Just because it’s a rainy day doesn’t mean that kids can’t still have loads of fun. Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Breakfast Television in Canada to show off some of the best new toys for the spring and summer to brighten up a rainy afternoon. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the spring and summer, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


WAVE HOOPS (JAKKS PACIFIC)

  • Wave Hoop has been the number one selling hoop this decade!
  • It has been in the top 10 summer toys the past 10 years, today’s kids know Wave Hoop before Hula Hoop.
  • The patented liquid core makes hooping 10 times easier than a regular hoop.
  • Wave Hoops make hooping cool with their holographic colours and its liquid core, there is nothing like it on the planet.
  • The patented liquid core makes hooping 10 times easier than a regular hoop.
  • Wave Hoops make hooping cool with their holographic colors and its liquid core.
  • Age: 6-10
  • MSRP: $4.98-$7.99 CAD
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us Canada, Loblaws

RYAN’S WORLD MINI MYSTERY EGG (BONKERS TOYS)

  • Kids can unbox big fun from the Ryan’s World Mini Mystery Egg.
  • The new 5-inch-tall egg comes with a surprise mystery figure, squishy, or a new Build-a-Ryan Figure, exclusive putty, a bouncy ball, stickers, and Ryan’s World tattoos.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP:  $14.99 – $19.99 CAD
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us Canada, Giant Tiger, Red Apple, London Drugs, Showcase

WORLD’S SMALLEST SUPER SOAKER (SUPER IMPULSE)

  • The World’s Smallest Super Soaker – yes, it actually works!
  • Based on the best-selling, best performing water squirters of all time, Super Impulse proudly presents miniature, working Super Soakers.
  • Less than 4 inches in size, each one squirts a dozen shots up to a distance of 25 feet!
  • Featuring styles based on the original Super Soaker – the iconic Super Soaker 50 and the new, popular Super Soaker Barrage.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $5.99 CAD
  • Available: Toys “R” Us Canada

PENCIL NOSE (FAT BRAIN TOYS)

  • Think you’ve got a nose for drawing? In this hilarious party game, players have to use their sniffers to try and sketch the prompt and then hope their teammates can correctly guess what they’re drawing.
  • On your turn, draw a card and slide it into the slot on top of the drawing board so only you can see it.
  • Then, with the special glasses and the “Pencil Nose” equipped, try to draw the object onto the clear screen of the board – USING ONLY YOUR NOSE! Can you draw a trout with your snout?
  • How about a rose with your nose? Whichever team gets the most correct guesses wins a point.
  • First team to win 7 points wins the game.
  • Includes erasable drawing board, 2 pairs of pencil nose glasses (green, orange), erasable marker, eraser, 90 object cards with 6 objects each, sand timer.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $24.95 CAD
  • Available: fatbraintoys.com

5 SECOND RULE (PLAYMONSTER)

  • Can you name three of the most trivial questions thrown your way? Sure, but can you do it in five seconds?
  • The rules are very simple when you play The 5 Second Rule game.
  • Players are tested on their quick wit and ability to come up with answers on the fly. Stay sharp as you try and fight your way through laughter and pick your words carefully.
  • Caution: don’t take too long as you answer each question on the back of a card and pay attention to the quirky timer, five seconds is all you get and the clock is ticking!
  • Age: 10+
  • MSRP: $29.99 CAD
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us Canada, Indigo, Mastermind

SMART SKETCHER PROJECTOR (FLYCATCHER)

  • smART sketcher Projector is the next great product for promoting artistic ability, fine motor development, and STEAM education skills using 21st century technology.  
  • Developed by the innovative Flycatcher Inc. team, smART sketcher Projector allows children and adults to transform photos taken from their smart devices into a sketch.
  • By using the free smART sketcher app, photos are filtered and transferred via Bluetooth to the projector. Instantly users will see their desired image projected onto paper.
  • Users are able to draw anything the eye can see with just a touch of a button.
  • The smART sketcher Projector also comes with pre-loaded micro SD cards that are filled with a variety of activities including step-by-step drawings, learn-to-write letters and numbers, early spelling skills, and more.
  • Additional SD cards can be purchased separately to keep the creative learning going.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $42.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Michaels, Target
  • Canada: CAD $69.99 – $79.99 at Toys “R” Us Canada

SLIMYGLOOP MIX’EMS (HORIZON GROUP USA)

