It’s time for kids to head back to the classroom, and while they might be sad to see the summer go, they’ll be thrilled to head back to school with these awesome new toys. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CityLine Canada to show off the best toys for the new semester. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and be sure to read our complete guide to the best toys of the summer.


Crayola Colored Pencils (Crayola)

  • Great for use at home or school, Crayola Colored Pencils are an essential creative tool for kids.
  • This pack of 24 pre-sharpened colored pencils contains a range of vivid colors to inspire children’s self-expressionand imagination.
  • Made with thick, soft cores that won’t break easily, the pencils create brightly colored lines that are perfect for school projects and creating detailed artwork.
  • Ages: 6+
  • US MSRP: $5.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $5.49

Untitled-1Crayola Crayons (Crayola)

  • Great for use at home or school, Crayola Crayons are an essentialcreative tool for kids.
  • This pack of 24 non-toxic crayons contains classic colors as well as bright, fun shades to inspire self-expression and imaginative play.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $2.49
  • Canadian MSRP: $2.19

Untitled-1Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, 10 Count (Crayola)

  • Kids love to get creative with color, but parents want to keep the color where it belongs and easily remove it where it doesn’t!
  • Crayola Ultra-Clean Broad Line Bright Markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and two new bright colors.
  • These durable broad-line markers feature conical tips that let kids color in large areas or create slim lines.
  • Ages: 4+
  • US MRSP: $5.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $5.69

Untitled-1Alex Toys Color a Messenger Bag – Groovy (Alex Brands)

  • The Messenger Bag – Groovy comes in 3 other styles, including flower, peace, and fashion.
  • It includes 6 brightly colored permanent markers in a pouch you can color too!
  • The bag is big enough for school books and binders.
  • Ages: 7+
  • US MSRP: $35.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $47.99

Untitled-1Whiffer Sniffers (Bearington Collection)

  • The Original Whiffer Sniffers are high-quality scented plush characters with quirky personalities to match their
  • The Whiffer Sniffers have built a craze as the ultimate fun and friendly scented collector’s item. All of these fun characters are available in a collectible backpack clip and a huggable-size.
  • Age: 3+
  • Backpack Clips US MSRP: $7.99
  • Backpack Clips Canada MSRP: $9.99

Untitled-1iHome iBT29 (iHome)

  • The best way to wake up!
  • 2 independent alarms let you wake to Bluetooth audio, FM radio or built-in tone at separate times
  • The iBT29 is a Bluetooth-enabled alarm clock with a difference, adding excitement and color to your music. Stream wireless digital audio via Bluetooth from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • Play iPhone, iPod or other devices via aux-in jack. USB charging port.
  • Adjustable LED cabinet color and alarm display. Reson8® speaker chamber provides great sound.
  • Built-in mic, voice echo cancellation and answer and end controls make speakerphone use a pleasure. FM radio with 6 presets.
  • US MSRP: $59.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $79.99

Untitled-1Gemmies (Tech 4 Kids)

  • Gemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft.
  • Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations.
  • You can make anything out of Gemmies crystals.
  • Starting series include animals, flowers and
  • more! Store all your Gemmies crystals and accessories in the Gemmies Design Studio and display your favorite creation on the light up pedestal.
  • Age: 6+
  • US MSRP: $24.99
  • Canada MSRP: $34.99

Untitled-1Brackitz Inventor 170 Piece Set (Brackitz)

  • Unique, connect-anywhere Brackitz attach to traditional planks at any angle, enablingbuilders of all ages to construct everythingfrom small-scale builds to larger-than-life, gravity-defying, 3-D structures with no limits.
  • With multi-use plastic planks and new rotating pieces, the Inventor Series enables anyone to create builds with moving parts.
  • Comes with colorful planks and connectors.
  • Colors include: Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow and Magenta.
  • Ages 3+
  • US MSRP $99.99
  • 100 Piece Set Canadian MSRP: $59.95


Untitled-1Classic LEGO® Large Creative Brick Box (Lego)

  • Build up a storm with this big box of classic LEGO® bricks in
  • 33 different colors.
  • With lots of different windows and doors, along with other special pieces to inspire you, you can really run with your imagination.
  • Includes a wide range of LEGO® bricks in 33 different colors
  • Features 8 different types of windows and doors with 8
  • different frames
  • LEGO® Classic is designed to inspire open-ended creativity with the LEGO brick
  • Special pieces encourage imaginative building play
  • Ideas included with the set and online at to help you get started
  • Comes in a useful plastic storage box
  • Ages: 4+
  • US MSRP: $59.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $59.99

Untitled-1VEX Robotics Snap Shot (Hexbug)

  • Wield the power to defend your turf by building your own handheld space blaster!
  • Open construction with snap-together pieces allows for a glimpse at the planetary gears and real working shock absorber style springs.
  • Has simple gear ratios and spring energy.
  • Ages: 14+
  • US MSRP: $19.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $27.99

Untitled-1VEX Robotics Zip Flyer (Hexbug)

  • Ready? Set? Take to the sky! The VEX Robotics Zip
  • Flyer is a re-invisioned take on airborne adventures. This robotic gadget is capable of shooting propellers over 30 feet in the air!
  • Pull the zip-cord stick to release, the faster you pull, the higher they’ll go. The
  • excitement doesn’t stop there, because the VEX Robotics Zip Flyer can be built
  • for both hand-held and tabletop action. Two ways to build, two ways to launch.
  • Ages: 8+
  • US MSRP: $12.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $18.99

Untitled-1Meccano Micronoids (Spin Master)

  • Bring your robot to life! MicroNoids are personal robots that you build and program! They may be small, but they have a huge personality!
  • Build your MicroNoid a body, and then program how they move — with push button programming MicroNoid can walk, turn, and smash through obstacles.
  • He also interacts with other MicroNoids and even dances when music plays. Also, MicroNoids answer any Yes/no question!
  • Ages: 10+
  • US MSRP: $39.99
  • Canadian MSRP: $54.99

Untitled-1Yottsugo (Fat Brain Toys)

  • Do you think you can solve a puzzle that looks like this: AADEEEFGGLLPRTUY?
  • Crossword and downwards, it’s an intersecting word challenge!
  • With four levels of wordplay, these puzzles are for wordsmiths, logicians… and family puzzle night.
  • Arrange the tiles into four-letter words you probably use every day, then snap them together as the words start to form and intersect.
  • Ages 12+
  • US MSRP: $26.95
  • Canadian MSRP: $34.99

Untitled-1Telestrations (USAopoly)

  • The award-winning game Telestrations will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing! Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.
  • Over 1,700 words, 8 erasable sketch books, 8 dry erase markers, and 8 clean-up cloths
  • Perfect for families, small parties, and friends new and old. A great ice breaker!
  • No Drawing Skills Required.  Stick figures & sense of humor welcome!
  • Ages: 12+
  • US MSRP: $19.95
  • Canadian MSRP: $29.95

Untitled-1BERG Extra Sport BFR (Berg)

Awesome karts that are colorful and fun to ride

Both karts:

  • Untitled-1will be the single (1) speed forward motion karts
  • have a pedal brake and hand brake to stop going forward
  • have a hand brake to stop going forward and in reverse
  • easily adjustable seat position
  • have a powder coated tubular steel frame
  • have pneumatic (inflatable) tires – real rubber
  • BERG Extra Sport BFR $679.00 (US) $779.00 (Canada)
  • BERB Xplore BFR $869.00 (US) $929.00 (Canada)