BALANCING ACT. Pandabo Bamboo Game by HaPe. $19.00.
Peek-A-Boo, 603 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-654-2489

Made in China from highly-renewable bamboo, the Pandabo Bamboo Game is innovative, ecological, and fun! Players take turns placing pieces of bamboo on the roly-poly panda. See who can put the most pieces on without tipping the panda over! Contains 1 wriggly panda, 6 round green sticks, 8 square yellow sticks, 10 natural coloured half-rounded sticks, 1 dice. 2 to 4 players.

BOOKWORM. Play All Day Activity Book by Taro Gomi $23.00.
Magic Pony, 694 Queen St. W., 416-861-1684

Taro Gomi, one of Japan`s most prolific children`s book illustrators and writers invites children to punch out more than 60 fantastic playthings, including ring-toss games, finger puppets, boxes, picture frames, a zoo’s worth of animals, and more! Packed with Gomi’s fun, accessible artwork, this book will appeal to children of all ages, engaging their imaginations and entertaining them all day long.

A COLOURFUL MIRAGE. Rainbow in my Room Projector by Uncle Milton. $34.99.
Scholar’s Choice, multiple locations.

Brighten any room with the Rainbow In My Room Projector. This unique machine will sit on just about any flat surface and projects a rainbow effect across walls or ceiling. Choose from gradual or instant illumination; auto shut-off; battery or AC adapter powered (not included). Requires 4 “AAA” batteries (not included).

ABCs. Alphabet Soup by Eugeria Furman. $61.00.
Etsy, available online only.

Looking for a vibrant way to teach the alphabet? Toddlers will have a great time pointing out the letters they know, as well as colours. Hand-embroidered stuffed alphabet letters made of eco-friendly felt produced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Each colorful set comes in an ABC embroidered bag. Set is available in English, Hebrew or Russian.

JUMP AROUND. Jump Start Trampoline $69.95.
Mastermind, multiple locations.

The best of both worlds!This bouncy trampoline doubles as a learning toy too. Features a five-in-one multi-game sound system that makes learning fun. Your child can practice their counting, music and rhythm, sound recognition and memory skills. Can be used indoors and out.

Free shipping on orders $100+. Complimentary gift-wrapping and no-hassle returns.

CHILD’S PLAY. PlayShapes Wooden Box Set by Miller Goodman. $95.00.
Auggie Boutique, 138 Cumberland St., 416-922-4248

PlayShapes is a unique modular set of 74 wooden geometric shapes which you can arrange or stack to make hundreds of 3D creations, such as animals, people, vehicles, buildings and much more. It is truly a gift that will continue to evolve with your child. Beautifully crafted from environmentally-friendly, durable rubberwood, the shapes feel soft in your hand and the flashes of colour add a modern accent. The set of shapes come in a printed, unbleached cotton drawstring bag along with a set of instructive illustrations.

GREEN HOUSE. Eco-Dollhouse by Plan Toys. $270.00.

Ella + Elliot
, 188 Strachan Ave., 416-850-7890

A “Green” house indeed! Toymaker, Plan Toys encourages both fun and eco-consciousness with its full-sized energy-efficient designed playhouse. It features a wind turbine and solar cell panel, a rain barrel, a green facade and roof, and a shade canopy. There is even an adorable little set of recycle bins and all furniture is included. A great, versatile toy to grow with and cherish.

All PlanToys are made from reclaimed rubber wood with water or soy-based finishes. Free shipping on orders over $250.



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