Looking for the year’s hottest holiday toys? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CityLine in Canada to show off the toys and gifts your kids will be asking for this holiday season. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • Go for a ride with Gavin the go-kart on the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park.
  • Kids can move the go-kart up the hill with the hand crank, pull back the lever, and launch the vehicle to the top and onto the track for a thrilling ride.
  • Watch as it races down the track, through the 360-degree loop, and out the jump ramp.
  • The play set also includes a spinning Ferris wheel, a tumble-down carnival game, and a swinging gate.
  • Gavin the go-kart features SmartPoint technology, and plays fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs, and six melodies.
  • Ages: 1-5
  • Canadian MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Build out adventure from trunk to tail with a friendly elephant and his parade of animal friends.
  • Pull the elephant along as the colorful blocks spin inside the tumbler storage bin.
  • Then, open the tumbler, remove the blocks included and learn color association by using the building plate included to build a red monkey, yellow giraffe, purple hippo and green toucan.
  • Once built, place your animal friends on the rolling wheelbases and connect them to the Elephant to create an animal parade.
  • Ages: 1+
  • Canadian MSRP: $29.99
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us


  • Turn still pictures into fun animations with Magic Scene Creator. To use, simply place any of the 70 included Motion Cards on the tablet screen and watch the cartoon drawings come to life.
  • You can also make your own drawings and animate them using the Motion Cards .The Magic Scene Creator comes with six Gel FX Markers so you can draw directly on the screen or enhance the Motion Cards with your own embellishments–create your own car with wheels that appear to spin or draw a cool bird with wings that appear to flap!
  • When it’s time for something new, simply wipe the screen and cards clean with a damp cloth. Great for ages three and up, this fun coloring gift set is a wonderful way to experience the magic of animation.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $27.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Target.ca, Amazon


  • These great sounding headphones have a built-in volume limiter that protects hearing and make listening to music safe for little ears.
  • High quality headphones with kid friendly sound levels to protect hearing, adjustable headband, character graphics and styling, pivoting ear cushions for maxium comfort, connect any audio device.
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • Chatty Charlie, the Barkin Beagle pet is one fun dog. This cuddly pups collar translates barks to phrases so you can understand him. With 80+ barks to phrases, he has a lot to talk about!
  • Watch his ears move as he tries to hide his face! He responds to sounds and touch and he loves to be cuddled. Pet his back and he wags his tail, too!
  • Whether hes barking, talking, or being cuddled, Chatty Charlie, the Barkin Beagle pet is awesome pal!
  • Ages: 4+
  • Canadian MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • Chippies are playful puppies who love to show off their many tricks. Kids can pet their heads for different reactions including sniffs, barks, puppy kisses, and even a sneeze.
  • Use the remote control to make your pet dance, sing, chase its tail, or tell it which way to roll. Chippies can explore your room on their own or guard it from intruders using their sensors, and will also sing together as a pack. Chippies have bright LED eyes and posable hind legs.
  • Ages: 5+
  • Canadian MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • Kids will love this light-hearted game with a fun squawking chicken!
  • Press the chicken and listen for the funny “SQUAWK!” If the hen house opens, the chicken will lay an egg that you get to “crack open.”
  • Did the token inside land egg side up or chick side up? If it’s chick side up, you get to keep a chick token.
  • The player with the most chick tokens wins.
  • Giggling, squawking fun for kids age four and up.
  • Ages: 4+
  • Canadian MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Walmart


  • Moonlite turns story time into a magical experience for both children and parents by making storybooks come to life via full HD projections, sound effects and more all powered by your mobile device
  • Moonlite fosters a bonding experience between parent and child that is engaging, immersive and memorable.
  • Moonlite was created by a mom for parents everywhere who love reading to their children.
  • Moonlite preserves the purity of books and special bonding moments between parent and child while making reading a fun and magical experience. [Lean on created by a mom vs. a big company (ie. Honest Company)] Moonlite is the perfect hybrid of both traditional and digital books that allows for the purity of traditional books to be kept intact.
  • There is always time for story time. No matter how busy life gets, we can always make time to read to our children. The magic of storytelling is something that transcends generations.
  • MSRP: $24.99-$39.99
  • Available: Mastermind Toys, Target, Amazon


  • Squishies are the hottest new trend to hit shelves for the holiday season.
  • We are launching our very first Soft’n Slo Squishies™ Pastry Box kit for Cyber Monday.  This special collectors box features 5 slow rising Soft’n Slo Squishies™, the perfect addition to any Squishy collection.
  • Ages: 8+
  • Canadian MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Michaels


  • Which flush will cause the gush? Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water! The number that turns up on the paper roll spinner dictates how many times each player must flush. Players are safe if they hear the flushing sound, but no water is sprayed. Who knows which flush will be the one that sprays water, eliminating that player? Continue taking turns spinning the roll and flushing until one player has not been sprayed. That player wins the game!
  • Includes game base, toilet base, toilet tank with toilet paper roll spinner, toilet bowl with lid, and instructions.
  • Ages: 4+
  • Canadian MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us


  • The Rubik’s Cube Build It Solve It kit comes with all the parts necessary tobuild your own Rubik’s Cube! The game comes with easy ‘how to’ instructions and all necessary parts to build a functioning Rubik’s Cube. Once you’ve build your cube, follow the instructions and learn how to solve it. You’ll be able to solve the puzzle and may even improve your solving speed! With the Rubik’s Cube Build It Solve It kit you will unlock the secrets of the Rubik’s cube and master it!
  • Ages: 8+
  • Canadian MSRP: $27.99
  • Available: Kroeger


  • In this hilarious game, you read a topic card and then write down your response. It can be anything that comes to mind, there’s no right or wrong answer!
  • Then all the responses are read aloud and you have to figure out who said what! You won’t believe the THINGS… the people you know will come up with!
  • Ages: 14+
  • Canadian MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon, Toys “R” Us


  • New Hatchimals are arriving from Hatchtopia and they can’t hatch without kids’ help.
  • Experience a whole new hatching experience! Kids can tap and rub the egg to help their Hatchimals hatch in just a few minutes. Then, watch the creature pop up and out of the egg! What’s the big surprise? There are twins inside!
  • Choose from Giravens or Peacats, and discover if you have identical or fraternal twins.
  • Ages: 5+
  • Canadian MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Mass retailers


  • Introducing Hatchimals Colleggtibles!  Hold!  Hatch!  Play!
  • These adorable Hatchimals come inside of small, speckled eggs; and they need your help to hatch!
  • Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart, and when it changes from purple to pink, you know it’s ready to hatch! Gently crack the egg to discover the Hatchimal inside!  Each Hatchimal has a set of magical, glittery wings.
  • A beautiful collector’s map introduces you to their home! With landmarks like the Giggling Tree, Lilac Lake, Fabula Forest, and more, there’s so much to explore!
  • Ages: 3+
  • Canadian MSRP: $3.99-$12.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart


  • The newest model from the maker of the world’s first 3-D printing pen is the slimmest, lightest, strongest 3Doodler yet.
  • Enhanced design, easy to manage, and improved drive system for quieter and smoother operation. Latest features also include simplified and intuitive controls, and a new ambient light bar.
  • The 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic, which instantly hardens, allowing you to literally draw in 3-D, freehand or on paper. Draw vertically or horizontally and change colors quickly and easily.
  • More than 75 plastic colors are available in flexy, matte, gloss, clear, glow, or sparkle materials.
  • Ages: 14+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart