The Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for School-Aged Kids
Christmas is at it's most magical for this age set. Read on for our top picks for your school-aged kiddo.
Maplelea Kayak Set
The Maplelea dolls are really amazing, and we love the journals that chronicle the assorted activities and past-times of the characters as well as the great Canadian places they call home. So we were stoked to see the kayak set (complete with water bottle) for exploring the coastal islands of BC. Included journal pages tell about the activity and landscape.
The Irish Fairy Door
We're having a moment with fairies, and we're not just talking Tinker Bell. If the little ones are having a ball reading fairy books and making fairy houses, this fairy door is the perfect gift. It gives the opportunity to invite the fairy magic into a bedroom or playroom and to still believe in magic all year long.
Klutz Make Your Own Mini Erasers
Kids can make 35 different types of squishy pencil erasers out of eraser clay—just bake them in the oven. Comes with eight colours of clay and the designs to work off of.
Furreal Friends Torch the Dragon
Torch is the pet dragon every kid longs for. He's loyal, breathes real coloured mist, eats marshmallow treats, and plays games whenever you want to. He's also fairly feisty and lives in an enchanted forest, as dragons do.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition
We are big Harry Potter fans (HUGE) and it was always hard waiting until the kids were old enough to listen to the story without needing pictures to help them understand. Now the books are available with beautiful illustrations to bring the world to life, so we can share the story with the younger kids. Start with the first book and continue building the series with an installment each special occasion for a magical gift.
Star Wars The Force Awakens RC BB-8 Figure
Everyone's new favourite droid BB-8 rolls around and makes all his sounds and expressions at the touch of a button.
Simon Air Game
Remember the game Simon? Where you had to memorize a pattern of lights on different coloured squares and repeat it? It's back, with a cool hoop version where you just have to hover your hand over the correct location to register the pattern. It's still super fun and addictive, and excellent for recognizing patterns and memory work. Plus, it gets the adrenaline flowing and is a fun game to pass from person to person in a group.
Trolls Poppy’s Coronation Pod Playset
Ok, so the whole family liked the movie (JT and Anna Kendrick—what's not to like?) and now the kiddos can have fun re-enacting scenes with the Coronation Pod playset, featuring main characters Poppy and Branch. Make them sing, dance and most of all—play with their awesome hair!
Hatchimals are magical creatures you hatch from an egg…and they're one of the biggest toys of the year. As your kiddo plays with the speckled egg, something moves and chirps inside…and eventually hatches! It's a process that is frankly fascinating to watch. It's sold out in a lot of stores, but more shipments are coming in early December!
My Little Pony Ultimate Story Pack
There's a reason that My Little Pony is as popular now as it was when we were kids—it's still so much fun to play with. This story collection takes place at Pinkie Pie's Sweet Shoppe and the décor is too cute for words. Plus, cupcake accessories…'nuff said.
Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero
The animated series Yo-Kai is all the rage and this watch will help them act out every story line. Complete with sounds and animation of the yo-kai and two medals (extras sold separately), they'll have a ball summoning characters and entering a whole new creative land.
Air Hogs Star Wars Death Star Battle
For the ultimate Star Wars fan, this set, which comes with a Star Wars battling micro quad, controller, and Death Star turret, is perfect for rereating iconic scenes.
$99, available at canadiantire.ca.
Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box
What is especially cool about this assortment is that it has an abundance of all the cool special pieces that we previously never had enough of. We're talking awesome styles of doors and windows for amazing architecture, wheels for cars and other fantastical vehicles, and eyes for mystical creatures. A great offering to go beyond set building and into pure creativity.
Move over Superman, the next generation is here to save the day. SuperGirl is the hero du jour for feisty, strong kids this year. (Wonder Woman and Batgirl are available, too.)
Shopkins Season 5 Mega Pack
20 of the latest Shopkins from Season 5, plus 4 petkins backpacks and a collector's guide, all in one mega pack…for $20. Who's looking cool? (You are.)
Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Play Set
For the car obsessed, only the best garage will do. There's over 50 spots to park in this four-level garage. There's a rotating platform and carwash too, natch.