I’ve talked about Mastermind Toys before, and I have to tell you it’s still one of my favourite places to shop. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of their 39 toy stores, you’ll know just what I mean. Every time I visit, I discover new treasures. The friendly and patient staff are tops at customer service, and I’ve discovered they’re also really talented at coming up with fantastic gift ideas for any child (or child at heart!).
Mastermind Toys, home to some extraordinary toy curators (what a cool job that would be!), has just released their Annual Summer Toy List. They’ve picked 25 of the hottest toys to keep kids active, occupied and entertained – rain or shine – all summer long! Here’s a peek at some of our faves!
Kick® Micro Mini-2-Go Scooter ($164.99), Ages 18 months+
An awesome Micro Scooter for kids 18 months to five years. Whether cruising indoors or outside, the Micro Mini2Go comes with storage space for your toddler’s most precious possessions. Kids can pack up the drawer, sit on the seat and take off. Steering is enacted through weight transfer, teaching kids’ motor skills and sense of balance. When the seat is no longer needed, it can be easily removed and the Mini2Go is transformed into a traditional stand-up scooter with an adjustable T-Bar handlebar.
“Bump ‘N’ Bubbles” Robot Bubble Machine ($21.99), Ages 3+
This cute robot is a motorized, moving, continuous bubble-blower! As it travels across the ground and bumps into objects, it will spin and redirect as it blows bubbles everywhere!
Weber Mini BBQ ($49.99), Ages 3+
Available exclusively at Mastermind Toys – A toy with lots of sizzle! Great for the aspiring mini griller, the Weber Kettle barbecue has a modern, life-like design that gives your little one the chance to become a master chef, just like mom or dad! Full of captivating real-life role-play fun, this barbecue set features various lights and sounds, complete with a selection of plastic-made, popular barbecue foods.
Sands Alive Glow ($26.99), Ages 3+
Bring all the fun of the sandbox indoors with Sands Alive! Easily make and mould shapes, patterns or creative sculptures with this unique indoor play sand. Better yet, doodle with the enclosed UV Light Pen or shine with your UV glasses and watch the sand glow!
Slackers Slide and Surf Screamin’ 20’ Water Slide ($69.99), Ages 5+
We’ve been enjoying some hot summery weather the last few days, so my kids could barely contain themselves when we got our sweaty little hands on one of these Slide & Surf water slides. It took hubby and I about half an hour to set up while the kids danced around singing, “Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?”. About 10 minutes of that set up time involved running over to the neighbours for a footpump (ours having disintegrated over the winter). Trust me, don’t try this with just lung power!
Once everything is inflated and staked down, turn on the water and let the kids go!
I have to tell you the kids had SO MUCH FUN with this! These have come a long way from the long, skinny yellow plastic ribbon I remember back in my childhood days. Everything feels sturdy and well-made. The Slide & Surf has an inflated pad at the beginning of the slide to protect little knees and faces as they learn how to achieve that perfect trajectory. Inflated sides keep them on the slide, and the little pool at the end finishes everything off with a big splash!
When the kids got tired, they liked just hanging out in there too.
I already know this is going to be a summer staple for us. The girls can’t wait to invite some neighbourhood friends over to beat the heat and take a ride on their water slide. I think our backyard is about to get a lot more popular!
Check out these summer fun ideas and more at a Mastermind Toys near you or go shopping online anytime day or night. Mastermind Toys offers free gift wrapping in store and free shipping in Canada with the purchase of $60 or more!
Canadian owned and operated, Mastermind Toys is Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s book retailer. They’ve been operating for over 30 years in the Greater Toronto area and recently expanded to 39 stores across Canada and growing.
Win a $50 Gift Card!
Mastermind Toys is generously offering a $50 gift card to one lucky winner to do some summer shopping! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S., 18+. The gift card may be used towards shipping costs too.
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Disclosure: I received a sample item for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.