Monday, November 28, 2011

Click, Vote, Support the Canadian Toy Testing Council Aviva Fund application

Can you please help an important cause with the click of a mouse?
The Canadian Toy Testing Council is in critical need for funding. It is participating in the Aviva Fund challenge and needs to get as many votes (mouse clicks) as possible from now till Nov. 30 (inclusive) to make the semi-finals and qualify for funding.
Please vote today, tomorrow and Wednesday. You can register separately to vote or through Facebook.
The Canadian Toy Testing Council needs your help!
"Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child."  -- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Convention on the Rights of the Child. General Assembly Resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989.

Every year dedicated volunteers at the Canadian Toy Testing Council test hundreds of toys and books to help you, the Canadian public, choose toys to promote healthy development.  We give the experts - our kids - the opportunity to tell you what toys have lasting play and what does not.  Our award winning toys point Canadians directly to a short list of toys that have been winners with our kid testers, who have played with these toys in their own homes, for several weeks.  There's something for everybody in our Children's Choice and Best Bet toys!
The CTTC also provides invaluable feedback to manufacturers.  We tell the manufacturers what kids and parents want and don't want.  At the CTTC we believe we can affect POSITIVE CHANGE in the marketplace.
Due to funding constraints, the CTTC is dangerously close to closing its doors, just one year shy of its 60 year anniversary!  We are appealing to the Aviva Community Fund to give the CTTC a boost to get us through the next year and give us precious time to secure a long-term funding partner to continue with the important work we do.
Now we need your help!  In order to be considered for this fund, we need your VOTES!  Only the top 30 ideas will move on to the semi-finals!

Here's what we need you to do:
1)  Register on the Aviva Community Fund web site
Go to:
Click on "Register" on the right hand side of the page, you can either register through Facebook or provide your email and a password.  You will get an email almost immediately with a link.
Click on the link in your email and sign in.
2)   VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for the CTTC:
Do a search for CTTC (on the right of the page)
And click "VOTE NOW".
You get one vote per day per idea and voting closes on Wednesday, November 30.  So, make your vote count - vote EACH DAY!
To make it to the top 30 ideas in this round, we need to appeal to as many people as possible, so please reach out to others.  The more people you reach, the more your voice counts!
A Giant Thanks to you for helping the Canadian Toy Testing Council celebrate its 60th anniversary!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Toys! Canadian Toy Testing Council Fall Sale November 20

Shop for great bargains on toys November 20
From my friends at the Canadian Toy Testing Council:


The Canadian Toy Testing Council is holding its annual fall Toy Sale on Sunday, November 20, 2011, from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Innovation Room, 3045 Baseline Road.
Entrance just beside Emergency at Tim Hortons.

Toys for children ranging from 0 months to 16 years. Up to 50% off, plus a chance to purchase this year’s award-winning toys. 

Free parking located at the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre.


You are responsible to transport all toys purchased.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN. You can surprise them later!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Canadian Toy Testing Council announces 2012 award-winning toys

On November 8, 2011, the Canadian Toy Testing Council announced its 2012 Children's Choice and Best Bet award-winning toys. These award winners are selected from the best of the top-rated three-star toys that the Council has tested. Each toy is evaluated in a home environment by volunteer families -- kids -- and they know what they like!

The CTTC is a non-profit, charitable organization. Make a donation today to keep the toy program running. You can visit the website at or send directly via PayPal to:

