Spring is here and there are some great new toys on the market just in time for outdoor fun. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox 32 in Chicago to talk about some of the season’s hottest new toys and games. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • The classic latch hook craft kit is back as LatchKits are a fun and easy-to-learn craft—just loop, hook, and pull.
  • Available in two NEW designs: Mermaid, Owl.
  • Everything kids need is included: the handy latch hook tool, pre-cut yarn and color-coded, easy-to-follow canvas make getting started on a project a snap.
  • The sturdy canvas features fabric-lined edges and hanging loops to create soft and fuzzy design that’s ready to hang on the wall or use as a mini-rug.
  • A great anytime, anywhere project.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, specialty retailers


  • For the first time ever athletes, fans, and robotics enthusiasts can try their hand at a game where technology and sports collide, with HEXBUG’s Robotic Soccer line! Enjoy a real-world play experience with a modern techie twist.
  • These robots are athletes, and kicking balls into goals is their game. Pick your bot, customize it with decals and send it onto the field. Out maneuver your opponent, with your dribbling and goal scoring skills.
  • Designed to mimic real-life soccer, this toy’s unique play pattern taps into our love for the sport and competition, and pairs it with the educational fun of robotics. Each bot uses an encapsulated magnet on a cam powered kicker, which enables the robot to hold onto the ball until you are ready to kick it into the goal.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Spring 2018 at mass and specialty retailers


  • Sunny Days Entertainment brings you the Maxx Bubble Light Up & Sizzle Bubble Grill with real grilling sounds and light-up coals!
  • Gather around the grill and grab a skewer!
  • Dip your skewer in the solution and hold over the grill for real bubble action.
  • Coals light up for realistic effects. Hear the sizzle of the grill just like real food cooking.
  • Three AA batteries included.
  • Comes with grilling accessories.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Amazon, and Meijers


  • Kids can play with these Peppa Pig figures and create their own adventures, with over seven styles to choose from!
  • Grandpa Dog is to the rescue with his tools and tow truck with the Little Tow Truck, Ms. Rabbit is ready to zoom through the air with the Little Helicopter, Peppa Pig is ready to ride in her fun blue outfit with the Little Red Car, and Daddy Pig is going on a breezy trip to the country size with the Little Green Car.
  • Ages: 2-5
  • MSRP: $11.99 each
  • Available: Target, Walmart


  • Small plastic cars with attitude.
  • These super-fast, motorized pullbacks have a lightweight vac-formed body with full-color racing graphics! Cars sold individually, in multi-packs or in two great play sets.
  • Approximately 2.5-inches long.
  • Lightweight vac-formed body with plastic parts.
  • Full-color graphics, high-speed pullback motor.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $2-$2.50


  • With the press of a button, Imperial’s Lights and Sound bubble wand magically comes to life, lighting up and playing music while bubbles continuous blow out!
  • Powered by Imperial Toy’s Super Miracle Bubbles, this easy-to-use, battery operated bubble toy is the perfect toy to add to any bubble fan’s collection.
  • Each wand has a unique song representative of your favorite characters. Styles include Disney’s Mickey Mouse, The Little Mermaid, and Rapunzel wand.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Toys R Us, Target


  • Play catch in a powerful new way. Introducing the new Sling Stix from YULU!
  • Catch the super bouncy ball with the sticky suction cup atop of the 11-inch long plastic Sling Stix. Then, use the Stix’ unique trigger to release the ball, and sling it distances up to 30 feet! Kids can challenge their friends and play together for even more fun!
  • Each package includes one orange Sling Stix, one green Sling Stix and one ball. Play is designed for two players.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: US: $14.99 / CA: $19.99
  • Available: July 2018 at Target


  • The V2450HD Streaming Video Drone is loaded with advanced features. Flight Assist makes flying simple and allows drone enthusiasts to focus on getting the perfect picture or maintain a stable hover in mid-air with no hands on the controller.
  • Advanced enough to satisfy discerning enthusiasts, the V2450HD is also lightweight, durable and safe enough for a beginner pilot.
  • The V2450HD Streaming Video Drone provides the perfect balance of quality flight performance and affordability.
  • Professional-grade firmware provides simple and stable flight for beginners and hobbyists.
  • Flight sensitivity allows you to choose the responsiveness to your controls based on your skill level.
  • Adjustable wide-angle camera lens for video streaming.
  • Micro SD card slot (card sold separately) enables direct video recording.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $79.99-$99.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target