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Canadian Toy Testing Council's Top Picks for 2012

Those Little Elves Have Been at it Yet Again

The votes have been cast. The Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) has come up with the ultimate list of must-have toys this Christmas to make *ahem* Santa's job a little easier. 

According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, the CTTC's annual Toy Report was arrived at after a lucky bunch of kid testers play with every kind of toy on the market, from "traditional dolls and board games to new toys that revolve around apps and other technology." 

"We're excited to be celebrating 60 years of testing toys," says the CTTC's executive director, Liliane Benoit. "About 400 children have tested over 400 toys this season and are delighted to present their top choices."

The process is rigorous: all toys are tested on criteria such as durability, safety and value. 

For toy manufacturers, making the cut is a big honour—not least of which because it leads to increased holiday sales.

This year's favourites, announced at Ottawa's Algonquin College, are set out by age level:

Six months

  • Little Tikes: DiscoverSounds Activity Garden
  • MGA Entertainment

2+ Years

  • Fisher-Price: Servin' Surprises Cook 'n Serve Kitchen & Table
  • Mattel

3+ Years

  • Ed Creator Davinci Block-Gear
  • ED Toy Co.

4+ Years

  • YAGO POOL: The Strategic Finger Billiard

5+ Years

  • Bill & Betty Bricks
  • SmartGames/Pierre Belvedere

6+ Years

  • Race to the Treasure!
  • Peaceable Kingdom

6+ Years

  • DIY Lip Balm Kit, Natural DIY Soap Kit, DIY Bath Fizzie Kit
  • Kiss Naturals

7+ Years

  • Future Planet: E-Rangers Headquarters (5149)
  • Playmobil

8+ Years

  • Mine Shift
  • MindWare/Outset Media

12+ Years

  • Pick'N'Choose
  • MHR Games/Ilot 307
Before the register rings, be sure to visit our Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find this year’s hottest toys, gifts for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life and shopping tips that will save you time and money.