Spring is here and it’s time for kids to get up and active. Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by Canada’s Cityline to show off some of the best new toys to get kids moving. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the spring and summer, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Spring and Summer Gift Guide.


  • The Stable Buddies Chestnut Horse 6V Plush Ride-On is fantastic for little animal lovers.
  • Chestnut is made of a soft plush material and reaches a maximum speed of 2.5 MPH.
  • The adorable 6V Ride-On features realistic horse sounds, music, removable bandana, and play stable.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: CAD $149.00
  • Available: Walmart Canada


  • Get ready to roll in superior style with the Rollplay 6V BMW i8!
  • This battery-operated ride-on sports car is the perfect choice for young riders who already know luxury.
  • A foot pedal and easy-to-use gearshift get things moving at up to 2.5 MPH in forward and reverse speeds, and both butterfly doors open vertically, just like the real thing.
  • The BMW i8’s doors latch closed for easy access and safe riding. The details in this miniature version of a beautiful sports car add to the look of luxury: with working LED headlights, cup holders, an elaborate dashboard, and horn and engine sounds.
  • This easy to assemble ride-on has a realistic polish that kids love to ride and grown- ups love to watch.
  • Can hold up to 77 pounds.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $249 CAD
  • Available: Walmart CA


  • Cheer on your little sports star with the Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech.
  • This electronic sports center features a soccer net and basketball hoop for a fun 2-in-1 play experience.
  • Toss the basketball into the hoop and watch as the LED screen counts the number of baskets. Kick the soccer ball into the net, and the sports center will respond with encouraging sounds and phrases.
  • In addition to counting baskets, the LED screen also encourages play with fun animations.
  • Build fine motor skills with a variety of manipulative features.
  • Turn the gears to hear playful sounds and press the shape buttons to learn shapes, numbers and hear fun sounds.
  • Score, learn and win with the Smart Shots Sports Center!
  • Age: 12-36 months
  • MSRP: CAD $49.99
  • Available: Walmart, Toys “R” Us CA, Amazon.ca, Hudson’s Bay, Buy Buy Baby, Canadian Tire, Mastermind Toys


  •  Super Sand Digger lets you move mountains of sand!
  • Control the levers, pivot, dump and scoop just like a real construction worker.
  • The ride-on crane has hand grips perfectly sized for little hands to operate this ‘big rig’ and the contoured seat pivots a full 360 degrees.
  • The Super Sand Digger is sturdy, lightweight and folds up for easy storage and portability
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: CAD $59.99
  • Available: Canadian Tire


  • Pet walkers wanted! What’s more fun than walking a pet? Walking lots of them! FURREAL WALKSALOTS pets feature a connectible system that lets kids walk one pet, or their favorite pack!
  • These cuddly pets come with a two-part detachable leash to walk your pet across the floor as well as a connector to add up to two WALKSALOTS LIL’ WAGS pets (sold separately).
  • Push your pet along by its leash and it’ll move forward with its wobbling head, signature bouncy walk, and spring-activated tail motion.
  • They also make adorable pet sounds and funny noises, making the walk feel that much more real.
  • Includes pet, leash (2 pieces), handle, connector, and instructions.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99


  • Take the time and hassle out of blowing up party balloons with Bunch O Balloons Party!  
  • Fill, tie and string up to 40 party balloons in just 40 seconds! There’s no more blowing, no more tying and no need to add ribbon or string!
  • Simply attach the stems to our Electric Party Pump and press GO! Within seconds, your Bunch O Balloons Party stems will fill and self-tie with ease and convenience.
  • Each stem has 8 self-sealing balloons on it, you can choose between 1-stem, 2-stems or 5-stems and watch your balloons fill within 40 seconds!
  • Every 3-stem Refill pack includes our handy helium adaptor which allows you to take your balloons to the next level by filling with helium!
  • Whatever you choose, make sure you join the party and fill, tie and string up to 40 balloons in just 40 seconds!
  • The reusable and refillable balloons are available in various colors and themes.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99, Bunch O Balloons Refill Pack-$14.99 CAD
  • Available: bunchoballoonsparty.com, Walmart CA


  • Morfboard is a new, exciting, and innovative brand.  This high-performance deck and component system transforms in seconds and creates an entirely new play experience.   
  • The Morfboard ecosystem encompasses super simple Lock & Release Technology (LRT): simply drop Xtensions into the board and turn them 90-degrees.  The flex trigger locks in so kids are ready to skate, ride, balance, or bounce. Morfboard is year-round fun—anywhere, anytime.
  • Skate Xtensions feature 53mm Urethane wheels, durable cast aluminum trucks, and Performance ABEC 5 skate bearing.
  • Scoot Xtensions feature lean to steer wishbone front truck and rear wheel with inset lever brake.
  • Variable height T-Bar with rubber anti-slip grips.
  • Available in a variety of color options to customize the board.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: CAD $149.99
  • Available: Chartreuse, Lava, and Mint-Target, Walmart; Cyan- Target


  • Fuzzy Wubbles are Wubbles on the inside and super cute stuffed animals on the outside.
  • They’re the softest, squishiest, most huggable Wubbles ever!
  • They are available in several characters including the Husky, Unicorn, and Panda.
  • Ages 4+     
  • Available: Target                                                                    
  • MSRP: CAD $24.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us CA


  • New and improved Super Wubble Bubble Ball is made with Expandium – the incredible new material that is stronger and more tear resistant making Super Wubble the most amazing Wubble ball so far!  
  • Kick it, whack it, throw it bounce it….even sit on it!
  • Includes blue wubble pump.
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Canadian Tire, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy


  • Racing has never been this fun, or this bouncy! Perfect for parties and outdoor fun, our set of red and blue high impact bounce balls come complete with an easy-to-use hand air pump, as well as a highly visible red start and finish line.
  • High impact anti burst balls are perfect for ages 5- 14years up to 200lbs.
  • Ages 5+
  • MSRP: CAD $49.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us CA, Cabela’s Canada, Mastermind

Zing Big-A-BubblesBIG-A-BUBBLES (ZING)

  • The bubble craze is bigger than ever with Zing’s new Big-A-Bubbles!
  • Creates GIGANTIC bubbles. Dip the animal-themed glove into the pouch of bubble solution and make giant bubbles using the cloth string.
  • Portable and self contained! Choose between one of six gloves (lion, crocodile, pirate, shark, duck, and bear)
  • Each pack comes with themed reusable glove and 1 bubble solution.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: CAD $2.99
  • Available: Walmart Canada, Mastermind


  • Perfect for kids aged four through the early teens, Springfree Trampoline is the world’s safest and highest quality trampoline.
  • Unlike any other trampoline on the market, Springfree features a patented safety design that helps to eliminate all significant risks associated with trampoline injuries and makes them a safer choice for families this summer.
  • Springfree uses flexible composite rods instead of metal springs, eliminating pinch points that could trap feet and toes.
  • Cushions falls and places jumpers back on the jumping surface to create a flexible safety enclosure.
  • Springfree has created a shock absorbent SoftEdge™ mat that eliminates any hard edges at the jumping surface and will absorb 30 times more impact than traditional padding.
  • Springfree Trampoline has a frame located well beneath the jumping surface where jumpers can’t hit it.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $1,400-$2,400
  • Available: www.SpringfreeTrampoline.com, Canadian Tire, Toys “R” Us CA, Springfree Trampoline


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Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.