Children's Choice (presented by age):
  • Play ’n Scoot Pirate Ship, Little Tikes, 1.5-3 years
  • Dr. Seuss – What’s in the Cat’s Hat, I Can Do That! Games, 3+ years
  • Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel, Educational Insights, 3+ years
  • LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet, LeapFrog, 4-9 years
  • Saila, Maplelea Girl & accessories, Avonlea Traditions, 6+ years
  • Jewelry Boutique, Crayola, 6+ years
  • Glow Book, Crayola, 6+ years
  • Snap Circuits Jr., Elenco Electronics, 8+ years
  • Nerf DART TAG Swarmfire, Hasbro, 8+ years
  • Mythbusters Hit the Target! Trivia Game, ZimZala Games, 10+ years
Best Bet (presented by age):
  • Northern Lights Soother, Lamaze, 0+ years
  • Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo, Fisher-Price, 18 months – 5 years
  • Wheelies Play ’n Go Construction Site (Little People), Fisher-Price, 1.5–3.5 years
  • Count & Scan Shopper, LeapFrog, 2+ years
  • Remote Racer Smart Car, VTech, 2-5 years
  • Chuggington Double Decker Roundhouse plus two trains, Learning Curve, 3+ years
  • Chuggington Over & Under Starter Set (with Clock Tower), Learning Curve, 3+ years
  • Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy, Busy Airport, I Can Do That! Games, 4+ years
  • KidiZoom Camera, VTech, 3-8 years
  • Brilliant Creations Genius Junior, VTech, 4-7 years
  • Leapster Explorer, LeapFrog, 4–9 years
  • Littlest Pet Shop Magic Motion Tree House, Hasbro Canada, 4+ years
  • Buck, Buck, Moose! Educational Insights, 4+ years
  • uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game, uKloo Kids Inc., 4+ years
  • Perplexus Rookie, Perplexus, LLC (PlaSmart Inc), 5+ years
  • Galapa Go! MJgames, 5+ years
  • Golden Gate, Blue Orange Games, 7+ years 
  • Rock Fashion Studio, SmartLab, 7+ years
  • Interior Design Light Box Studio Set, Fashion Angels, 8+ years
  • Totally Gross! The Game of Science, University Games, 8+ years
  • Alien Mothership, Lego, 8-14 years
  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship, Lego, 8–14 years
  • Sketch It! Blue Orange Games, 9+ years
  • Perplexus Epic, Busy Life LLC, 10+ years
  • PathWords, ThinkFun, 12+ years
Now go and play!

Canadian Toy Testing Council announces 2012 Great Books awards

On November 8, 2011, the Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) announced its 2012 Great Books award-winning books. Each book is evaluated by volunteer families -- kids -- in a home environment. The CTTC evaluates both English and French books by Canadian authors and publishers.

The CTTC is a non-profit, charitable organization. Make a donation today to keep the book program running. You can visit the website at or send directly via PayPal to:

Great Books 2012 (presented by age):
  • Not a Baby Anymore! Written by Jorge Uzon. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-88899-986-3. Ages 1+.
  • The Loud Book, Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Thomas Allen & Son, 2011. ISBN 978-0-547-39008-6. Ages 2-5. 
  • Le meilleur endroit / Le pire endroit, Written by Andrée Poulin and illustrated by Philippe Beha. Éditions Imagine, 2011. ISBN 978-2-89608-105-9. Ages 2-6.
  • A Night on the Town, Written and illustrated by Caroline Merola. Tundra Books, 2010. ISBN 978-1-77049-200-4. Ages 3-6.
  • Merci Mister Dash! Written by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Esperança Melo. Tundra Books, 2011. ISBN 978-0-88776-964-1. Ages 3-6.
  • Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!) Written by Heather McLeod and illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan.Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010. ISBN 978-1-55455-161-3. Ages 3+. 
  • It’s Not About the Apple! Written by Veronika Martenova Charles and illustrated by David Parkins. Tundra Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-88776-955-9. Ages 5-8.  
  • Magalie : Lance et compte! Written by Yvan DeMuy and illustrated by Claude Thivierge. Éditions Michel Quintin, 2010. ISBN 978-2-89435-495-7. Ages 6-9.
  • Savais-tu? Les Corneilles, Written by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin and Sampar and illustrated by Sampar. Éditions Michel Quintin, 2010. ISBN 978-2-8945-453-7. Ages 7+. 
  • Gunner: Hurricane Horse, Written by Judy Anderson and illustrated by David Parkins. Tundra Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-88776-905-4. Ages 8-10.
Give the gift of reading!