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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like the icy feathery swirls Jack Frost leaves on winter windows, this ink sends out crystalline patterns as it dries. The ice-like patterns look spectacular on the metallic paper discs, which showcase beautifully on the mobile.
The unusual shape of the "nest" of hedgehog babies requires that you think a little differently about how to move it around. Our testers loved trying to avoid the weasels while rolling, flipping and turning the baby hedgehogs until they could “jump” the wall back to mother hedgehog.
A delightfully fun party game, with quick easy instructions and no intimidating questions to fret about. All answers are TRUE or FALSE, and indicated by being the first to slap your right (true) or left (false) hand on the coaster-sized target. But just because you know the answer, doesn’t mean your hands will cooperate – and that’s the fun in this game.