2006 Best Bet Awards
 
The toys are listed according to age. All award winners are of equal value.


GYMINI TOTAL PLAYGROUND

#01280

TINY LOVE
Ages 0 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Baby, what a great playground! This playmat with an overhead activity arch is a wonderland just waiting to be discovered by your baby. Activities include a baby-kick activated response pad, a mirror, hanging toys and a number of other interactive activities. Baby enjoys the sights, lights, sounds and music, including Mozart. Parents are pleased with the great variety of developmental activities to stimulate and occupy a growing babyís needs. NOTE: Requires 3AA batteries.

 


LAUGH & LEARN STRIDE-TO-RIDE LEARNING WALKER

#H6372

FISHER-PRICE CANADA INC.
Ages 9-18 months

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Walk or ride? Itís babyís choice. This colourful walker can also be turned into a ride-on-toy. It has a cute smiling face, a shape-sorting hood, and an activity filled dashboard, a steering wheel and a horn. The activities help teach letters, numbers, left from right, and play pleasant music. Babies love this toy and all its activities, and parents are happy to have such a versatile toy!


FRIDGE FARM MAGNETIC ANIMAL SET

#89600

LEAP FROG
Ages 12 months +



 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Old McDonald would love this farm! This bilingual (French/English) fridge magnet set has a barn base and five fun farm animals. Each animal has a front half and a back half so children can build semi-traditional animals such as purple cows, or more creative animals such as cow-sheep or duck-pigs. When children press on Tad the farmer or either half of their animal creations, they hear fun songs and facts. The unit also identifies the animal even if it is a horse-cow! There is a two-level volume control and a switch on the front to select the language of your choice - French or English. Children love making silly animals and singing and dancing along with the songs. This toy is a lot of fun and a great introduction to a second language. NOTE: Requires 3 AAA batteries and may scratch stainless steel fridges.


 

TUMBLE TIME TIGGER


#H1567

FISHER-PRICE CANADA INC.
Ages 18 months +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Look out Tiggerís coming through! Turn him on, press his nose, and watch him go. Children love chasing this cartwheeling, wise-cracking Tigger around the house! When he stops, they just clap their hands and he is off again. Lots of freewheeling fun!

 

 


COUNTRY BARN, TRACTOR & TRAILER, FARM ANIMAL SET AND ACCESSORIES


#71320,71380,71350

PLAN TOYS - BRIO
Ages 3 +


 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Old McDonald would be proud! These high quality wooden sets (sold separately) provide hours of imaginative fun, since there is always work to be done on the farm! Plough the field with the tractor and plant carrots or beets, milk the cows, feed the horses, pigs and sheep, make sure all the animals are safely in the barn or stable, then take a break in the farmhouse. Children love the appealing animals, the sturdy farm buildings and the colourful vehicles. The innovative use of foam for roofs makes the structures lightweight, easy to build, yet tough enough for hours of play.


LITTLEST PET SHOP WHIRL AROUND PLAYGROUND


#50248

HASBRO
Ages 4 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

This playground is a wonderful place for all the animals in the pet shop and your childís imagination. Children and the two included bobble headed pets can spend all day on the wind-up swing set, the moveable merry-go-round, the hammock, and the curvy slide. Next, they take the elevator up and relax at the second floor cafť or watch the swimming fish. Each animal has a magnet embedded in its foot that activates each activity without batteries. NOTE: Additional animals are sold separately.


MODERN HOUSE AND ACCESSORIES


#3965 AND VARIOUS

PLAYMOBIL CANADA INC.
Ages 4 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Hi Honey, Iím home! This realistic two-story playhouse and the broad range of accessory sets, (sold separately) provide children with hours of make believe adventures in family living. The basic house set comes with a family of four, a dog, and everything needed for a home, including a basketball net and a mailbox. Each accessory set includes new family members with furniture for their room. Children enjoy setting up the bunk beds in the kids room, reading a book or today's paper in the living room, checking out mom's outfit in the master bedroom mirror, helping baby to use the potty in the nursery, washing dishes in the kitchen sink, or relaxing in the pool (which has a working shower) after a hard day's work. These sets are wonderfully detailed and provide endless hours of enjoyment. NOTE: The house takes a few hours to assemble; it is advisable to build the playhouse before giving it to the children.


