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The hottest toys for summer

Caitlin McCormack
Shine On
July 9, 2012

School's out for the summer and that means that kids will be spending more time playing and having fun. We've got the scoop on which toys are set to be hot ticket items this summer.

Razor BOGO Pogo Stick by Razor

Sure to be one of the coolest toys for the summer, this is not your parents' pogo stick. "The spring on this pogo stick provides an extra boost of power making it more fun when you're trying to bounce higher than ever," says Julianne Bisnaire, 13-year-old Toys"R"Us Chief Play Officer. The Razor BOGO Pogo Stick retails for $99.99 and is recommended for kids aged six to seven.

Retro Fish Skateboard by Fish Brand Skateboards

"What I love about this skateboard is that it is really smooth to ride and the kick-tail provides me with extra control, which is perfect since I'm just learning how to ride it," says Bisnaire. This 22-inch long board comes in eight different deck and wheel colours, so you can find the perfect style for any budding boarder. The Retro Fish Skateboard retails for $59.99 and is recommended for kids aged six to 16.

Nerf Super Soaker Tornado Strike by Hasbro

"When my siblings and I have water fights in our backyard during the summer, this is my super soaker of choice," says Bisnaire. "With just one pump, this blaster shoots a spinning water stream that can drench my sister from 20 feet away, allowing me to stay at a safe and dry distance." The Nerf Super Soaker Tornado Strike retails for $27.99 and is recommended for kids aged seven to 11.

Play Up Adjustable Sand & Water Table by Step 2

Set the Play Up Adjustable Sand & Water Table set up in your backyard and let little ones have fun splashing in the water and digging in the sand. "It's like having the beach in your own backyard," says Bisnaire.  "When my little cousins come over, we can't tear them away from it." The Play Up Adjustable Sand & Water Table retails for $99.99 and is recommended for kids aged three to four.

[See also: Top summer activities for kids]

Outdoor Coloured Bubbles Machine by Crayola

Who doesn't remember a childhood spent blowing bubbles during lazy afternoons outdoors? The folks from Crayola have given this classic favourite a modern and fun update by making them colourful. "Just pour the different coloured bubble solutions into the blower, turn it on and chase a steady stream of colourful fun," says Bisnaire. "Don't worry about mess — colours wash out of clothes and easily off of concrete with the use of the hose." The Outdoor Coloured Bubbles Machine retails for $19.99 and is recommended for kids aged five to seven.

Deluxe Wet & Dry Lighted Habitat by Backyard Safari

The perfect toy for your budding little zoologist, the habitat features a dry side and a wet side, making it the perfect home for any exotic creature you may find living in your backyard this summer, says Bisnaire.  "The best part is that it lights up so you can watch them at night." The Deluxe Wet & Dry Lighted Habitat retails for $22.99 and is recommended for kids aged five to seven.

Crayola Pop Art Pixies Water Bottle by Crayola

Don't let your little ones get overheated of dehydrated while playing outside this summer, especially with the record-breaking temperatures we've been seeing. Crafty youngsters can stay cool by designing their very own reusable water bottle. "It makes staying hydrated creative and fashionable," says Bisnaire. The Crayola Pop Art Pixies Water Bottle retails for $9.99 and is recommended for kids aged eight to 11.

Squishy Baff by Spin Master

"My little sister loves putting Squishy Baff in her backyard kiddie pool because it turns the water into colourful goo," says Bisnaire.  "I have to admit, I stuck my feet in to check it out and feel its gooey texture." The goo won't stain or leave a residue, and turns back into water once you add the (included) dissolving powder. Available in four fun colours, Squishy Baff retails for $13.99 and is recommended for kids aged five to seven.

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