8 Top Toy Picks for Little Kids

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If you have a little kid in your life—under the age of six—choosing toys they’ll love can be a bit of a guessing game. So, with that in mind, we’ve pulled eight surefire hits from national retailers for all different kinds of fun, from building blocks to ride-on toys and more. 

Duplo My First Alphabet Truck
We love toys that also teach kiddos a thing or two. This 36-piece Duplo set is the perfect introduction to LEGO (or other building blocks!) while also making playtime an opportunity to practice their letters. $35, walmart.ca

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Lil Gamer
This game console-inspired toy will keep your baby or toddler’s attention for ages with lights, sounds, songs and more. It also doesn’t hurt that it looks like an old-school Gameboy, for a little hit of nostalgia for Mom and Dad. $15, amazon.ca

Battat Big Red Barn with Animals
For little animal lovers, this is the perfect pick. This bright red barn, complete with working stall doors and windows, comes with four animals and the farmer (of course). We especially love the handle for easy on-the-go play sessions! $35, chapters.indigo.ca

Skip Hop Zoo 3-in-1 Fox
Longevity can be difficult to find in kids’ toys but this one really delivers. This three-wheeled pick ages with your little one, starting as a wagon for early walkers, transitioning to a ride-on once kids find their feet, and finally becoming a scooter for pre-schoolers on the move! $80, mastermindtoys.com

The Coconut Play Couch
This incredible, Canadian-made product takes fort-building to a whole new level. Machine washable and made from high-density foam and velveteen fabric, these awesome play pieces fit together in a million different ways for hours of fun. Perfect for lounging, jumping, hide ’n’ seek and more. $489, gococonut.ca

LeapFrog Count-Along Basket and Scanner
If your kids are in the sweet spot for pretend play, this shopping basket and interactive scanner will knock their socks off. This pick is programmed with lots of learning songs and sounds, and comes with eight pieces of scannable play food and three double-sided shopping lists. Plus, the basket turns into a grocery cart! $47, toysrus.ca

KidKraft Classic Kitchenette
This cherry-red, vintage-inspired pick will be the hit of the holidays for little ones in the kitchen set stage. It has knobs that turn and click, a removable sink, lots of storage and more. $70, amazon.ca

Melissa & Doug Cozy Cottage Play Tent
Remember when you were a kid and you got your hands on a giant cardboard box? This bright and cheery cottage play tent is the souped-up version of that! It’s easy to assemble, roomy inside and can be used indoors or out. Kids not into cottages? There’s a fire truck version, too! $74, well.ca

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