it super easy to clean up. For more information, visit orbfactory.com. Purchase at scholarschoice.ca.
Osmo Coding with Awbie™ - Code Game Set: Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play. In Coding with Awbie™, snap together coding blocks to lead Awbie™ on a strawberry-munching adventure. Learning to code sounds serious but with Awbie™, it’s all fun and games! Your kid-coder will learn how to place physical blocks into sequences, loops and if/or actions, so on-screen Awbie™ can walk around, jump over obstacles, and grab strawberries in a magical world. It’s a great way for kids to learn about coding and have fun at the berry same time! (Requires the Osmo Genius Kit; iPad not included.) Purchase at playosmo.com.
Tranquilo™ Soothing Mat: This revolutionary, portable vibrating mat soothes babies in their cribs, strollers, on-the-go carriers, car seats, and can be used in the comfort of home and during travels to the park, visiting grandparents, and on family vacations. The Mat’s constant motion and sound provides the reassurance of the womb by mimicking mom’s heartbeat. Purchase at tranquilomat.com.
Summer Infant® Pop N’ Play™ Portable Playard: This ultra-lightweight and compact fold playard can be set up and taken down in seconds, making it perfect for use at home, a day at the park, or a weekend at the beach! The water-resistant floor helps keep baby dry, even on damp grass. Airy mesh sides provide added visibility. A travel bag with shoulder strap is also included. For more information, visit summerinfant.com. Purchase at https://kaczkids.com.
PercyVites® Launches Its Party Planning Platform Online At Toys “R” Us, Canada!: PercyVites’ personalized video invites and thank-you e-Cards create a fun experience for your child by immersing them into the world of their favorite character. PercyVites’ roster includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol, My Little Pony, Transformers, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Shopkins, Caillou, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and more in its customizable digital invitations and thank-you videos. PercyVites® is the perfect party-planning platform for your child for $0.79 per video invitation. After the party, have your child thank their friends and family for their gifts with personalized video thank-yous, available for $0.79 for each video thank-you. Start your party-planning today at toysrus.percyvites.com!
American Girl® Parties - Delicious Recipes for Holidays & Fun Occasions by American Girl® and Williams-Sonoma: With 8 party themes and 40 delicious recipes, there’s enough inspiration and party-worthy dishes to make every get-together special. Whether you want to host a burger-bar birthday bash for a crowd, a holiday cookie party with friends, or a summer cookout with family, this cookbook has you covered! The delicious recipes, fun ideas, and colorful images will captivate young cooks and can be made with everyday cookware and kitchen utensils. For more information and inspiration, visit weldonowen.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Finis® Mermaid™ & Atlantis Monofin: The Mermaid™ monofin encourages young explorers to experience the magic of swimming. Designed to activate both mind and body, the Mermaid™ monofin teaches an equal use of up and down kicks, allowing swimmers to gracefully glide like real mermaids! For more information, visit finisinc.com. Purchase at chapters.indigo.ca.
ROAD TRIP BOREDOM BUSTERS
Melissa & Doug® Make-a-Face Sticker Pad - Crazy Animals: Hilarious animal faces will create fits of giggles! And the best part? You get to choose the animal faces. Comes with over 170 stickers with a silly twist. 20 animals show their personalities with funny face graphics. For more information, visit melissaanddoug.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Wikki Stix® Traveler Kit: Keep the kids quietly and happily entertained without, “Are we there yet?” Not just for plane and car travel activities, it’s the perfect take-along travel toy to have anytime! Wikki Stix® are soft, pliable, and easy to use. Twist, bend, stick, and create! No preparation, no cleanup, no mess. Press ‘em down, peel ‘em off - it’s that simple. For more information, visit wikkistix.com. Purchase at amazon.ca.
Melissa is the Copy Editor at Calgary’s Child Magazine. She is looking forward to playing with her own brand new toy this summer: a new home!
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