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Psst. . . These are the toys that’ll REALLY be played with!

This holiday season, parents are rushing out and lining up for hours to buy toys that kids won’t even play with by January. I get it — kids ask for toys, they think they’ll love them, but they end up in the back corner of closets so quickly. I’ve got the inside scoop on the toys your kids will love for far longer, and I was happy to share them all on Rogers Daytime in York Region recently!

In addition to those featured on the show, I want to share with you a VERY cool toy, and one my kids have been loving for years already: Snap Circuits. We’ve talked about these amazing educational toys a couple of times before, and with each new set comes new projects and thrills. I’m not kidding when I say these toys are the ones that stick around. Forget throwing money down the tubes with something that’ll be chucked aside — invest in something like Snap Circuits, and you’ll have kids happily (and quietly!) learning for years.

The newest set is the Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Kit, and it’s just $84.99 at Mastermind Toys. (a.k.a. “heaven” for my kids.) This one adds a new twist: kids can build 3D structures (more than 150 of them)! Using STEM concepts, kids learning how electronic circuits work in easy-to-understand ways. It’s even compatible with other Snap Circuits sets, for endless play ideas.

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I would rank this as the #1 gift for kids who love STEM, but you can find all kinds of other amazing gift ideas at Mastermind Toys for every kid on your list. (And don’t forget how many gifts that do double duty they’ve got at Mastermind!) We love Canadian-owned (they’re up to 48 stores across 5 provinces now!!) Mastermind Toys because they’ve got the coolest selection of toys of real value, the BEST customer service, and they offer complimentary gift wrapping all year round.

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Here’s the full list of toys I featured on the Daytime segment:

Jimu Robot Explorer Kit
Ages 8+
Amazon
$259.99

BB-8 & Force Band
Best Buy Canada
Bundle = $249

Playmobil Pony Farm
Ages 5-10
most independent toy retailers
$59.99

Osmo Coding Kit for iPad
Ages 5-12
Apple Stores, Best Buy
$99.99

Sing-A-Ma-Ling’s
Ages 3+
Toys “R” Us
$16.99

Shimmer and Shine Magic Carpet Dolls
Age 3+
Toys “R” Us
$49.99

Squinkies ‘Do Drops
Age 4+
Toys “R” Us and other major retailers
$16.99

Irish Fairy Door
Age 3+
Independent retailers, and Irish Fairy Door Company website
$39.99

Charley the Chameleon
Infant +
Independent toy, gift & baby stores
$39.99

HEXBUG Nano Nitro Habitat
Age 3+
Mastermind Toys, Toys “R” Us
$34.99

Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace
Age 18m-5
Mastermind Toys, Amazon, Toys “R” Us
$69.99

Lullaby Laa-Laa
Age 18m+
Walmart, Toys “R” Us
$39.99

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