Cool Stuff

By Christine Davis

Hoyle Piggy Bank

This counting game makes cents. It helps kids 4-6 learn counting by fives and tens, keeping track of a running total and addition and subtraction. Available at walmart.ca. $24.74

Ice Cream Shop Bucket

The beach has never been so much fun. Gather sand in the bucket then use the scoop to fill the ice cream and waffle molds. Available at Well.ca. $24.98

Sphero Specdrums

Bring music to your fingertips through these app-enabled rings that transform colour into sound. Just tap on the different colours or surfaces to get the beat you’re looking for and you’ll turn the world into your instrument. After, share jam sessions with friends. Available at sphero.com. $64.99 US

Attitude 100% Mineral Face Stick SPF 30

This 100 per cent Mineral Face Stick offers the ideal SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB sunlight, while protecting babies and children safely with all natural ingredients. It is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and easy to apply. Available at pharmacies. $10.95

Terra Kids Binoculars with Bag

Kids will be happy to get outside and explore this summer with these binoculars from HABA. The sturdy plastic casing is designed to withstand outdoor play and shoulder strap with security fastener will keep them close to explorers. Available at Amazon.ca. $33.58

Treasure X Aliens

Ooze your way through a quest for gems with this slimy unboxing toy that has kids follow a mission to dissect aliens, save the hunters and find their treasure. Available at Toys”R”Us. $19.99

My Friend Fancy Nancy

This 18-inch Fancy Nancy doll features fully posable arms and legs with 12 points of articulation throughout her body. The subject of kids’ picturebooks, she’s ready  for a fabulous day of bringing the fancy to hours of play. Available at Walmart and Toys”R”Us. From $29.99

Myla the Magical Unicorn

This colourful robotic unicorn will light up your day when she glitters with light as she moves, talks and sings. You can select her colour palette, decorate her and maintain her tail and mane and rock a duet with her too. Available at major retailers. $69.99

X-Shot Fast Fill

Be the king of the backyard water battle with X-Shot Fast-Fill from ZURU. It’s the fastest-filling blaster ever created – just dunk and fill in two seconds flat and the RapidSeal technology closes the blaster tank instantly so you can get back to the game faster. Holds 24 ounces and blasts up to 34 feet. Ages 5+. Available at Canadian Tire and Costco. From $12.99