The kiddies are settled into their school routines, pumpkin flavoured everything is back, and next thing you know - all of the Birthday party and play date invitations start rolling in. To help you get ready for all your classmate and family get-togethers coming up, I'd love to share some toys that are new, hot, and oh SO cool! What's especially great about this group of gifts is that you'll find something for almost everyone you may be shopping for: kids as young as 4, that "hard to shop for" teenager, and everyone in between. Play and collect, build awesome robots, get active, see music dance, or make birds sing, all with the toys that everyone is talking about!
(MM# 134413, ages 8+, $34.99)
This is one that we've had a lot of fun playing with here at the office and in our stores! These unique Dancing Water Speakers bring your tunes to life with colour LED lights and moving water streams that dance to the beat. Perfect for your your desk or a dance party with your friends, these portable, lightweight speakers are decorative and also provide awesome sound.
(MM# 134355, ages 5+, $12.99ea)
Cute little birds that sing on their own or together in a choir! DigiBirds feature adorable, lifelike head and beak movements that mimic real birds. These colourful "pets" are interactive, musical fun, with different birds to collect. There are also DigiBirds that come complete with a linkable DigiBirds Birdcage!
(various MM#'s, ages 8+, $59.99ea - $179.99ea)
Build your very own VEX Hexbug robots! These large robots are made with snap-together components that require no tools. VEX robotics are the coolest, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning toys. After building your fully functional robot, you can control it with a remote or set it to an autonomous mode and it will move and avoid obstacles on its own!
(MM# 134843-134852, ages 8+, $6.99ea)
Socks are great for when the weather gets cooler, and make a comfortable alternative to slippers when playing indoors. These fun ankle socks feature photo-realistic prints like kittens, treats, and my personal favourite: pizza! :) These are the perfect loot bag gift (for your party, class, or team) or bring a bunch to your next sleepover!
(MM#132399/132400/134069, ages 4+, $54.99ea)
A smart activity tracker for little ones that combines the fun of a virtual pet, a video game, and the benefits of active play - all in one! The more kids wearing an interactive LeapFrog LeapBand play and move, the more they are rewarded with points that unlock games and more.
(MM#134397/134401, ages 6+, $5.99ea - $17.99ea)
Pokemon is as popular as ever! The latest in the Pokemon Trading Card Game is XY - Furious Fists! Pokemon trainers collect Pokemon and play a card game that encourages learning (memory, cause and effect) through the process of discovering and understanding the different types of Pokemon and their strengths and weaknesses, as well as learning the rules of the game. More than a just matter of collecting, Pokemon also encourages the development of social skills while Pokeman fans play the trading card game together.
(various MM#'s, various ages. starting at $12.95)
Have you read the "Redstone Handbook"? Do you wish for a Creeper or Enderman action figure? Can you mine diamonds with an iron pickaxe? These questions may not be clear to everyone, but more likely than not, most of the kids in your life would be answering "Yes", "Yes!" and "YES!" The extremely popular game Minecraft has inspired toys and books that will help bring the fun of their digital adventures into the real world. This collection has something for every Minecraft player, from beginner to expert!
Thanks so much for reading about what's new and cool! Which is your favourite? Let us know in a comment below, or share your pics of these cool toys with us on Facebook or Twitter. For some fun behind the scenes pics and sneak peeks, follow us on Instagram!
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Have a great day and make some time to play! :)