Cool Stuff

By Christine Davis

Pets Alive Boppi: The Dancing Llama
This llama shakes its booty to three awesome songs that will keep kids and their families entertained for hours. Four AAA batteries, which are not included, are required. Available at Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Canadian Tire and Giant Tiger. $29.99

Scruff-A-Luv Family
Open the mystery box to uncover a sad ball of matted fur that, once bathed, dried and brushed reveals a pet and her babies. How many babies will you give a furever home? Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Canadian Tire and Indigo. $49.99

Robo Alive Baby Shark
Bring bath time to life with this singing and swimming 100 per cent water proof Baby Shark. It sings the hottest children’s song going and swims across the tub when it touches water thanks to the unique robotic technology. Available at Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Indigo. $19.99

GSI Clacier Stainless Tiffin Canister
This 266 mL canister will keep meals warm and is compact enough to not take up too much space in a lunch box or back pack. Ideal for soup and pasta. Available at MEC and

Create amazing textile art with the ease of colouring with these kits that include yarn that magically clings to the Grip-N-Stick Y’Artboard. Load the pen with the coloured yarn that corresponds with the numbers on the board and colour. It’s oops proof for kids and adults alike. Available at and Mastermind Toys. $19.99

Packit Freezable Classic Lunch Box
Remove the worry about whether food is safe to eat with this freezable lunch box. Simply pop it in the freezer overnight and the gel keeps food cool for up to 10 hours. Available at MEC and $26.95

The North Face Mini Mini Berkeley Pack
This nine-litre bag is the perfect size for small scholars. It features a main compartment with internal mesh pocket for organization and a zippered front pocket and is made of lightweight nylon. Available at MEC and $34.99 – $49.99

Explore and Write Activity Desk
Create an interactive learning experience with your child’s first desk. This one from VTech features an interactive desktop and five pages to explore that are filled with letters, numbers, music, colours and more. The writing pad features a light-up display and comes with a stylus for drawing and tracing. Also includes more than 20 melodies on the music player. Available at Toys “R” Us. $79.99

Hydrate quickly and effectively during the dog days of summer with this ready-to-drink electrolyte maintenance solution, which has up to 75 per cent less sugar and four-times the electrolytes than the leading sports drinks. Available in orange, berry and colour-free lemonade flavours it’s suitable for all ages. Available at Loblaws. 1L $8.99

JanSport Big Student Back Pack
Older students will appreciate the two large main compartments, front utility pocket with organizer, front stash pocket and 15-inch padded laptop compartment to keep all their gear organized. Available at Staples. $54.98