Holiday Hit List 2011



The goblins are now gone, and the elves are putting their finishing touches on a new batch of toys. Here at The Noise on Toys, our own little testing elves have had a tour of the workshop. Here’s what they say are the top and most noteworthy toys from over 500 new toys they play-tested this year.

Count 'n Crunch Cookie Monster (18m+, Hasbro)

Our kid-testers never tired of stuffing their favourite blue monster with cookies, and thought it hilarious when he burped and said excuse me. A very popular toy.

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Slide & Talk Smart Phone (2+, VTech)

Not only are there lots of activities to keep young minds busy, this phone is so realistic kids even stopped asking to play with the adults’ phones - parents loved that!

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Great Pretenders Spider/Bat Reversible Cape (3+, Creative Education of Canada)

Easy to get on and off; fun to play in; and a lot snazzier than a dish towel. Our testers loved how it flaps when they run; parents loved that it hides dirt and withstands so many adventures.

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uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game (4+, uKloo Kids Inc.)

A fast, and easy way for parents to set up treasure hunts. So much fun, our kid-testers didn’t even care if there was a “treat” at the end; it’s the hunt they loved – over and over again, all the while practicing simple word recognition.

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HOT WHEELS® WALL TRACKS™ (4+, Mattel)

A great set-up! Kids love that the extra height makes the cars go really fast; parents love that the track is off the floor and out of the way.

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Connect 4 Launchers (5+, Hasbro)

You still have to get four in a row, and, you're still trying to block your opponent from doing the same, but in this version you're catapulting your pieces onto the board – both at the same time. Chaotic and fun!

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Opti-Art Ornaments (5+, Creativity for Kids)

Everything you need to make eight pretty pastel-coloured snowflake ornaments. Our testers especially loved the facetted plastic opti-art dome that made their artwork pop with holiday magic.

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