We have two great ways to explore gift giving at Dilly Dally. First of all, check out our Pinterest guide. There are gift idea boards for babies, toddlers, kids 3- 5, kids 6 -8 and kids 9 and up. Lots of images and ideas to get the ideas flowing!
Secondly, have a look at our downloadable PDF gift guide, packed with ideas for a range of ages as well as info about developmental needs at different ages and how different toys can meet those needs.
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Not sure what to get all the good little boys and girls on your list? Check out our 2013 Gift Guide for lots of suggestions for all ages.
The guide is sectioned by age and type of toy. So, if you’re shopping for a 4 year old who loves to play outside, we’ve got suggestions for you! A 7 year old who love arts and crafts? We’ve got it covered.
Just click any of the gift guide images above to download the complete guide, and drop by the store for way more suggestions in person. We love helping people find just the right gift!
We’re giving away presents! Every day from November 25th to December 15th, we’ll be giving away a daily prize. You can enter to win each and every day! It will be something new each day – no two days will be the same.
We’ll post a photo of the daily giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can enter to win on all three platforms. All you have to do is comment on or share the photo of the prize and you’ll be entered to win! The winner will be announced in the comments on that giveaway. All prizes must be picked up in store.
So check us out each day and see what the elves at Dilly Dally are giving away!
We are excited to have these stylish magnet sets back in stock! Choose between Garden, Farm, and Ocean themed sets. Each set comes with 24 individual magnets, and makes a great addition to magnet boards and fridges.
We also have more of these magnetic stacking toys. Mix and match the bodies of your robots to create one-of-a-kind machines, or rearrange the jungle animals to make the silliest new creatures you can!
These rainy days mean a little more time spent indoors. Avoid cabin fever and make these days a blast with fun indoor activities! Here are some ideas to keep your little ones entertained on any damp afternoons coming up.
1. Do a puzzle. Puzzles are a classic, and we have lots! “Around the World” is a sweet and sturdy floor puzzle. Each large piece is double sided, leaving you with endless possibilities for putting it together.
We have puzzles in a variety of sizes, from 2-piece toddler puzzles up to 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. The 1000 piece puzzles come in a bunch of fun designs- whether you are an art lover or all science, there’s something for everyone.
2. Curl up with a good book. Dream the afternoon away with an adventurous book. Curl up, get comfy and take a trip to fantastical lands!
3. Build something awesome! If you are more in a building mood, bring out the blocks and figures. Combine your building toys together to see how big of a castle you can create. Make a bridge for toy cars or a farm for pigs and horses. A good set of blocks and a few figures are essential for any toy trunk and provide countless hours of creative, brain building fun.
A great building toy for older kids is the fantastic Q-ba-maze. One of our most popular new items, these build it yourself marble runs delight kids of all ages. The uniquely designed sturdy plastic blocks connect to create complicated marble runs with several different tracks. This design lends itself to making twisty, sculptural marble runs. What can you imagine and build?
4. Play a game. We’ve been steadily building our game collection at Dilly Dally, and we’ve got more arriving all the time. We’ve got award winning games for kiddos as young as 18 months, and our collection of cooperative games is growing as we speak. We’ve also got lots of traditional games like backgammon and jacks as well as strategy games for older kids like Settlers of Catan.
5. Put on a puppet show. Puppets are such an awesome toy! Parents can entertain very little ones with puppets and elicit all kinds of giggles and good times. Older kids are consistently drawn to our puppet tree at the store, and we’ve seen enough impromptu puppet shows to know these award winning puppets get kids feeling creative in zero seconds flat.
6. Play restaurant. Create a menu with some paper and crayons, break out the place mats and take turns serving up delicious items from your play kitchen! We’ve got tonnes of options for outfitting a kitchen, from fruits and veggies to birthday cake. If you’ve been to Dilly Dally you’ve likely seen a pack of kiddos playing in our kitchen. We get to hear mini chefs creating all kinds of exciting dishes. Our favourite concoctions? Sushi soup and hot ice cream.
7. Become something magical. Dress up is an amazing tool for sparking imaginative play in kids. Okay, and adults too! It’s impossible NOT to have a great time playing pirate or fairy with a kid. A rainy day turns into a perfect day when you’ve got a tickle trunk of dress up to chase the gloom away.
8. Break out the art supplies. Arts and crafts are a great open-ended activity to spend an afternoon on. Try colouring books, art kits, or try experimenting with new art supplies- have you ever used watercolour pencils? What about glitter glue?
These lovely play paper sets are sure to inspire- each one comes with 54 sheets of individually patterned paper! Perfect for collages, origami or whatever your imagination fancies. With Valentines coming up, it’s the perfect time to make some sparkly things to pop in the mail.
Another great indoor art project are these Master Art kits. They’ve been a huge hit! They come with all the instructions and art supplies you need to create your own riff on van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, or “Sunflowers”. The kits also come with historical information about the artists and their works.
9. Build a fort. One of our all time favourite ways to make an indoor day perfectly awesome is to build a blanket fort! If you did it as a kid, you know how transporting it is. Check out our post on fun fort building and you’ll count the days until the next rain in.