EQUILIBRIO

#310093

FOXMIND CANADA
Ages 5+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

This one-player game includes 18 building blocks of various shapes and an excellent picture book of structures.The book contains an answer key and 60 designs which increase in difficulty. The object of the game is to build the structures illustrated in the book. This may sound simple, but the structures must be built vertically and remain upright. Younger children are able to complete the first few structures, but even adults are challenged towards the end of the book. This set helps develop fine motor skills and problem solving abilities. A fun and challenging game for all!


MAKE YOUR OWN GAMES

#5709600015

MADE BY HANDS
Ages 6+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Here is your chance to play a truly unique game, make it yourself! This set includes everything a child needs to create their very own game. The set includes a coated game board, a spinner, playing cards, five cardboard die to construct, a glue stick and 14 pages of coloured shapes (over 800 shapes in all). Everything is blank and children need only add their imagination to create the perfect game. Children enjoy creating unique interesting games with this set where no two games are ever alike and parents are amazed by the imaginative and functional games their children create, all by themselves.
 

RIBBON MEMORY BOARD

#1620

CREATIVITY FOR KIDS
Ages 6 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

A memory maker! This wonderful craft kit includes everything your child needs to design their very own memory board. The set includes a wooden frame, a cushioned satin board and six pots of coloured paint, a paintbrush, ribbons, rhinestones, pushpins, and craft glue. Children can easily follow the detailed instructions and most children are able to complete this craft by themselves (younger designers may need some help with the push pins). The finished product is a delight to all: a place to display your childís special memories.

 


SLEEPING QUEENS


#1-932812-01-06


GAMEWRIGHT
Ages 7-12

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

This card game, invented by a six-year-old, takes about 20 minutes to play, but it gets played again and again! The 79 creatively illustrated cards include Queens (who start the game asleep), kings, jesters, knights, sleeping potions, wands, dragons, and numbers. Players use the various powers of the cards to awaken the sleeping queens, gain points, and win the game. Children love the cards and playing this game.
 

WHOONU

#189302877-1

CRANIUM INC.
Ages 8 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Does Granny prefer singing in the shower or eating ketchup? Hereís your chance to find out! This game includes 300 cards depicting common objects or activities, 36 scoring tokens, a secret envelope, and a set of rules, all housed in an attractive tin box. The whoozit starts the game by dealing four cards to each player. Each player selects a card they think the whoozit will like most. The whoozit then prioritizes these cards, beginning with a favourite "thing"; players are awarded points accordingly. Each player takes a turn being the whoozit. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins. The game accommodates three to six players and only takes 15 minutes! Children love the game and itís a great way to share fun and laughs with family and friends!
 

SNORTA!


#6050

OUT OF THE BOX PUBLISHING INC.
Ages 8 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Oink, Moo, Cock-a-doodle-do! This simple, but fast-paced game is sure to bring out the barnyard animals in your family. This card game is memory and snap with a twist -everyone has to make animal sounds! So if you want to win, you better start mooing like a cow and oinking like a pig, the faster and louder the better! The game is easy to learn and there are three variations so younger and older players can play together. This game is quick to play and simply hilarious!
 

TICKET TO RIDE


#7201


DAYS OF WONDER
Ages 8 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Got your ticket? Then get on board for some family board game fun. This game, for two to five players, is easy to learn, fun to play and great for a family game night. The playing board is a rail map of the United States, with a few Canadian destinations. Players pick a train colour and some destination tickets. They then try to make their trains connect from one destination to another. Points are awarded for completing a route between two cities and for arriving at the final destination. Points are lost if the journey is not completed. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Children and parents love playing this game.

