Lori and Katie's Picks

Hape - Dessert Tower
Hape Dessert Tower $32.99
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The String Art Kit
The String Art Kit $24.99
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Kathe Kruse Towel Doll Nana Penguin
Kathe Kruse Towel Doll Nana Penguin $31.99
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Janod Music - Accordian
Janod Music - Accordian $49.99
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Summer Reading

August 07, 2014

Getting kids to read in the summer can be a challenge. There are so many other temptations – ipods, Wii, Netflix. I admit it, the first thing my kids want to do when they get up in the morning is turn on the T.V., an indulgence they don’t get during the school year. So how do you get them to turn off the devices and pick up a book? I let them have some time in the morning to do what they choose, even though I cringe every time they say the word “Minecraft”. I also make sure we find some time during the day to read. Maybe after lunch, or before dinner. Always at bedtime, and since they don’t...

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Toronto Fringe Festival, Fringe Kids Club!

July 02, 2014

We are so excited to be apart of this new part of the Toronto Fringe Festival this year!  Treasure Island Toys will be participating on July 3, 5, 11 and 13!  Visit us for some fun crafts and great deals. "Brand-new this year, the Toronto Fringe Festival is proud to present the FringeKids! Club!  Join us for open-air performances every day at noon, special indoor workshops every day from 2pm to 4pm (registration and payment required), and plenty of fun FREE activities, games and surprises.  More information, schedule and more can be found at http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/fringekids/fringekids-club/Sunday July 6th is Kid Vendor Day -- where creative kids can sell their fabulous creations!  Contact Kelly at fringekids@fringetoronto.com if you'd like to participate, or...

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Choosing that ‘just right’ gift for your grandchild

June 18, 2014

Author:  Joanne Bertrand, Treasure Island Toys Sales Associate. I was reflecting last night about why I enjoy working at Treasure Island so much. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that make me smile – like a little toddler a few weeks ago who was playing at our Brio train table. He was carefully pushing a train around the tracks and every now and then, he would stop and yell at the top of his lungs “All d’abord – all d’abord”! It was making many people in the store smile, in fact. It is also really satisfying to guide customers, who are in a quandary about what to buy, to some of the toys they may not have considered. As a grandmother...

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Could Summer really be here?!

June 05, 2014

The warm weather has finally arrived and I think it may be here to stay for a while! I don’t know about you but I was so done with winter and so were my kids! I cannot keep them inside now, they want to ride their scooters, bikes, have water fights, play “manhunt” (a game they made up and I am still not certain how it is played) or just hang out trading Pokeman cards on the front lawn! I love to listen to them screeching with delight, I don’t even mind the bandages I have had to put on minor scrapes and bruises. School is coming to an end and some kids are going to camp, some are just...

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