  • SLIMYGLOOP Mix’EMS are a fun and easy way to capture the excitement of slime making and mixing, with less mess and more play.
  • As one of the hottest trends in the market, Mix’EMS allow you to create your own SLIMYGLOOP combinations through fun themes inspired by social media trends.
  • Create a shark-infested slime filled with shark spangles and a squishy shark or mix up your own tropical punch complete with vibrant flamingoes!
  • Just mix in embellishments and play! Available in a variety of themes.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $6.99 CAD
  • Availability: Indigo, Michaels CA, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart CA

SKATEBOARD STUNT R/C – COMBO PANDA (JADA TOYS)

  • Get ready to show off your amazing skateboard moves with Combo Panda’s Skateboard Stunt R/C.
  • Each R/C features a 9-inch tall figure, spins, and pop wheelies and the ability to right themselves when they fall over!
  • Includes a handheld controllers.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Available: Amazon

LEGO DUPLO TOY STORY TRAIN (LEGO)

  • This classic buildable steam train toy is easy to build, helping preschoolers develop early construction and fine motor skills in a much-loved Pixar setting.
  • It is an ideal gift for young children. If parents are looking for a fun hands-on, minds-on project to pair with a Spring Break movie, Toy Story and LEGO building are a great combination!
  • Age: 2+
  • MSRP: $24.99 CAD
  • Available: Toys “R” Us Canada, Target, Walmart, shop.lego.com

HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS BASH UPS FEATURE ASSORTMENT (MATTEL)

  • Crush the competition with these 1:43 scale Monster Trucks with signature giant wheels and crashing break-apart features.
  • When these Monster Trucks collide or hit an obstacle they bust open three different ways, kids can then reset them to do it again.
  • Each package provides stats including name, truck type, strength, unique crash attack and motor-variation for great storytelling fun.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $8.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart, shop.lego.com

BLITZ LIGHT-UP BUBBLE BLASTER (IMPERIAL TOY)

  • Blitz Bubbles, the bubbles that float higher and last longer, are a true classic!
  • This high-performance motorized bubble blaster, with LED lights shoots, streams of bubbles for endless play.
  • One of the top bubble toys perfect for summer fun is the Blitz Light-Up Bubble Blaster.
  • This high-performance motorized bubble blaster, with LED lights shoots, streams of bubbles for endless play.
  • Enjoy hours of bubble fun with the Blitz Bubble Blaster.
  • The high performance motorized bubble blaster shoots streams of bubbles for endless play.
  • Features multi colored LED lights. Powered by Blitz, the bubbles float higher and last longer!
  • Screw in the bottle of bubbles solution, squeeze the trigger and watch as hundreds of bubbles stream continuously with light-up action.
  • Includes 8-ounce bottle of premium scented bubble solution.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $3.97-$5.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart
  • Canada: CAN $4.98-$6.99 at Walmart CA, Toys “R” Us Canada

SKY VIPER SCOUT VIDEO DRONE (SKYROCKET)

  • The new Sky Viper Scout Video Drone is a 240mm full-sized performance drone with Skyrocket’s new Surface Scan  Technology – making Sky Viper Drones.
  • Easier to fly than ever before! Surface Scan Technology dramatically increases drone stability, allowing the drone to stay in one spot, even when you let go of the controls!
  • This innovative new technology works up to 100 feet and radically improves flight experience by providing superior control.
  • The Sky Viper Scout Video Drone also features auto launch and land, one-touch stunts, extended flight time and the ability to stream and record HD video.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $129.99 CAD
  • Available: sky-viper.com, Toys “R” Us Canada

12V CHEVROLET SILVERADO REALTREE RIDE-ON (ROLLPLAY)

  • With all of the strength, reliability, and history of a real Chevrolet Silverado, the Rollplay 12V Chevy Silverado motorized car for kids is built strong to inspire the imaginary roads ahead.
  • This premium battery-operated ride-on has 2 forward speeds: 2.5 mph and 5 mph and in reverse at 2.5 mph.
  • A high-speed lockout feature can be used for younger drivers.
  • The detailed dashboard adds to the truck’s realistic effect, and kids love lighting up the open turf with real LED headlights.
  • A horn and true engine noises sound off with the push of a button
  • There’s even an MP3 connector and speakers to let young 4×4 riders rock out to their favorite tunes playing in the background.
  • Both front doors open and close, adding to the feeling that the Rollplay Chevy Silverado is the real deal.
  • This Chevy fits two children.
  • Age: 3+,  maximum weight limit of 130 lb.
  • MSRP: $499 CAD
  • Available: Walmart CA