Guest Blog: Maureen Dennis shares Educational, Entertaining and Engaging Gifts!

MDennis-headshot-2014Maureen Dennis has been guiding parents through the wild and wacky world of parenting for over 10 years. Her website and its community of over 60 000 parents, gives parents the tools to have a baby and life and includes a directory of family-friendly places to go with kids in tow.  As a parenting expert she has appeared on multiple times on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, Canada AM, The Social, Breakfast Television, CityLine, CTV News, Global News, CBC News, Rogers Daytime and more. Maureen truly enjoy sharing helpful and lighthearted tips for making life easier and more fun for the whole family.  Maureen helpful tips come from living life just north of Toronto and traveling with my four kids under 10, a giant dog and an awesome husband. 


It’s that time of year again, kids are sending their letters off to Santa with dreams of drones and flying sharks dancing in their heads. The list this year have some super cool toys available at SHOP.CA that kids of all ages will enjoy!

Santa likes to make sure each gift under the trees checks off his three E’s; Educational, Entertaining and the last E is for Engaging.

Keeping these three E’s in mind when you are shopping helps to make sure that the kids on your list this year get the best and hottest toys of the year!


Some great Educational picks:

Blue Orange Games Spot it! Numbers & Shapes – $12.49

This is a game so good I carry it everywhere, it’s small size makes it easy to keep in my purse. I pull it out in restaurants, doctor’s offices and anywhere else my kids need something fun to keep them busy and as a bonus learning too.

Goldieblox and the Parade Float – $20.99

I love this company and the whole idea behind it. Inspiring girls to build and create beyond pink toys. I know my three girls will love this Parade Float set.

Teach My Toddler Learning Kit – $44.99

There is nothing sweeter than a proud toddler reciting the alphabet, counting to five and pointing out the colours and shapes they’ve learned. This kit has everything you need to teach them all of these and more.


Love these Entertaining toys:

Hasbro PlaySkool Show Cam – $79.99

Kids love to be creative and photos are a great way to let them explore their world in a whole new way. I’m always amazed at the beauty they see in everyday life.

Mega Bloks TubTown Farm – $49.99

Every child should have a set of blocks, simple shapes to build anything and everything they can imagine. Some of the simplest toys spark the most entertainment.

Parrot PF723002 Rolling Spider – $119.00

It bounces, it rolls all controlled by your smart phone. This ultra-compact drone flies indoors or outdoors with surprising speed and stability.

Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Holiday Bundle with Assassins Creed Unity and Extra Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit – $526.98

The Xbox One is one impressive game system and more. Not only can the teen on your list play the hottest video games and listen to music. The Xbox One also makes is easy to simply just ask it to switch to TV or movies. You can customize your experience, keeping all the entertainment you love in one place.

William Mark Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark – $44.99

A giant shark that floats through the air with smooth life-like motion, what’s not to love? Especially if you are a child! These amazing battery powered flying fish provide hours of indoor fun!


Hours of engaging fun will be had by all with these:

Soozier Snow Tube – $99.00

The best thing about Canadian winters are how much kids love to get outside and enjoy everything winter brings, especially SNOW! This inflatable Snow Tube is ready for the hills.

Nintendo 3Ds-Xl Blue Black Frozen Bundle with Stylus Pack – $239.97

Nintendo has been keeping kids engaged with fun and creative games for years and with each generation they make they Nintendo DS smarter and more interactive.  The  Nintendo 3Ds-Xl Blue Black Frozen Bundle with Stylus Pack continues that tradition.

DJI Phantom 2 – $1025.00

The ultimate toy for under the tree this year for kids of all ages. The Phantom 2 is unbelievably easy to fly and offers smooth, stabilized video. It’s light, rugged and perfect for travel.


All of these hot toys are available online at Canada’s own SHOP.CA! They make it easy to get all the brand you are looking for with free shipping and easy returns just in case. And remember, you are eligible to receive Aeroplan Miles with every purchase! Not a bad way to shop for presents.

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