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Need it! Want it! Gotta have it! – June 2011 – Must-haves for summer shopping

Doing some summer shopping? Don’t forget these must-haves!

Items that feature the PTPA seal of approval have been selected as winners by a knowledgeable and unbiased panel of parent testers, the largest of its kind in North America. Products that earn the seal are chosen for their value, functionality, quality and appeal.

Flip Out

Looking for a new game to play on a rainy day? Our kid testers loved Flip Out – a fun and exciting card game for ages eight and up.

Available for $23 at and select toy stores

President’s Choice S’mores Kit

No more asking, “Did anyone bring marshmallows? How about chocolate?” All the s’more must-haves – marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate – come in this handy kit

Available for $9 at Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore

Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Camp Combo

Off to camp? Don’t lose the lunch bag, umbrella or soccer ball. Label them with personalized waterproof and laundry-safe labels.

Available for $40 at

Crayola Coloured Bubbles

Bubble blowing just got a little bit more fun – and colourful! Bubbles appear in bold and vibrant colours. Note: do not wear your Sunday best when playing. Washable, but don’t take chances!

Available for $4 per bottle at Toys R Us and Walmart

Create Your Own Floor Puzzle

It’s an art project and game in one! Draw on the blank pieces to create a personalized 3’ x 2’ puzzle.

Available for $18 at

Kelty Big Dipper 30 Sleeping Bag

Built to fit kids from 4’4” up to 5’4”, the Big Dipper has an expandable foot box that adds a full 12” of extra length with a single zipper. Gone are the days of kids outgrowing a bag every season or two.

Available for $70 at

Zax’s Kid’s Bruise Cream

Summer activities mean bumps and bruises. Natural arnica and witch hazel combine in this menthol-free formula that complements rest, elevation and ice.

Available for $19 at drugstores across Canada

AfterBite Gel

One of the bad things about summer? Mosquitos! AfterBite’s gel contains baking soda to help ditch the itch.

Available for $6 at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, and mass retailers

President’s Choice To-Go Cup

Ditch the disposable cups and bottles and refi ll this to-go tumbler with your favourite summer beverage. Comes with lid and a straw too!

Available for $10 at Real Canadian Superstores

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