Spring is here and it’s time for kids to get up and active.
Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Global News’ The Morning Show to show off some of the best new toys to keep kids moving this spring. 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.
( DOOR PONG FAT BRAIN TOY)
Door Pong…it’s ping pong, without the table!
Easily mounted to any doorway with the adjustable clamp, Door Pong provides the same exciting game play of ping pong in a portable, more compact form.
Perfect for children’s rooms, apartments, and dorm rooms, Door Pong is fun for both two-player and solo play.
Originally designed to help improve the skills and coordination of a child with autism, Door Pong is both fun and functional for ages three to adult.
MSRP: $24.95 CAD
( TOY STORY SLINKY DOG WATER BLASTER SWIMWAYS)
Combine kids’ love of Disney’s Toy Story with some outdoor fun!
This colorful water blaster looks like Disney’s Toy Story’s Slinky Dog! Kids can spray their friends with this water blaster from up to 30 feet away.
Simply dip the dog’s mouth into the pool or a bucket of water and watch as the tube fills up when its hind legs are pulled back. When the tube is filled, it’s time to soak your friends!
Kids can push the legs back in to give their friends a waterful surprise as the water will spray out of the dog’s mouth!
MSRP: CAD $29.99
Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us Canada
( X-SHOT FILL FAST ZURU)
Be the king of the backyard water battle with X-SHOT Fast-Fill, award-winning toymaker ZURU’s latest addition to the popular brand.
The fastest filling blaster ever created with a superb blasting performance, the X-SHOT Fast-Fill’s tank structure allows it to be dunked and filled anywhere in two seconds.
RapidSeal technology closes the blaster tank instantly allowing battlers to get back to the blasting action long before their opponents.
It can hold up to 24 ounces (700 ml) and reaching distances of 34 feet (10 meters).
MSRP: CAD $12.99-$14.99
Available: Canadian Tire, Costco, The North West Company, TRU, Walmart
( TINY PONG SOLO TABLE TENNIS GAME HASBRO)
The Tiny Pong Solo Table Tennis game brings exciting bouncing action into the palm of your hand! Launch the ball off the court and bounce it repeatedly on the court to rack up points.
Move the court back and forth under the ball. Keep it going, getting a point for every bounce. To increase the challenge, switch from “Beginner” mode to “Expert” mode.
The game responds with lights and sounds as players try to beat their highest score by getting as many bounces as they can! How long can you keep it going?
Game includes TINY Pong court surface, handle, net, ball, and instructions. Three “AAA” batteries required.
MSRP: CAD $24.99
Available: Most major retailers in May
( TREE CLIMBERS B4ADVENTURE)
Take the ground out of playground.
Now you can reach new heights with this Tree Climbers kit.
The set includes 6 bases with ratchet straps and 4 climbing holds (the bottom 2 bases are foot holds).
Also great for tree limbs (minimum diameter of 10 inches) to practice your bouldering skills.
We used standard climbing hold bolts so you can also switch out for your own holds for extra training.
Climbers to help get kids climbing trees and up to the first branch so they can hang out or hop on the NinjaLine.
MSRP: CAD $129.99
Available: Cabela’s Canada and Canadian Tire
DREAMCATCHER SWING ( B4ADVENTURE)
Unique colorful hand-woven dreamcatcher swing with polyethylene rope and strong sturdy steel frame.
Can hold several children. Adjustable rope 8′ length with 2 carabiners.
Attach to a healthy strong tree or play structure for hours of fun.
Comes in Blue, Purple, Red, and Black.
MSRP: CAD $149
Available: Mastermind, Cabela’s Canada, Canadian Tire
( KID TRAX MARVEL SPIDER-MAN 12V QUAD, RED/BLUE KID TRAX)
Change from Peter Parker into Spider-Man and thwart Doc octopus and villains galore on this 12-volt Marvel Spider-Man ATV ride-on from Kid Trax.
This tough battery powered ‘ATV’ is perfect for catching criminals and saving damsels in distress.
With unique Spider-Man styling full of sweet decals and intricate webs, this set of wheels is sure to have your Spidey senses tingling.
This sweet electric ride-on sits one superhero with a maximum rider weight of 88 lbs.
MSRP: CAD $299
Available: Canadian Tire
( RIDEAMALS SCOUT, RIDE & PLAY PONY PACIFIC CYCLE)
Combines interactive play with battery-powered riding fun: feed, brush, walk, ride, and dance with your pony pal!
Scout makes more than 100 unique sounds and movements.
Responds to kids as they play, and includes an apple, carrot, and brush; and a pouch to store all the accessories inside.
Two forward speeds, one reverse.
Power Trax rubber traction strips keep the ride smooth and steady.
Ride or walk the pony, or enter dance mode for a fun dancing experience.
Direct Connect system makes charging easy; 12V battery and charger included.
Ages: 3 to 7
MSRP: CAD $529