GRIDWORKS


#0-9755330-0-2


THINK FUN
Ages 8+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Put on your thinking caps for this challenging game! The set includes a 36-page book of puzzles and nine coloured magnets to complete them. Follow the clues in the book and place the blue, yellow and green triangles, the circles and the xís in the correct spots on the grid to solve the puzzle. The puzzles are easy to begin with and increase in difficulty, so everyone is challenged. Everything fits neatly together and is a great game for the car. Lots of Brain crunching fun! NOTE: Solutions for all puzzles are provided.

FASHION ANGELS FASHION DESIGN SKETCH BOOK


#8790911044


THE BEAD SHOP
Ages 8 +

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

This set includes 12 mini markers, 22 mini coloured pencils, a mini eraser and sharpener, a pad of croquis (schematic figure drawings) and a fashion style guide, everything an aspiring designer needs to create her own fashions. Children love this set with everything fitting together in a neat little binder, and the designers and their parents are impressed by the end results. NOTE: Refill pads are sold separately.

 

BATTLE B-DAMAN BLASTERS, DHB BLASTERS & BALL LOADERS PACK

BATTLE B-DAMAN TOURNAMENT SET


# 98070, 98059, 98052 and 98062

HASBRO
Ages 8+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

BATTLE B-DAMAN BLASTERS, DHB BLASTERS & BALL LOADERS PACK This collection of appealing action figures bring playing marbles into the 21st century! Building B-Daman may not be as easy as it looks, but children are happy and willing to build these futuristic looking, marble shooting action figures. The B-Daman blasters series feature spring-loaded blasters, armor, one B-Daball (which is basically a marble), and a target. The Direct Hit series include spring-loaded blasters, armor, a target, three B-Daballs and a shield sight to increase accuracy. The B-Daman ball loaders can be added to any B-Daman for rapid-fire action. All sets are sold separately and can be combined or modified to build custom B-Daman. Once built, the B-Daman are ready to battle. Children love shooting B-Daballs at their opponents and around the living room. These figures are highly collectable and lots of fun.

BATTLE B-DAMAN TOURNAMENT SET This 62-piece set includes everything you need to have a B-Daman battle. There is a 120 cm x 34 cm battlefield, one B-Danman, six B-Daballs and rules and accessories for ten games. All of the games center around the B-Daman, an action figure that shoots B-Daballs at or through targets, barriers, pucks, and other B-Daman. Children spend many happy hours battling with this new and undated version of marbles.

 

CHAROODLES


#1927508220


THINK FUN
Ages 10+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Ready for Charades with a twist? This game challenges players to act out words using the supplied props - a tube, a cup, a ball and a square. Players take turns selecting one of the 200 supplied cards and acting out the word for their teammates. Teams receive one point for each word guessed in the allotted time, and the first team to obtain 32 points wins. There are enough cards for many games and the props add a whole new dimension to a classic game. This game is great family fun.
 

KNITTING


#1-57054-861-7


KLUTZ INC.
Ages 10+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

Do you want to learn or teach your children how to knit? If the answer is "yes", then this is the book for you! This well-written book contains detailed instructions on knitting basics for six knitting projects. It comes with a set of short, easy-to-handle knitting needles, a crochet hook, a yarn needle, two buttons and a ball of worsted weight yarn. The ruler printed on the back of the front cover provides easy reference for measuring. With the help of this book, children, and even "non-crafty" parents can become successful knitters! A great introduction to a classic craft!
 

WAVE LENGTH


#RK-00770


ALARY GAMES
Ages 13+

 

***BEST BET AWARD 2006***

This is a trivia game with a difference. There are no right answers. This game for four or more players, in teams of two, contains 256 trivia cards. Each card has four categories. Players roll the die to see which question they will get. All the players have one minute to write down their top five answers to the question. Players then compare answers. Teams gain points and movement around the board when both members of the team give the same answer. This is a fun family game enjoyed by all. Parents are especially pleased, because some of the categories are a bit obscure, putting them at an advantage and providing them with a rare opportunity to prove that parents really do know more than their teenage children (about some things anyway)!

 © 2005 Canadian Toy Testing Council