Canadian Toy Association - Media Advisory - Top Ten Hot Toys for Back to School

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Top 10 Toys for Back to School


TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Is play time on your child's back to school schedule? 60 minutes of open ended play daily supports the development of skills that are critical for childhood development, but for many Canadian Children, back to school means back highly scheduled days. Providing opportunities for unstructured play will enhance and compliment the important skills kids learn in the classroom; STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math – based toys can support organic learning.

The Canadian Toy Association has assembled a list of the Top 10 Best Toys for Back-to-School. All of the Toys on this year's list; will support children's creativity and open ended learning; are new to the Canadian marketplace; and were selected to ensure that there are a variety of options to appeal to a wide range of skill levels and interests.

Curiosity Kits® Lava Rock Volcano, The Orb Factory Ltd. (Age 6+)

Use plaster and paint to turn a domed base into a realistic Volcano.  Add a tube, funnel, and squeeze bottle so you control the size and timing of the eruptions.  Add fake gravel, red coloring and toy dinos to create a lava landscape. 

Dry Erase Activity Centre, Crayola Canada (Age 4+)

Play, Create and learn over and over again with this unique dry-erase station! Allows you to slide blank or pre-printed sheets under a clear dry-erase drawing surface. Includes 8 activities for the perfect combination of learning and fun! Make your own activities or print 100's of other activity sheets online at

IlluStory Junior, Lulu Jr. (Age 4-8)

IlluStory Junior is the perfect introduction to creative storytelling for younger readers and writers. With the IlluStory Junior kit, children get to write and illustrate their own story, and then they can send it back to to receive a full-color, professionally bound and printed 5.5"x8.5" paperback book.

Kick Flipper, PlaSmart Inc. (Age 5+)

Kick it!  Flip it!  Pop it!  Like a skateboard without wheels.  Exercise while having fun.  Increase balance and skill.  Use indoors or out on carpet, grass, or sand.  Learn basic moves from and create your own new tricks.  Supports up to 200 lb. 

Lift It!, USAopoly (Age 8+)

Lift it! is the fun family game that challenges players to create structures with the Lift it! crane using their hands or their heads. The whole family will enjoy this active, playful game of beating the clock. Play together, in teams, or alone. Lift It! Timer App: coming soon!

Meccano Multimodels – 10 Model  Set Jet, Spin Master Ltd. (Age 8+)

Challenge the boundaries of your imagination and have fun discovering the world of real engineering with the Meccano Multimodels 10-in-1 Flying set! Your first mission is to construct a Delta Wing Jet that can handle the most challenging covert mission! Once you're done, display and play with your build, then take it apart and rebuild as another model!

PLAY-DOH Cupcake Celebration Playset, Hasbro Canada Corporation (Age 3+)

With the CUPCAKE CELEBRATION playset, little bakers can use the molds to carve out tons of PLAY-DOH cupcakes, then pile on PLAY- DOH PLUS compound to add realistic-looking frosting to their colorful creations. Set includes frosting decorating tool, sprinkle crank, five cupcake molds, circus tent cookie mold, plate, scoop, fork, roller, two cans of PLAY-DOH compound and three cans of PLAY-DOH PLUS compound.

Project Mc2, MGA Entertainment Canada (Age 6+)

Project Mc2™, is a new doll line from MGA Entertainment Canada, based on the S.T.E.A.M. fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). The line encourages the coexistence of playing and learning as each fashion-forward character and experiment stimulates kids' intelligence and creativity.

VEX® Robotics Hot Shot Ball Machine, HEXBUG from Innovation First Trading (Age 8+)

Spin the hand crank to wind up the elastic powered striker arm to launch balls through the loop system and sink them in the return basket. Once constructed, this machine will move the balls in a continuous loop uphill at a rate of 1 ball per second (8 balls included).

WEDGNETiX, ImagAbility Inc. (Age 5+)

This is truly your open-ended, unstructured play. Offering balanced creative play and natural learning capability, WEDGNETiX construction bars come in four different lengths allowing kids to connect and rotate parts into perfect symmetries and spatial designs. Compatible with the classic WEDGiTS building blocks/construction pieces, WEDGNETiX allows even greater open-ended play because of the full 360 degrees off its mating part.

Get more details on all of the 2015 Hot Toys for Back to School on the Canadian Toy Association Website at (

The Canadian Toy Association is proudly affiliated with the Toy Industry Association (TIA), to learn more about the power of play parents are encouraged to visit the TIA's Genius of Play website at  Don't forget to take the Play Pledge – once 1,000,000 million hours are pledged a donation will be made to the Toy Bank.

SOURCE Canadian Toy Association

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For further information: Michael Dargavel, Director of Events, Canadian Toy Association,


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