Top Toy Picks
Not sure what to give to the hard to buy for child in your life? That’s okay. Our toy shop owner and operator and military spouse, Sophie Rodgers and her husband, Thomas, have picked out 10 unique toys for your family. You can find their picks at the Toy Nook in Petawawa or at any specialty toy store in your area.
1. PERPLEXUS – Ages 6 to 106
If you’re crazy about mazes, love a challenge and brain teasers THIS IS A MUST HAVE. Flip, twist, and shift this sphere to try to guide the small ball through the winding 3D maze and past 100 barriers. This new puzzle ball is sure to leave you perplexed because it you fall off the track once, you'll have to begin all over again. A very good feature is the three different starting points, which allows you to skip large areas already solved so that you don’t always have to start at the very beginning each time the ball falls off the track. I have a demo set up at the store and visitors quickly get addicted to the game. $24.99
2. BABY WHOOZIT – Ages 0+
The BABY WHOOZIT features high contrast patterns which offer visual stimulation, and hidden noisemakers - including rattles, squeakers and crinkle paper – to perk up little ears.
The Whoozit is made of ultra soft velour and attaches to most strollers, carriers and car seats. For some reason babies gravitate toward this toy. It might the smiling face & primary colours. Or it could be the numerous activities it has for little ones: the smile is a handle that can be gripped; there are rattles in some of the shapes, the nose beeps and lifts up to reveal a mirror. This has been a popular Baby Shower gift. Our daughter Olivia carried her Whoozit everywhere and despite numerous washes it kept its bright colours, softness and the rattles and squeaks still work. Over the years this item has won numerous parenting and toy industry awards. $15.99
3. FIND IT TUBES – Ages 6 +
The FIND IT GAME is a creative game that never needs to be put away. Find It Games are ideal to play anywhere: at home, the office, the cottage and camper or as a travel toy.
People of all ages enjoy hunting for the hidden toy objects in the recycled plastic pellets inside every Find It Game. Alone or with friends, everyone will enjoy Find It Games - spinning, shaking, and twisting until all the objects are found. Sounds pretty easy? The challenge is to find the penny, which with every twist, shake and turn never seems to surface. It is one of our best selling toys. $24.99
4. PLASMA CAR – Ages 3 to 109
Hop on the PLASMA CAR and prepare to zip, zoom & cruise! This is a trike that looks and acts like a race car from the future. Not the typical toy pedal car, this ride-on toy has even the adults going crazy! The Plasma Car is an inside or outside toy designed like a trike without any pedals, gears or batteries. It’s more fun than a scooter...and it supports up to 220 pounds!
The Plasma Car is kid-powered: kids simply turn the wheel from left to right and let the natural forces of friction and gravity do the work. It's a fun car - so easy to operate; all it needs is a driver and a smooth, flat surface! $69.99
5. KISS NATURAL DO IT YOUR SELF KITS – Ages 8 +
From lip-balm making kits, perfume kits, bath fizz kits and soap kit, these all natural products are great for the little future cosmetician or spa owner. Kiss Naturals Kits make a perfect activity for a girly birthday party or sleepover (the lip-balm kit makes 10 lip-balms). Easy 1, 2, 3 steps do it yourself activity of mixing, using the microwave and voila, you’ve created your own line of beauty and bath care products.
This is an all-Canadian product with an added bonus: on every purchase made, $1.00 gets donated to a charity of your choice and proceeds are being donated to the Wounded Warrior Fund. $14.99 to $19.99
6. WOW - Ages 1 to 5
WOW TOYS stimulate learning through long lasting creative play. Each toy has exciting features to discover that will help develop and feed young imaginations. From basic motor skills to more advanced social interactive role play, these toys provide children with a fun way to make sense of the world around them and assist with early development. WOW Toys encourage imagination and social play. The line consists of construction vehicles, farm vehicles, and city, adventure and bath toys for both girls and boys. We have a demo table set up at the store the little ones always gravitate to. WOW toys are completely Kid Powered – No batteries required. $16.99 - $64.99
7. GREEN SCIENCE TIN CAN ROBOT – Ages 8 +
You can turn an old pop can into this walking, wobbling, google-eyed robot. If you prefer, it can be transformed to become a robotic monster too. Simply use one of the old pop cans you normally send to the recycling bin for the body of your cool walking robot. Then add the different items included in this pack to make him look like a real tin robot! A cool kit that combines science with the important task of recycling! $17.99
8. TOOB- EZ / EZE Forts – Ages 3 +
Build imagination and special places with the EZ-Fort construction toy. It’s the perfect size for any living room, bedroom or den. Not too big, not too small. A playhouse in the morning or a fort in the afternoon...EZ-Fort is always engaging and versatile. EZ-fort also promotes critical thinking, creativity and social skills. Think about it....children love to create special spaces for playing make-believe, hiding out, or chilling out. $49.99
09. OBALL RATTLE – Ages 6 +
Great toy! Good for baby to roll around the carpet and chase as he crawls after it. It can be smashed and then popped right back to its original shape without any problems. The rattle is loud enough for baby, but quiet enough to not be annoying. It promotes grasping and really helps with crawling too. Highly recommended by parents! Shake it and it rattles with its built-in rattles. It’s just as easy to clutch and roll as the original Oball. Available in pink, orange, blue and green. $9.99
10. Silly Banz – Ages 3 and Up
Silly Banz are the latest craze to hit the toy industry and one of my favourite Christmas stocking stuffers and must haves. These silly silicone rubber bandz can be seen everywhere, especially around kids’ and teens’ wrists. Themes range from animals to vehicles, funky shapes and princesses, to glow in the dark and yes, even Justin Bieber.
Silly Banz never loose their shape, kids collect them and trade them, while parents, teachers and day care providers use them as rewards. Get em’ while they’re HOT! $3.99
|Bridging the sometimes very wide gap between civilian and military worlds is filmmaker Claire Corriveau’s goal. Her first film was Nomad’s Land (2007) which documented the life she came to know as a military wife. more...||What does Remembrance Day mean to our military children today as our soldiers continue to embark on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan?
Three Ubiquitous teens took part in the popular web-based project. more...
|Holiday time is fast approaching and you know what that means–holiday parties!
You don't have to break the bank finding something fashionable to wear this year. more...
|With report cards being sent out this month parents may be looking for ideas on how to eliminate distractions and stimulators for their children. Research has shown that there are a number of areas which create problems. more...|
|Project Heroes is an effort to paint and exhibit portraits and personal mementos of soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. In a sense, these artists seek to give these heroes their share of immortality. more...||I began participating in Remembrance Day ceremonies at the age of 13. I was a Pathfinder in Girl Guides. At the time it never crossed my mind that Remembrance Day wouldn’t be about one day of the year for me. more...||Every year we remember. Part of how I remember is by paying homage to the people who lived through this painful time. more..||A special Remembrance Day documentary: We Will Remember Them, will air on CBC’s Doc Zone at 8 pm on November 11th and run commercial free for two hours. more...|