Whether you will be heading to Toys ‘R Us, Target, Walmart or Kmart for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out these tech toys – many of which made Time to Play Magazine’s Most Wanted List – for your little helpers.
6. Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides
These R/C vehicles come in a variety of colors and styles, including the iconic Batmobile Tumbler. Made to fit easily in a child’s pocket, the Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides are highly portable, folding flat to fit into their thin carrying cases-which also act as transmitters-and transforming into 3D R/C vehicles in a flash. These are miniature cars intended for use by kids aged eight and up but may be suitable for younger children under adult supervision. From $24.99, recommended for children aged eight and up.
5. Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome
The Crayola Color Explosion line has a number of exciting gadgets, but the Glow Dome is by far the most imaginative. Using a range of rotation and light settings, children can bring their original designs or provided traceable starter scenes to life on the glowing, spinning dome. Encouraging creativity and offering endless possibilities, the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome fascinates viewers-and it is a fair price at around $18. From $18, recommended for children aged six and up.
4. Mickey’s Numbers Roundup DVD with Mickey Mote
Also available with Handy Manny: Big Construction Job and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Masquerade, the Mickey Mote is sure to be a top-seller this holiday season. The new remote control from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment allows children to interact with certain Disney DVDs in Discovery Mode. The Mickey Mote is easy to use and will get your child thinking and learning. From $21, recommended for children aged two to five.
Much like Bop-It or Simon Says, Loopz is a new memory game that tests users’ recall ability, reflexes and rhythm with high-energy light and music patterns. There are seven unique games to keep kids busy, some with multiple levels, and a multiplayer mode for up to four players, making Loopz a great family game. From $34.99, recommended for children aged seven and up.
2. VTech V.Reader
Made to aid in the development of reading skills, VTech’s V.Reader has three ways to play; kids can watch the story, play reading games or explore the story dictionary. Using the included USB cable, parents can connect the V.Reader to any computer and track their child’s progress. The V.Reader has the durability parents want and comes in bright colors children will love. From $54, recommended for children aged three to seven.
1. MobiGo Touch Learning System
Designed for on the go learning, the MobiGo handheld gaming system has touch screen technology and a stylish slide-out keyboard. Children will feel like a part of the group without having to play with your expensive smart phone, plus the MobiGo is made for children’s smaller hands so it is easier for them to use. A wide variety of games developing problem solving, mathematics, spelling and grammar are available for the system, many of them featuring popular characters like Shrek and Dora the Explorer. From $42.66, recommended for children aged three to eight.
“Time to Play Most Wanted List 2010”. Time to Play Magazine.
“Stealth Rides”. Mattel.
“Glow Dome”. Crayola.
Melissa, “Introducing the Mickey Mote”. Smart Mom Picks.