Toy Insider Senior Editor Maddie Michalik joined CTV Noon in Calgary to show off the best toys that the whole family can enjoy. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
This double-sided, adjustable-height, kid-sized art easel includes a dry-erase board, a chalkboard, a locking paper-roll holder (fits either an 18-inch or 12-inch wide paper roll), a child-safe paper cutter, four easy-grip clips, and a plastic tray to attach to each side. Assembly is easy, so there's little waiting for the next masterpiece! Kids’ easels are recommended for building fine motor skills and proper pencil grip. Use the chalkboard and whiteboard surfaces of the wooden easel as the ideal practice surface for a kid's first letters and words.
Kids can place the beads on the provided flip tray, align the Disney Princess themed templates, spray with water, and watch as the beads magically fuse together to recreate their favorite Disney Princesses! Disney Princess templates include Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Rapunzel. Includes layout tray, sprayer, princess template sheets and more than 800 star and solid beads in 26 vibrant colors. Inspires creativity and screen-free playtime while encouraging fine motor skills, dexterity and concentration.
With the help of a driveable Kart and the Nintendo Switch, create courses in your home and race against the AI on your screen. It’s available in two styles: Mario and Luigi, sold separately.
Kids can turn their tablet into interactive board games! Use real figurines to drive the games on screen and build strategy and planning skills! Tacto Game Night Pack comes with two different game sets - Classics and Laser. Tacto Classics reimagines all time favorite board games and adds a fun interactive layer of storytelling - Checkers with a layer of PBJ, Ludo with a hunt for missing airplanes, Ladders with a Trolls-y twist, and an action-packed Tic-Tac-Toe with Ninjas. Tacto Laser makes the principles of light into an interactive problem-solving board game. With four figurines - light, laser, mirror, and prism - use science to go on an adventure with Sana or solve mysteries with Agent Hoot. Both the kits come with interactive and story-based games that develop creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills. Both the game sets are used with the same companion app, Tacto, that is available on both the App Store and Play Store. There are no in-app purchases and it can be used without the internet after the initial setup.
The first board game adaptation of the classic Pokémon Trading Card Game makes gameplay an easy-to-learn family experience. Two players can battle with the three included 60-card decks, featuring Raichu, Charizard, and Mewtwo.
Family game night is about to be poppin' with this fast-paced categories game. Players spin to reveal the letter for the round, then try to come up with an answer that starts with this letter for each of the 12 categories on the Category Card before the balloon bursts. Once it pops, tally up the points to determine the winner.