I’ve highlighted some of my top toy picks from Montreal-area stores and Canadian online retailers with fast shipping. From quiet time with a puzzle or book to gear that’ll get them up and active, there’s something here for kids with all different interests.
Boon Fleet Stacking Boats
(Ages 9 months +, $14.99)
Bath time can be at any time of the day. Kids bored in the afternoon? Stick them in the water with some bubbles and these adorable and easy-to-clean boats for some splish splashing fun. You can also use them for sink play or even outside in the snow!
Shop online at The Bay thebay.com
Hape: Tito pull Along
(Ages 1-2 years, $26.99)
Through the kitchen and down the hall, toddlers will love pulling along this happy little critter with his swirling water as they practice their first steps. The shell separates and can be played with separately.
Find it at Castello Jeu castellojeu.com
Tree Fort Toys Animal Movement Dice
(Ages 3+, $29.95)
Each cotton drawstring bag contains five, three cm Hardwood dice laser engraved with 30 different animals and actions. Children can pull out a die and scurry around the room like a crab, or strrrrrrrretch like a cat. Make a game of it and challenge friends and parents to see who can do the best moves. Made by a mom in Victoria, B.C.
You can find this and more simple wooden toys at Tree Fort Toys
Stockmar Modelling Beeswax
(Ages 3+, $32.00)
Unlike traditional Playdoh, this sweetly scented modelling beeswax won’t dry out and can be reshaped again and again. 12 colours are included in this set and will have young artists (and I’m sure parents won’t be able to resist) creating flowers, dragons, and more.
You can find the set at La Grande Ourse boutiquelagrandeourse.ca
Playmobil Back to The Future Delorean
(Ages 6+, $59.99)
Marty, Dr. Emmett Brown, and even Einstein the dog are back in this awesome set that includes the movie’s classic Delorean that lights up. Will the car disappear if gets to 88mp/h? Who knows. You’d better “borrow” this from your kids and find out.
You can find this and more toys of all kinds at La Ribouldingue ribouldingue.ca
Diamond Dotz – NHL Canadiens
(Ages 8+, $34.99)
Young hockey fans can create their own artwork with this diamond facet art kit. It’s the perfect activity to do over the holidays and when it’s just too cold to head outdoors.
Pick it up online or in store at Divertioz and Tour de Jeu divertioz.com
One Night Ultimate Super Villains
(Ages 8+, $27.99)
We’ve been loving playing One Night Werewolf as a family and can’t wait to try this version. Play the game of skill and sabotage as a standalone event, or combine it with other games in the series for even more chaos.
Buy this and tons more games at randolph.ca
Minecraft: The Island: An Official Minecraft Novel
(Ages 9+, $13.50)
My 9-year-old devoured this book in just a few days and was his first foray into reading “big” books. He’s now working his way through the second novel in the series by the same author and just as enthralled. If you have a Minecraft lover who’s not so into reading, try out this series.
Find it at Indigo chapters.indigo.ca
Eurographics EmojiPuzzle What’s your Mood?
(Ages 9+, $17.99)
This isn’t your grandma’s puzzle. Get kids hooked on quiet time with this 1000-piece puzzle set with their favourite emojis.
Find it and more at well.ca
Pelican baby sled deluxe
(Ages 6 months-2 years, $79.99)
A favourite of many parents, this sled will cut offer a steady ride on snowy paths and sidewalks. With its ergonomic seat, high backrest, harness, and weather shield, they’ll have a comfortable and safe ride.
Find this new version of the old favourite at Pelican pelicansport
500 ski helmet – kids
(kids’ sizes, $40)
Ok, so this might not actually be a toy per se. But, keep your kids’ noggins safe on the ski and toboggan hills with this helmet that’s available in two colours. Lightweight, warm, and with a machine-washable liner, there’s really no reason for them to not wear a helmet.
Find it at Decathlon decathlon.ca
Neon Sno-Brick Maker
(Ages 3+, $4.99)
We have this snow brick maker and it works amazingly well. All you need is some sticky snow to create uniform blocks to make outdoor forts and castles.
Pick one (or two) up at Canadian Tire canadiantire.ca
Bauer Pro Style – Hockey Mini Goal
(Ages 5+, $69.99)
This 36 inch-wide hockey net is small enough that you can carry it to the nearest parking lot or schoolyard, but big enough for your little player to practice their shots. Heavy gauge 1.25″ diametre steel tubing and quality netting make it ideal for all-season use.
Pick one up at Sports Experts sportsexperts.ca
Snow Tube – Ice Dragon
(Ages 8+, $30)
Kids will love ripping down the sledding hills on this 5-foot long cushy dragon. Ultra-durable heavy gauge PVC vinyl construction will make sure it lasts the season, and when winter’s over just deflate it for storage.
Find it at swaggals.com
(Ages 13+, $144.99)
Your teen may be too “cool” to go sledding, but they’ll look awesome zipping down the hill on a snowskate, a cross between a snowboard and a skateboard.
You can find this model and more at PRFO Sports prfo.com
Related read: Four easy indoor winter activities for kids