With back to school just around the corner, there are great new toys to keep kids learning before they return to the classroom. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Global News Canada to show off some great new toys to get kids ready for the back-to-school season. For more on these products, check out the notes below, and be sure to check out our full rundown of the best educational toys of the summer.

Untitled-1Speak Out Game (Hasbro)

  • Get ready to be doubled over with laughter with this ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game.
  • The Speak Out game brings friends and family together for laugh-out-loud fun as players try to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won’t let them shut their mouth.
  • The laughter continues as players try to decipher what in the world their teammate is trying to say, and must correctly guess the phrase in order to earn the card.
  • The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
  • Ages: 16+
  • MSRP: $19.99

Untitled-1Yeti in My Spaghetti (PlayMonster)

  • Who knew yetis liked spaghetti?! We did!
  • In this wacky, fun game, the noodles are laid across the bowl and the yeti is just sitting there on the noodles…but as you remove the noodles one by one (be careful!), the yeti could fall into the bowl, and that would mean you lose!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99

Untitled-1Melody the Musical Turtle (LeapFrog)

  • Tune memory and preschool skills with Melody the Musical Turtle! 10 snappy musical activities prompt toddlers age 2 years and up to find numbers and colors, repeat patterns from memory and create turtle-rific tunes by pressing light-up buttons on Melody’s shell.
  • Melody the Musical Turtle offers 3 fast-action learning modes. Little ones can listen and look for numbers and colors in Learn and Play mode, racing to find as many as they can before the music ends.
  • In Memory Games, children watch Melody’s buttons light up and see if they can repeat the patterns. Patterns get longer the further they go! Music mode offers 2 ways to play.
  • Melody the Musical Turtle can be played alone or with a parent or friend. Single-player games encourage toddlers to race the music and find as many answers as they can.
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $19.99

Untitled-1Big Adventure at the Watering Hole (Schleich)

  • A magnificent oasis at the base of a cascading waterfall forms the centerpiece of the new Safari play world where the inhabitants of the Savannah gather.
  • The lion surveys his kingdom from atop a rock, watching animals like zebras, meerkats and flamingos quench their thirst at the watering hole.
  • The burrow at the edge of the waterhole, plants, rocks as well as the stream and waterfall can be individually and creatively rearranged.
  • The tree can also be transformed into a climbing frame for the chimpanzee, or made into a bridge across the waterhole or to the small island.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $129.99