With March Break coming up, we wanted to spotlight a few special Canadian toys and brands well worth considering as we look for entertainment at home and on the road. Supporting local brands and makers while creating quality memories, that makes for a good family vacation, right?!
Check out our spotlight featuring kids' toys by Canadian brands below.
1. Giant Snakes & Ladders by My Giant Games
This game is great for both indoor or outdoor use. Teach your child counting, practice gross motor skills and movement, and creative play. Giant Snakes & Ladders is similar to the tabletop game we all know and love, just giant sized! Take turns tossing the inflatable die and move yourself-about on the board (you can be the game piece). Included are the game mat (measuring 3x3 meters), 1 giant inflatable die, pegs for securing the mat if playing outdoors, a storage bag, and rules and instructions.
Use code JAGAMES to get 25% off! (valid until Mar 31, 2023)
2. Transformable Pikler Triangle by True Little North
The Transformable Pikler Triangle is designed according to Montessori furniture principles of independence building. This is a universal climber that develops a kid's motor skills, physical strength, dexterity, spatial imagination, giving freedom in the game, self-confidence, and the joy of achievement.
Ideal to keep the kids busy and reduce screen time.
When the kids finished playing you can easily store it, just by removing the locking mechanism and dismantling it into four smaller ladders.
True Little North uses FSC-certified plywood, which is responsibly sourced, as well as Eco-Friendly Packaging.
3. Fundamentals Learning Kit by Jenny & Andy
This is a play-based learning kit makes learning letters and numbers fun for the whole family! With number learning, it’s important to practice counting and also have a good understanding of the meaning of numbers. As with letters, it's important to start practicing letter recognition early so that your little one has a strong foundation to build on when it comes time to learn to read and write.
The components in this activity kit will help your kiddo develop their fundamentals for learning letters and numbers. Our downloadable activities act as a guide for play based learning as well. The kit includes the following:
Jenny & Andy Number Cubes
Our plush cube is made of organic cotton and hemp, decorated in our custom Chinese number print (1 to 10). Teach baby new characters as you play, also a great toy to use for capturing weekly and monthly growth milestones!
Resin Number Set
Need a fun way for your children to learn and work on their number recognition? This set is a perfect learning tool to inspire children with their number recognition, a great aid for practicing printing numbers and early math skills.
Play Dough by Dough Parlour
This beautiful pastel coloured dough, with silver glitter, is scented like Marshmallows! Handcrafted in Canada. Made from 100% non-toxic ingredients. After opening: store well-sealed in the refrigerator to optimize shelf life. Each pot is approximately 100g.
LMNO PEAS by Keith Baker
Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of cute and busy little peas in this Classic Board Book edition of Keith Baker’s hit concept book. This fresh and fun alphabet book features bright colors, bouncy rhyming text, and silly pea characters who highlight the wide variety of interests, hobbies, and careers that make the world such a colorful place!
Complimentary Activity Downloads
We created a collection of dynamic activity downloads to showcase different learning opportunities for each component included in this kit! For example: Colour by Number, Number Songs, Shake & Find and Tag & Touch games!
4. Double-sided Tracing Board by Campbell’s Custom Carvings
These Alphabet Tracing Boards are a wonderful way to introduce letters and writing to your child. There are upper case letters on the front and lower case letters on the back. You can even use rice, felt balls or play dough for an added sensory bonus!
Practice a wide range of skills like:
- Fine motor skills/ dexterity
- Pre-writing skills
- Concentration and focus
- Visual-spatial skills
- Creativity and drawing skills
Each board is 16 inches by 7 inches and made of durable hardwood.
5. Donut Teether by LouLouLollipop
We love donuts, and this donut teether makes for a great on-the-go toy! LouLouLollipop’s silicone donut teether is made of 100% premium quality food-grade silicone and features nubby textures on both sides to soothe sore gums. Silicone is more durable than plastic and and doesn’t break down into microplastics or produce harmful by-products.
We love that it’s dishwasher safe and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead and cadmium. All of their teethers are third-party tested for ASTM & CSPIA safety compliance.
6. Marble and Black play mat by Coco Bean
Coco Bean’s luxury baby mats are for both baby and mom to enjoy. With its design of soft raised sides and a soft foam base it allows baby to have a space to relax and play, even on hard surfaces like tiled floor and hard wood.
The arches have space for a total of 10 hanging toys to spark your baby’s attention and develop motor skills and hand eye coordination. We love that the bars are removable, making the mat multi-functional - great for tummy time! It’s made from 100% cotton and is machine washable.
- Soft foam base (39" x 39")
- Removable, reversible cover
- 5 toys (cloud, rabbit ears, 2 shapes, star)
- Calico bag