10. Make something pretty. If you are still looking for ways to stay entertained on blustery days, try checking out Kate Lilley’s website Mini Eco- she always has great ideas, like making recycled paper beads!
Pop by the store for lots more suggestions. We have dozens and dozens of ideas to help you enjoy the rainy days ahead!
It’s back-to-school season, and that means backpacks have arrived!
We love the details on these animal backpacks! The wings on the bee are the sweetest.
These sweet quilted bags are a soft, lighter option for younger kiddos. Perfect for daycare or a trip to grandma and grandpa’s house.
The charming designs on these these backpacks are available in two different sizes- both will fit all the school supplies you’ll need. Come by the store and try them on!
Are you all set for school lunches? Come check out these adorable lunch boxes! Perfect for making a day at school more fun and delightful.
We also have re-useable lunch and snack bags. These kid-friendly bags are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. Perfect for slipping into a lunch box or backpack.
Check out the full selection in store!
Brainquest flash cards have arrived just in time for the start of school! These nifty decks of cards are full of fun facts to quiz growing brains. The decks for younger children feature cute illustrations and visual-based questions which help encourage math, language, logic skills, and more. The 1st and 2nd grade decks have tons of written questions based on up-to-date curriculum. A great game for car trips, or for stretching the brain during slow days.
With lazy afternoons at the beach or the park comes exciting creatures of all kinds. We have some great guides to help introduce young ones to the world around them.
If you are curious to learn more about the creepy-crawlies in your neighborhood, check out these handy bug guides. “First Facts: Bugs” is a sturdy book which introduces young children to different kinds of buggies and how they work.
For older kiddos interested in a more thorough guide, check out “Pocket Genius: Bugs”! This book features profiles of over 225 insects and bugs, including detailed photos and information on where to find them.
The Big Book of Big Bugs is stuffed full of incredible bugs and insects. It has 4 giant fold-out pages, perfect for young entomologists to study.
If you are heading to the ocean, “Everything you need to know about Sharks” covers, yup, sharks, but also other awesome creatures of the deep such as the angler fish, puffer fish, and more. It’s a great way to inspire excitement about the deep mysteries of the ocean.
Or check out “The Big Book of Sea Creatures” (a companion to the Big Bugs book). It’s detailed illustrations are sure in appeal to children interested in learning more about the creatures of the ocean.
Hip hip hooray the sun is back! Dilly Dally is bursting with summer fun. Kites, bubbles, buckets, shovels, sidewalk chalk, bug viewers, rugged trucks for the sandbox, boats and ocean creatures galore – we’ve got tonnes of fun stuff for enjoying the summer.
Fly a balsa wood plane, check out creepy crawlies under a magnifying glass, build a stellar sandcastle at the beach or toss a ball around in the yard. Our front table is packed with summer goodness. There’s no excuse for being bored in the summer!
We’ve got sand toys a plenty – buckets, shovels, sand shapers, watering cans and more. Everything you need to fill your beach bag!
You know it’s been a good day when your shoes are full of sand. Judging from the legion of kids digging, building and playing in the sand over the long weekend at beaches all around the city, sand play toys are an absolute summer essential.
Spending the day out in the sun? Matter Company makes fantastic, safe sunscreen for little ones. These Canadian made, chemical-free sun care products safely block harmful UVA and UVB rays and keep delicate skin protected by creating a natural physical barrier to protect against the elements. Natural oils of shea butter, sesame seed oil and jojoba oil offer added protection while moisturizing and soothing sensitive skin. Comes in a cream and a rub on stick.
Lazy summer days are perfect for flying a kite, sailing a wooden boat at the pond or looking up close at flowers and bugs. Pick up a bug viewer or pair of binoculars and watch your kid become an expert nature observer. We’ve got great toys for exploring nature and making the most of these sunny days.
In our opinion, no summer is complete without sidewalk chalk! Kids love scrawling and drawing on the ground, and people passing by get a lift from seeing dull concrete transformed into playful creativity. Pick up a bucket of chalk and you’ll ALWAYS have something for the kiddos to do.
Need more summer inspiration? Our front window has been covered with more finger and nose prints than usual, so we know the little ones are having fun spotting all the creatures and critters enjoying a sunny day at the beach in our window display. Nothing makes us happier than a window full of happy little hand prints.
Pop by the store to see all the fun summertime cheer! And enjoy that sun.
Friendship Bracelets are back in a big way, and with spring rolling in, it couldn’t be a better time to try your hand at making your own! The Loopdedoo is a fun new craft tool we are super excited to see in action. It’s a simple-to-use spinning tool that helps you “spin” embroidery floss into colourful, creative bracelets.
It comes with inspiration to make a plethora of designs, along with enough embroidery thread to make a whole arm full of bracelets. If you are looking for a challenge, the Loopdedoo comes with instructions for making longer accessories that can be used as necklaces, bracelets, or more. We have packs of refill thread, too, so don’t hold back!
Perfect for kids 8 years and up.
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